Randall Law is the Founder, Designer, and Creative Director of Kool Kolored Kid Generation LLC., as well as this week’s #PeopleofWilmDE! Read his story below:
“I grew up in the Southbridge area of Wilmington, then at a young age my family migrated to the East Side. Soon thereafter, before high school, I moved again to New Castle. After graduating from high school at Delcastle Technical High School, I attended college at the Philadelphia Art Institute (now closed). I recently just moved back to Delaware 4.5 years ago, but growing up here Wilmington is what made me who I am today. The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival was and is my favorite event, and my favorite attraction is the Jack A. Markell environmental trail. I’ve been active in the community by feeding the homeless at the Sunday Breakfast Mission during the holiday seasons every year, and one of my favorite memories of the city is being a nominee for People of Wilmington!
Growing up fully deaf in my left ear, I had some challenges with my so-called disability. I was labeled ADHD and placed in special education classes for being deaf and an out-of-control kid with no guidance. In those days, a kid with ADHD was placed in Special Ed because they didn’t know how to treat it. I was considered a smart kid in the wrong class setting. The Jackson Street Boys & Girls Club and Christiana Cultural Art Center in Wilmington helped channel my energy in a positive way; they even brought talents out of me that I didn’t know that I had. Because of these programs, I had second homes away from home. Being at those places helped me transition out of Special Ed in high school, slowly but surely…No pun intended!
This label didn’t stop me from achieving. In 2008, I was a lead actor in a commercial for Barack Obama’s national campaign for president. I’ve been an entertainment host on the Carnival Cruise Line, as well as their host of the Comedy Club onboard. I’m also a thespian, freelance jingle writer, public speaker at some local high schools in the state, and a narrator on commercials. I also call myself a professional shower singer.
Being here has helped me in so many ways, especially with the numerous programs that are offered for entrepreneurs such as myself. I choose Wilmington because of the growth I’ve seen over the years of coming and going. Seeing that growth and all the city’s potential has tremendously excited me. I’m hoping that the change of landscape and scenery will continue to grow as the years go on. Wilmington is a beautiful place with a lot of history. I was really proud when one of our Delaware natives became leader of the free world; the whole nation and the world will definitely learn about Wilmington for the next 4 years and years after.
As we get back out into the community, my main concern is for our youth in the city. The programs that I was offered as a child and teen growing up in Wilmington no longer exist. The Boys & Girls Clubs are closed or closing. The after-school programs have been cut tremendously. I know that we are living in a different time, but we must find a way to keep our youth socially and physically stimulated, minus technology in some cases.
My advice for the people of Wilmington is that opportunities come in all different sizes. I always thought I had to live in a big city to make some noise. But it’s funny how when you let go of the wheel of life, some opportunities just come to you, even in such a small state.”