We had the good fortune of connecting with Lortir Pierre-Louis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lortir, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I was born on the island of Abaco, in the Bahamas. My parents were hardworking immigrants from Haiti who settled on the island in the late 1970s. I grew up in a Haitian shanty community, Pigeon Peas, which until hurricane Dorian in 2019, was right in the heart of the city of Marsh Harbour. Pigeon Peas has made me everything that I am today. I learned about the valve of community, sharing, toughness, loyalty, resilience, and opportunity.My first paying job was at the age of 11, bagging groceries at the local super market. I am also no stranger to late night immigration raids, or hiding in a rainy tropical forest evading capture from immigration officials. If it wasn’t for the grace of catholic nuns from the U.S, I probably wouldn’t have a formal education. At the age of 13, my parents sent me to the U.S to live with relatives in hopes of a better education and a better future. Leaving my parents behind, I had to grow up fast. I learned independence and self dependence early on in life. I am most blessed because I had the guidance of two amazing parents that sacrificed, and provided a solid foundation for me to become a man of principal, morals, character, community, and entrepreneurship. I’ve experienced the good and the bad. My background and upbringing has also placed me as witness to the lack of structure, education, and organization plaguing poor black communities in the African diaspora. Today, I am an artist and entrepreneur focusing on building a future that provides structure and organization to my people financially and mentally in the tech space.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
TriBBBal is a desktop social networking platform for all members of the African diaspora to unite across the world and build a stronger future and financial eco-system together. triBBBal was formed in 2020, during the heart of the pandemic lockdown and the George Floyd uproar and protests. What sets triBBBal apart from other social platforms is that we are dedicated to giving back to the African diaspora and rewarding members for their content. I am most proud to provide a brand that services the African diaspora and strives for excellence. I am extremely excited to share our virtual “Wakada” with the African diaspora. I am where I am today because I believe in myself and my ability to take something good and make it better. The journey has not been easy. I had to make many tough sacrifices in order to move forward. I overcame those challenges by believing in my original vision, and putting one foot after the other. The lesson I have learned is to believe in myself no matter the obstacle. I would like people to know that currently the triBBBal platform is in its beta phase, but we will be officially launching on July 27, 2021. It is imperative to change the narrative of disorganization and discohesion in our communities. To do this will require the concentrated attention of the African diaspora and only we hold the power to change our future.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a foodie, so definitely taking him to Rock Sugar, In N out burger, Crustacean, Jeffery’s, Hilltop Cafe, and Pann’s. We would take him to Malibu beach, the Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach, and the Getty Center. Leimert Park is an interesting place to checkout on Sundays. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to shoutout my wife, Dr. Kenechukwu Pierre-Louis! She’s such an amazing wife, friend, and overall human-being… Since we’ve crossed path this amazing queen has been such a blessing in my life. She’s my rock and my peace, the real MVP in our family… She inspires and motivates me to positive change in the world! Love you more than all the stars in the universe, Kene!