Brandt

Brandt

“Being that my parents are divorced, I’ve learned the value of compromise instead of giving up.”
“What is something you will not compromise?”
“Finding the one that I don’t mind compromising with.”

Sam

Sam

“There is often this amazing lie that we tell ourselves which is, ‘I’m not like you.’ That thought could be the root of most divisive activity that happens in our society. I look at people of all walks of life and I say, ‘We are the same.'”

Eileen

Eileen

“I’m passionate about erasing stigmas of different cultures. Whole societies can be left in the dark about what reality is vs. what the media feeds them. I’ve studied Spanish since grade school and I went to Guatemala City over Spring break. It was really cool speaking the language and immersing myself in the culture.But, I went over there with some preconceived notions and was quick to learn that many were untrue.”

Merquise

M

“I tend to rap about my life and the struggle. I don’t know why, but I like the struggle.”
“You like the struggle?”
“Yeah. It teaches you things. When you pay attention to it, you can pick things out, learn and become better.”
“What are you struggling with now?”
“Trying to get up off my feet. I’m broke and trying to do something with my life and I feel like rapping is going to do it.”

David

YES

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
“A super hero.”
“What’s your super hero name going to be?”
“I dunno.”
“Why do you want to be a super hero?”
“I dunno.”
“Fine, new subject. Do you have a girlfriend?”

… silence, accompanied with a reserved smize.

J’Bone

J'Bone

“Where do you muster the courage to perform here everyday?”
“When I first started busking, I was scared to death. Still to this day, people will either nod at me as they walk by or look at me like I’m insane. I take the nods. It keeps my vibe up. But, you need them both, really. I look at it like the world is my audience and the sidewalk is my stage.” 
— at N. Superior Street

Isaac

ISAAC“What is an important lesson you’ve learned?”
“In college, I learned to not make excuses. I was in art school and as a Freshman, a lot of students wouldn’t finish their work and would always have excuses during critiques. A lot of teachers would accept that. But, I had this one teacher that would never put up with that stuff. If someone said, “My car wouldn’t start,” she would come back and say, “Well, you should take the bus or have someone drive you.” She had an answer for every excuse. She really got me thinking about how my work was my responsibility. Situations can make things harder, but it depends on me to get the results I want.”

 

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