Meet the authors
Eugene Brown uses chess to teach inner-city children a lesson of life he learned the hard way: “Always Think B4U Move”. This has become the mantra for Eugene Brown’s philosophy, and a way of life. Brown learned the game of chess in a community-based program and continued while he was incarcerated in federal prison. Chess was a good distraction from the dreary routine and the depressing world around him. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Brown is 69 years old. He attended the inner-city, District of Columbia public schools, where he was told he required social adjustment classes. His anti-social behavior led to early brushes with the juvenile justice law enforcement, resulting in early incarceration at correctional youth institutions as a teen and prison terms as an adult. Today, Brown, the founder and CEO of the Big Chair Chess Club, is a father, grandfather, a real estate investor, and mentor to D.C. youths who stop by the Deanwood “Chess House,” located at 4322 Sheriff Road, N.E., Eugene Brown believes that people are guided by the decisions they make on the chessboard as well as in real life. The Big Chair Chess Club, Inc. was founded for the sole purpose of reaching the unreachable, and teaching the unteachable. Instilling the motto “Always Think B4U Move” is the core mission of The Big Chair Chess Club, Inc.
Members of The Big Chair Chess Club team competed in the National Scholastic Tournament in Nashville, Tennessee, and Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as the Super National Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri, winning countless trophies. The Big Chair Chess Club, Inc., has trained elementary school students at several schools, including the Kimball Elementary School, where they trained and coached the students through five years of city championships. The Big Chair Chess Club, Inc., A community activist, Mr. Brown is planning to extend and expand services provided by the organization to include job training and placement, computer literacy skills, life skills, and after school tutoring. Establishing a chess house in every major city is his vision. He is the co-founder of Strategic Paradigm LLC, an innovative game changing concept that is presently being launched as a re-entry/character building program in prisons, schools, public housing and community-based settings. “Always Think B4 You Move/Ment,” curriculum will emphasize information focusing upon topics such as: Self-discipline, Life Skills, Communication Skills, Character Building, SMART Goal Setting and Leadership Training. Mr. Brown is a powerful motivational speaker whose message has echoed internationally:
Marco Price-Bey is the founder and CEO of Fresh Start Barbering Academy. Fresh Start is a community-based program that teaches life skills and the fundamental principles of barbering. Marco Price-Bey received his Apprenticeship Barbering license in 1993. Four years later, he received his Master Barber’s license. He decided to become a Barbering Instructor and in 2009, he received his Barber Instructor’s license from U.D.C. Price-Bey became students the barbering trade and personal development skills. At U.D.C., Price-Bey became an Adjunct Professor of Barbering. In addition to teaching the barbering trade, Marco Price-Bey worked diligently in the D.C. community launching a program known as “Cutting Up in the Community,” where Price-Bey cuts hair for the less fortunate members of the community who are underserved a Barber Instructor at Bennett Career Institute, where he was able to teach over fifty as a result of a physical condition or various life circumstances. Marco Price-Bey has opened his own barbershop and continues to work as a contracted Barbering Instructor for programs like New Beginnings (a youth detention center) in Laurel, Maryland, and Woodland members of the community who are underserved a Barber Instructor at Bennett Career Institute, where he was able to teach over fifty as a result of a physical condition or various life circumstances.
Marco Price-Bey has opened his own barbershop and continues to work as a contracted Barbering Instructor for programs like New Beginnings (a youth detention center) in Laurel, Maryland, and Woodland Terrace Community Center, located in one of the most economically depressed sections of S.E. Washington, D.C. Marco Price-Bey has mentored countless young men and women, sharing vital life skills to aid in self-improvement and social transformation. He regularly speaks to young people sharing his personal experiences and giving sound advice about how to change negative and self-defeating thought patterns that lead to destructive behavior and how to become empowered by positive thinking, goal attainment and self-development.