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.

Kortynie Candy | Self Published Author & Model

A Black girl from Cleveland,Ohio. I was born in a small city filled with big dreams. At a young age I realized where I’m from you don’t make it to 21, so while we’re young these are our years to live. As my growth begin to increase I had time to develop and expand my self love care for myself. Growing up I wrote books to express my thinking and emotions. I diary to get my message out . The woman I am today has grown to overcome many obstacles and tackles my goals and dreams one by one while still learning and networking. Read more>>

GREER BAKER | Founder, Actress, & Director

I’m from Uptown Washington D.C. with influences from the surrounding PG county area. Growing up in the city was an experience that can’t be duplicated anywhere in the world. I experienced so many different cultures in a place that breeds talented creatives that it was inevitable for me to be a part of it. From the food scene being one of the most diverse in the nation all the way to being the originators of Go-Go music, a genre that is a fusion of hip hop, jazz, blues & rock&roll, DC’s energy runs deep in my veins and will forever be a part of my story. Read more>>

MIXAURINA | The Millionaire DJ

I am originally from Rochester, New York. I’ve been living in the Atlanta Metro Area for over a decade now, and while others would say I’m practically an ATLien, I still claim NY heavy. I mean, it is where hip-hop was originated and is one of the fashion capitals in the world (slight flex). My family is also originally from Jamaica, so I am heavily influenced by Caribbean culture. Read more>>

Leel Wan | Cinematographer/Director

I am originally from Broward County Florida, Ft. Lauderdale to be specific. My family is Jamaican and I was raised in a home with most of my family under one roof. My dad was a photographer hobbyist and a computer programmer. I grew up watching him do photography and take pictures of me and our family. I didn’t really become interested in cameras until I got older, but now I have so much more appreciation for how I grew up and I’m doing exactly what I should be doing and it feels great. Read more>>

Wayne Williams | CEO of Free Coast Records, Recording Artist, Producer & Graphic Designer

I am from Columbus Ga. My creative background was sparked by the creatives around me. Musically, my uncle Mike was my initial inspiration. He was the first person I knew who had a beat machine. Having something so accessible and tangible was the reason I fell in love with producing. I’ve also been fortunate enough to have artist in my family as well, so I grew up seeing them paint or draw. They would be the earliest inspiration for my clothing brand and graphic design Read more>>

MRK SX | Artist and musician

I’m from Detroit, Michigan. I’d say that watching my grandmother hustle was the biggest influence on me. She’d have us going door to door in the neighborhood taking orders for rib and chicken dinners on weekends. Afterwards, we’d take them to her, load up boxes and make deliveries. I was painting houses, remodeling churches, wallpapering bathrooms and learning landscaping when I was 12. She taught me hard work. Read more>>

Fawnne Harrell | Salon Owner/ Master Stylist/ Mentor

I was born in Charlotte, N.C. and raised in a two-parent home. My background and upbringing have some heavy southern roots including both Carolinas. My dad grew up in a small town in South Carolina with extended family from his mother’s side. Growing up there as a little girl and spending weekends attending Sunday church services with my family helped instill in me a value system that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Read more>>

Briana Ellington | Entrepreneur & aspiring businesswoman

I am from Bloomfield, CT, a small suburb in already small state.. I feel like my background and up bringing impacted who I am today by preparing me for life’s tough lessons. It also taught me not everything is easy or will be given to you. It has taught me to work hard for what you want and never let anything or anyone stand in your way. Sometimes being from a small state can feel like you’re never going make it in this big world but, I truly believe with hard work and dedication anything is possible. Read more>>

Shanita Ashworth | Private chef, cater ,life coach

Born to Rosalie and Glenn Ashworth in derrider Louisiana, I was raised around my grand parents who was the owner operators of a local Convenient And Goods Store. My culinary skills are deeply rooted and inspired by my grandmother Annie- Ray Ashworth who was one of the best cooks in the world! Teaching and developing the youth came natural to me. Im intrigued by kids and there willingness to learn ,absorb and obtain knowledge. Read more>>

Niecy Starks | Black Female Business Owner

I’m from Griffin, GA. My background and how I was raised played a major part of who I am today. I lost my mom to breast cancer at the age of 10. My grandmother, her mom, raised my brother and I. Losing my mom at a really young age affected me majorly. I was like I was just wondering through life in a fog. I was also a teenage mom which forced me to grow up faster than I wanted to. Read more>>

Jessica Jones | Indie Singer & Songwriter

I am from Brooklyn, NY. My background and upbringing impacted me Read more>>