In the ‘DMV’, a light is shining that has inspired a multitude of young men and women alike. A voice has led a crowd of youth into furthering their education and exploring other lifestyle options instead of what society has limited our youth to. As a result of one young woman’s efforts, thousands of kids now are aware of their dreams and know the possibilities of success. College has certainly become ‘cool’ to our kids and at the head of that inspiration is someone who inspired me, my sister and friend, radio personality from Washingon, DC, Angie Ange.
I was a young and lost young man trying to get a good grip on my dreams when I met Angie. I had just began interning at DC’s Hip Hop Station, 93.9 WKYS, where she was the night show host. EZ Street, who turned out to be my mentor, had ushered me into the building day in and day out and at the end of each of his shows I remember holding the door for a vibrant, energetic, hard working and inspiring young lady. Everyday right before 6 O’clock. The Royal Hypeness, Ms. Angie Ange, would walk in, set her stuff down and begin her show. Finally, after a month or so, I decided that I would stick around for conversation and truly got more than I bargained for.
I think she could see that I had really just reached that point on the journey where I noticed how difficult the task was ahead of me. As a young person, no matter your goal in life you are always naive in the beginning not really aware of the uphill battle before you if you really want to be successful. The first minute you realize that achieving your dreams won’t be as easy as you may think, that is a depressing moment. “You’ve been waiting your whole life for one moment, will you be ready?” she asked me in the middle of our conversation. “Be about yours.” Fortunately, she wasn’t that far off in age from me so she really could relate to the journey but more importantly she could fully relate to the struggle. She went in to detail about the importance of reaching your highest heights and how the sleepless nights and sacrifices all add up. Safe to say, that conversation talked me of the bridge.
Little did she know I was really struggling. My faith had been shaken, I had let go of my main job, and having personal troubles in my life while not really having the time to tend to them because I was on my personal grind. She urged me to do something that I still do to this day; Look back on the clues that God left you to get to your goals. She went into detail about how God laid out her path and our paths, it was a conversation that truly brought me back to life. I had just began to question whether or not I’m on the right track, whether I should just quit the race and go back to my life before, I had began to give up.
I stayed her whole show that night. I left at 10pm feeling inspired and driven to continue fighting for my dream to be on the “radio”. From that day forward, whenever I questioned my fate or purpose, I kept replaying our conversation over and over just to get me back on track. Even to this day, whenever I have a day when I feel like I’m getting close to the edge, I hear Angie’s voice in head telling me not to give up and I’m right back to business. She is definitely one of the people who invested a lot in me and whose words kept me in the game.
Angie has touched so many hearts in the DMV by way of her Non-Profit Organization, College Is Cool, an organization designed to get our youth to realize the importance of a college education and to help get them in to school. Parents today aren’t aware of the different ways to get their kids in school and all the possibilities to explore. Kids have lost sight of the importance of education and through college is cool, more kids are now inspired to further their education. College is Cool has become the middle man between High School seniors and the next level, using the organization to develop interest in a college education.
She also touches hearts thru the airwaves on 93.9 WKYS and KYSDC.COM weekdays 3-7pm! Her vibrant personally pours thru the speakers and can brighten any day. Hearing her on the radio was also one of the voices that inspired me to chase my dreams.
Without question, Angie has certainly touched my heart but it’s bigger than me. She continues to inspire a generation and will stop at nothing until the entire energy has shifted to a positive one. A lot of people my age owe her a sincere ‘thank you’ for all of her efforts to try and change the climate of our generation. From the deepest part of my heart Angie, thank you for being one of the voices that saved my life. I pray your voice only gets louder and that the world can be inspired from you and your soul. Thank you for taking the time to pour into my life and taking a risk by investing in me, truly means the world!
With her empowering voice and personality, it’s without question Angie Ange deserves to be this week’s #BriansAngel!