Defying All Odds: From Poverty to Mogul

If I were to tell you that a Black boy from the South Bronx would grow to obtain four consecutive inaugural fellowships spanning public policy, philanthropy, social innovation, and gun control advocacy, would you believe me? What if I told you that he accomplished all of this, and more, after spending a year behind bars? Well, that Black boy from The Bronx happens to be me. In the summer of

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The Qualities of a Leader

Moving to New York City was not my decision. It was my father’s. Moving to New York City was not his idea. It was my family’s. There are two traits that are required for my respect, honesty and sympathy. They stand out to me because they are what I admire in my father. I am not surrounded by role models, or at least not for the path I chose. I

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Maha

She told me of how growing up, she thought her parents named her after the arabian oryx, the  “wild cow.” It was not until she was an adult she found out her name was a specific reference to their beautiful eyes and the depth of them.   But this isn’t a story about her name or her eyes. It’s about all the small interactions most of us overlook, and she

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“What’s worthy of my respect?” (by Rahsaan A. Seabury)

“What’s worthy of my respect?” (by Rahsaan A. Seabury) The old saying “respect is earned and not given” couldn’t be truer because there are many aspects that go into the word “respect” and more importantly the person or thing that is “claimed” to be worthy of being respected. When I think of the word respect, I think of something or someone that has significant value, meaning and is worth looking

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“A sign of unfortunate times and social injustice” (by Rahsaan A. Seabury)

“A sign of unfortunate times and social injustice” (by Rahsaan A. Seabury) The world is filled with so many great things that make us hopeful towards the future and so many uncertainties and unfortunate circumstances. Most people every day hope that they can create better opportunities for themselves and their families by working hard, improving on their educational skills, all while being law abiding citizens of the United States of

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“Sharing a valuable academic skill of mine” (by Rahsaan A. Seabury)

“Sharing a valuable academic skill of mine” (by Rahsaan A. Seabury) Along the road to achieving higher education, there are many obstacles that even the most well rounded students would find challenging. Things that are considered much easier, like getting ready for school in the morning, and everyday commuting can also become very involved for reasons beyond our control. Not to mention the unexpected variables that arise within a semester,

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Respect yourself and others will respect you.

My mother is my role model. When I think of respect, I think of her. Despite being a tiny person, discriminated against because of her ethnicity or gender, and judged by her past mistakes, she never fails to let anyone disrespect her or her loved ones under any circumstances. She earns her respect by demonstrating character, “walking that walk instead of talking that talk,” and getting things done through hard

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

In high school, I went to a youth program called StreetSquash, which is based in Harlem. One half of the period was spent playing Squash on the courts. The other half was doing homework and studying with a tutor. Out of all those tutors, there is one I still connect with to this day. His name is Walter. I do not remember our first meeting, but I remember he was

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Are you Comfortable Being Vulnerable?

I feel that there is a common misconception that success coincides with respect. As I run down the list of people who have earned my respect I find that they have expressed a sense of vulnerability to me. I find that most people have no trouble discussing their accomplishments; often flaunting highschool awards, internship opportunities, and grades they received on assignments. Although it is important to be proud of one’s

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Trump’s Birthright Citizenship’s Ban Proposal

  Hey guys, do you ever wonder about your birth or immigration status? Do you think you are a true “American.” Some of us rarely think about one’s birth in the U.S. but we most likely think about our identity with other components that make us Americans. Be that identity African-AMERICAN, or Muslim-AMERICAN or Homosexual-AMERICAN, or any type of AMERICAN etc. Recently, Trump has proposed a ban on birthright citizenship

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