The odds of a biracial child up for adoption being placed in a permanent home in Detroit in 1967: insurmountable. The odds of this union coming together were God odds; odds only God could overcome. On that November afternoon, God placed me in the arms of the family that he chooses just for me. Getting others to agree on God’s placement would also be insurmountable. –Kevin D. Hofmann, Author of Growing Up Black in White.
In December 2015, Lovelogical and Forgive Me Not Photos had the pleasure of driving to Toledo, Ohio to the home of Kevin D. Hofmann, Author of Growing Up Black in White. Prior to the interview I, Michelle L. Anderson of Lovelogical, had spoken with Mr. Hoffman on a few occasions. During our conversations, I had come to admire and respect this soft-spoken man raised by progressive LoveLogical parents.
Kevin D. Hofmann was adopted by a Caucasian family in the late 1960’s. This was almost unheard of during this Civil Rights Era. His parents were brave and willing to make a difference in the life of a child they knew belonged to them from the moment eyes and hearts met. The fact that Kevin captured his life story to celebrate his Lovelogical family and share the love received from them over the years is extraordinary.
The trip to Toledo was special. It would be my first live on-camera interview included with our Lovelogical family photo shoot. I was nervous and excited at the same time. Did I know what I was doing…Not at all! I have been interviewed for television. However, I had never interviewed anyone in front of a camera before. It was a completely different feeling. A different kind of nervous. I had to laugh at myself as I went over questions in my head. All the way to Toledo I know I drove Taurise of Forgive Me Not Photos crazy making sure we were in sync for the video shoot. This was a first for both of us.
Kevin was a trooper. He was well aware he was my first on-camera interview. I was very comfortable with my lack of skill when talking with him. Mr. Hoffman, in turn, encouraged me he had done many interviews and between the two of us, we would be fine.
This assurance was proven upon meeting. I immediately felt as if I were meeting an old friend instead of a new one. His beautiful wife and son welcomed us with big smiles. It was not long before the house was full of laughter and fun as photos were taken and the Detroit Lion’s attempted to win.
Once we sat down for the interview I managed to come to life. Michelle L Anderson completed her first Lovelogical interview. Taurise became a successful videographer and Kevin Hoffman showed us the patience of Job. He even offered a signed copy of Growing Up Black in White for our January Lovelogical Giveaway.
At the end of the day, Taurise and I drove back to Michigan feeling a strong sense of accomplishment. The day was a success. Everyone was happy and satisfied with the outcome. The fruits of the day were the first of many Lovelogical on-camera interviews to come.
Please sit back and enjoy watching our Lovelogical interview of Kevin D Hofmann, Author of Growing Up Black in White. You can also enjoy Kevin’s’ Lovelogical story at http://www.lovelogical.com/families/hofmann/.