Rodney Lucas

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37, Writer/Director/Producer

Tell us about a time you felt cared for?

Recently, I had my jacket altered by a 75-year-old Cuban tailor. This is the third time I've used her, and she always insists I don't pay. I have to literally leave the money on the counter and run out! We normally talk for about 30 minutes every time I go in, and she has this way of making me feel like I'm the most stylish guy in the world. She fixes my collar, asks me about my clothing, my day, my family—but perhaps most importantly she has never acted as if she was afraid to touch me or be around me. She is completely comfortable with me as I am, no judgment. 

What would you like to see more of in wellness?

Inclusivity, and the distribution of valuable self-care centered information. I think if more people knew about ways to improve their quality of life, they would take heed and make changes, but for so long the wellness industry has been based on this vanilla, somewhat exclusive concept that doesn't reflect the everyday working man or woman, particularly those of color.

What is a self-care ritual of yours?

Long walks... It allows me a moment of peace, quietness and time alone with my thoughts.

Who is one of your heroes?

James Baldwin.

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