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Michigan man wrongfully incarcerated for 45 years wants “quiet life”

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DJ QuickSilva Overcomes Tragic Youth with Music

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When one of the District’s most formidable disc jockeys, DJ QuickSilva, takes to the stage as part of a varied yet talented lineup of entertainers during this year’s Summer Spirit Festival in early August, many of his listeners probably won’t know the daunting challenges he once faced but somehow managed to overcome.

In fact, given the cards he held during his youth, it’s nothing short of amazing that now at 37, the husband, father, nightclub owner, entertainer and highly-sought-after DJ could even muster the fortitude needed to remain focused and positive, refusing to allow his circumstances to define his future or circumvent his potential.

Thus, while he’s racked up a bevy of awards, successfully branded himself both regionally and nationally and owns one of the largest nightclubs in the U.S. in his beloved hometown of East Baltimore — a city long-associated with crime and economic decay — he says his objective remains the same: “I want to show the next generation, those who look like me, that you can come from Baltimore and still become somebody — that it’s possible.”

“I started my career as a DJ when I was only 10 after seeing the movie ‘Beat Street’ and remember asking my parents for a set of turntables for Christmas. That was the beginning, 1990, and I’ve never looked back,” he said, noting that after turning pro in 1994 and quickly asserting himself in both nightclubs and on the airwaves, he only wanted one thing: to make himself the first and the best “QuickSilva” that he could.

“It’s important to me that people understand that even if you’ve faced or face circumstances similar or even worse than what I endured during my youth, you can make it as long as you don’t give up,” he said.

Consider this: at 10, his mother died from cancer; at 13, he faced permanent paralysis following a gunshot wound — regaining the ability to walk nine months after his injury; at 18, his father died, leaving him and his two brothers, one older, one younger, alone with no option but to forge for themselves.

He says his brothers looked for ways to numb both the pain and devastating losses they’d collectively suffered. But he looked in more positive directions for solutions that would help him overcome the unfortunate vicissitudes of his childhood.

“I stayed focused on my music always believing that it would one day save my life,” he said. “Music is still my life. I play everything from hip-hop to R&B, from reggae, dancehall, go-go, gospel and calypso and view myself as an entertainer who happens to DJ.”

“It’s important for me to clearly illustrate that the negative stereotypes about us, folks who came from the tough streets of Baltimore, Black folks, fall far short of accurately describing who we are or what we can accomplish,” said the clearly proud father of two who recently marked his ninth wedding anniversary.

Read all at The Washington Informer

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SURVIVOR OF RWANDAN GENOCIDE IS COUNTRY’S FIRST FEMALE NEUROSURGEON

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Even under dire circumstances, it’s safe to say there’s nothing Black women can’t do! Learn more about Dr. Claire Karekezi, a young doctor who survived the Rwandan genocide to become country’s first and only female neurosurgeon.

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FORMER MIDDLE SCHOOL DROPOUT GETS HER COLLEGE DEGREE AT 89

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Proving that it’s never too late to accomplish your goals, this 89-year-old inspiration graduated with her associate’s degree over 75 years after being forced to drop out of school..

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