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More Than a Haircut

More Than a Haircut

As an African-American boy growing up, there are certain events and unique cultural rites of passage that many of us are expected to experience at some point as we grow into young men.  For my generation, making sure your “kicks” (that means shoes for my ebonics...
Giving Rural Areas the Tools to Thrive

Giving Rural Areas the Tools to Thrive

I grew up in Mebane, NC, way before the Tanger Outlets became a landmark and even before much of today’s public transportation existed. Football pep rallies were the talk of the town. My graduating high school only had 110 seniors. Like so many of them, I was focused...
Our Army of Volunteers at Blue Cross NC

Our Army of Volunteers at Blue Cross NC

I can’t save the world, but I can make an impact. It was often the small and seemingly “insignificant” acts of kindness done for my family that had the biggest impact on my life. Growing Up Military My dad was in the Army, so I grew up as an “Army Brat,” as some...