Shaun Pascal was recently interviewed by TheCelebrity.Online Magazine and below is the Q&A session we had with Mr. Shaun.
Shaun Pascal As Cover Story Interview Feature – TheCelebrity.Online February 2023 Edition
How do you introduce yourself?
Shaun Pascal: Shaun Pascal is a successful and dynamic public servant who works in law enforcement in the UK. He is also the Co-Founder of Black Wall Street Media Ltd along with Dr Diahanne Rhiney, a highly sought-after public speaker. Together they firmly believe that the most impactful stories come from those who have experienced them firsthand, and they are passionate about using their platform to amplify the voices of ordinary people.
Both are vocal advocates for social justice and mental health, particularly women’s rights, and they are widely recognised as a go-to people for those looking to actively combat discrimination. They are known for their ability to translate abstract ideas into practical actions, motivating others to take meaningful and effective steps towards change.
How was the transition from your childhood into adulthood/teenage and what good and bad things do you remember?
Shaun Pascal: The transition from childhood to adulthood was a significant period of personal growth and change for me. I went through physical, cognitive, and emotional changes that shaped my identity and prepared me for the challenges I would face later in life. At the age of 17, I gained independence from my parents when I moved back to the UK, leaving my parents who were then residing in the United States.
As a young adult, I explored and experimented with different identities, which was a positive experience of self-discovery. However, this process was also very challenging and confusing. Being Black British of Caribbean descent with close ties to the US made the process of identity formation particularly difficult.
In terms of good and bad things, the experience of the transition from childhood to adulthood varied greatly due to my circumstances, as there was no one reliable to guide me. On one hand, the increased independence was liberating and exciting, while at times I felt overwhelmed and anxious, especially when it came to relationships. Overall, the transition from childhood to adulthood was a complex and multifaceted experience, and it had a significant impact on my mental health.
Struggle – What hardships have you faced during your life?
Shaun Pascal: As a black man in a police service I have often experienced discrimination and bias, both from colleagues and from the broader system. This has manifest in many ways, from being subjected to racist comments and attitudes to being unfairly disciplined. The environment is hostile and unwelcoming at times and created a sense of isolation for me. I have faced increased scrutiny and surveillance, which made it difficult to perform my job effectively.
It also lead to a sense of distrust although there was no lack of support from my supervisors, close colleagues and some in Senior. Leadership roles. The stress and trauma of working in a police service took an emotional toll on me. This lead to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, as well as physical health problems such as high blood pressure.
Despite all of this people may ask why stay? The answer for me is for multiple reasons. I love the work itself and find it richly rewarding that I can serve the Community and reassure them that there are officers that do the job because they do genuinely care. I feel it is important set a standard for other to follow and blaze their own trail. I recognise that I may not see the changes in my lifetime but I am willing to make sacrifices to ensure that we keep making progress no matter how small it may be.
What things people usually do not know about you?
Shaun Pascal: When it comes to things that people don’t usually know about me, one significant fact is that I am still in the process of discovering who I am, even at the age of 50. I believe that the journey of self-discovery is ongoing and that there is always room for personal growth and development, no matter how old you are. It’s a process that I enjoy and embrace, and I believe that it has helped me to continue to evolve and improve as a person.
What make you unique from your competitors in the industry and life?
Shaun Pascal: When it comes to what sets us apart from our competitors in both the industry and life, I would say it’s a combination of fresh eyes and an open mind. We bring a unique perspective to the table due to our diverse lived experiences. Growing up in both the US and UK, being married to someone of Turkish Cypriot descent, and my background as a police officer have all shaped my worldview in a way that allows me to see things from multiple angles. Working in partnership with others that also bring a unique perspective only compounds that uniqueness that is why myself and Diahanne make a great team.
Additionally, our ability to actively listen and show empathy towards others is a strength that sets us apart. We understand the value of truly listening to others and seeking to understand their perspective, which allows us to better connect with people on a personal level. Overall, we believe that our unique experiences and abilities to actively listen and empathise are key factors that make us stand out in both the industry and in life.
What are your major upcoming events?
Shaun Pascal: On Black Wall St. Media we have started a new chat show every Friday @ 7pm on LCBNTV call Tea & Chat Hosted by Dr Diahanne Rhiney the Co – Founder of Black Wall St. Media. Last Week we covered that topic of Love with guests from the field of owning dating agencies and a relationship Psychiatrist. Every week we will be covering a range of topics and nothing is off the table. Going forward we want to band together with investors and entrepreneurs to create a 24 hour Black Entertainment Channel.
For more information on upcoming events I would urge viewers to keep an eye on our Events page on www.blackwallst.media
What expert advice would you like to share?
Shaun Pascal: Be open to learning and growth: Whether you are just starting out in your career or are well-established, it’s important to remain open to new ideas, approaches, and perspectives. Never stop learning and seeking out opportunities for personal and professional growth. Embrace diversity and inclusivity: In both professional and social settings, it’s important to embrace diversity and inclusivity. Be open to engaging with people from different backgrounds and perspectives, and strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone.
Prioritise mental health and self-care: Mental health is just as important as physical health, and it’s essential to prioritise self-care in both your personal and professional life. This can include things like taking breaks when needed, seeking out support when necessary, and engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Speak up against discrimination and injustice: In both professional and social settings, it’s important to speak up against discrimination and injustice.
Be an ally and advocate for marginalised communities, and use your platform to help amplify their voices and promote positive change. Focus on building meaningful relationships: Both in your professional and personal life, focus on building meaningful relationships with others. This can help you to create a support system, grow your network, and foster a sense of community and belonging.
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