This month’s man crush is none other than Christian Faber-Kinney. He is a single, 23 years old from Williamsburg, VA. He is currently in his first year of graduate school at Hampton University in pursuit of a Master’s degree in Sports Administration. He also has a bachelor’s of science degree in Aviation Management. He choose Aviation as his major because he believed it would put him in a good position to make money. However, as Christian matured and got older, he realized it isn’t about the money. That’s why he changed his focus to Sports Administration. He wants to be able to coach the sports that he loves and help shape others. He states, “That is really what life is about.” Christian has been homeless since he was 19 years old and he realized that it is a cold world out there. He believes that people need to love and uplift one another more. What makes Christian unique is that he is super competitive. He wants to win at any and everything. He knows that if he wins in different facets of life, something is going to change his circumstances in his favor. He loves to listen to music, workout, play chess and hang out with his family and friends.
Now on to the interview portion!
Do you have any interesting fun facts about yourself?
Honestly, I’m a simple guy. You get what you see. But one fact that most people don’t know about me is that I’m super goofy. I try to play it off, but I know I’m not the smoothest guy. I like to laugh at myself and with friends about the most random, simple things.
How would you describe your personality in three words?
Determined, Competitive, Empathetic
Which do you prefer to listen to your heart or your brain? Why?
My brain, definitely. Sometimes in life, decisions need to be made by putting emotions aside. Sometimes temporary feelings can lead you astray from the absolute goal.
Who is your celebrity crush?
Definitely. Taraji P. Henson. Black don’t crack, man.
Who do you think should make the first move males or females? Why?
Males, always. Men have had to follow a social norm where we are supposed to be courageous and confident. You should be able to approach a girl, first. Call me old fashioned, but I don’t question it.
What’s the longest relationship you’ve been in? What did you learn?
I was in a relationship for 1 and 1/2 years. I learned a lot about communication. As a generation, we aren’t very personable. Sometimes we fall back instead of being assertive and communicating problems or feelings with one another. It’s cliché but holds universal truth.
What motivational words would you tell someone on the come-up?
Keep the faith. God won’t put you through any situation that He knows you can’t handle. He has a plan for you.
What’s the most awkward date that you’ve ever been on?
I’ve never really been on an awkward date. I’m pretty good at making people comfortable with me and the moment. I’m not hard to warm up to and vice versa.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
To be honest, I’d love to be playing in the NFL and at the top of the punting statistics. But who really knows? So many opportunities, but God has my back. He’ll put me where he believes I need to be.
What do you usually do to let a girl know that you are interested in her?
I’ll be pretty upfront. I’ll just tell her. I’m 23, so I don’t like to beat around the bush. I expect the same in return.
What is your favorite and least favorite thing about yourself?
My least favorite thing about myself is that I’m flirtatious. I know that I’m a guy, but I feel like gotta be more reserved sometimes. My favorite thing about myself is my optimism. I always take the positives out of any situation. Life could be way worse.
Who has been the most influential person in your life?
Hands down, my father. He’s shown me how to act, how not to act, and how to be a man. I’ve learned so much from him, sometimes without him even knowing.
What’s your personal theme song?
Definitely “Love Yourz” by J Cole. I remember sleeping in my truck overnight or in shelters and just trying to keep myself strong. “Love Yourz” just exemplified that I’m not alone and that I can get through anything life hits me with. “There’s beauty in the struggle”. I learned that first hand. Adversity built character and taught me to love my life and circumstances.
What are your lifetime ambitions?
I would love to make it to the NFL and start up or improve homeless shelters in my area. A lot of people don’t know but shelters aren’t provided in most areas, outside of the winter time. So many people go through hard nights without places to sleep or eat.
What are your career goals?
I want to be happy. It’s that simple. It’s not about the money. I’ve done without it. I just want to see people around me happy and I want to be right there with them.
How are you changing the world?
I participate in reading days at local schools and I also help coach youth football and track. The youth is really where the change starts. Those are the minds that will grow to change the world one day.
What’s one thing you want the world to know about you and who you are?
I just want the world to know that I’m just another kid starting from the bottom and building a dream. I want the world to know that; with God, faith, and hard work, anything is possible in this world.
Why do men often look over the average girl?
There’s no average person, much less an average girl. We’re all unique. I do believe that as men, we need to take our time and be more observant of character over looks, though. That may be part of the problem.
Why do guys tend to hide your feelings and not fully express them?
I know personally, it could do with relationships. I didn’t have a mother figure in my life. I was raised by my father. Didn’t really experience an emotional figure in my life. In turn, this made it difficult for me to express my feelings. I was very hardened. However, the older I get, I realize that emotions are necessary and need to be communicated so that relationships can work.
What do guys do to make them feel better after a long day? What are your forms of self-care?
Honestly, a haircut and shower. You look good, you feel good. Simple as that. My biggest form of self-care is my consumption of water. Water is the best thing for your skin, energy, etc.
What are you most afraid of living in today’s society?
I would say war. I don’t believe in confrontation and I hate to get involved with politics, but I feel like that’s where the US is heading. Especially with Trump as our leader.
How do you seize and take advantage of every single day?
I try to win in anything I do. It’s that simple.
What do you feel men aren’t recognized enough for?
I feel like we’re well recognized. I mean look at this interview. That’s a blessing in itself.
What’s the most discouraging part about being a man? How do you deal with it?
I think our dependability. Everyone depends on the man in the family or situation. I have to constantly keep everyone encouraged and motivated. Give them a secure feeling. This presents a challenge. Some live up to it, some don’t.
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