My name is Yusef Williams. I was born in Stratford, Connecticut; raised in Oakland, California by a Black lesbian Buddhist single mother who did comedy; educated in Atlanta, Georgia at the greatest HBCU Clark Atlanta University and I currently live in Chicago, Illinois where I came for the theater and stayed for the winters. No. Seriously, I stayed because I adore this city and its residents.
I could go on about me but it seems like it would just be stats. So, I thought answering Marcel Proust's questionnaire would be a cooler way to do the About Me. So, here it is:
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
What is your greatest fear?
Failure. Letting down the people that rely on me.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Lack of discipline when it comes to projects like writing, organizing, etc.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Misrepresenting oneself to be a part of something or as we say, lying to kick it
Which living person do you most admire?
What is your greatest extravagance?
What is your current state of mind?
Very thankful. Life has been good to me.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Multitasking. I don't get why the ability to give many things a small percentage of attention at once over prioritizing and focusing on the tasks in order is such a great attribute.
On what occasion do you lie?
When in danger of getting hurt.
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
The lack of hair. I would love a flattop right about now.
Which living person do you most despise?
Jennifer Hudson. Not sure why but she drives me crazy.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
Security in their manhood.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
The ability to cultivate friendship on an honest nonsexual level with men.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Ironic. I hear it used all the time and 90% of the time it's used incorrectly.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
What: Acting on stage. Who: My wife.
When and where were you happiest?
When I am with my children.
Which talent would you most like to have?
The ability to sing beautifully.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would be taller. Like 6'2
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Graduating from college. It was a long, hard road.
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
I would come back as someone who could sing beautifully.
Where would you most like to live?
The Bay Area. Nothing like it.
What is your most treasured possession?
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Being unable to love yourself.
What is your favorite occupation?
Actor followed by loader/unloader at UPS
What is your most marked characteristic?
It has to be the green eyes or the ability to speak well.
What do you most value in your friends?
Who are your favorite writers?
Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen
Who is your hero of fiction?
Lord Henry Wooten
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Who are your heroes in real life?
My grandfather, my father, my uncle, my brother and my best friend.
What are your favorite names?
Seth and LeRoy
What is it that you most dislike?
Violent crimes toward humanity
What is your greatest regret?
Not attending the graduation of the T-42's
How would you like to die?
In my sleep.
What is your motto?
Remember. No always. No never.
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