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You Had Me at Black is where Black Millennials tell the stories you won't see on TV. Season 5 we toured Houston, Los Angeles and Chicago to capture their most authentic and moving stories right in the heart of the city. After tuning in, visit our website ( and subscribe to our newsletter to get first dibs on tickets to our live storytelling events.

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    Picking up Dust

    A young woman discovers her husband texting her younger sister, forcing her to dust off skeletons in her closet.

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    Forever 4-21

    Kham gets into the college of his dreams but can't afford tuition. Until he has a great idea on 4-20. What starts off as a plot to make some quick cash turns into a full-on operation.

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    The Homegoing Team

    After receiving heartbreaking news about her mother, Deena is forced to make sense of her new normal.

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    The Dates Add Up

    CeeJaye's one-night hook up results in unexpected and life-altering changes.

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    P*ta Brenda

    Celia gets into it with her landlord, Brenda.

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    Voice of Gratitude

    At five years old, Richard gets adopted by his kindergarden teacher.

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    Everything Must Go

    Krystal puts the pieces of her life back together after a painful divorce.

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    Leaving the Kingdom

    Joi makes a difficult decision between living the life her mother expected and defining life for her self.

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    Sanctified Gangsta

    Fed up by the way his grandmother dresses him, 8th grade Meechie joins the BDs, a Chicago-area gang, to buy new clothes.

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    Finding Sonshine

    Kwynn searches for a reason to live after losing her child and partner.

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    Yogi Awakening

    After his divorce, Marlon takes a retreat and arouses himself in away he never has before.

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    The Floor is on Fire

    Deborah saves her coins and stays with a friend-of-a-friend on a trip. She quickly learns that "you get what you pay for."

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    Hollywood Fefe

    Felicia moved to LA in search of the Hollywood Dream - dream house, dream man, dream dog. Her pursuits leave her losing all but 1.

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    Welcome to Season 5

    You Had Me at Black returns with our fifth season on August 1! This season we travel to Houston, LA and Chicago. Here's the host Martina with a introduction to Season 5.

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    Season 5 - Sneak Preview

    You Had Me at Black returns with our fifth season on August 1! This season we travel to Houston, LA and Chicago. Here's a sneak preview.

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    Seen: A Father's Day Special

    Seen is a two-part series in collaboration with CultTV which explores how Black fathers pour into their children. Contrary to mainstream narratives, Black fathers are out here. For Father's Day We asked a number of men to reflect on how fatherhood influences their understanding of masculinity, and how that's similar or different to their fathers' parenting.

    This episode is hosted by our sound engineer and content strategist, Miles Dotson.

    Experience Part Two of this series, at

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    Mother's Jewels

    Mother's Jewels is a two-part reflective series in collaboration with CultTV which explores how Black mothers pour into their children. The intergenerational lessons they draw from (or reject), and the life experiences they lean on.

    We asked eleven women, "What's a conversation you had with your mom, and one you didn't have, that you couldn't wait to have with your children?" These are their stories.

    Experience Part Two of this series, at

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    My Name is Jackie

    As a first year teacher in the Bay Area, Adha caught one student bullying another. But when it came time to identify the student to the Principal, he struggled to do so.

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    Carl's Angels

    After ending his engagement and recovering from a medical emergency, Carl finally learns to listen to Black Women.

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    The Problem with Precaution

    Kevin (fka Erk tha Jerk) learns the hard way to be careful what you wish for.

    After listening, leave a review on Apple Podcasts!

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    Fonkin' Up

    Despite graduating from a prestigious college and traveling the world, a young man struggles to escape the conditioning of his hometown.

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    Ms Tramble’s Favorite

    Chinaka makes an unlikely friend over the fence in her grandmother’s backyard.

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    Irish You Would

    Elijah and his friends' Saint Patrick's Day fun takes a sobering turn outside of a San Francisco bar.

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    Rise of the African Americans

    Bria struggles with how to react to a teacher who can't seem to learn how to speak to his Black students.

