Once you learn the story of Colin White, you’ll realize that there’s really no excuse not to try anything even when you’re born with a disability.
Colin has acheiropodia, a rare condition he was born with that results in him lacking distal extremities.
Colin is a rapper whose stage name is N.U.B.S. which stands for Normally Underestimated By Sight, something the 26-year-old has had to deal with his whole life. N.U.B.S. is part of the Odd Squad Family, based in Phoenix, Arizona. There are three of them in the band, vocalist A~Factor, 27, and Snowman, 26, who has albinism.
Watch to find out more of Colin’s story.
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N.U.B.S. said: “The things I’ve learned about living with a disability are that anything’s possible.
“Hard work, dedication, and relentlessness are really all it takes to achieve whatever you’re trying to achieve.
“It’s taught me not to underestimate anybody, not to judge anybody based on what they look like.”
High school was a turning point because that’s where he met Jovan Player aka Snowman who was also a musician. The pair hit it up and the Odd Squad Family was born.
Because he has albinism, Snowman understands the struggles of being disabled and that served as an inspiration for making hip hop lyrics.
N.U.B.S. said: “I’m so glad I found Snowman and A~Factor because they’re my brothers.
“They say blood’s thicker than water, but blood couldn’t make our relationship any thicker.”
“We got into all kinds of nonsense when we were teenagers in High School,” added Snowman. “From there we just created the group, Odd Squad Family and it started out as a family. A group of friends seated around a table, the people that were closest that we could trust. We took the name and we ran with it.”
A~Factor joined the Odd Squad Family in 2015. While he’s “normal,” he also had his own share of struggles and battles.
A~Factor said: “That’s the most frequently asked question, what’s wrong with the black guy?
“That’s kind of the whole point of Odd Squad Family, there’s nothing wrong with any of us.
“I may look ‘normal,’ but everybody is odd in their own way.”
N.U.B.S. has two children with his partner, Mary, who he also met in high school. N.U.B.S. has made sure to raise his children, Jerami, 4, and Clay, 11 months, with an open mind because he himself was bullied growing up.
He explained: “It’s important that I’m a good father and teach my children everything I can.
“I just want them to know that they can do anything, anything they want.”
And through his music, N.U.B.S. is hoping that he can inspire the world to be more tolerant towards those who are different.
“I hope with my music, I can create a better place in this world. A less judgmental place, less ignorance.
“I want to change people’s mindsets and help their mentality be stronger with my music. I want to change the world.”