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East Pendragon is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano


Why am I not like the other kids?
Because I listened to what I heard and that was it
As though that’s all there was
getting in trouble for causing a fuss

when I’d continue to ask questions
knowing there was something else behind the lessons
just to come up short when taking the tests and
never getting the answers
as I swore there was more
but made to think I was just guessing

To speak my mind becoming timid and scared
sound of my voice or get awkward stares
for being myself so deciding to just fit in
then to find I dampened the light I was given

From the source of it all
penning through ink and playing ball
tom boyish yet underlying my true gifts
5’2 and a half but today I can stand stall

Considered strange stating the universe has a depth of Love
as I speak of truth and have an understanding of
the purpose behind my rhymes and consciousness
the same thing I held back then, today I trust

The message is clear and the intention is deep
embrace your vision and practice your creed
the unifying practice of compassion is needed
in the present moment is where all elevation is seeded

Connor Davis is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano


“Your love for dinosaurs.” -My Best Friend
“Experience. That’s about it.” -My cousin
I dare say there are others with a love for giant Jurassic reptiles, so it's not VASTLY unique. And apart from a few freckles, the sound of my voice, and a handful of unpopular opinions (regarding tomatoes, wearing socks to bed, and the consumption of multivitamins). 
What DOES make me different then? My boy Poe put it best.
“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
I dream with my eyes open. I dream proactively.
I chase my dreams with every step I take. 
I say things. I do them. 
Show me someone else in my generation who actually follows through with plans.
THAT’S how I’m not like “other kids”. BECAUSE that’s how I dream.

Connor Davis @pigeon_brisk

Special Shout to Maralee Nielson

Andrew Daniell is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano


Hmmm why am I not like them other kids? Well first I would love to start with the most important reason, we were all created by God to be different and live with a purpose here in this short life. A purpose that in one way or another, impacts others and helps them serve their purpose and so on. We’ve all been blessed with gifts. I also feel what makes me different than most, is that I’ve learn to utilize my gifts to its fullest potential to help serve others. I don’t use my gifts for self gain. I use my gifts to encourage, inspire, and help others in any way possible In hopes to create a domino effect of blessings for the next person. Everyone matters. If you woke up today, then you have some serving to do. Use those gifts because it’s a blessing to be a blessing in someone else’s life. Who knows what tipping that 1st domino can do in the long run.

Samuel Kwame Mensah is Not like the Other Kids

Amanda Giordano


I believe I’m like the other kids, but what makes me stand out among them is my desire and willingness not to just be an observer by doing nothing to better my generation as the light of this world. My job is to assist Jesus and His assignments for a better and a prosperous world. I realize that we are all change agents in this world and fortunately for me I’m in a continent/country that needs massive change in all sectors. Therefore, I do not have the luxury to not contribute to the growth of my continent.

According to Tapiwa Chiwewe, he was driving in Johannesburg one day and he noticed an enormous cloud of air pollution hanging over the city. He was curious and concerned but not an environmental expert. So he did research and discovered that nearly 14 percent of all deaths worldwide in 2012 were caused by household and ambient air pollution. With this knowledge and an urge to do something about it, Chiwewe and his colleagues developed a platform that uncovers trends in pollution and helps city planners make a better decision. “Sometimes just one fresh perspective, one new skill set, can make the conditions right for something remarkable to happen,” Chiwewe says.  “But you need to be bold enough to try”.

A lot of kids in Africa know they are the leaders of tomorrow and people that will change the narrative of this great continent by involving themselves and act on the change we seek, but the series of things happening discourages them to want to involve themselves in anything that will make a difference. They are not willing to be ambassadors for change, and a lot of African kids settle and just accept anything. Their love for the continent or their country is no longer there, some of them want nothing but to travel out of this continent.

I have identified a problem in my country/continent and I set out to find solutions to this problem. I cannot solve that problem if I am far away from home. Africa is my home, and my home is where my heart is, which led to the birth of my organization, Umbrella Ghana. Umbrella Ghana is a Pan African Organization that seeks to empower and educate young Ghanaians, encouraging them to participate in the development of the country to benefit our children’s children, and at the same time we preach unity and strong bond of brotherhood and sisterhood among Ghanaians. In a continent/ country that’s known for every man for himself, we set out on our mission to walk with love. The Bible says of the three things Love, Hope and Faith, the greatest of them all is LOVE. Umbrella Ghana is partnering with another organization to accomplish this goal, Hope For That African Child. This organization seeks to help and support kids in rural villages and to assist families who cannot afford to take care of their wards.  