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    He's Not Worth It, But My Light Bill Is

    Welcome to Season 4! After a traumatic experience at work, Brea reclaims her right to be the Angry Black Woman. After listening, subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or Google Play Music to get new episodes straight to your device. Then leave a review!

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    The Legend of Yoga Booty & Angry White Girl - Season 3 Finale Pt. 2

    Welcome to our Season 3 Finale Part 21 This week we’re playing back the last two stories from our last kickback in Oakland. First up is Randi, whose story, effectively dubbed, “The Legend of Yoga Booty #1” needs no introduction. We close out this season with Mehera, who is just tired of being told she’s not *really* black. . Produced by: @adizaheghan . Our kickbacks are a space to celebrate our culture, our community, and to turn up. All across the country we see gentrification push us out, disregard our history and erase our presence. In the wake of that, YHMAB is a notice that we are still here and we are not silent. We want to bring these events across the country and need your help. We have 2 days to reach our Kickstarter goal, or we’ll lose everything we’ve raised. Make a pledge to join our movement at

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    Theo & Bubba's Mixtape - Season 3 Finale Pt. 1

    Welcome to pt 1. of our Season 3 finale! Today we're playing back stories recorded at our last kickback in Oakland. The first comes from Theo, a former child singer whose mom did whatever it took to support his career. The second, from Mani, who tried to run away from something that was rooted deep within. Produced by: Adizah Eghan After listening, head to to back our Kickstarter campaign and bring live shows like this one to cities across the country. We have 9 days left to raise $12k!

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    Zoo What You Gotta Zoo

    To her horror, Jessica's dad reveals an unconventional plan to get in to their local zoo. Produced by: Afi Yellow-Duke Scoring by: Charlie Caperning After listening, check out our Kickstarter: We're raising funds to bring our live experiences on tour to different cities! Today we released a new reward for ten $50 donors: a 90-minute crash course in launching and growing a podcast. This course will be taught in a virtual small-group over Google Hangout and will cover: - Picking a podcast name - Equipment and software - Designing your cover art - Hosting, and getting set up on platforms like iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play - Must-do marketing activities (pre-and post-launch) Finally, be sure to chat us up in Twitter @youhadmeatblack

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    Birthday Tings

    Today is our birthday! In just one year we've had the privilege of capturing dozens of inspiring, raw, intimate, and hilarious stories across the country. To celebrate this milestone for us, we reflected on our favorites, and the ones that made the greatest impact on us. Visit to hear/read our reflections. We'll be back next week with a new story ;) Peace.

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    Degrees of Faith

    Jonathan's story begins after he starts a new job, and learns his company has a program that might help him fulfill his mom's lifelong dream. Produced by: Britney Abrahams Music and Scoring by: Deion Henderson After listening, share a story about your mom with us. Email a photo and 1 minute audio recording (mp3 or wav file) to by Saturday, 5/13 at 3pm PST.

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    Ganja in Trouble

    12 year old Beejus goes to Jamaica on a family vacation, and ends up trying to smuggle cannabis over the border. Produced by: Jarrod Sport Music & Scoring by: Charlie Corpening After listening, share your funniest ganja stories on Twitter: @youhadmeatblack

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    Praise the Lord, Pass the Ammunition

    Welcome to the second installment of our Tech Inclusion series. Tech Inclusion is a conference that brings tech investor, entrepreneurs and workers together to discuss solutions to the industry's diversity and inclusion challenges. They invited us to host a storytelling segment during the conference last year. This week's story comes from Leslie, who has led engineering teams at some of the largest and most influential tech companies. One day after a confrontation with his father, his dad goes missing and Leslie sets out in search of him. Produced by: Adizah Eghan After listening, join us on Twitter @youhadmeatblack

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    Ghostbusters Busted

    Last fall we were invited to host a storytelling segment at Tech Inclusion San Francisco. Tech Inclusion is a conference that brings together tech entrepreneurs, investors, policy makers and diversity workers to find solutions to the industry's diversity and inclusion issues. This and next week we're publishing the stories shared at the event. This story is from Hadiyah, founder of HBCU to Startup, a community that connects HBCU students and grads with opportunities at startups. But before Hadiyah was a founder, she was an engineer. During her first job out of college, she received some interesting advice on how to handle workplace microaggressions. Produced by: Adizah Eghan

