I am Bernard Lewis Oliver. Named after my father, my uncle who was taken from this world before I was born into it, and my grandfather whose surname my mother decided to give me. These spirits I am sure push this man, composed of stardust and elements. My name, I read once, means "Brave as a bear." I have been called a bear on many occasions in many different ways. I find that both hilarious and honorific.
Filmmaking is so important to me. Calling back emotions in my audience, long forgotten, is important to me. Evoking the spirit of fire, rebellion and strength is important to me. Embracing the pain is important to me. These things are inside me and I have to share that with the world in whatever shape or form it takes. Below is but a tidbit of where that realization comes from, where that spirit emanates. Words don't do that absolute unapologetic spirit justice but I will convey that to the best of my ability.
It has been my goal since I was a child to create art. To show black boys and girls you are enough and capable. Probably to prove it to myself as well. The art medium has changed over the years but the mission is still there. I am blessed to be where I am. I can't wait to see where I go. To God be the glory.
I began boxing in high school as a way to improve my eye-hand coordination for football and to learn self-defense. My boxing cross-training quickly blossomed into a love for the sweet science of the sport. I went on to attend the University of Arkansas where I participated in their boxing club activities. While in college I won the 2012 Mid-America Emmy award as a producer, in the student category, along with my Advanced Television classmates. I also placed second in the National Broadcast Society, South Central competition, again as a producer & director for a sports specialty show covering combat sports.
My involvement and love of boxing led me to Straightright Springdale in 2013 where I am currently on staff as an assistant coach and trainer and point of contact for all customer service needs.
Since joining the Straightright Boxing Team I have competed in numerous national competitions, winning my first National Title tournament as a novice at super heavyweight in 2015. I have since lost 50 lbs. in pursuit of health and heavyweight success. I dropped a weight class by maintaining a healthy diet and working hard in the gym.
In 2018 I added my second state Golden Gloves Championship, my first regional Golden Gloves championship and my first Golden Gloves national berth all at heavyweight. In 2019 and 2020 I added two more state championships to that, respectively.