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October 11, 2018

Christopher King: We Are Marcus 

We Are Marcus is a character-development platform for middle school and high school boys of color through mentorship and peer-to-peer connections on a nation-wide level. It was founded by CEO Christopher King, a former schoolteacher from Brooklyn who wanted to pass on the gift of mentorship to young men like himself "My mentor and I had a conversation one day about how I would be the last one" said Christopher. "That was both inspiring and upsetting. I knew the conversations we had would never affect others, they would never have the advice I had been blessed with. I realized that didn't have to be the case." Christopher's inspiration led to the virtual mentorship platform that is We Are Marcus. What makes his company stand out is its ambitious reach towards affecting the entire country. "Students of color and mentors of color are banding together in a way that hasn't previously been seen" said Christopher. 

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October 11, 2018

High heels are gorgeous, but they're so painful to wear! After spending a fortune on a pair of shoes that look good but bring nothing but pain, Jazmine Davis decided something had to be done for the sake of ankles everywhere. She started production for a line of vegan, eco-friendly shoes that are stylish and most importantly comfortable to wear by combining shock-absorbent gel and memory foam. But Jazmine's dream has an even deeper cause. She wants to donate a portion of her profit to helping young girls who have lost both parents just as she did by providing them financial resources from therapy to everyday living expenses. Jazmine hit a couple of bumps in the beginning, mostly funding but also finding the right people to make contracts with. "I think my problem was that I thought it was taking so long, so anybody who said yes (to a business deal) I just jumped on it without researching their talent." Jazmine said "A lot of money and time was wasted doing that. I didn’t realize my own...

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