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    This article appeared in the September 2010 issue of Louisville Magazine. To subscribe, please visit

    Christopher 2X is a South End resident, community activist and founder of the Fight Crimes Against Children Partnership.

    Your age?
    I don’t have to give that if I don’t want to, right? Can you just use a question mark?

    When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
    A baseball player.

    Earliest childhood memory?
    Waking up one day and seeing the Cincinnati Reds on TV.

    In one sentence, what do you do in your job?
    I try my best to respond to requests for help in different areas of town, knowing that linking and connecting people to the existing resources in our community is a newfound gift of mine.

    Fill in the blank: “­­________ Louisville” should be the next banner on the side of a building.
    Erica Hughes’. Her story aired in June as an “Against All Odds” story on Dateline NBC. She unfortunately was the victim of a brutal shooting in town at the age of two, and now she’s six.

    Who’s somebody doing big things in town and is flying under the radar?
    Bill Gatewood, the director of the Presbyterian Community Center in Smoketown, is doing phenomenal work in that neighborhood.

    Your drink?

    All-time favorite Kentucky Derby winner?
    It’s the obvious choice: Secretariat.

    The most you ever lost on a horse race?

    Favorite Louisville restaurant?
    Otto’s Cafe inside the Seelbach.

    All-time favorite University of Louisville athlete?
    Another obvious pick: Darrell Griffith.

    Favorite local sports team?
    The Louisville Bats — I told you I’m a big-time baseball fan.

    Best book you’ve read over the past year?
    Shamans, Healers, and Medicine Men, by Holger Kalweit.

    TV show you can’t miss?
    I have two favorites, because I work with both of them: Dateline NBC and The First 48 on A&E.

    Best date spot in town?
    There are so many good ones, so I have to gather my thoughts. I’ll go with Waterfront Park because I’m a nature kind of guy.

    LEO or Velocity?
    Velocity. I’m attracted to the young energy it produces.

    Your thoughts on Benedictine?
    Never heard of it.

    Derby or Oaks?
    Oaks — because of the fillies.

    Last live performance you saw in town?
    Jersey Boys.

    Where do you take out-of-town guests?
    They have to visit the Muhammad Ali Center.

    If you were forced to get a tattoo, what would you get?
    The Phoenix because it represents the emergence of new life. The mantra of my work can be described as healing and rebirth.

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