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Josef on Making it Count

Working at an underground sex club taught me about hard work and humility. I got paid $9 an hour to pick up rooms a...

Troy on Running out of Gas

As we were running, my friend and I got split up and the white car chased me down to Clay Place. By the time they p...

Judith on Changing Her Heart

As a child, I always felt like something was missing in my life. I grew up the only child with a mother who worked ...

Maudine on Her Only Regret

My first perception at Howard in the 50's was that all of the young men were impoverished because they wore short p...

Isaac on Getting the Best and Worst of D.C.

I made a decision to leave the neighborhood and never move back after my sister was murdered in 2002 by her boyfrie...

Qin Xi Lin on Reuniting with His Family

I like America, but living here is hard. I have to do everything myself because I have no family or friends here. I...

Joe on Being an Asset to Society

My story may be a little rough to some people, but I hope that they can still hear my message: there is hope. Becau...

Lt. Vines aka Coach Moe on Keeping Kids on the Straight and Narrow

Sometimes, I think that I was preordained to be a police officer.

Willette on Taking Back Her Neighborhood

When we talk about violence in our communities, a lot of it comes from these kids with no hope or opportunities. Ev...

Edmund on THEARC

Do you know how many times I have been told that THEARC is the best kept secret in the city? Despite the progress h...

Thomas on Finding His New Family

Because Dawson was my best friend and I really grew to love his family, I asked if his Mom would adopt me. They tho...

Delonte on the Consequences

I knew that robbing someone was wrong, but I always thought that if I got caught, it would be the situation that le...

Ruby on Having Enough to Eat

When I was working, I never had to go with no food, so it scared me to see myself and my babies not having enough t...

Michael on Finding His Heritage

I still have a home on the reservation and I’d like to eventually go back and build another one. My life and cult...

John on Helping the Youth

One day, I just got so tired of all of the dying and couldn't take it any more. I decided to do everything in my po...

B.J. on the White People Moving in

For 30 years or better, we lived how we lived. Then, the white people started moving in.

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