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    Room for Many Hats

    Kevin had a tendency to take on other people's problems as his own. It wasn't until a traumatic experience that he realized how much doing so took a toll on his wellbeing. This story is produced by Britney Abrahams (@thelovelybee) Music and Scoring by Deion Henderson (@deion.henderson) Created by Martina Abrahams (@MARTINAdotA) and Britney Abrahams (@thelovelybee) Keep up with us after the show on Twitter: @youhadmeatblack.

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    Popov Popoff

    One night Fredia got a little *too* drunk for her own good, and learned a valuable lesson. This story is produced by Britney Abrahams (@thelovelybee) Music and Scoring by Deion Henderson (@deion.henderson) Created by Martina Abrahams (@MARTINAdotA) and Britney Abrahams (@thelovelybee) Keep up with us after the show on Twitter: @youhadmeatblack.

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    The Medicine of the Mind

    Mark takes an impromptu and lifechanging trip - or what's formally known as an Ayahuasca- in Peru. * Produced by Jarrod Sport * Music and scoring by Charlie Corpening (@Black_ChinaKid) and Deion Henderson (@Deion.henderson) * Created by Martina Abrahams (@MARTINAdotA) and Britney Abrahams (@the_lovelybee) Use the hashtag #youhadmeatblack to join the conversation.

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    Finding Dragon

    Eric's trip to Cuba takes an unexpected twist when he's forced to confront skeletons from his past. Follow us on Twitter - @youhadmeatblack Produced by Afi Yellow-Duke (@ayellowdutchess) Music & Scoring by Charlie Corpening (@Black_ChinaKid) Sound Engineering by Miles Dotson ( Created by Martina Abrahams (@MARTINAdotA) and Britney Abrahams (@The_lovelybee)

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    Heart Mishaps - Season 2 Finale

    200 people squeezed into an Oakland backyard to listen to stories and celebrate the launch of our second season in early October. These are the stories shared that night. Produced by: Adizah Eghan Photo by: Alexandra Fox

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    Manifest Your Destiny

    From a young age, Greg knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. One day he received an invitation for the opportunity of a lifetime, but the opportunity was not at all what he expected. Produced by: Britney Abrahams Photo by: @m__tina

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    Party through the Punches

    Jasmine threw a party, yea she threw a party. People came over, yea she threw a party. This is story about when creating a safe space for yourself becomes a form of activism. Produced by: Britney Abrahams Music & Scoring by: @diracproductions Photo by: Martina Abrahams

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    An Uncomfortable, Comfortable Place

    Jordannah's a musician, singer and writer. But after an important relationship ended, she fell into a dark place and stopped creating. Then one day at a party she picked up a guitar, played a song, and changed her life forever. Produced by: Britney Abrahams Music & Scoring by: @topshelfcuzo Photo by:

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    Co-Pilot Journal

    Jamica agreed to help her BFF move cross-country... in an 22-foot truck. The move was so unpredictable and ridiculous that she kept a journal. Here's what it said. Produced by: Britney Abrahams Music & Scoring by: @topshelfcuzo Photo by: @micholiano

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    Before the Truce

    In 1992, the Blood and Crip gangs in Los Angeles delcared a truce after over two decades of rivalry. This peace agreement became known as The True of Nine Deuce. When he was 5 years old Damon and his family were victims of a shooting that became a catalyst for the truce. He brings us through that life-changing day. Produced by: Britney Abrahams Music & Scoring: @diracproductions Photo by: @quinntonharris

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    When Thunder Strikes

    Zeus has traveled the world as an acrobatic slam dunker. But before he was getting standing ovations in basketball arenas, he was a kid in West Oakland hungry for some sense of power. One day het met the local legend that would change his life forever. Produced by: Britney Abrahams Music & Scoring by: @topshelfcuzo Photo by: @quinntonharris

