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lbrahim: 30 Neighbors. 30 Days. Spotlighting diverse Pittsburghers in social media and here on PUM

February 4, Day 16:

 

"Obviously, that name [Ibrahim] comes with some baggage, people always want to know my background. I’m born and raised in New York, so the question some people ask is: ‘where are you from?’ and I say New York, and they say: ‘no, no where are you from, from?’ That’s code for: ‘where are you [ethnically] from’ so I say Mineola, New York because that’s where I was born and raised.” -- Ibrahim  #IamPGH

 

"I took a long path to get to HR and the corporate world. My family owned a deli so I grew up in a deli from the time I was 12. My family would always say ‘we came to this country from the Middle East so you would have a better life: go to school, get your degree, get your education. You’re working 60 hours next week but go get your degree.’ So, it took me a long time to finish my degree because I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Plus, when you make cash at the deli, you wonder if you need anything else when you can just stay and run the deli." -- Ibrahim  #IamPGH

 


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Welcoming Pittsburgh is launching 30 Neighbors. 30 Days., in collaboration with PittsburghUrbanMedia.com and other partners, to spotlight stories from diverse Pittsburghers, including those hailing from countries around the globe, transplants from other American cities, and Pittsburgh natives. 

  Follow the campaign:  www.PittsburghUubanMedia.com, WelcomingPGH on Facebook and Twitter, hashtag #IamPGH. 30 Neighbors. 30 Days. runs January 20 – February 18, 2016.

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