what’s good man?
Ben: Nothing much man. 2008 … another
Where did you grow up?
I’m a Jersey boy … I
was born in Irvington, lived in Union till I was about 8,
and then moved to East Hanover. If you get me heated – a
little bit of the Soprano’s will come out…
Pick one word that describes you.
Humble… (haha just kidding…
I just think it’s funny when people say they are humble
cause by doing so .. well, you get it…). Umm, I don’t know…
When did you first start to sing?
I remember when I was a kid
I used to think I could sing with an opera voice. I’m sure
I was the only one that thought it was funny. I suppose I
was first formally encouraged to sing when I was 13, and my
church was attempting to have a choir get started.
Who are some of your favorite musical artists?
Growing up, I listened to
all types of music. Now a days you’ll find worship music and
some good ole gospel. Some of my favorites are Fred
Hammond, Donnie McClurkin … and even some Don Moen for those
long drives. Other than that, for some reason I have this
obsession with watching made-for-TV movies about old school
MoTown bands along with rocking out to some Stevie Wonder.
What do you think of IndaPhatFarm.com?
I think it’s a great forum
for people to express themselves. I especially like reading
New Jersey is a mystery to a lot of people. It’s been
called the armpit of America. Break down the Pros/Cons for
Pros: (1) Ideally located between PA and NY,
making a commute to Manhattan or Philadelphia manageable.
(2) Good School Systems (3) Everything is always “20 minutes
away.” If you ask someone in NJ how far, that will be the
answer. Multiple highways, routes, and passing interstates
make most distant points pretty manageable especially in
Cons: (1) Very densely populated, even in some
suburbs (particularly North/Central). (2) That infamous
“smell” when coming over any NYC crossing due to the
industrial properties coupled with the filth coming from New
York (j/k calm down) (3) Tolls
Tell us about those skills in the kitchen.
I can make a really tasty
bowl of cereal…
haven’t asked this since interviewing the dear brother Paul
back in 2002, but tell us a fond memory from your days in
CABIN WARS… I remember
being woken up by loud noises coming from the cabin roof,
running outside and seeing a rival cabin declaring war in
the middle of the night. … Some of you guys might remember
the stupid midnight ketchup bandits. (sorry for messing up
What is your take on George W? How will he be remembered?
In 2000, Bush ran a campaign on (1) a humble
foreign policy promising to keep away from nation building –
(2) keep my taxes low, and (3) enforce the conservative
social agenda. He’s tried his best on the latter two –
particularly on the social agenda with the nomination of 2
conservative Supreme Court Justices – kudos to him on that.
His foreign policy views obviously changed after
9/11. It is a fact that our national security was
threatened in the post 9/11 world. His approach to the Iraq
war and everything attached to it is something to be
debated, and I am not quite sure how I feel on the many
issues. Bush’s strategy is a long term one. Only time and
whether his successors decide to continue efforts to bring
democracy to the Middle East will define his rememberence in
the long term future. If successful, the history books may
look back and realize our world is safer despite how things
may look right now. Again, I still don’t know how I feel on
Also, what is your prediction for the 2008 election?
Who knows these days … next
month someone else will be leading in some other state. I
think it’s too soon to tell. I’m tired of the political
games being played in this election campaign… I’ll tell you
who does peek my interest though- Ron Paul. His ideas of
“restoring the Republic” and aligning himself to the
Constitution will stir you. Look him up on You Tube when
you get the chance. At the end of the day though, I don’t
think he has a shot of winning, but maybe his ideas and talk
is stirring a revolution.
List your favorites:
Reality: My 2004 BMW 325ci (aka Angelina)
Dream #1: Maserati GranTurismo
Dream #2: Classic 1950’s Mercedes 300 SL
(1) Appam & Chicken Curry !! (2) Edchi (fried
beef) w/ Chor (rice), and a whole lot of morra (spiced
yogurt) (3) Breakfast – Eggs Benedict
C. Hobbies: Music (listening,
playing); Making fun of my sisters…
D. Countries to visit/re-visit:
I’ve really only recently been to
London (2007) and India (2002). Life and responsibilities
took over a little in between… So I have a lot of the world
I want to explore. I’m hoping to do more of it. I’m open
to everything and anywhere – from helping with Missions in
South America and participating in Jamaican crusade meetings
… to taking an African Safari … to relaxing on a beach in
Turks & Caicos.
