Chris Kazi Rolle is an internationally recognized matchmaker and relationship coach who is helping people to find love and keep it alive. He vlogs, blogs, speaks, coaches and produces content on relationships

Kazi’s expertise and intimate understandings of human relations, resiliency and strategic thinking has made him a sought-after expert within the love and personal development industry. He has been featured on VH1, CNN, CBS, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Kazi’s work and inspiring life story is the focus of the feature-length film, “The Hip Hop Project, executively produced by Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah.

Through his company Together Apart, he has served thousands of clients through coaching, live events and social media. Kazi’s ability to connect with people from various walks of life has varied his client list to include artists, athletes, executives and entrepreneurs.

COMING TO AMERICA

I have overcome daunting odds, but I am still here. I am still standing. I'm still strong! If it wasn't for my foster parents, the arts, amazing mentors, good friends, professional support, personal resiliency and God, I wouldn't be here to write this for you to read.

I was born and raised in a third world country, where I was abandoned as baby and grew up within foster care system. I met my foster mother of 9 years during a chance encounter The Children's Emergency Hostel. She told me... "I was looking for a little girl, but when I saw you, something about you spoke to me". 

At 14 years of age, I got an opportunity to come to America to reunite with my biological mother. The reunion was short-lived. I found myself homeless and hopeless, on the streets Of Brooklyn, New York.

Then one day, I ended up at an after-school theater program ran by teaching artist and manager, Alaine Roberson. This was a turning point in my journey. 

 

THE HIP HOP PROJECT  

I'm from the Hip Hop generation. It has been a vehicle for personal growth and professional development. It was how I meet one a great mentor, business partner and friend. 

My former teacher, Scott Rosenberg and I connected through music and media. I have always been able to connect with people from different walks of life. Scott turned out to be a millionaire who put his money where his mouth is. 

In 1999, we co-founded and launched, The Hip Hop Project, an award-winning, arts-education, charitable organization that empowers the voice of young artists and provide music industry professionals with opportunity to give back.  

During my time within the music industry I worked with Russell Simmons and Jay-Z and some of the biggest names on the creative and corporate sides of the business. Hip Hop has 

Seven years later, Hollywood heavyweights Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah even partnered to make an award-winning, feature-length documentary film about the work of my organization and told the my story. After winning 16 film festival awards around the world, the movie was released theatrically nationwide May 2007 to rave reviews. 

Bruce Willis at Hip Hop Project premiere in NYC. 

Bruce Willis at Hip Hop Project premiere in NYC. 

STUMBLING INTO MY PURPOSE

After the movie, I traveled extensively, speaking at education conferences and schools by day, concerts and clubs by night. Music goes past the conscious mind and goes straight to the soul, so for both audiences, I gave people what they needed in the way the best received it. I merged entertainment with education. I called it the pill in the dog food approach. 

The relationship was reciprocal. I got as much as I gave. The biggest return was getting clearer about my purpose. As I spoke with the people at my shows, listened to the personal stories of the artists I mentored and looked into my own life, I noticed a pattern.  

Most of the things that we all were dealing with, were connected to the failure of the relationship between our parents. When romantic relationships failed, the children from those unions suffered [I talk about this in my TED talk].

They become adults and repeat the cycle. Dysfunction gets handed down from generation to generation. In a quest to get to the root of the problem, I became obsessed with the study of successful relationships, conflict resolution and psychology behind why people do the things that they do.

In addition to schooling, independent study, experts interview and focus groups, I also worked on me. I wanted to practice what I preached, so I could speak to a connected place. I wanted to be able to say "I've been there. I know what you are going through." "Here is what I did."   

When I think back to when I was in the orphanage, music business, non-profit sector or hanging out with friends and family, I was always the go-to guy for finding out how to solve relationship challenges and overcome obstacles. My ability to defeat challenges came so naturally, that I often did't see it as a gift. But it was. And other people saw it better than I did. It is hard to see the picture when you standing in the frame. It is not until you look in the mirror can you really see yourself. Taking time to reflect has helped me to realize what my purpose is.

I stumbled into our purpose. It was through the process of following my passion, that I found it. I never intended to become a coach but I have come to learn first hand that, God puts you through a process to give you your purpose. The signs were there along, but in retrospect, you often see what you couldn't see at the moment. Hindsight is 20/20. 

 

COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY

My purpose is to help people communicate better. The cause and the cure of most relationship challenges is what Throughout my amazing journey of trials and triumphs,  I have learned that success first starts with the conversation in your head. That ‘communication’ ripples out to all areas of your life.

It’s cliché, but it really is true that communication is the key to success! It is also the biggest obstacle as well. This is why I focus my practice in this area.

I have Master’s level understanding of the type of language, love and laughter that creates happy healthy relationships.

On Our Wedding Day. 10/20/2012

On Our Wedding Day. 10/20/2012

MY MODUS OPERANDI

As you get to know me better, you’ll find that my style is a little different from many other coaches and matchmakers. 

I am a bit of a hybrid, so I don’t fit into any conventional box. I do things in a way you may have never seen before. That’s what makes me…Kazi!

My particular methodology is a mix of Jim Rohn, Tony Robinns, Malcolm Knowles, Ayanla Vanzant and John Grinder.

I am skilled, experienced and talented at what I do. I have served hundreds of clients over the years through one on one coaching, speaking and workshops. My track record and success rate speaks for itself. 

I have overcome extreme challenges and it has given me a wealth of practical strategies, insights, tools and resources to provide to my clients. 

Through my products, productions and programs, I am out to make relationship healthy, reciprocal and long lasting. My signature offerings are solutions-based, action-oriented and completely confidential. My message is universal. Clients come from all walks of life and live in 13 countries around the world. 

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MY PROMISE

As a certified life/relationship coach, mediator and mentor with real world triumphs over adversity and a God-given gift to do this work, my clients are in capable hands.

My promise is always to always go the extra mile. My team and I are all about excellence, quality and efficiency. We genuinely care about ‘you’, and we are 1000% committed to getting you results, while making the process fun and engaging.

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