I remember in my second year in college, the Lord gave me the idea to start Umbrella Ghana. I was determined to be approved by my school congress and for it to be established as a student organization because I knew the benefit it would have on the students even after my departure. I had to face resistance, people mocking at the name (Umbrella Ghana), and friends telling me to drop the idea saying that I was wasting my time and I will be a graduate soon. But, even then I knew I was like these kids, but what made me stand out was my desire and willingness not to just be a bystander but to make sure there is an organization on campus that will equip these bright minds about Africa and also motivate them to stand up and fight for that change that they so desire. What they said to me back then motivated me to keep pushing. As I was waiting for congress to invite me to defend my organization I was already setting up my team and I had a Patron (Mr Akurang Perry, Former Head of Kwabena Nketia Center of Africana Studies). The day the school congress invited me, I was excited and nervous, but I already told Mr. Akurrang Perry I will be defending the organization that day and he said “I don’t think congress will ever turn this down when they hear what you have observed and the solutions to this observation and the benefit it will be for the students”.

I was standing in front of students who laughed at the name and students who supported the idea and when I began talking the only thing that was in my mind was not the faces of people who laughed at me and my idea, but the consequence of me not acting on what I have observed. When I finished talking, a certain lady stood up and she said “If Umbrella Ghana fail to organize two programs next semester the organization will be removed from the school.” I was saying to myself, you can’t tell a hungry man who haven’t eaten for days not to eat after you have given him food. That day Umbrella Ghana was approved at the African University College of Communications and ready to start the job it was born to do. The next semester I was in my final year and we launched the organization under the auspices of Kwabena Nketia Center for African Studies. We invited Emeritus Kwabena Nketia to be part of our celebration and he honored our invitation, but I was not finished. Congress had requested two programs by the end of the semester.

The last program was a group of African American women coming to the school under Umbrella Ghana to speak to the students which haven’t been done before. The former Dean of communications, Mr. Abeku Blankson, called me to his office and he told me he heard that a group of African American women are coming to the school and why didn’t I involve the school to be a part of it because this is huge. I was standing there with smiles on my face and he offered we use his office to receive the guest. When the program finished a lot of students were amazed, some students and school workers came up to me to congratulate the Organization. In 2016 Umbrella Ghana was awarded “Selfless and Dedicated Service”. This award was presented to the organization by; The Nigerian Students Association (AUCC Chapter). Till today Umbrella Ghana is still a students Organization at the African University College of Communications empowering bright minds to be generational thinkers. And the Mother body is out there on a mission to empower Ghanaian youth across the nation and also to preach the message of peace and oneness among Africans as a Pan African organization.

To answer your question, what makes me stand out among the other kids is my desire and my willingness to be a part of something bigger than myself, which is God Almighty’s plan for me to be a light to this world. We don’t have to be an expert to solve big problems. “The world is going to say to you what are you going to do? Do not be afraid to say I know I can’t do everything, but I can do something.”– Cleo Wade.

Uni-G is Not like the Other Kids

Amanda Giordano


I guess what makes me unique is that no matter how hard it gets, I don't conform to today's sound or look. I fall in the category of the Kendrick's and Cole's, and today's trend are face tats, glorifying death and being an addict. I'm at a huge disadvantage because the majority of what I rap about is the complete opposite of what is popularized. Due to me staying true to myself, it makes it harder to become the next sensation. I'd prefer a strong foundation but it can become tiresome at times, I guess what keeps me going is knowing that I've stopped so many people from committing suicide, I've sent many to rehab all because of my words and that's more meaningful then rapping about today's trends. Plus, Why be like the other kids when the other kids don't even know who they are... I'm proud of who I am...

Kisha Johnson is Not like the other Kids

Amanda Giordano


One can be anyone, but anyone can't be me. That's my power. I'm a one of one. That sounds fancy, right? I'm fancy. I'm funny, I'm creative, I'm ever-learning and always creating. That can be your power too, but only if you want it to be. 

I’m always thinking about ways to uplift while healing myself and my voice became a way to do that. I realized that through my own pain people could resonate and combat the problems that they had. I stepped up and said “I’m not okay,” people were like “Me either girl” and I went from there. There's a lot of stressors for inner-city kids (Basically a lack of everything, throw in some marginalization, oppression and mix in a combination of sexual-mental-physical-emotional abuse for a low functioning human being) and it all happened by design. Through my poetry, I try to educate people on self-love, the history of black people, and finding problems to the solutions we face as underserved communities.


I came up with The Give Back Tour after listening to the Dead Prez “Let’s Get Free” album. It was a way to hold myself accountable. I had learned so much about myself and healing that it would be a disservice not to share it with everyone else. My plan is to go around the States teaching about affirmations, healing rituals, poetry while learning from all the people and things I meet in between. Ultimately, I’ll bring that knowledge right back to my borough and I know that no one can do it alone which is why the goal is always to share as much as I can of myself in order to inspire the revolutionary in us all.

