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.

Brittany Pogue-Mohammed Acosta | Founder & CEO of Mosaic the Label

I’m a born and bred New Yorker- originally from The Bronx. I identify as biracial- my mother is Irish and my father is from the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago. I never really fit in anywhere I was- my mother was one of the only white people on our block, there were really no other mixed kids around me growing up, I wasn’t of Hispanic/Latinx heritage (which was nationality of the majority of the kids I grew up with). Being biracial in this world allowed me to develop the ability to adapt- so rather than not fitting in anywhere, I was able to fit in anywhere and find common ground with most anyone. But the lack of true representation and the need to “choose one” that is imposed on mixed kids by our society really fueled my passion for the business I started in May of 2021. My daughter is multiracial (Irish, Trinidadian, Black and Puerto Rican) and I wanted to ensure there were products made specifically for her- so she didn’t have to pick one side or compromise who she really is and she was able to see herself reflected in the world around her. Read more>>

Zion Harris | Professional Dancer & Choreographer

Growing up as a kid, I came from a small town called Richmond in the Bay Area. Richmond is definitely not somewhere that was sweet and welcoming for visitors or even its own community. Shootings, robberies and police cars is all you would ever hear about in the news sources. The crime rate in my area was ranked 11th amongst the 20 most dangerous cities in California. It was always terrifying for me to go outside as a kid and grow up in the neighborhood with friends due to all the violence around. The school I went, I would always get bullied for being so nice and flamboyant.. Read more>>

Sharon Riche | Author and Retail Banking Advocat

I was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Los Angeles a few weeks after I was born. I guess you can say I was a very independent baby. When I was seven years old we moved to the San Fernando Valley living in Tarzana and then Studio City. I am a true Valley Girl. I was the only daughter between two brothers. My home was always filled with love, laughter and music. We played with the neighborhood kids. I am still friends with the same girls today.. My dad was a hidden child of the Holocaust. I learned from a young age that it was a miracle he survived and our lives were a gift never to be taken for granted. Read more>>

Eugenia Rodriguez | Professional Dancer, Choreographer and Educator

My name is Eugenia Rodriguez, I am 25 years old and I was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. I have danced since the age of 2, and still continue to do so now as a professional dancer, choreographer, and educator in Los Angeles, CA. Out of all things I can say that my experiences, the people I’ve connected with, the exposure to cultures around the world and my rooted ambition have been the ingredients to take me where I am today. Having lived in Mexico for the first 17 years of my life and then moved to California to continue pursuing my dream through college, lead me to face some very life-changing realizations, challenges and growth periods. My upbringing and back-round gave me the muscles to be resilient through these processes and always feel a strong drive to keep going. Read more>>

KAREN ROSALIE | CEO OF ROSALIE AGENCY & CO-FOUNDER OF IRO HOUSE

I was born in San Francisco CA to two immigrant parents from China who came to the states in the late 90s. Growing up we didn’t have much, but I saw how hard my parents worked to put food on the table and a roof over our heads. They worked from 9-7pm M-S and Sunday was the only day I had with them. We had food but all my clothes were hand-me-downs. My parents came home late from work so I learned to make rice at a young age. It was not an easy childhood but this was the environment I grew up in, and through it all I just remember my mom telling me the only way out is through a good education. I applied myself in school and got into good schools, Lowell HS & UCLA. Read more>>

Shakera Bramwell | Executive Director – Rebel Cause Inc

I’m from the slums of Kingston, Jamaica. I passed the first 12 years of my existence in Kingston, Jamaica. My mother was there to nurture me through the first six years of my life before she was murdered at gunpoint on our front step at 2:00 am. As this occurred, I, wide-awake, looked on and my two younger siblings slept some feet away. Many nights found me restless when zinc fences and rooftops creaked from neighboring gang lord’s henchmen’s seeking out sons to murder and daughters to rape. Many nights I only fell asleep after hours of brooding, wrestling with myself about whether it was safer to sleep with the lights on or off, under or on the bed, or not sleep at all. Read more>>