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Tobin Osusky is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano


When they die, they’re dead. When I died, I came back a Superhuman version of my self, stronger and smarter than ever. Since my actual death in 2003 I have achieved all of my dreams without hesitation.

I broke my neck and back and now I work to Rehabilitate others with Spinal Cord Injuries and Traumatic Head Injuries. 

During my healing process, Amethyst Crystals sped up my healing process; now I work for the planets most successful Crystal Mining & Wholesale company. 

I founded and own a wildly influential Holistic Fitness brand named Qinesis, that has majorly improved the fitness consciousness in Northern NJ/NYC over the last 5-8 years, across the board forcing Industry Leaders to adapt to the change we initiated.

I also design all clothes and products for THNK also known as The High Nature Kids.

I am a board member for several Non-Profits focused on feeding and clothing the Homeless of NJ, also Outdoor Education and Natural Awareness programs. 

I want you to be happier.

V-Henny is Not like the other kids Interview

Amanda Giordano


I’m not like the other kids because even as a child, I was always full of questions, curious about with what life has to offer, hard-headed, a risk taker and never satisfied by mediocrity. I found myself writing to ease my deep rooted pain as I listened to the words from a song to see if they too, can relate. I went from writing poetry to writing Hip Hop lyrics, transitioning into radio which then opened up another chapter, event planning. Although I’ve failed many times, I always manage to get back up. A kid with a broken paint brush, who never gives up, always sees the vision and paints a bigger picture.  

I believed in dreaming big even when it caused fear in my heart and soul. Life will always be beautiful. Precisely the reason I take chances when it comes to following my dreams. I appreciate the experiences and the lessons from it all. I’m a girl from The Bronx that had an unstable and challenging childhood. A girl who dropped out of high school at the age of 16, just a kid who decided not to quit and get her G.E.D. A dreamer who decided to follow her path, that of a dreamer. To work hard, sleepless nights and be consistent, as she day dreams.  

I’m not like the other kids, unlike the 98% of them, they grew up and life forced them to change their goals and dreams. I continue to dream big. I continue to have passion and dedication, knowing that there’s more to life, wanting to be heard, help others and make my dreams come true. 


I am not like the other kids Because 

I am an Artist

I am an Entrepreneur

I am a Fighter  

I Am a Dreamer


Adrianna Rivera is not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano


Hi! My name is Adrianna. And I’m not like the other kids. 

I mean, I know that to be a fact. But for the past week or so, I struggled to find a word that describes why exactly I’m “not like the other kids”. 

Then it hit me. I'M A SURVIVOR. 

See, the thing is, for so long I would complain about my life. I remember being a small child and being angry at God because my life wasn’t likeany one I knew. I never met my father, my mother had a loose hand, and I seemed to never be able to finish an entire school year in just ONE school. I spent most of my life back and forth between my grandmother's  care and my mom’s. I’ve lived in shelters, been exposed to abusive caregivers, and learned what it felt like to go to bed hungry. I even lived out of a car with my mom for a bit. I was sexually assaulted as a child and felt like I was haunted for most of my life.. I couldn’t understand why, even with all the faith I had, I has to go through so much hurt. And I came to realize, I’m meant to be a survivor. I have survived childhood traumas, 6 years in the army and time in a warzone, and being a victim of bullying, even in adulthood! 

And so now, I’m honored to be who I am. I take my insecurities and wear them proudly. I do my best to give my children the life I never had. I advocate for body positivity, awareness of mental health, and rebuilding and preserving my culture. And I look at every day, every challenge, and every setback with a smile, because I know that I will survive that, too. 

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...

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

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.

Skyllas Wang is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano


Why am I not like the other kids?

I've never felt like I really was like anyone else growing up and I always did things in my own weird way. Being an adult, things are still the same way. I choose to make my own path rather than following ones already made. As a creator I find responsibility in my art to be a physical representation of the shifts that happen in life and to make people feel deep emotions that open their mind. One thing I want to teach people through my own being is to be open to taking risks, be open on the journey of finding yourself and be open to love.



Prema 777 is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano


I’m not like the other kids, I’m captivated by what we don’t notice. I’m inspired by the unknown and I’m driven by the unaccepted. I'm pretty awkward, & uncomfortable, often times overly friendly. I go for opposites and do things like root for the underdog. I look at failure as a friendship to my enlightenment & have always believed I can change the world. Everyday I’m 1 step closer to making a bigger change. Really I’m not like the other kids because I’ve pretty much always been ‘that other kid’.