IG: @AHoodrathippie 

Eric from Foreign Figures and the band is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano


"how to we dream differently, I think the big dream for us is to create music than can allow others to feel safe enough to express their true authentic selves. and to impower others to chase after their dreams as well. What makes us different? (not like the other kids) no one has my same personality, style, taste of music, voice. but we definately like different genres of music and we as a band blend hip hop, r&b, rock, and we kinda have our own sound." 

Thank you Maralee Nielson

Until we get caught is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano


We’re “Until We Get Caught” and we are a 6 piece pop punk band hailing from both Staten Island, NY and Providence, RI. That’s right, half of us live in New York while the other half live in Rhode Island. Right off the bat, you can tell that we aren’t like most bands. Our music style isn’t like most other popular bands as well. 

What makes us unique however is not just our location or our music. But we all come from different walks of life and have experienced all different upbringings. Since this band started in 2014, our goal wasn’t to get signed and become rock stars. It was to send a message to anyone out there that life may not always go the way you want it to, but you should make the most of it and live it to the fullest. We bring this up during every show we play, whether that be local or when we tour across the country. Every song we write has many hours of trial and error behind it, so much heart and soul and each message in these songs are something we hope resonates with the listener. 


Aleks Gershman- Unclean Vocals

Chris Brady- Clean Vocals

Rickie Garcia- Rhythm Guitar/ Vocals 

Chris Petrocchi- Bass Guitar

Nick Rod- Lead Guitar

Tom Reig- Drums


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Zara Lone is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano


Why am I not like the other kids?

I think my background kind of shaped me into the person that I am. I went to catholic school for 4 years, then went to public middle school, got shipped off to Pakistan, went to a private boarding school out there, came back and attended the rest of high school and college here. I graduated with a political science degree with a minor in sociology from Wagner College. While in school, I interned with the United Nations. I also became licensed as a business risk analyst and insurance consultant while in my junior year of college and landed a job a couple days after graduation as a professional sports business risk analyst on 42nd and Park. I went back to school a year later to get my MBA (also Wagner College) and currently work at Marsh and McLennan. I think my educational diversity really shaped my point of view and expanded my horizons very early on.

I think I'm relentless in my pursuit of success, I want to do everything - and I make sure that I do. I started my artistic endeavors with writing prose, it developed into poetry and short stories. I am a makeup artist and it sparked my interest into the realm of fashion. I then branched off into photography and started playing with graphic design. The more I did shoots and collaborated with other local artists, the more I started curating my own vision and decided that I wanted to start a project where I could have the artistic visions in my mind come to life. I have eclectic taste and enjoy quirky statement pieces, I like controversy and pushing the limit, and sometimes, my vision would clash with the photographer or creative director. I think the only way I figured out how to do that was to start directing shoots from start to finish. I wanted to find a way to complement my artistic vision with my purpose. I believe that my purpose in this lifetime is to bring to light the social and ethical issues that we see day to day but are unpopular to talk about; it's to change the world by pushing the limit to achieve positive results. It is sometimes to become the bad guy but to plant a seed in people's minds that forces them to think beyond the level of comfort that they are used to. One particular issue that is close to my heart and that I'm working on a piece for is mental health in the South Asian community. I hope to shed light on the stigmas associated with culture and religion in minority communities. Another issue that I would like to tackle is how to bridge the gap between adolescence and adulthood by teaching people the important things that are neglected by school curriculums like learning how to interview for jobs and maximizing your personal brand.

Lastly. I think what really sets me apart is that I have an immense amount of pride about where I come from. I'm a self proclaimed Staten Island fanboy and I am enlightened enough to acknowledge that there is immense talent and opportunity here. I believe that supporting where we come from and the people that we are surrounded with not only strenghthens your own personal mission by expanding your network and building bridges but strenghthens a community. I believe strongly in the power of unity and hope to make this a core value of my upcoming blog, called Chronicles of the Lone. It is going to be a culture blog hyperfocused on the concepts of social awareness, art, and community. 

Lavish is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano


People always ask me how am I different from everybody else. People tend to look at me and can immediately tell I'm not everyone else. From the way I carry myself humbly, the way I dress, even down to the energy I give off as soon as I step into a room. But what makes me very different from a lot of people is the way I speak. My #1 obstacle in life has sparked off the person I am today.

Being an artist and speaking into a microphone with a melody has always been easy for me. Speaking is something that is easy for everybody. It's how we communicate. It's how we express our feelings and tell people we love them. For me, speaking without lyrics and a melody has been a huge obstacle. Being a person who stutters makes me different from everyone else. It's things so easy like saying "thank you" after somebody holds the door that makes me frustrated because I cant get the words out. Ever since I was younger, I turned that frustration into lyrics & melodies and showed people that 'stuttering kid' from Staten Island has a bigger voice than you think when I begin to rap. I'm #notliketheotherkids because I take my weakness and turn it into one of my biggest strengths - music. I know my worth and I know my voice is powerful... even if it takes me a while to say what I have to say.