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    Black, Black

    Julia grew up in an all-white town and never thought twice of it. That changed one afternoon when her friend got her, and her blackness, f*cked up. Produced by: Britney Abrahams Music & Scoring by: @topshelfcuzo Photo by: @micholiano

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    Golden Pursuit

    Mimo's dream was to follow in her grandmother's footsteps and dedicate her life to serving the underserved. The only thing in her way was a toxic boss, who at every turn tried to tear her down. Produced by: Britney Abrahams Music & Scoring By: @topshelfcuzo Photo By: @quinntonharris

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    Peons and Peacocks

    While working at a popular Oakland restaurant, DeMareon overheard his coworkers make troubling remarks about black and brown patrons. When he finally spoke up, everything hit the fan. Produced by: Britney Abrahams Music & Scoring by: @phdirac Photo by: Martina Abrahams

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    Cosmic Bat Mitzvah

    At 25, Niema planned the rest of her life out. At 28, she panicked when it didn't go as planned, until changed her perspective and the very thing causing her anxiety became her source of reassurance. Produced by: Britney Abrahams Music & scoring by: @phdirac Photo by: @micholiano

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    Thinking Past Tomorrow

    For years, Aridy suffered from depression. During that time, Lin Manuel-Miranda's music was her refuge. Her story teaches us that sometimes joy comes when you put yourself out there in the most unexpected places. Produced by: Britney Abrahams Music & Scoring by: @phdirac Photo by:

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    Tales from the Town

    This summer we teamed up with the good people at Clouds- a new TV series about a guy who creates a dating app after breaking up with his fiance- to pay homage to the Town that birthed our respective projects, Oakland, CA. We threw a party yea we threw a party. People came over yea we threw a party. We hosted a storytelling and film event to share stories about Oakland. This week we're sharing the stories recorded that night. Produced by: Adizah Eghan

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    How to be Denise Huxtable

    Growing up, Juliet turned to A Different World as an escape from the academic and social pressures of her Nigerian parents. She desperately wanted to be Denise Huxtable and thought she knew what it'd take to get to college, until her high school advisor gave her some honest feedback and a tough pill to swallow. Produced by: Britney Abrahams Photo by: @properperspective Music & scoring by: @phdirac

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    Serendipitous Report

    In 2005 Pen was a first year college student unsure of his calling and not doing much with his time. Then, an invitation to attend and report on the 10th Anniversary of the Million Man March in Washington DC changed everything, igniting a fire in him for reasons he never expected. Produced by: Britney Abrahams Photo by: @micholiano Music & scoring by: @topshelfcuzo

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    Welcome to Season 2

    Welcome to Season 2 of You Had Me at Black! Over the last 8 weeks we've recorded stories from over 2 dozen people from all around the country. Despite their different backgrounds, they all share two things in common: love for their Blackness and belief in the power of storytelling. Starting today, you can look forward to 2 stories each week, and a video story each month. Make sure you get all of our content right when it drops. Head to to sign up for our newsletter.

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    Boyz N Tha Hood Remix

    16 years after NWA’s ‘Fuck tha Police’ rocked the nation, Sinclair is pulled over by LAPD. It’s Halloween, and he’s dressed as none other than Eazy-E. In this ironic set of events, you’ll never guess what saved him. Produced by: Britney Abrahams Scored By: Makeda Kaya Photo by: @micholiano

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    Black Cinderella

    Growing up queer femme and black in Alabama, Ian learned very quickly what it means to love, but not be loved back. That is, until one day they became the center of their own love story. Produced by: Britney Abrahams Photo by: @properperspective Music & scoring by: @topshelfcuzo

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    Foes, Family & Fame - Season 1 Finale

    For our final episode of Season 1, tune in to hear the stories shared at our live storytelling event in Oakland, CA! First up is Dani, who you may remember from "Wanderlost." This time, she shares a story about not taking any sh*t from her racist South African landlord. The second story you'll hear is by Dara from the season 1 hit, "No Thank You;" who at the tender age of three experienced her first "trip." We close out the episode with Cory, from "BLM is Real," as he brings us through his 15 minutes of Black Twitter hashtag fame.

