Dr. Joe Bien-Aime, also known as Joe B., is a pharmacist and the CEO of Dark Boys Records. He was born in Haiti, and both of his parents are Haitian.
Some of these responses have been edited for clarity.
Tell us about your journey:
I began music as an artist years ago. I started Dark Boys in 1995. Cool & Dre and DJ Khaled were with our team in 1997. I stepped away from music for many reasons, but one is my daughter. I attained a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in 2005 and opened my own pharmacy operation in 2014. I returned to music in January 2020.
What inspired you to pursue each goal?
My inspirations are all from my father. As long as I can remember, he was constantly inspiring me to strive for success from a child.
How does being Haitian influence you in your everyday life?
Living in Haiti, you have slim chances for success. Living in America, you see more lanes open, and I go for opportunities I never had in Haiti. Although I left Haiti at a young age, I remember so much, and my father molded my mind to take advantage of opportunities and to succeed in life.
What do you like most about being Caribbean or of Caribbean descent?
It seems like I see a bigger angle in the view of life.
What are three words you would use to describe yourself?
Resilient, determined and considering.
What is your definition of success?
Success means overall happiness in your life and endeavors.
When are you the happiest?
I am a very happy person, happier than the average person.
When I was 18 -19, sometimes I would be blue, and then I asked myself, “why?”
There was no reason at all, and then I made a conscious decision that there’s no reason for me to be blue.
I can control my feelings every time to be happy. I realized that you could do that, and I’m always a happy person. The thing is, I do a lot of things in my life to keep me happy.
Success is a very big thing for me. So, I did the things that are very important to me – my child, my daughter, and my family.
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