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.

Kolby Chandler | Chef, Author, Influencer

I was born and raised in Houston, Tx. Houston is such a diverse city and growing up here has definitely shaped who I am today. Being able to experience so much culture and creativity you can’t help but to be inspired. This city has pushed me to start my own business and thrive. Read more>>

Terica Allinience | Owner and CEO of JonkBoxx Collection

I’m from the most cultured city in the US of A, New Orleans, Louisiana! My background and upbringing is the sole reason I am who I am today. One of the reason there is a JonkBoxx Collection today. New Orleans and my upbringing created a hunger within me to want to do something, be someone. We didn’t have the best resources or outlets and wasn’t a big city but people from my city have some of the biggest hearts and dreams that I know. We make a way out of no way. Since I never really had much growing up I always strive for more as I got older. I’m the eldest of six and wanted more for myself and my siblings. Read more>>

Abiola Wabara | Consultant, Artist & Retired Athlete

I was born and raise in Parma, Italy by Nigerian parents, which meant growing up with not a lot of people that looked liked me. That was a big inspiration behind my art as I started painting what I felt and saw beautiful in being black, whihc wasn’t exactly celebrated through out my childhood and teen years. Read more>>

Tierra Castile | Photographer

I’m from a small town outside of Houston named van vleck Texas. Being raised in the foster care system it made me want to create a stable place for myself. my upbringing made me determined, humble, grateful and headstrong. It made a version of myself I never expected to be and I’m so proud of who I’m becoming. Read more>>

Sychoya Castex | Life Coach & Mentor

I was raised by a traditional black family, went to a traditional black church, attended traditional black schools, and had traditional black friends. So if you are anything like me, you understand all too well the crippling stigma that could sometimes be associated with black female fellowships. Growing up I remember hearing things like, “I don’t have any female friends because they are too messy” or “Be careful with those female friends, they will either take your man or talk behind your back”. These statements were often said not only by black woman, but about black woman. Read more>>