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|Albert Balewa Blackman
Date of Birth: February 3, 1975
Position: Jr. Equities Accountant
Albert Balewa Blackman Jr. was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.
Affectionately known as Balewa or B-Rock by his friends and family, he was a joy to the hearts of his parents, Hyacinth and Albert, and sister Susan. Balewa was intelligent, modest, funny, and mature beyond his years. At the tender age of two, he was known to pick up the Wall Street Journal and mimic his father. When he started school he was always very helpful. Balewa would finish his test and proceed to help his classmates, much to his teacher’s dismay. After graduating from James Madison High School, Balewa went on to Cornell University to major in biochemical engineer. Balewa graduated in 1996 and was ready to venture into the job world.
Balewa started working for Cantor Fitzgerald in August 2000. Dedicated to his job, he would be the first to arrive and the last to leave. He spent his off-time with his Cornell buddies, going to the gym, and his first love music. After a long day at Cantor, you could find Balewa in his room creating music. He turned his bedroom into a music studio with high tech equipment. He loved the old jazz legends, and fused jazz into his creations.
As a son, brother, uncle, and friend, you couldn’t be prouder. Balewa has touched so many lives and hearts in his 26 years. His life was not cut short. God just decided to use it to touch more.
My baby brother, when you were born I was so happy. I was officially a big sister. I was going to protect you no matter what. It would be you and me against the world. Then we got older and you broke my favorite Barbie. It was then you and I against each other. But the love was still there. The teenage years came along and it was you and I against our parents. Approaching adulthood we became occupied with our own little worlds. We still made time for each other and we became closer, not just siblings but good friends. It was you and I against the world again. Balewa, I miss you so much, your love of family, your music, your sarcastic remarks, you just being you. I will make sure your niece knows what a wonderful uncle she has. I love you.