In this episode we speak with Fareed Nassor Hayat truly a man of many talents and passions. He is a playwright, a successful real estate entrepreneur, a former public defender in the City of Baltimore, founder of The People’s Law Firm, LLC, and a law professor. And he just turned 40.
We talk about how Fareed endeavors to balance his diverse personal and professional pursuits with being an active and engaged family man. Growing up, Fareed was surrounded by close relatives who were pimps, prostitutes and gang members, setting an example for what he says he was supposed to become.
The first time Craig Melvin visited the small-town western Pennsylvania “homestead” of his future wife, Lindsay Czarniak, he was taken aback by her family’s Christmas Day tradition.
“At the end of the meal, they were like, ‘Oh, it’s time to sing ‘Happy Birthday,’ ” recalls Melvin, an MSNBC anchor who hosts “MSNBC Live” and co-hosts “Today” on Saturdays. “I thought it was a joke, but lo and behold, they went and got baby Jesus out of the manger and we sang ‘Happy Birthday.’ ”