Get Up Nation Podcast Episode 49 Guest: Troy Staton, Barber, Founder of Luvs Art Project

Released Sunday, 9th December 2018
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What Up, Get Up Nation? My name is Ben Biddick, the Host of the Get Up Nation Podcast and Co-Author of Get Up: The Art of Perseverance with former Major League Baseball player and CEO of Lurong Living, Adam Greenberg. Recently I had the honor and privilege of speaking with Troy Staton, the owner of New Beginnings Barbershop in Baltimore, Maryland. Troy has been a barber for 30 years in Baltimore, ten of them at New Beginnings in Hollins Market in Southwest Baltimore. Troy says about New Beginnings, “My shop is more than a barbershop. It’s where I share my passion for art with the community, it’s where my son Rashad brings young men together to talk about their dreams and challenges in ShopTalk meetings, and it’s where I join with businesses to bring health screenings and services to the community.” Troy says, “Being a barber is how I make my living, but the community inside and outside the barbershop is my life.” Troy almost lost his life this year on Halloween. Troy has described how “a frustrated, misguided young man" came into the barbershop shooting. “He wasn’t aiming for me, but I was shot along with another client,” Troy said. Troy survived that night, and not only that, he has persevered to be a powerful, resilient voice and example in his community. He is striving with renewed passion to end the violence in our communities. He said, “A bullet is not going to stop me. I’m ready to elevate even further, to keep pushing for our community, especially for young men like the man who shot me, whose life circumstances lead them to feel they have no option other than violence. I want to reach them and show them that there’s another way.” I am absolutely honored that Troy has taken time to speak with me on the Get Up Nation Podcast! Source: (

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