I could get in trouble for answering that! I like them
both… we all get along really well. Let me take this time
to brag about them -- I have an older sister, Teesha and a
younger sister Blessy. Teesha works at Childrens Hospital
of Philadelphia (CHOP) as a research coordinator and
specializes in neonatal care (sick babys). Blessy is a
special education teacher and teaches ADD & Autistic kids in
NJ. They’re off to save the world…
F. Sport(s): Soccer; Basket Ball
… and a recent new found appreciation
for golf & tennis.
G. Restaurant(s): NYC – #1 Crispo #2 Holy Basil
H. Bible Passage(s):  “… Fear God and keep his commandments, for
this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13 b);
 “Consider the work of God: for who can make that
straight, which he hath made crooked?” (Ecclesiastes
What is the most important thing in life?
Check my first favorite
Bible Passage from above.
Name someone you admire and why.
My Father. He is my best
friend. He is hard working, loves his family (and not
afraid to show or say it), and treats my mother like a queen
and his kids like his trophies. I hope I can be half the
man he is…
What is in your pocket right now?
Building pass, 6 buissenss
cards, $25.50 cash, and a pen.
What is President Benson Thomas’s solution to the situation
Using nothing but Microsoft Paint, please draw us a picture.
This is the only thing that came to me to draw… I
don’t know who he is…
Are you a Nets/Mets/Jets or Knicks/Yankees/Giants guy?
I got really bad about
following sports and keeping up with particular teams after
highschool, so since I’m from NJ I guess I’m a
What’s the first thing you notice about a person?
Their hairline (mine is
What is something you cannot stand in a person?
If they have a good
hairline … haha … ok a serious answer would be people who
are inconsiderate. This is a broad statement and can relate
to being inconsiderate of other peoples feelings,
inconsiderate drivers, or even being inconsiderate at the
requests of those who have authority over us.
When can we expect Newark’s return to the BSC?
I was never able to
participate in the BSC due to my back. We have been out of
commission for the past couple years. We’ve got some
youngin’s growing up now however, and they are itching to
help Newark get back on that court. We’ve got a hoop set up
at church so these guys do ball when the weather is nice.
You may see a resurrection this year….
Alright, so you’re slated to tie the knot this year. What
final words would you like to say to Benson A. Thomas, the
You’ve had a good run my
single friend…. Here’s to the memories. (now run!!!) j/k :)
Alright, so you’re slated to tie the knot this year. What
encouraging words would you like to say to Benson A. Thomas,
the soon to be married man?
How the heck did YOU manage
to get a great girl like that man!?! Nice job… now don’t
mess it up!!!
What is your take on arranged marriage?
I’ve seen it work for many
couples, and unfortunately turn into very terrible
situations for others. Marriage is a huge step, and needs
to be taken seriously with fasting and prayer. It should
never be forced upon someone. Marriage out of convenience
or b/c someone has reached a certain age is the wrong
What is your take on interracial marriage?
We should never place
boundries on who God might have for us to marry. Whether it
be someone of a different race, fat or skinny, rich or poor
– we shouldn’t limit the possibilities of what God may want
for us. That being said, it is sometimes true that the
easier two initially have in common, the easier it MAY make
things. That could be anything from a particular church
and/or religion, language, upbringing, all the way down to a
type of food. These things, however, are not what makes a
marriage prosperous and last. They only help and/or
assist. In the end, as the Beatles would say – “All You
Need Is Love!”
Are we living in the End Times?
It is undeniable – without a doubt…
Describe the ideal church, even if its not realistic.
The ideal church is where
the Love of God is shared, the salvation of Christ is
preached, with a commitment to prepare the Church to be the
Bride of Christ, ready for the rapture.
Alright, you leave work extremely late one night, around
1:30 AM. Downtown Manhattan. As you walk the streets,
there is some activity, as the city never sleeps, but not
that much. You make your way toward your parking garage, 7th
floor. Only 4 cars are parked there.
As you near your car, you fumble for your keys and insert
the right one into the car. Before you can reach the
handle, you feel the cold steel of a handgun barrel against
the back of your neck. “Turn around, nice and slow” the
individual says in a somehow familiar voice.
As you slowly turn around, you’re rapidly beating heart
almost explodes as the face of this goon you’re looking
at……is your own. Somehow you’ve been cloned, and he’s here
to replace you. Obviously he can’t complete his deed in the
parking garage, he’ll have to take you to a remote
location. What do you do?
Since he can’t complete the
deed in the parking garage, I just won’t move. The only way
he could force me, or is it I could force me… (get it?) to
go into the car is if he brings attention to himself. (or
myself). Knowing me, I wouldn’t have the guts to shoot me
anyway…. Did that sound right…?
Lastly, leave us with a parting thought.
Congrats to everyone who survived this interview…
now WAKE UP!!!…