There are so many factors that affect how our lives turn out, but one of the most interesting is how our backgrounds give us unique strengths and perspectives that affect who we are as adults. We asked rising stars from the community to tell us about their background and upbringing and how they feel it’s impacted who they are today.

Jordan Jetson | Musician, Exorcist, Activist

I’m from the Russell neighborhood of Louisville, KY. It’s your standard low income neighborhood, there’s struggle and poverty but also a strong sense of community. You grow up knowing everyone around you. We look out for each other within our respective neighborhoods. The first thing it taught me was that the world can be hard, the second thing was that it can also be soft. Perspective is important. Read more>>

Bj Wolf | Actor

I am from South Jersey. I say South because usually when people refer to New Jersey they talk in that silly dialect “Jwerzeee” and it’s god awful haha. Anyway North Jersey and South Jersey are completely different might as well be two separate states. South Jersey was an amazing place to grow up. My parents were high school sweet hearts. They had me in high school and because of that I instantly became both of my grandmothers last child. Read more>>

Keisha Williams | Mobile Bartender

My name is Keisha Williams best known as “KOTR” or “Keisha On The Rocks”. I am from South Central Los Angeles, and I would say my background and upbringing definitely molded a hustler. Being from such a big busy city has always kept me motivated to get my goals accomplish for the things that I wanted living here in Los Angeles. I had a impact from my Father who worked for Department of Water & Power to strive for the BEST and always work for what you want in life, because in life it isn’t any short cuts to success. I instilled the advice my father had given to me when he was still living, and that’s what helped me to stay in 1st place in my business. Read more>>