From Street-Dweller to Superstar: Meet Uncle Ellis
Not too long ago, Ellis Reid, the man who has come to be known internationally as “Uncle Ellis,” was homeless. The only roof over his head was the sky over the city of Port-Of-Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago. As a means of survival, he sometimes sold light refreshments (when he could afford to) and performed a comical dance for the entertainment of passersby that has since been dubbed “The Uncle Ellis Wine.”
Reid’s breakthrough came when he was invited to perform onstage by local DJ-turned-artiste “Salty” during the 2016 Carnival celebrations in Trinidad and Tobago.
Thanks to social media, Reid’s onstage antics spread like wildfire, and caught the attention of an international audience. He is now no longer homeless, is a world-traveler, and has had the opportunity to meet with many internationally known celebrities, some of whom include Amber Rose, Cardi B and Blac Chyna.
In the intro to his 2017 musical offering entitled “I Doh Mind” (a variation of “I Don’t Mind”), he recounts being viciously attacked on one occasion by a total stranger for no reason other than the fact that he was homeless.
Reid once said, “I want to be a beacon to the people laying down on the streets. I want to be an example. I want to motivate people who are living on the streets. Just because we are living on the streets, doesn’t mean that we are not human. One day I hope to inspire others despite what the critics may say.”
His story is truly inspiring indeed.
Watch the video for his single “I Doh Mind” below.
By: Danielle Dixon
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