Black History Month: Eugene Smith

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In honor of Black History Month, News Three is profiling members of our community who are making a difference. We introduce Eugene Smith.

The sounds of Eugene Eugene. They're familiar at various events across the Brazos Valley. The man is Eugene Smith and music is his passion.

He donates his time and talents for free and performs at events for non profit organizations.

" I had always wanted to be a musician even as a little child. I even prayed to the Lord that if he would just give me that gift, I would use it to the best of my ability," said Smith.

Smith is also the editor and publisher of the magazine, "Back to Basics." It's been around for 14 years and it's free to readers.

Smith writes religious articles and highlights African Americans in the community. He also encourages people to submit poems and short stories.

" This way people who never get to see their material in print get to see thousands of copies out there and it doesn't cost them anything," said Smith.

Smith also owns Brother to Brother, a jazz club in downtown Bryan. He and his band can be heard there on Fridays and Saturdays. Despite the hard work, Smith says owning his own business has always been a dream.

" I've been the type of person that if I want to do something, I just go ahead and try it. If I fail at it, I try something else," said Smith.

Smith encourages young people to so the same. Tap into their talents and do the things they love.

" I love to write. I love to play music so that's not a challenge it's love," said Smith.

Smith was born and raised in Normangee, Texas. He has lived in Bryan for 30 years. He is also a recording artist and has a C.D. out.

He learned to play the piano at the age of 22. He became a saved Christian at the age of 32. He plays the piano for Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

You can submit material or advertise in "Back to Basics" by mailing Smith at 4417 Old Hearne Road, Bryan, TX 77803.