Born in Tallahassee, raised in Tampa, Cedric may be a long way from the beach weather he craves. But a stint at Quantico from his active duty days in the Marine Corps was enough to convince the 26-year-old that the mid-Atlantic might suit him — at least for a while. Still in the Reserves, Sgt. Cedric fills his time studying marketing at American University and working in photography. But while the Marines gave Cedric this neck of the woods, it also took him out West. ”I was stationed in San Diego,” he says. As a result, graduation may mark the end of Cedric’s D.C. stay. ”I’ll probably go to the West Coast. Winters here and I don’t really get along.”
What’s on your nightstand?
A journal and a few books.
(Photo by Julian Vankim)
What’s one title?
What’s in your nightstand drawer?
There’s no drawer.
Where do you keep the condoms and lube?
On the shelf in a box from Morocco.
What are your television favorites?
Grey’s Anatomy, RuPaul’s Drag Race, America’s Next Top Model, Supernatural.
What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
What superhero would you be?
Wolverine is my favorite, but I’m not that hairy. Let’s say Blade.
Who’s your greatest influence?
My mom. She taught me that hard work pays off.
What’s your greatest fear?
I’m most afraid of snakes and spiders.
Pick three people, living or dead, who you think would make the most fascinating dinner guests imaginable.
RuPaul, Barack Obama and Beyoncé.
What would you serve?
Baked macaroni and cheese. I’m really good at it. If I’m making it, my friends are coming over.
How would you describe your dream guy?
Neil Patrick Harris! Athletic in some sense, takes care of himself. Educated. Has goals and aspirations.
Define good in bed.
Someone more into passion and intimacy than just getting their rocks off. There’s no need to rush.
Who should star in a movie about your life?
Who was your first celebrity crush?
Neil Patrick Harris.
Seems you still have it.
Yes. But I guess it goes way back to Hal Spark from Queer as Folk.
Who gets on your nerves?
Negative people. I don’t have time for it. They ruin weekends and beautiful weather.
If your home was burning, what’s the first thing you’d grab while leaving?
My camera. I can take pictures of the house while it burns. Why miss an opportunity?
What’s your biggest turn-on?
Eyes. Lighter than mine. Mine are dark brown.
What’s your biggest turn-off?
What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t yet tried?
Skydiving would be cool. Base jumping, maybe.
What’s something you’ve tried that you never want to do again?
Dig a hole. I had a to dig a six-foot-wide, six-foot-deep hole in training. Thank God there was a hurricane and we got evacuated. I only got three feet deep. That sucked.
Boxers, briefs or other?
Trunks. They’re shorter than boxer-briefs.
Who’s your favorite musical artist?
What’s your favorite website?
Hulu. That’s where I watch my Grey’s Anatomy.
What’s the most unusual place you’ve had sex?
A high school classroom.
With the teacher?
What position do you play in the big baseball game of life?
What’s your favorite retail store?
Zara U.K. Not Zara U.S.
What’s the most you’ll spend on a haircut?
What about on shoes?
The most expensive I have were 110 euros. I almost cried buying those.
What’s your favorite food to splurge with?
What’s your favorite season?
Summer. I’m a beach guy.
What kind of animal would you be?
An eagle. No one can touch ’em. They’re not worried about anything.
What kind of plant would you be?
An orchid. They’re beautiful.
What kind of car would you be?
An Audi A6. Definitely in black.
What are you most grateful for?
My personality. I can connect with anyone, drop into any situation.
What’s something you want more of?
State your life philosophy in 10 words or less.
Don’t just be inspired. Be the source of inspiration.