5 Minute Interview: Tshaka Armstrong
Alvin: Who are you, what do you do, and what do you enjoy most about it?
Tshaka: My name is Tshaka Armstrong and I’m just a dude. Professionally, I’ve been a tv and film editor for most of my adult life up until year when my wife and I founded our nonprofit organization, Digital Shepherds. I still edit to pay the bills, but serving is where my heart is at. From editing I get a great creative release. I get the privilege of taking someone’s vision, or my own, and manifesting that in the digital realm as pictures and sound that hopefully leaves a mark on the viewer. From my nonprofit, this sounds greedy, but I get so much! Everytime I teach a parent how to keep their kids safe and I see that light bulb turn on in their eyes, I’m giddy. I feed on that! When parents feel empowered because of this “thing,” this business/passion that me and my wonderful wife began, that actually charges up my batteries.
Alvin: Pick any man in the world as your role model who would it be and why?
Tshaka: Jesus Christ. Whether you believe in His deity or not, He was a bad dude. He stood against the times, asked people to do the opposite of all the pathetic things that were instinctive to them and had such great compassion and love that He even prayed for His enemies. Martin Luther King once said that a man is a coward if he practices non-violence because he is afraid to stand up for what he believes. Having the power to decimate all who oppose you and instead of showing them your sword, you offer your hand in friendship…. that’s the real deal.
Alvin: What do you wish to accomplish 1 year from today?
Tshaka: Dominate the new media landscape! Just kidding… or am i? For Digital Shepherds, one year from now, I’d like to see our organization become a force in the family internet and technology literacy space. I’d like to have spoken at even more schools than I have, worked with more educators, educated more parents and be working toward establishing an event for a Presidential Proclamation…a pet project.
Alvin: What has been your greatest resource for how to be an involved dad?
Tshaka: Listening to the important women in my life as it relates to being the best father to a daughter that I can be. For my sons, it would be my dad. I want to do the great things he did and avoid those that weren’t so great. I’ve also read books and listened to numerous sermons on parenting that have helped and influenced me tremendously.
Alvin: What has been your largest step to manhood?
Tshaka: Selflessness. Manhood began for me the first time I decided that my wife, and then my children’s needs came before my own. Sacrifice, service and protection spell manhood for me.
Alvin: What has been the best advice you received about being a man?
Tshaka: The grass is only greener on the other side because you stop watering your own lawn and “bad situations don’t bring out the worst in people, they bring out what’s really in them.”0