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Wale x Live Civil Presents The Ambitiously Civil Contest

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Calling all ambitious and living civil females! Wale, Maybach Music Group, and Warner Bros. Music has teamed up with Live Civil to bring you the Ambitiously Civil contest. We’re looking for some of the most civil females who have more than just the determination to succeed in life. In no more than 100 words, we are asking you to answer the following question below in the comments section:

What make you an ambitiously civil female?

Please be as descriptive as possible and make sure your words exemplify your want and determination to accomplish all your dreams. All answers will be reviewed with the assistance of Wale and the top 4 will be selected to win an exclusive MMG prize pack that includes an ‘Ambitious Girl’ T-shirt, chain, and Live Civil bracelet.

Good luck to everyone who enters!


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  • Carolyn Ortiz
    December 1, 2011

    Growing up with an abusive dad & then living through an abusive relationship as a young adult, I always heard what I couldn’t do. In college & after mentoring young women I realized the potential I truly had & began taking on leadership roles. In early 2011, I left corporate America to focus on my own expanding talent management & p.r. company to help others achieve their dreams. Today I am ambitiously pursuing the start of my own record label and am looking forward to telling young adults, “Yes, you CAN. You are greater than your circumstances.”

  • Sandy
    December 1, 2011

    Being ambitiously civil meant leaving my family to pursue a dream in Hollywood, I was told that I won’t make it because of my skin color and size, I decided to focus on pioneering in the entertainment industry, and shattering the stereotype of plus size women. I am an ambitious entrepreneur that set life-changing goals with the Evolution of Curves Tour, building houses in Haiti restoring civility to my people has been my reward. My blood, sweat, and tears has not gone unnoticed. I realized that everyone has a story but not everyone has a testimony.

  • Shay
    December 1, 2011

    Knowing if God will bring me to it, then he will get me through it is enough. My faith in God has gotten me through the many struggles I’ve faced. The first one to go to college in my family and graduating in a year and a half is a blessing. I’m a full time student majoring in Journalism with a minor in English and Sociology. I work part time and have an internship. I plan to work for CNN one day. I will always keep going, God willing.

  • Laashlee Edwards
    December 1, 2011

    I’m a divorced, single mother of three, a Navy vet, and a medical school student. I also volunteer in my community and intern for the ACLU of GA. It isn’t easy but I refuse to fold. I want my children to visually learn that regardless of what may come if you are determined enough to push forward anything and everything is possible.

  • Jasmine
    December 1, 2011

    Growing up I lived a topical middle-class life. I lived at home with both parents and on the outside looking in everything was fine. Looks can be very deceiving because home life was everything but okay. Until the age of 14 I was in denial about my father’s drug abuse which lead to the separation of my parents. In the midst of dealing with the separation my father was murder and to this day it is still unsolved. I thought that this was definitely the end for me I could not take on anymore stress or heartache. I began a downward spiral into a life that could have destroyed me but by the grace of God, a wise mother, and countless prayers of others I began to put the broken pieces of my life back together. After falling several times I have gotten back onto the straight and narrow path of success as I began my college endeavors. My dream of someday becoming a defense attorney is very accessible now. Looking back to where I’ve been pushes me even closer to where I’m going. Ambitiously Civil is an understatement to the woman am I now and the woman God is preparing me to be.

  • Brittany
    December 1, 2011

    Growing up i knew having a drunk and drug abusing parents that i would have to make it. I defeat stumbling blocks because its a hobby. I just got out of horrible relationship of four yrs. I’m currently recovering and recording my first album to help women and men like myself. Im a ceramic engineering major and dance minor. Ive tested myself enough to know that God walks with me.

  • Feliz Murray
    December 1, 2011

    I’m positive, strong and ambitious. I’m a hard worker and I keep myself motivated at all times. I’m very well-grounded. I keep a positive mind state. I don’t let anyone tell me that I can’t reach my goals in life. I keep myself going at all times. I know that anything is possible through Christ. I work hard in life. I’ve been through a lot and I’m still on the road to success. Everything that I’ve been through, good and bad was a test and it has made me more ambitious in life. I know I can go far.

