Will Mega is best known nationally as the bald, brash, outspoken, and provocative black man featured on Season 1 of the CBS reality show, “Big Brother”. Today he is an educator, a grassroots thought leader, “Hip-Hop Generation” political organizer, social activist and public speaker. He brings a unique message that spans beyond age, race, creed, gender, culture and social economic backgrounds. He has spoken before 100,000 people at the 1998 “Million Youth March”, in churches, on street corners and in high schools and college campuses. He gave an energized, profound and fiery address before a crowd of 3,000, in defense of Colin Kaepernick and against police brutality in front of the National Football League headquarters. Mega has a unique ability to electrify the masses with a microphone and a message.
Mega is a renaissance man.
In his Hollywood lane he can be seen in the kid-friendly film, “Like Mike,”starring Bow Wow, Morris Chestnut and several NBA all-stars. He made a cameo appearance in the film Brotherly Love of which he also choreographed all of the basketball scenes. In addition, Mega has appeared on “with Bryant Gumbel, the “Howard Stern” show, “BET Tonight The Early Show” with Tavis Smiley”,“Sally Jesse Raphael,” and the “Queen Latifah Show”. He has also been a guest on syndicated radio shows including ” NPR”, “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” “The Star and Bucwild Show” and the “Wendy Williams Show”, among others.
Mega isn’t just an orator; he is a man of action. Based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Will is the Executive Strategist of Octavius Strategies, a political consulting and issue advocacy firm. He is one of the most recognized community organizers, political strategists and youth educators on the east coast. His boundless energy, gifted oratory skills, strategic organizing abilities and compassion for the disenfranchised has led him to be on the forefront of many social, political and youth-empowerment causes around the country.
Will Mega once helped to organize and mobilize armed black men nationwide to shut down a Ku Klux Klan rally in Jasper Texas. This occurred during the wake of racist violence by angry white supremacists who murdered James Byrd, Jr. by dragging and beheading him while chained on the back of a pick up truck. Mega took up the plight of domestic violence victim Kemba Smith before the country. He was instrumental in her being granted clemency by President Bill Clinton. His relentless advocacy against police brutality led to the acquittal of
community activist, Askia Sabur of all charges. The winning of a 1 million dollar civil lawsuit against the city of Philadelphia followed this.
While matriculating as an undergrad at West Chester University in 1990, he was voted the very first African American Homecoming King in the history of the university. He earned his Master’s degree in Human Services from The Lincoln University, the first HBCU to issue degrees. His research focused on reversing voter apathy among the 18 – 35 year old demographic. His passion for involving young adults in the political realm led him to create the Hip Hop Agenda, Inc. – an organization focused on politically empowering young voters. His organization partnered with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs for the nationally recognized “Citizens for Change/Vote or Die” campaign. Through this, he helped to register voters for more than 10,000 college students in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh during the 2004 Presidential election in one day. He also co-founded the National Political Hip Hop Convention held in 2004 in Newark, NJ. Over 6,000 young adult delegates’ attended nation wide.
He has managed and directed the successful political campaigns of Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., and PA State Representative Kenyatta Johnson. His relentless campaigning efforts resulted in him serving as the Chief-of-Staff for Representative Johnson.
Mega is still active in the community and in which he grew up. He is the recipient of the Philadelphia Mayor’s citation and guiding light community activist award from the Honorable Mayor John F. Street. In addition the Philadelphia Tribune (the oldest African-American Newspaper) named him as one of Philadelphia’s Most Influential African-Americans Under the Age of 40 to watch. He is the founding board member of “The Men of Wynnefield”, a grassroots men's organization whose mission is to empower men and boys who reside in the Wynnefield section of Philadelphia.
Mega served as Dean of Students at Walter D. Palmer Charter High School. In addition to being the Dean of culture and climate he taught civic engagement and rites of passage classes. He currently serves as the High School Dean at Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter, which boast of its African centered focused curriculum and pedagogy.
With all he has done nationally, he is a loving father and a Philadelphia high school basketball coach. In his free time he loves to play chess while smoking his favorite “brotherhood” brand cigars. He is a consummate achiever and member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.