This post should have been labeled 'old' because that is exactly how I felt the day after supporting my Hubby at the 1st Annual Tenacious Talented & Capable Inc. Scholarship Gala. It was a beautiful affair held at the Reginald Lewis Museum in Baltimore and many family members and friends came out in support. This night was meaningful because with the money raised four young men matriculating at Morgan State will receive financial support from TTC Inc. Who knew back when I first encountered these guys back at Morgan State University that TTC would be grown one day (and so would I)? Can I just say that I'm amazed!
My first TTC experience was about my second week at Morgan State (fall of 1992) when my cousin informed me that we'd be going to a TTC party that weekend and told me to hand over five bucks for a ticket. If you didn't know who they were, you'd quickly find out because the hottest parties at Morgan were thrown by TTC. During that time there were a lot of other groups on campus including Greek organizations. They may have had legacy and history on their side, but TTC was enormously popular because they had ingenuity and New York swag (the kind that southern girls loved and girls from up top required). In fact they were the only non-Greek or Greek-affiliated organization that had benches on the yard (at least for my entire time at Morgan) which was huge! I'm pretty sure just about every homecoming and multiple times throughout the semester I was giving my coins to TTC. Within a very short amount of time they expanded their brand putting their ingenuity to work for social causes. Soon their work garnered the attention of local media outlets and created the opportunities for them to work with people like the late great Bea Gaddy, former Baltimore City Councilwoman and homeless advocate.
It's been over 20 years since I first saw these guys on Morgan's bridge selling tickets to their parties. It's been 18 years since Husband became affiliated with TTC a month after we began dating. No doubt watching them grow and evolve from ambitious young men into extraordinary grown men impacting the world has been very interesting, even with the bumps and bruises along the way. I'd be lying if I didn't say in the early days I sometimes thought TTC would be the death of our relationship. But they are more than an organizational affiliation, they are family. They have stood up at each others' weddings (including mine), supported each other through loss, and celebrated each others' successes through the years. And after 20 plus years they still fight like cats and dogs, and it is still impossible to organize them for a picture (I think they invented photo-bombing).
But this is a remarkable group of men. Their collective reach and influence now spans all the way from the corporate world to the entertainment world. I should also mention that along the way they married some pretty phenomenal women (myself included) who are powerful in their own right. I am many things, with many accomplishments of my own and no need to be defined by my husband. On this one though, I certainly do not mind adding to my list of titles #TTCWife because I understand that through the ups and downs he will be (we will be) #TTC4Life. You can check out the amazing photos CBD Photography captured of the event here.