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BHB & Transit Arts (July 2017 feature)

If you are looking to become a local leader, hero, or champion of a community, I think the first thing I would do is advise you to sit in on one of BHB’s weekly hip hop dance classes. Or, just meet the guy and shake his hand.

It was a little over a year ago when I first saw BHB perform with his dance group, Transit Arts, at a local art museum in Columbus. To say my jaw was dropped the entire time would be an understatement. I have often heard people describe good art as having the ability to move one to tears. I have to say, I never understood that concept until that day, when I watched Transit Arts perform.

There was something about the incredible talent on display, mixed with the undeniable brotherhood and camaraderie, topped off with the never-ceasing smiles of the dance team that simply moved me to tears beyond my control. So when my friends and I were thinking about starting a project in which we would seek out local heroes, BHB was the very next thought in mind. I had to go meet him.

Fast forward almost one year to the day of seeing Transit Arts perform and I’m walking into the community center on East Main Street just hoping to show my face and exchange some information with BHB. Honestly, I wanted to do some sort of feature story on him specifically, but BHB himself was getting in my way. Let me explain.

BHB stands for Brothers Helping Brothers. It was so apparent to me within seconds of meeting him that he was much more interested in celebrating the young people around him in that community center than he was having a camera on himself. I thought I was going to interview someone I found to be a local champion, and he flipped the definition on its head. He certainly is a community changer, so much so that he was praising, celebrating, and introducing me to the young people around him who were being raised up to do the exact same. That first day of meeting BHB… and I was only there for 10-15 minutes, he introduced me to 5-7 friends around him, enthusiastically pointing me to their areas of talent, the number of times they had been on the Dean’s List, and the upcoming events they would be performing in. BHB showed me the most imperative quality in a good leader and a world-changer that day: setting others above himself and showcasing their skills and hard work. I could tell immediately that he would much rather show off his friends than himself; he had not a shred of interest in that. This, my friends, is the mark of a community leader, a local hero, and a world-changer. The exact definition and heartbeat of Give Ear had already been living and breathing in BHB for many years. I hope that in this small glimpse of a local hero we can do a little justice to the impact he is having on Columbus’s youth. I know I have already been impacted myself. Don't just take my word for it though. You can go see them all throughout the summer and fall.

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