  • TenTashae
    December 1, 2011

    My goal is to take over the world—or build a dynasty, which ever comes first I’ll take it. Ambition is that thing that keeps you up at night. It has you pacing the floors while your heart is pounding and your mind races incessantly. Its that thing that excites and frustrates you. Writing sic-fi stories is what does it for me. I’m perusing a masters in publishing. No you don’t need a degree to write, but I figured if I’m going to take over this camp, I should at least know the basics. 😉

  • Jaz
    December 1, 2011

    Growing up being abandoned by drug addicted parents has a lot to do with me grinding and working to NOT become a statistic. Coming from where I come from success isn’t a normality whereas failure is…being in school and striving to show the world that my generation DOES have what it takes no matter what is thrown in your way is my ultimate goal. Time to show the world that we’re the #YoungestDoinIt!!

  • Danielle Campbell
    December 1, 2011

    I simply want to BE someone that inspires others to be whatever they want to be. I want to finish getting my education and get into Media to help educate people on everything NOT said. My 20 years on this earth I’ve hated myself, let others views of me bring me down and was depressed for a MAJORITY of my life. With so many things bringing me down (economic, emotion and social) it would be EXTREMELY easy to give up, but I don’t want to. I’m determined to do better, be better and have better. I will keep trying until it happens.

  • Ilenia Balbuena
    December 1, 2011

    I am earning a degree in healthcare administration for pharmacy. My dream is to administer healthcare in 3rd world countries. Since the age of three I have experienced pain, abuse, and adversirty. I still struggle, but have hope that all I have been through is the preparation for my purpose in life. Circumstances cannot deprive your right to succeed or achieve a joyful life. I believe an ambitously civil female will stay focused, have integrity, keep composure, and use her past experiences as a catalyst to see the opportunities at hand and fuel her drive in order be a positive influence in the world.

  • Claudia JB
    December 1, 2011

    Live as ambitious as a man should, live as civilized as a real woman would. How I have come to learn this as early as 22 with no mother or father to learn these morals from is still a mystery to me but i thank God everyday for women and men who lead by example. People like Karen and Wale help me realize when I’m slacking. No matter where I was before this day, I still hold the power to change tomorrow. I’ll be what my father wasn’t and I will strive to work hard as my mother would if she was still here. No excuses. Its time.

  • Katrina Butler
    December 1, 2011

    Being ambitiously civil means never settling for anything less than your best. In 2006, I enlisted in the Air Force after graduating high school with goals of becoming a leader and helping others, earning my college degree, seeing the world and ultimately having a successful career. Through hard work, an unrelenting drive to succeed, and faith in God I have achieved these goals–but i know that it cannot stop here. My ambition keeps me hungry. I approach every single day as an opportunity to learn, love what I do, and live my life to its utmost potential.

  • Nkiruka Igwe
    December 1, 2011

    What makes me an ambitiously civil female is the fact that I am me & I will always be me, I don’t strive to be like others, and also my desire to become a fashion stylist. I’m a college student of 2&1/2 years, and my determination is like no other. It gets complicated, but I don’t quit. I’m sure people think I’m crazy but I know there has to be a way, I pray the same prayer nightly. When my faith increases then my dreams become reality. So With Faith I Know I Will Succeed.

  • shardai rabb
    December 1, 2011

    I am an ambitiously civil female because unlike most I didn’t grow up in bad home I had two loving parents me and my father weren’t always the best but I had my mother. I got pregnant at 15 still in highschool and again at 19 I am a full time single parent. Im ambitious because I work 60 hours a week go to school and I graduated high school not dropping out I moved out my parents home and got a place of my own I don’t collect child support I’m not a crazy babymomma I rose above and won’t let nothing stop me I plan on finishing school and making a better life for me and my kids…I’m doing this on my own financialially the state doesn’t help me do anything and to end it all im only 20 years old.

  • Vivian
    December 1, 2011

    There is one huge setback in my life that prevents me from doing the things that people my age should be doing, but I am an ambitiously civil female because I will never let this problem be an excuse to why I don’t succeed. Now I can’t put my issue out there into the universe/internet for the world to see, but I simply want you to know that I am a soon to be college graduate and aspiring gynecologist that will make a difference in the lives of so many people despite my own struggles.

  • Ashley Ross
    December 2, 2011

    Being ambitiously civil is my life. When I was a young girl I dreamed that I found the cure for cancer. Although I did not go to medical school I am currently in college finishing my last semester, and the hip hop group that I am apart of called Un-Orthadox we are almost done with our first collection of songs to put out; which has been my dream for the past few years! I also found out recently that I was selected to go to Africa this month to do missionary week with my shool. Overall I was blessed with ambition as a gift from God and I do not take it lightly. The most ambitious thing that I aspire to do is to inspire others to follow there calling and true purpose.

