Local Entertainer Dimitri Reeves Goes Viral with Powerful Message!

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Local Entertainer Dimitri Reeves Goes Viral with Powerful Message! (PART 1of 2)

Dimitri Reeves thinks that love is the only message worth spreading. Even if you don’t know the 28-year-old (today is his Birthday!) St. Mary’s County native by name, you may have seen videos of him dancing online. Reeves is famous for dancing in the streets all over SOMD and for his unexpected performance at the height of the 2015 riots in Baltimore. 

Growing up in St. Mary’s County, Reeves credits his grandmother with instilling the belief that you can have what you want in the world while he was still a small child. “I woke up one day and said, 'I want cereal.' She responded, 'No. Go back to sleep.’ ” Dimitri said he continued to plead his case, like he always did, until his grandmother intervened. “My grandmother said, ‘If my baby wants Frosted Flakes, he can have Frosted Flakes’. I don't know why I remember that. She taught me a lot and I felt so loved by her”.

Born Entertainer

The local man says he’s enjoyed entertaining ever since his days at Great Mills High School. “I didn't enjoy school; what I loved about it was that’s where the people were. I would go every day because that is where my audience was. I never would miss a day of school, even when I was sick. A teacher once said to me, 'Dimitri, they're laughing at you, not with you.' I said, 'As long as they're laughing and smiling, I've done my job. I always knew I was born to perform. “
Reeves drew inspiration from an unexpected source. “I love WWE wrestling. Shawn Michaels, The Rock, Kane... I used to pretend to do all that stuff like I was on TV.”

Inspired By Michael Jackson’s Music and Dance

Reeves said that after high school, he decided to ask for some divine intervention. “I remember praying. I said, 'I want to headline WrestleMania or the Grammys.’ That was my dream, but I wasn’t sure just how to get there.”

Then, an unexpected event set Reeves down the path to his career. When Michael Jackson died in 2009, the young entertainer was overcome with emotion. “All the memories of him flooded back from my childhood. Moonwalker, Thriller, all of it. Just seeing that and doing the “Smooth Criminal” lean was magical. I went downstairs and put on my ROTC uniform. I put on my dress pants and I started dancing. Next thing you know, I found myself in the Greater Washington Urban League Contest.”

Life Changer

Another life-changing event for Dimitri was meeting his manager, Vaughan Mason, at a church event. “I gave him a CD of me performing and signed with him soon after.” Reeves credits Mason with taking his career to the next level. “He put me out there. I didn't know how to sing at first. He taught me all kinds of things I needed to succeed. The best way to learn is by doing, and he put me right in it. This is what it feels like to be in front of 20,000 people. He took me everywhere...teaching me the ropes and giving me exposure to things I could never imagine. We were inseparable. I cannot thank him enough for the opportunity he gave me. He introduced me to a lot of influential people in the music industry.”

Personal Struggles

But it wasn’t all showbiz success for Reeves. Even as his career took off, he struggled in his personal life. “After my grandmother passed away, I believe a big part of me died that day. I lost some faith in love and myself. I had good parents, but we did not always see eye to eye on my future and that was hard on me. My relationship with my dad was weird at times. I think it was because he was trying to steer me in the right direction, but I knew my calling. I'm happy to say that our relationship now is flourishing.”

Taking It To The Street

His manager’s plan to boost Dimitri’s career surprised the young entertainer. “He said, ‘We need to get you out on a street corner.’ I said, 'No. People are going to think I'm on drugs or drunk or crazy.' But he responded, 'Go out on the street corner. James Brown did it.’ So, I was like, “Okay, if it was good enough for James, I’ll try it.” Link or video of James Brown FB LIVE

Dimitri’s first street performance was at Druid Hill Park in Baltimore. “We played Wanna Be Starting Something and people started crowding around. I danced to that and after that, I was hooked. I've been hooked ever since.”

It was that day that Dimitri got his first sponsor by meeting someone who happened to be jogging by while he was performing. “You could just feel the energy. We went all across the United States. We went to Las Vegas, California, Chicago and New York. We just pulled up with a big box truck with a stage on top of it and a banner on the side. It was great. I was living in Baltimore and performing for almost ten years while traveling.”

Spreading The Message of Love

Even as his star continued to rise, Dimitri struggled with personal demons. “It took me a long time to realize that I had to love myself. I was cutting myself. I had depression and a lot of self-destructive behavior involving drugs.”

Dimitri once got jumped before a performance for trying to break up a group of men who were attacking a woman. “I jumped in and said, ‘Martin Luther King wouldn't want this.' I just took all of the heat from the bad situation. Looking back, it was not the smartest thing to do. To be honest, at the time, I didn’t care about myself. I hope I planted a seed, because instead of cutting or shooting me, they just kind of ran away. Seems God had bigger plans for me.”

Reeves said that despite a split lip from the attack, he cleaned up and took part in his planned karaoke performance. “I did Prince’s, Let's Go Crazy. My lip was dripping blood. My lip was split. People were like, 'What the hell is wrong with this guy?’ "
Reeves chose to look on the bright side. “I just got my a** beat outside, but I'm still alive, baby! Wooo!"

The woman he intervened on behalf of came up to thank him after the show. “She said, 'You are my knight in shining armor. Thank you. You saved my life.’ Looking back, I think that we both saved each other’s lives that night.”

After that incident, Reeves had a new outlook on life. “I began my journey to change the world by spreading the only real message of love.

Watched By Millions

The 2015 Baltimore riots gave him a once-in-a-lifetime chance to spread his message. “I was already performing in Baltimore when the riot started. My manager said, ‘Now is as good a time as any. I decided to do the only thing I could think of. I thought, ‘What would Michael Jackson want me to do?’ “

Reeves and his manager headed straight into the heart of the chaos to perform. “Going out in the Baltimore streets, I felt like I was a wrestler and it was a performance. We had four speakers and a generator. I jumped on top of the truck. People were running towards me like they were going to see Evel Knievel.”

Dimitri said everyone was moved by the music. “The Crips, the Bloods, and the Guerilla Family jumped up on top of the van and danced to 'Smooth Criminal' with me. I was thinking, Are you kidding me? ”

Then the police arrived on the scene. Dimitri took to the street for a performance that would be seen by millions of people all over the world. “I started to dance and show the rioters and the cops that LOVE is the right thing to do at that time.” He said that police officers began to back up in unison. “It was truly a remarkable feeling to see the power of love firsthand.”

Tragic Loss and Starting Over Again

Dimitri was riding high after national exposure, but then came a tragic loss.

TO BE CONTINUED LATER TODAY & TRUST US YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS PART II (Check back 4.p.m for part two of this amazing story)

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