Rafael Bernard Ferguson

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RAFAEL BERNARD FERGUSON, SAG-AFTRA Eligible, born in August 1997, is a college senior, Dean’s List scholar-athlete (environmental engineering major and sprinter on the track team) at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Rafa interviewed on BBC. June, 2017

Rafa track: sprinting, Johns Hopkins University 2015-Current, and Loyola High School, Class of 2015

One of the youngest runners on the track, Rafael, debuting in his first ever collegiate race, wins his 60m heat at the Metro Holiday Season Opener on Staten Island, NYC , and places 6 out of 78 runners, most who are sophomores and upperclassmen from an array of universities including Division 1 schools.

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Rafael Ferguson, Freshman, Johns Hopkins –Sprints

Ferguson made his collegiate debut Saturday at the Metro Holiday Season Opener on Staten Island. He set a Hopkins’ freshman record and fell just .01 second shy of the school record in the 60m sprint with a time of 6.96. He later competed in the 200m event, finishing in 22.21, the fourth-best time in Johns Hopkins history.

STORY NEST Johns Hopkins University Audio College Orientation Weekend, August 2015 

While a senior in high school, Rafa ran a 10.78 sec PR in the 100M Sprint and a 21.80 sec PR in the 200M.  In high school he also competed in varsity baseball and varsity football, as well as in varsity track, while playing club soccer off season.

Rafael currently appears as a principal actor in two major TV commercials (see below), and sings tenor in our church Gospel choir. He is also gifted in writing and painting and has been teaching himself how to play jazz piano.

Rafael Bernard Ferguson (17 years old),10.78 secs PR (Personal Record) in 100m sprint, Loyola High School Varsity Track, Spring 2015

Rafael Bernard Ferguson (17 years old), Loyola High School Varsity Track, Spring 2015

TRACK 2015

NIKE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INVITATIONAL 100M. Rafa runs a PR of 10.78 and wins the heat, March 14, 2015, Redondo Beach, CA

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Above: Nike Southern California Invitational, March 14, 2015, Redondo Beach, CA, Rafa runs a 10.78 PR in the 100M and wins heat.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MISSION LEAGUE FINALS 200M. Rafa runs a PR of 21.80 and places 3rd, May 2015, Los Angeles, CA

Rafael Bernard Ferguson (17 years old), 21.80 secs PR in 200m sprint, Loyola High School Varsity Track, Spring 2015

Rafael Bernard Ferguson (17 years old), ran a 21.80 sec PR in the 200M, placing 3rd in the Southern California High School Mission League Finals, May 2015

As a high school sophomore, Rafael was the leading runner in the winning 4×100 relay team of the Mission League Finals, May 3, 2013.


Rafael presently appears as a principal in these two 2015 TV Commercials for a major wireless phone company – National, Network, Cable, Industrial, Wild-spot and Print, Released August 2015.



Rafa is the subject of a videoart piece I made in April, 2014, entitled Ain’t Funny, inspired by Frantz Fanon’s book Black Skin, White Masks. He was 16 at the time I made this video.

Ain't Funny Warrior 2: My Son Rafael © 2014 by Lili Bernard

Ain’t Funny Warrior 2: My Son Rafael, Digital Photograph © 2014 by Lili Bernard


Rafael in a Disney Ad in Essence Magazine. He’s the boy on the left, standing with the skateboard.

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Rafael played football for his Loyola High School Los Angeles football team, grades 9-12.  In this film Rafael is a senior, #37.  He tackles the kick-returner in the Loyola High School Varsity Football game against Lakewood High School on Friday, September 5, 2014, at LA Valley College Stadium.

Rafael playing Club Soccer in Junior High


Rafael’s Seventh Grade Science Video Project

Rafael is a supporting actor in this short video art piece that has become popular during Columbus Day