“Facing Stigma” with Donnell Rawlings

“The military wasn’t what I originally wanted to do because I wanted to be an architect. Once I realized how much schooling you had to have for that I decided against it. So then I thought I’d become the black Jesus and a carpenter, but realized I wasn’t really that handy with a hammer and nail. As a black guy from the hood without a lot of options or a skill set, sometimes joining the military is the best option. I was a cop when I was in the military and when I got out I was waiting to become a DC police officer. I was out for like a year and half when I found comedy. I ended up going into a comedy club and heckling the comedians, so when the club dared me to go on stage I caught the comedy bug.

Healing the hidden wounds of war