On my mother's side of the family, my grandmother's grandmother is from Kiev, Russia. My father who is from Haiti in the Caribbean. His mother is from a small town in Ireland, EUK. My grandmother Lula Belle Grant Robinson was born in a small town outside of Jacksonville, Florida and came to Chicago as a teenie bopper in 1932 due to trouble with the American Indians and Jim Crow Laws in the South. My father Reginal Norwood came shortly before World War I in 1916. My mother Shirley Ann Smith was born to Milton Smith from Ohio and Lula Belle Grant Robinson in December of 1950 in Chicago's Black Belt. I was born Eric Hilary Smith to Reginal Norwood and Shirley Ann Smith at the University of Chicago Hospital under the hand CJ Charkabarty on September 10, 1974. By the age of 5, I entered Kindergarten at John Winston Cook School on Chicago's Southside in 1979. In the fifth grade I entered my first science fair, and won first place to go to the district competition. The following year in the sixth grade, I received a letter from my principal from the University of Illinois at Chicago Early Outreach Saturday College Program in the fall of 1985. In the early spring of 1986, I tested at the UIC Eye and Ear Infirmary to see what classes I would place into as a premed college student. The fall of 1986, I started in seventh grade attending classes on campus every Saturday. Instead of going to school five days a week, I was going six days a week. I told my friends at Cook School, I went to school seven when I included church and Sunday School. I attended church right around the corner from me at Southside Tabernacle Assembly of God Church, which I am still presently a member. By the fall of 1987, I was preparing for my last year as an eighth grader at John Winston Cook School. I was also preparing for my last year of the grammar school component in the UIC Early Outreach Saturday College Program. By the fall of 1988, I was accepted into Providence St. Mel High School as a Freshman on Chicago's westside. After, I got accepted to Providence St. Mel, my mother, who was a substitute teacher in the Chicago Public Schools had decided to move out of Auburn Park neighborhood and into the Chatham community on the near east side of Chicago. Shortly, after moving into the neighborhood, I start delivering newspapers all over Chatham for a very small sum of money so my mother would not have any extra bills added on to me attending Providence St. Mel.