“Four years ago I was homeless. I hit rock bottom and was living on couches and in motels. I was working for someone else and making them money but the product we were serving was my creation. I realized I didn’t have to make someone else money and the only reason I couldn’t be my own boss was that I didn’t try. I opened Big White Wings two years ago. I have eight employees and people come from all over to eat here. I still don’t think of myself as a boss.
It was scary starting out. The Stupid Fries started by accident. A friend wanted a chicken Philly but I ran out of buns. I put the same ingredients from the Philly on the fries. He went crazy and said, ‘These things are stupid, man,’ so I named them Stupid Fries. I had asked God to give me something different from everybody and He did. It worked from the start. People are skeptical until they try them.
I grew up in the Bessemer projects in Prichard. I cried when my mother moved us out, but I didn’t realize she was helping us. You have to have hope even when you have nothing. God has blessed me and I keep the Bible close. I have to. I didn’t know God had a plan for me, but He said to trust Him. This is still my dream and I try to give back to the schools and the community. We fed 200 for Thanksgiving and gave away toys at Christmas. We are all just here for a season and if you don’t leave your mark before you die, then you didn’t do anything. Today, people want to buy in, but I am simple. As long as I can pay my bills and take care of my wife and keep her happy, I am good.”