We had the good fortune of connecting with Porter Shields and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Porter, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I am from East Atlanta and I was born in Memphis. I love the swag, fashion, arts, food, the business culture, and the influence we give the world. My city is the real Zamunda and Wakanda. It’s a place where black people are thriving in all industries on every level. From education, real estate, medicine, science, tech, the service industry to sports and entertainment. I lived in London and New York and I didn’t see as many black folks winning like we do in ATL. Living outside of Atlanta made me appreciate my city way more.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m not afraid to take risks. I travel the world so I see what the world is really like firsthand. That’s an incredible gift and that’s what makes me different from a lot of artists. I’m proud of the connections I’ve made with people all over the world. People who live an entirely different type of life from what I’m used to. But we somehow understand each other. I’m able to do cool things because I’ve taken risks and created a way to have access to things that people from my background don’t think are possible. I’m showing in my own way what’s achievable. I want to remind others that when you silence the outside noise and take the limits off of your own mind then you can start to create the life you want for yourself.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I always hang out on Peters St. The strip is full of dope black-owned bars and restaurants. I like to hang out on the eastside and get some wings. And I definitely have to hit up Lil five Points. Get some shoes and keep the fits wavy. I like the vintage stores and record shops over there too.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family goes balls to the wall for me and I do the same for them. My mama gets all the credit for recognizing my talent first and encouraging me early on. My brothers keep me grounded and honest. They are much smarter than I am. My godfather started to mentor me in high school. He helped me with acting and becoming an artist.
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