Born and raised in Washington DC, Rasheed grew up in a Muslim household with his two other brothers.
Uncertain of how to express his sexuality due to his religious beliefs, he fought and hid his true self from everyone. This story starts off on prom night in 1996, the last high school event before graduation and Rasheed is wrecked with confusion on how to act with his beautiful date Danielle. He soon admits to himself that he is in fact gay, and always has been. The next few years are a roller coaster of good times, sexual exploration, friendships, lovers, pain, loss and death. Riddled with humor and edge-of-your-seat drama, Hello My Name Is will keep you turning pages until the very end.
After a 25 year run as a successful restaurant manager of fine dining establishments around the country, Rasheed finally returned home, where he finished this book. The intent was not to release it, but knowing that this story while unique, was not singular, he decided to share it with the world.
At 40 years old, Rasheed came out of the closet to everyone. Quitting his job and taking a year off of work to travel the world, the book was a symbol of freedom that Rasheed needed to catapult him into the next chapter of his life, including; entrepreneurship, traveling the world, unpacking grief and addressing his own mental health wellness, and eventually finding true love. This book is a raw testament to the often untold side of gay black men.