Loyal readers of the DailySkew know that I like to reminiscence about childhood memories and blog about New York, old classmates, and stuff like that. Well, I am pleased to announce that one of my old buddies from P.S. 251 Elementary School and Roy H.Mann Junior High School in Brooklyn, NY actually has a WEB PRESENCE and is in the CREATIVE and SPIRITUAL realm. He is JAMEEL HOBBINS.
I was tight with Jameel Hobbins; I always knew he was sensitive and had a good heart in school. It’s a fact that Jameel and I may have logged the most phone minutes together in grade school. Jameel would play Rocky for the Sega Master System, Phantasy Star for the Sega Genesis, and Dragon Warrior for the NES and describe in detail every move and action “we” were making on his TV even though we were in separate places.
Jameel also had my back when I got in a couple of after school fights. He loved to played Dungeons & Dragons with me, and we saw Hulk Hogan’s first movie No Holds Barred with my mom and Sean Brown. Jameel and I got into trouble three times as young kids in our school careers together: all had to do with pranking. The first time Jameel and I were making fun of a kid during computer class and the teacher flipped out and we got into loads of serious trouble. It was the only time my “permanent record” had a negative citation on it. Maybe one say I will scan my permanent record if it’s on roll film or microfiche with my microfilm scanning company. Yes, Jameel instigated it, but I followed, so we were equally wrong.
Jameel Hobbins photo spread from his site
The second time was when Jameel and I took grade school by storm by engaging in the greatest prank call scheme of all time. Jameel and I had the ability to disguise and alter our voices in many ways. Our campaign laid victims to all our classmates, but we wound up in the principle’s office with everyone else- no one could pin it on us. The most funny part? A heavyset kid named Jeffrey Mardy said he was pranked too, but Jameel and I didn’t even have is telephone number! Jeffrey just wanted to get in the act!
The third time was when Jameel and I mimicked Demolition from the World Wrestling Federation, and called ourselves The Thrashers out of sheer boredom; you see, creative types such as ourselves want to be inspired. I was Ax and he was Smash. We were vandalizing some drawings hanging in the hallways, and pulled them down in our last month at PS 251. Sometimes we would scribble THRASHERS on paperwork, and we would ask, “Who are the Thrashers?” to our classmates to spread the word. We were caught red-handed at the end, and a teacher lectured us as we attempted to keep a straight face and not crack up in her face.
Don’t take these three snapshots wrong- I was an angel most of my school career, and usually the victim, but Jameel and I had some naughty fun when we could.
You may be wondering why I would relate three embarrassing stories about my childhood friend, but the reason is that Jameel seems like a spiritual person now, and runs a ministry, so I believe when he reads this that he will reflect happily upon these stories and about how much he has grown since then, and use these stories to inspire others.
Jameel has appeared in four films, and has theater work. He is into indie films, poetry, directing, graphics, screenwriting, and web design.
Jameel is also a missionary and apostle of Jesus Christ; he became an ordained minister in December 2008 and is determined to spread the gospel throughout the world. He went to Togo, West Africa: “When the Lord interrupts your schedule with His divine purpose, it is a grand privilege. So I answered the call!”
Well, I hope Jameel Hobbins stumbles upon this post if he’s searching the web, and shares his thoughts about life one day.