Even if you are from the same neighborhood as someone else, you might still be coming from different places. Where you are from is a complicated question and it elicits complicated, but interesting and thought-provoking responses. We’ve shared some of those responses below.

Kbreezy The Model | Model, social media manager & content creator

I’m from Fort Worth, Tx. My background & upbringing had a lot to do with the career path I chose because I grew up around alot of hustlers but nobody to really steer me in the right direction. My dad died when I was 5 & really after that it was nothing but pain & betrayal, modeling was my getaway it was like the camera loved me. Read more>>

Linh Nguyen | Dancer, Instructor, and Owner | Jubilee Swing Dance

I was born in Vietnam and arrived in the United States with my family when I was young. As a Vietnamese American, and a daughter of immigrant parents, I have experienced much in the way of different cultures colliding. I’ve come to appreciate the beauty in my Vietnamese culture but understand that not every value my parents uphold is what I personally want to live by. It has truly been a journey of self love and showing compassion for my family. Read more>>

Madhalasa Iyer | Environmentalist & Author

I used to roll down the windows in my uncle’s old car and rest my chin gently on the edge. I watched in awe as lush green agricultural fields covered the sides of the road. I recall as my 5 year old hands toiled with my family to help construct our own greenhouse in our backyard. Read more>>

Ikea Turner | Video Gaming Content Creation

I’m originally from the southside of Chicago, Illinois. I was raised in a low-middle class upbringing, my parents were married, and I am the fourth oldest out of five siblings (middle child). Being the first born daughter I would say my parents spoiled me. Both of my parents normally worked 2 jobs to provide for the household so I learned early on that you have to work hard to have a certain lifestyle. Read more>>

Bruce Taylor | Humanitarian/ Content Creator

I’m from Dallas,Tx from a neighborhood that claims a HBCU (Paul Quinn College). Coming up in neighborhood you had too be tough;adapt but at the same time learn grace. See a lot of the city saw my people as underdogs but really we’re just a rose growing from the concrete. With this mentality I’ve grown to see the beauty in every aspect of life, don’t judge a book by it’s cover & run your own race. Read more>>

Kristine Baugh | Entrepreneur

My hometown is New Castle, Pennsylvania, just outside Pittsburgh in the rust belt. I witnessed the heartbreaking impact the closing of the steel mills had on an entire population. My parents grew up during the Depression, lived through World War II, and knew hardship yet never complained. Read more>>