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    You Don't See Me

    Alex and her friends started off what should've been an ordinary Saturday night out at a popular bar in Oakland, CA. Singled out by a bartender for their attire, the situation escalated and ended up with Alex in the back of a cop car. With a growing spotlight on and record of police brutality, Alex's emotional story brings us right to the delicate line between self defense and self preservation.

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    Am I Nene Lekes?

    Depression does not discriminate. But like many of us, Bie grew up hearing and believing that it’s something only white people experience. So, she pushed the idea of depression out of her mind as she struggled to heal from death and heartbreak as an adult, until an episode of Real Housewives opened her eyes and motivated her to take action.

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    Can I Take It Apart?

    We all have that one friend who falls in love every time he walks down the street. The type to spend days talking about the future he's about to have with some random woman he saw on the subway. Who every week swears he found wifey, and vows to let all his previous imaginary wifeys go. Tennyson is that friend. He fell in love for the first time in 2nd grade. To profess his love, he made his crush a gift for Valentine's Day. Listen as Tennyson brings us back to that momentous day.

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    The Laws of Power

    From an early age, Emeka sought control- of his body and of his circumstances. Bullied as a kid, he learned how to fight at an early age. By high school, he was ditching school and was almost sent to prison for money laundering. His future looked bleak, until an administrator loaned him a book that changed his mind and behavior forever.

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    BLM is Real

    Corey woke up one Saturday expecting to grab a burrito and bum around all day... until he ran into some Black Lives Matter activists and followed them to a rally in San Francisco.

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    While studying abroad in South Africa, Dani set out on a trip across the border to neighboring Mozambique and the esteemed Tofo Beach. Expecting a smooth journey, she experienced hiccup after hiccup, only to have an epiphany on what it really means to be an adventurer.

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    A Raisin In The City

    Dissuaded by a college advisor, Keyaira drops her dream of becoming a professional writer for a marketing career in NY that can bring in the big bucks. But after a series of failed jobs don't deliver the satisfaction or financial security she’d hoped, Keyaira quickly learns what happens to a dream deferred.

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    Welcome to You Had Me at Black

    Welcome to You Had Me at Black, the podcast where Black Millennials tell true-life stories. Our co-founder Martina explains our inspiration for the podcast.

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    Darkening Up

    A new anchor in a rural North Carolina newsroom, Averi overhears troubling comments about the effect her Blackness has on the station.

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    Bacardi Gras

    What’s your favorite memory from college? For Spencer, his was a party at 12 Bryant St at Howard University. He recounts the most memorable party ever, Bacardi Gras.

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    Are You Black?

    What happens when new tenants and businesses appropriate the cultures of the displaced? Nnenna knows firsthand. What started off as a fun way to celebrate a friend’s birthday turned into an isolating and humiliating experience in a San Francisco dance studio.

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    Where Are My Shoes?

    An unexpected Myspace message leads Adha to his first house party in high school. It ends up being his best night ever, but in the most bittersweet way.

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    No Thank You

    After waking up in paralyzing pain one morning, Dara refuses to accept an unlikely diagnosis from her doctor.

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    Trill Redemption

    Amidst mental illness breaking her family apart, Sharell's Grandmother's love and resilience provided a safe haven.

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    Lit As A Feather

    A self-dubbed pyro, 10 year old Jazz loved playing with fire and would do so at any chance she could get. Then one day a game of ‘light as a feather, stiff as a board’ became way.too.lit.

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    SNEAK PEEK: "Trill Redemption"

    Amidst mental illness breaking her family apart, Sharell's Grandmother's love and resilience provided a safe haven.

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    SNEAK PEEK: "Lit as a Feather"

    A self-dubbed pyro, 10 year old Jazz loved playing with fire and would do so at any chance she could get. Then one day a game of ‘light as a feather, stiff as a board’ became way.too.lit. Here’s an exclusive clip for our earliest supporters, from “Lit as a Feather.”

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