Lexis Withers was born in Tacoma, Washington and has moved around the neighboring areas including Seattle growing up. She is currently a student at the University of Washington majoring in Sociology with a minor in diversity. She plans on starting my own organization to encourage youth, specifically black youth, in inner cities to talk about their mental and emotional health and to set up different programs within the organization to promote good mental health and how to reach out for help when it is needed. Her dad and his family are predominantly from Memphis, Tennessee and Olive Branch, Mississippi. Growing up and listening to my grandparent’s stories on what it was like growing up in the deep south in the late 1920s and 1930s made me realize how strong they truly are. Lexis hopes to share their stories as well as others to encourage black youth that they are going to make it in this world even when society tells them otherwise.
Film director and actor (William) Bill Duke was born on February 26, 1943 in Poughkeepsie, New York to Ethel Douglas Duke and William Duke, Sr. After earning his A.A. degree from Dutchess Community College, Duke became interested in the performing arts while attending Boston University in Massachusetts, although he initially enrolled as … Read MoreBill Duke (1943- )