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Tracy and Josh on Fighting for D.C.

I used to work in the Maryland State Legislature, and people there felt like they could progress up the ladder and ...

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 ...

Marek on Listening to George Clooney

One day, I was playing basketball with George Clooney and he asked me, through a friend because I didn't speak Engl...

Howard on Keeping on a-Comin

I am one guy with a cowboy hat and a good looking horse fighting this drug war against an elephant. I am inspired b...

Aminate on Being a Blessing

Everyone calls me 'Ma,' even the older folks, because I am a giver. I feed the hungry and help the needy. When you ...

Jim on Capitol Hill Books

In my years here, I have sold lots and lots of books. Overall, I mainly sell fiction, and mostly to women. Though, ...

Herman on Being a Minority in Reverse

I look back on my life and realize that my upbringing is a little different than most. We were the only white famil...

Mark on the Beauty of Silence

Miming doesn't make me think that words are less important. Words have their separate functions in life. A former t...

Graylin on Doing Something

Eventually Mrs. Jones stepped down, and was looking for nominations for a new president. I just kept my head down a...

Tony on Being the Mayor of Congress Street

I can fix any car out there. If it has four wheels, I can take it apart and put it back together. Now, I work by my...

Bardia on Cooking for the President

One day back in the 90's, it was about 2 o'clock on a beautiful summer day and these two gentlemen walked into my r...

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...

Ahkibah Ben Yehuda on the African Hebrew Israelites

I had a growing consciousness around the fact that my people were taken from our homeland and brought to this count...

Sarita on Moving on

That last lock up was a real trip. You would not believe who my bunkmate was? Martha Stewart! I was in West Virgini...

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