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Rocky Road to Success – Henry Miller: Owning his Opportunity

A true American wanderer and success story, Henry Miller was actually of German descent. He was born in Germany in 1927 to a father whose stock and trade as a butcher and cattle rancher would give Miller the know-how for his later success. He began assisting his father’s business at a young age, often acquiring […]

Winston Churchill: no impediment to liberty

During the first part of his childhood, Winston Churchill lived in Dublin, Ireland with his mother and father, who themselves were of mixed descent, including American lineage on his mother’s side. His parents were very much an integral part of Irish political society, where his grandfather served as Viceroy. As such, Churchill was always tended […]

John Amaechi: the force to succeed by Bernardo Moya

Bernardo Moya speaks to basketball pro John Amaechi to find out whether the force in Star Wars helped him succeed – or whether it was something a little bit more down to earth   It’s not everyone who turns down the offer of a $17 million contract to play for one of the world’s top […]

Becky Hammon – Digging In for the Win

  “It’s a chance for girls to play and a chance for us to do something different.”   Becky Hammon would travel a long way before she would return to the American heartland. Born in Rapid City, South Dakota in 1977, Hammon grew up on steady diet of basketball. Before heading off to college, she […]

First lady of the world by The Best You

Michelle Obama’s story is not the common political tale of the well-connected woman born into a politically active family. Her story is different – one that in many ways supports the idea of the American Dream. The Best You finds out more. Born in 1964 the daughter of a water plant employee and a home-maker, […]

Solomon Northup: Time Served

  “Life is dear to every living thing; the worm that crawls upon the ground will struggle for it.” In the early 19th century, Solomon Northup entered the world amidst unique circumstances. Both his mother and father were free people of colour in pre-Abolitionist America, so Solomon and his brother were born free. Solomon’s father […]

Brian Banks: A Tragedy, A Triumph and A Smile

  A tale of utter system failure if there ever was one, Brian Banks is known these days for his ‘breath of fresh-air’ positive attitude and the big smile that is perpetually written on his face. Banks was raised in Long Beach, California and attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School, which is known for churning […]