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Posted online Tuesday, May 29, 2012 Updated June 2, 2012
GEORGETOWN – Before his big comedy show in Lexington on Saturday, May 26 Comedian and Actor Faizon Love spent Friday in Georgetown, KY at the Ed Davis Learning Center.
Love gave an inspirational message to youth before signing autographs and providing them with a free lunch.
Faizon Love performed as part of a fundraiser for the Buffalo Foundation, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Kentucky Black Sports Hall of Fame. The group raises funds for educational and agricultural programs for needy schoolchildren.
An award of appreciation was given to Love from the Foundation during his stop in Georgetown. He spent time there speaking with the children. This is something that Mr. Love does all the time. “I usually just drop in. I call in, then I might go play some basketball or anything depending on what’s going on in the city. I do this often, but I usually don’t get awards (laughs).”
The event organizer, Barry Tilford said, “You have to bring people in that not only promote the event but go to the community. [Faizon] has a clean record himself. We want to make in imprint and build on it. You can build on a talent like Faizon. He does comedy shows and has a Vegas act. This won’t be the last time he’s coming; we have some plans with him.”
Everyday people influenced Love, so he tries to be an everyday person. “I grew up in a good community in San Diego and New York. Kids pull from different things, what they see, whether it’s good or bad. I still pull from Dr. King but also my high school coach, my teacher Miss Pearson, my father, family members. Heroes ain’t on TV, they’re in the community. Superman puts on cape and flies around but he walks around the community every day and you don’t know.
“At a certain time in life we get so concerned with ourselves, [but] we have help other people. When you help other people, initially you help yourself. So it’s not about keeping current. It’s like giving someone a ride, it helps them more than it helps you. Sometimes it’s just about helping other people.”
Love shared a story about a teenage girl that he met in South Africa. She wanted to be a pilot. “I gave her a book on aviation. Now she’s a pilot. A woman pilot in South Africa.”