My name is Takeo and I live in Oakland, CA. This shadow box that I created represents how I got graduated from middle school and how I was born. In late 2003, I was born to an African American mother, and I came out as an African American baby. My name Takeo and it is a Japanese name, and I was named after a former NFL player named Takeo Spikes. The pictures that I put in the shadow box represents how I went to different schools, and the graduation card that I put in my box represents how I got a certificate on June 6, 2017. The dominant narrative is that African American men do not do well in school, but I do. This represents my counter narrative. So there you have it. This is Takeo, and that’s the end of my story.