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Brandon Farbstein: Larger Than Life

Diagnosed with a rare form of Dwarfism at the age of 2, life for Brandon has been anything but easy. Years of bullying left Brandon feeling invisible and without purpose for the first 15 years of his life. At the young age of 11, he reached his breaking point and had thoughts of taking his own life. But with the help of his family and a life changing encounter at an airport, Brandon
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Chris Singleton: Love Is Stronger Than Hate

On the evening of June 17, 2015, a 21 year-old, white male named Dylann Roof walked into Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church during their weekly bible study. As the Bible study concluded with prayer, Dylann pulled out a gun and opened up fire, killing 9 people and injuring 3. One of the survivors said during the shooting Dylan was heard saying, "I have to do it. You rape our women and you're taking over our
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Shelly Shelton: Surviving Divorce

Statistics show that every 13 seconds a divorce is finalized in America. This social issue within our society results in broken homes, broken hearts, and hopelessness. In 2015, Shelly Shelton became a part of that statistic after her 20 year relationship with the love of her life ended in a divorce without warning. Even after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Shelly says the heart break of her divorce was 10 times more painful than
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Randy Russell: Heart Broken

Growing up in the tough streets of Miami Gardens, Randy and so many of his friends used football as a way to escape the streets. By the time Randy was a sophomore at Miami Carrol City High School, the scholarships started pouring in. He ended up with over 50 scholarships to play Division 1 football. On signing day he decided to stay close to home and play for the Florida Gators. During
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Leon Ford: No Apology Needed

Growing up in Pittsburg, Pa was anything but easy for then 19 year-old Leon Ford. Spending most of his life in the housing projects, Leon was no stranger to police brutality and the tension between the police force and his community. In fact, he'd seen a number of instances where police took advantage of their power and inflicted harm on individuals he knew. However, on November 11, 2012, his life changed when he
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Aleesha Barlow: Tell Somebody

Child Abuse is a serious, often unspoken topic. It is something that impacts a lot of peoples lives. Aleesha Barlow was sexually abused by her maternal grandfather for years, with her earliest memory being at 6 years old. When she first told her aunt and mom about her grandfather, both of them covered it up and told Aleesha she had to keep it a secret. For years, the secret would eat
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Cashmere Nicole: A Recipe For Success

If there was a real life Cinderella Story, the life story of Beauty Bakerie CEO, Cashmere Nicole, would be it. Raised in South Bend, Indiana, she became a teenage mom at the young age of 16. Struggling to make it as a single parent, Cashmere, found herself on food stamps and section at housing. In 2011, Cashmere decided she wanted more out of life so she launched a cosmetic line called Beauty
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