The DIOP Circle V.28

January 5th, 2020


James Wingo

Every Sunday, we publish a story from a member of the DIOP community. Because each and every one of you is on a journey and we're right there with you.

This week, we're pleased to share the wisdom of James Wingo. Our 1,058th customer, James finds our Amar top very comfortable. Visit our story to see how he's strived to lead a thoughtful life.

I am NOT, your typical Grandpa! I’m great because I haven’t reached my greatness yet. Let that marinate with you for a while.

I marched at Shaw University when Martin Luther King was assassinated and wondered why we weren’t hunted down because I was following H. Rap Brown, Huey Newton and Fred Hampton at the time. I’ve worked in Cleveland, tutoring teens when I was a teen myself, at the Kinsman Opportunity Center with the great Gwen Wise and at the Black Economic Union with Jim Brown. I’ve worked as a leather craftsman in Atlanta, designing my own handcrafted leather bags under the tutelage of Jah Hide” with my dear friend and frat brother, Kente Toure a.k.a. Arthur Eubanks. I’ve worked in the garment district as a handbag designer for Calderon Bags and Donna Karan.

I’ve worked in Harlem as a school counselor and administrator for the Boys Choir of Harlem. I’ve been an administrator and ombudsman in the Cleveland School District directing school counselors, psychologists, social workers, grant participants.. I’ve even hosted my own talk radio show called “Here It Is” on WERE 1490 AM in Cleveland, which focused on the “Dad” Issues of the day.

Now, I am working as an educational consultant as the Founder and President of GLOBAL Educational Consultant Services. My program, Positive Changes, works with young minority males who need mentoring services to get them to become upstanding young men and find success in their endeavors.

I’m a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. We are dedicated to giving back to our community by providing community service. I also volunteer with the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival (GCUFF) which showcases films produced, directed or acting by people of color and presents them every September in Cleveland, Ohio.

I maintain a healthy lifestyle by exercising 4 to 5 times a week along with becoming 90% vegan. Switching to plant based foods has been an adventure in and of itself but quite enjoyable. I post most of my creations or dining experiences on Instagram or Facebook to show others that switching to a plant-based diet can be healthy, fun and adventurous.

I am also very active in advocating for the rights of African-Americans in this society we call America. It is troubling to see particular rights being eroded away because of one’s presumed political party. The act of abandoning laws that take away our right to vote, access to a quality education, and the freedom of financial security makes my heart ache.

This is where my ministry of working with and educating our young men on the importance of education, political awareness and voicing your right to advocate for yourself and community will be my life long fight.

In all of these experiences and challenges, I still like to live my life in style. That’s why my eye caught DIOP! I liked what they were doing, not only in their style of clothing but the advocacy they bring to fashion. I have never heard of a company that reaches out to find out who you are and what you are doing in the community. Great work guys! Continue your path.

I originally only bought a couple of bandanas for my eldest grandson to wear but when I received them in the mail I saw that they were made of excellent quality. I went online and saw some fabulous tops that I could wear and voilá!

I have a penchant for dressing the best that I can, whether its formal, casual or just experimenting with various colors and designs. I try to stay somewhat in the loop as far as what’s trending and adding my own splash to it. It’s art in the making! I like to visit museums and galleries of Black art and get a true feel of the expression of advocacy in their work.

Even in films made by African-Americans, I look for their style, complexities, language and whether it will get me or my students to react in a more positive way. Those days at Shaw University shaped me for life and I am so appreciative for that one year experience.

I believe that life is a continuation of learning and thoughtfulness. I try to install that in my children, grandchildren and the rest of my family. I lost my eldest daughter over three years ago and it changed my life dramatically. To be strong in front of family members and making the correct decisions took a heavy toll on me. But it also pointed out to me that our purpose in life is to be here and be loved.


The DIOP Circle V.28

January 5th, 2020


James Wingo

Every Sunday, we publish a story from a member of the DIOP community. Because each and every one of you is on a journey and we're right there with you.

This week, we're delighted to have Stephen Bozier. He debuted our shorts back in August but really digs the Iggy top from season three, which he returned to model for. He's going to share just how personal growth can be.

I am NOT, your typical Grandpa! I’m great because I haven’t reached my greatness yet. Let that marinate with you for a while.

I marched at Shaw University when Martin Luther King was assassinated and wondered why we weren’t hunted down because I was following H. Rap Brown, Huey Newton and Fred Hampton at the time. I’ve worked in Cleveland, tutoring teens when I was a teen myself, at the Kinsman Opportunity Center with the great Gwen Wise and at the Black Economic Union with Jim Brown. I’ve worked as a leather craftsman in Atlanta, designing my own handcrafted leather bags under the tutelage of Jah Hide” with my dear friend and frat brother, Kente Toure a.k.a. Arthur Eubanks. I’ve worked in the garment district as a handbag designer for Calderon Bags and Donna Karan.

I’ve worked in Harlem as a school counselor and administrator for the Boys Choir of Harlem. I’ve been an administrator and ombudsman in the Cleveland School District directing school counselors, psychologists, social workers, grant participants.. I’ve even hosted my own talk radio show called “Here It Is” on WERE 1490 AM in Cleveland, which focused on the “Dad” Issues of the day.

Now, I am working as an educational consultant as the Founder and President of GLOBAL Educational Consultant Services. My program, Positive Changes, works with young minority males who need mentoring services to get them to become upstanding young men and find success in their endeavors.

I’m a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. We are dedicated to giving back to our community by providing community service. I also volunteer with the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival (GCUFF) which showcases films produced, directed or acting by people of color and presents them every September in Cleveland, Ohio.

I maintain a healthy lifestyle by exercising 4 to 5 times a week along with becoming 90% vegan. Switching to plant based foods has been an adventure in and of itself but quite enjoyable. I post most of my creations or dining experiences on Instagram or Facebook to show others that switching to a plant-based diet can be healthy, fun and adventurous.

I am also very active in advocating for the rights of African-Americans in this society we call America. It is troubling to see particular rights being eroded away because of one’s presumed political party. The act of abandoning laws that take away our right to vote, access to a quality education, and the freedom of financial security makes my heart ache.

This is where my ministry of working with and educating our young men on the importance of education, political awareness and voicing your right to advocate for yourself and community will be my life long fight.

In all of these experiences and challenges, I still like to live my life in style. That’s why my eye caught DIOP! I liked what they were doing, not only in their style of clothing but the advocacy they bring to fashion. I have never heard of a company that reaches out to find out who you are and what you are doing in the community. Great work guys! Continue your path.

I originally only bought a couple of bandanas for my eldest grandson to wear but when I received them in the mail I saw that they were made of excellent quality. I went online and saw some fabulous tops that I could wear and voilá!

I have a penchant for dressing the best that I can, whether its formal, casual or just experimenting with various colors and designs. I try to stay somewhat in the loop as far as what’s trending and adding my own splash to it. It’s art in the making! I like to visit museums and galleries of Black art and get a true feel of the expression of advocacy in their work.

Even in films made by African-Americans, I look for their style, complexities, language and whether it will get me or my students to react in a more positive way. Those days at Shaw University shaped me for life and I am so appreciative for that one year experience.

I believe that life is a continuation of learning and thoughtfulness. I try to install that in my children, grandchildren and the rest of my family. I lost my eldest daughter over three years ago and it changed my life dramatically. To be strong in front of family members and making the correct decisions took a heavy toll on me. But it also pointed out to me that our purpose in life is to be here and be loved.


James Wingo

Follow James @wingojam on Instagram.

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of DIOP.


- James Wingo


Follow James @wingojam on Instagram.

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of DIOP.