Ben Baker

When I was in the 3rd grade, my parents asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. It didn’t take me long to answer, “A superhero.”  I had it all planned out; my costume, my powers; you couldn’t tell me anything! As I matured, I realized that being a superhero could...

Phillip Mosley

What I remember most about home was the structure itself, the actual, physical building.  We didn’t have a cookie-cutter house with paneling on its sides… no, we had a brick house *cues Brick House by Commodores*.  We had multi-colored brick laid throughout the house...

Jarryd Bethea

This home was a space to grow.  I find comfort in knowing there is proof of my various periods of growth and transition marked all around the house.  There are small tire markings on the floorboards from when I was a kid playing with my toy trucks.  There are letters...

Mike Kenyaya

I couldn’t even begin to fathom what it’s like to leave everything familiar behind and move to another country with nothing but hopes, dreams, and prayer…but such was the fearless trailblazers that are my parents.  They derailed their lives for their children. My name...

Malcolm Whye

Have you ever found yourself stuck between two worlds? The feeling of always having to constantly adjust who you are to fit in or not even knowing who you are in the first place? Well, that person was me. Your culture is important. My name is Malcolm Whye and this is...

Damola Fowora

I always found myself interested in having meaningful connections with people. Once I established a good connection with someone, I formed an attachment to them.  It didn’t matter where I was physically, I’d always make an effort to reach out and stay in touch....

Brandon Baker

It’s funny.  When you tell an infant not to do something the FIRST thing, they do…is do it anyway. It then looks knowingly and purposely at you to see if you saw him do it.  But even more so, it’s the inner challenge that they are presented with—the baby now feels...

Austin O’Donoghue

As I sat in the auditorium during graduation, I cried.  As I walked across that stage to collect my engineering degree from Howard University, my mother cried, my father cried, and my sister cried. In what felt like the most emotional moment of my life, the entire...

Omer Shaiyen

It would take a whole year to plan for one week. I hadn’t the slightest idea of how our team was going to pull it off. It was going to be a week filled with inspiration, sweat, motivation, tears, hugs, and hope, and for the entire year, I was going to be in the thick...

Terrance McQueen

I still remember that day so vividly. I was 11. It was raining. An unmarked car was parked, hidden in the bushes. Our father calmly ushered us in the house. It was just a regular rainy day… And then the police broke down our door with dogs foaming at the mouth and...