Brilliant Storytelling

Brilliant storytelling, a blend of memoir and astute cultural observation utterly without judgment. We need more voices like C.J.’s. He delves into themes and topics that are at once intensely personal and universal to being human. I can’t recommend highly enough. Looking forward to more episodes. Thank you for the time and attention you have lavished on this project, C.J.

Julie Gabrielli


 

About the Host

CJ

Husband / Father / Son / Brother

I’m a 37 year old graduate of Towson University. I live with my beautiful wife, two daughters and dog in a two-car garage home in the suburbs. If you ask my mom, I’m living the American Dream. I didn’t come from much, I grew up relatively poor with my mom and older brother in Germantown, MD. At times my life was chaotic but I never quit and to be honest I could probably just chill and enjoy my days. Yet during my morning commute through West Baltimore I see little black boys and girls in blighted neighborhoods on their way to school. I immediately get a sickening pain in my stomach, though my life was never like theirs I understand their reality. I ask myself, “am I doing enough for them?” As I arrive at my downtown office and navigate a corporate culture so different from my experiences, my insecurities consume my mind and I’m not sure if I’m experiencing racism or just being too sensitive. I wonder, “do they care to understand how I really feel?” I’ve come to understand that the more I share with others the more I realize I’m not alone. Presumably, there are others like me who also feel uncomfortable, who doubt their contributions and who may benefit from my sharing. In this podcast I share my journey to becoming normal.

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