I was born in McDonald Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. I have seven sisters and eight brothers. My sisters are Marilyn, Jackie, Lisa, Penny, April, Angela, and Audrey. My brothers are Steven, Kenneth, James, Henry, Andre, Dexter, Terrel, and Daryl.Nine of us grew up together in Erie, Pa.
After graduating from Burton Elementary School, I sent to Gridley Middle School, and then attended East High School. Instead of staying home for college, I attended Oakwood College in Huntsville which is now Oakwood University.