I am Sebastian Hassell aka Sebbie aka Bash. I am a Southerner by birth and a Midwesterner by choice.
I graduated from Hillcrest High School in Evergreen, Alabama with honors and an Advanced Diploma. From there I went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy from Alabama A&M University. During my time of undergraduate study, I also made time to take several film and television production courses. After undergrad, I remained at Alabama A&M University where I pursued a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree with a focus on community development and housing. I also served as a research assistant to the Alabama A&M Community Campus Partnership where I learned a great deal about how institutions of higher education can be instrumental in transforming the lives in the communities that surround their campuses. I also spent a great deal of time trying to understand how faith communities can better serve their communities by becoming part of the community development process.
Since receiving my MURP degree, I have been working to better understand both myself and the world around me. This journey has led me to the conclusion that the work I am called to is that of a faith leader and philosopher who affirms the inherent world of all people. This calling, and my efforts to live it out are why I have this blog, why I host my podcast, and why I founded Reimagining Revival Ministries, Inc. This is my life’s work and while it does not yet pay the bills, it fulfills me and gives me a sense of purpose.
Beyond the intense stuff, I am an introvert. I enjoy time alone or with small groups of friends. I love music and the arts. I dabble in percussion, poetry, crafting, photography, videography, and sketching.
It is my intent to use research and the arts to leave this world in better shape for marginalized people of color than I found it. Among other things, I will tackle poverty, systemic racism, homophobia, and transphobia and how these things are, in my opinion, evil in that they cause undeserved harm to others.