21 Questions With Kevin W. Cosby

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Cosby, 56, is senior pastor at St. Stephen Church (1018 S. 15th St.) and president of Simmons College of Kentucky. He lives in Chickasaw.

 

Earliest childhood memory?

“My mother and father bringing me to church.”

What song has been stuck in your head lately?

“‘Happy,’ by Pharrell. Especially since writing it as my answer to this question.”

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?

“A minister and a pastor because I idolized my grandfather, the Rev. B. J. Miller Sr., who was the first pastor of St. Stephen Church.”

The weirdest place somebody has recognized you in public?

“In a gift shop in the Bahamas.”

Who’s somebody doing big things in Louisville and is flying under the radar?

“Sunday school teachers, because they are not only teaching values but expanding the vocabulary skills of kids in urban areas who need to catch up.”

Your drink?

“Diet Pepsi.”

Best bar in Louisville?

“Barbecue. I don’t drink.”

Favorite possession?

“Books. Leaders are readers.”

All-time favorite Louisville restaurant?

“Jay’s Cafeteria. Had the best soul food in America.”

All-time favorite Louisville athlete?

“Darrell Griffith. He brought the first NCAA championship to the University of Louisville, and he’s a strong advocate of the city.”

Favorite local sports team?

“The Simmons Panthers represent an institution that was one of the first in collegiate athletics for African-Americans.”

Favorite bourbon?

“The only word with bon in it that I consume is not bourbon but Cinnabon.”

Public or private school?

“Public. It’s for all; therefore, it should be the best of all.”

Best book you’ve read over the past year?

Winning the Race, by John McWhorter. An activist agenda for African-American uplift in the 21st century.”

Can’t-miss TV show?

“I like watching programs on the History Channel.”

What film has had the greatest influence on your life?

It’s a Wonderful Life shows how common people can have an uncommon impact.”

Best date spot in town?

“Waffle House, because it has waffles. My last meal in Louisville would be waffles. Lots of butter and syrup.”

Last live performance you saw in Louisville?

“Earth, Wind and Fire at the Kentucky Center last year. Their album That’s the Way of the World is my all-time favorite.”

Fill in the blank: “__________________ Louisville” should be the next banner on the side of a building.

“­Invest Over Arrest.”

Where do you go to be alone?

“The park. I can’t say which one because I won’t be alone anymore.”

What’s something nobody knows about you?

“I am one of the best basketball players in Louisville.”

Earliest childhood memory?

“My mother and father bringing me to church.”

What song has been stuck in your head lately?

“‘Happy,’ by Pharrell. Especially since writing it as my answer to this question.”

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?

“A minister and a pastor because I idolized my grandfather, the Rev. B. J. Miller Sr., who was the first pastor of St. Stephen Church.”

The weirdest place somebody has recognized you in public?

“In a gift shop in the Bahamas.”

Who’s somebody doing big things in Louisville and is flying under the radar?

“Sunday school teachers, because they are not only teaching values but expanding the vocabulary skills of kids in urban areas who need to catch up.”

Your drink?

“Diet Pepsi.”

Best bar in Louisville?

“Barbecue. I don’t drink.”

Favorite possession?

“Books. Leaders are readers.”

All-time favorite Louisville restaurant?

“Jay’s Cafeteria. Had the best soul food in America.”

All-time favorite Louisville athlete?

“Darrell Griffith. He brought the first NCAA championship to the University of Louisville, and he’s a strong advocate of the city.”

Favorite local sports team?

“The Simmons Panthers represent an institution that was one of the first in collegiate athletics for African-Americans.”

Favorite bourbon?

“The only word with bon in it that I consume is not bourbon but Cinnabon.”

Public or private school?

“Public. It’s for all; therefore, it should be the best of all.”

Best book you’ve read over the past year?

Winning the Race, by John McWhorter. An activist agenda for African-American uplift in the 21st century.”

Can’t-miss TV show?

“I like watching programs on the History Channel.”

What film has had the greatest influence on your life?

It’s a Wonderful Life shows how common people can have an uncommon impact.”

Best date spot in town?

“Waffle House, because it has waffles. My last meal in Louisville would be waffles. Lots of butter and syrup.”

Last live performance you saw in Louisville?

“Earth, Wind and Fire at the Kentucky Center last year. Their album That’s the Way of the World is my all-time favorite.”

Fill in the blank: “__________________ Louisville” should be the next banner on the side of a building.

“­Invest Over Arrest.”

Where do you go to be alone?

“The park. I can’t say which one because I won’t be alone anymore.”

What’s something nobody knows about you?

“I am one of the best basketball players in Louisville.”

 

This article was featured in Louisville Magazine's May 2014 Issue.