Black Gold: Montel "Quik" Jackson
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Montel “Quik” Jackson

UFC Fighter, son, brother and coach. Jackson continues to beat the odds and encourages young people to do the same.

After high school, what inspired you to continue the sport?

Myself. I have always been determined and strong-willed and everything that I do. No, I didn't take interest in the sport because I was angry, made at the world or my parents. I found my lane, something that I enjoy and keeps me healthy. It’s a sport that requires discipline.

Considering your success, do you study your opponent? Is there a rhythm you have?

As a fighter it’s suggested that you study your opponent before getting in the ring. No pressure (laughs) Most of time you’re just trying to survive and win. Like an artist, an artist paints because he or she has to, an artist submits work because he or she wants to win.

Have you considered mentoring youth in your community?

I do. As a coach, I notice a lot when working with kids. Their reasons for taking the class vary, which is good. If I could get kids of color who were previously incarcerated, long lists of school suspensions and victims of bullying that would be great. However, having a variety of reasons as to why they signed up, keeps me on my toes. I tell the kids all the time, I can teach you how to paint a certain way, show you how to mix colors and etc but what you do with the work and how you choose to use it outside of the class is totally up to you. Learning the sport has its similarities, I can teach you the sport, show a person a combination of punches and how to get out of a hold What you do with the sport outside of the gym can have a positive impact with discipline and self will.

Montel “Quik” Jackson is one of six men of color featured in the art exhibition “Black Gold”

Jamal Smith

"When a child walks into a room does your face light up?"

-Toni Morrison novelist/professor

Jamal Smith
First Day of Summer! Interview w/ Jahmaal
 Jahmaal, 8 y/o

Jahmaal, 8 y/o

 As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, young children are outside exhibiting joy and excitement in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We decided to sit down with an athletic, outgoing, smart Jahmaal to discuss his plans for the summer. 

Hi, how is it going?

Good. We have the same name except my name is spelled JAH-Maal.

 That’s cool! Excited for the summer Jahmaal? Have you planned fun adventures with friends?

Summer is my favorite time of the year, I like to play video games, take pictures with my Ipad. It’s much easier to do flips because there’s no snow on the ground.

You enjoy doing flips, which is your favorite?

Back flips, my mom tells me to be careful all the time.

What is one thing you’re hoping will happen this summer?

My birthday is coming up, lots of gifts! And my mom is getting me braces!

Jamal Smith