  • Jasmine Acebedo
    December 2, 2011

    “Oppression is a state of mind “. Life will beat you down to the point of surrender. But in that moment, you have to push the hardest. As a child, I consecutively lost 5 family members to their drug addiction; among them were my mom and dad. But I believe my purpose in life is to show others that it’s not the series of unfortunate events that define an individual. It’s how they triumph from their struggle. I stand here today a first generation college graduate, a minority, and most important a woman. An ordinary woman, doing extraordinary things.

  • angie
    December 2, 2011

    It’s in my nature to be ambitiously civil ever since I can remember I’ve wanted to teach. My older brother was a special needs child and I always cared for, defended and protected him. I taught him how to speak, read and write. I went to college to be an art teacher, I was unable to degree because I left to take care of my 8 mo old nephew born into addiction. He grew up having severe emotional problems and seizures. I took care of him while I’m a six yr relationship with an older abusive man who was addicted to cocaine. I lost many jobs and places for us to live and gained over 70 lbs due to stress. On my 25 th birthday I decided to change my life for me. I am currently full time student working two jobs, I got rid of the guy and my nephew is happy living with my mom. I lost over 80 lbs and will be graduating spring of2012

  • Anonymous
    December 2, 2011

    I really hope every post that is over 100 words gets an automatic disqualification!! Because that would not be fair to those who followed directions and kept their post short and to the point. Many of these women probably had more to say but narrowed it down, and again, it wouldn’t be fair for those who did not listen to be rewarded, no matter how beautiful the story. #justsayin

  • Monica Brown
    December 4, 2011

    Ambitiously civil is being a ripple in a pond, a wave of creation and changes that shape you into being the queen God created, and that is me. You see, I am only 19 but my past life is a reflection of who I am now and I am proud. A Christian first, then a student and a mentor I wear those names boldly but most of all I am Monica Brown. A young lady not allowing anyone to have pity on the abuse and discouragement she faced once before and is simply continuing forward searching for another open door.

  • Reneisha
    December 5, 2011

    I grew up with people telling me I wasn’t going to amount to anything. I wasn’t going to graduate from high school or go to college. As bad as it made me feel I did what I had to do to make sure I graduated high school then going to college. When I was in high school I set goals for myself & I was really determined I was going to accomplish them all with all the people talking down to me. Before my great grandmother passed away her exact words were: “Reneisha, you can do anything as long as you put your mind to it. If you have faith in youself

  • Reneisha
    December 5, 2011

    cont. yourself you will be blessed in the end.”(spellcheck)I’m on my 2nd year of college & I’m doing great. I’ve learned to ignore what people say & just do what I have to do to make it.

  • Damequa
    December 5, 2011

    I am twenty years old and nothing in my life has been easy. I live on my own, have a great job and attend college. I do not have a car or any help from my parents.sometimes it can be tough. It is easy to want to give up or remain stagnant when the pressure of life starts to crush my determination but then I remember that anything worth having is worth fighting for. One day I will be the Editor in Chief of my own magazine. My ambition has taken me this far. I can’t be stopped.I would say I embody what it is to be ambitiously civil, even though I battle to accomplish my dreams everyday.

  • Mari
    December 5, 2011

    I don’t just live ambitiously civil,I embody it everyday. A full time student and employee trying to make my dreams come true. Ever since I could remember music has been my solice, my best friend, my love and I wont stop until I break into the industry. People always tell me dreams are childish and I should get a regular nine to five, I refuse. I’m scared of what lies ahead but I’m even more afraid of not trying. I breathe music,I live music, I love music and when you love that hard it’s impossible to give up.

  • Tisha Jade
    December 5, 2011

    Being an ambitious civil female is a mindset, motivation to never settle, to achieve your dreams, not stopping there, but topping your best. I want success so bad for my family’s sake. As a freshman in college, I write for three blogs, began networking all on my own to gain experience to work for the likes of Karen Civil, or to be the next Diane Sawyer of color. That’s my dream. I’ve seen, and live the struggle, and I could list all of God’s tests, but I’m at peace with my past because it has made me everything I am.

  • LaToya B
    December 6, 2011

    I am black, beautiful, and proud of who I am. I have been through many things in my life just as these other young women have, but I do not let them be a setback to me. Instead of keeping all my life experiences to myself I have found a way to express them through writing. I also love music and when you mix the two together you get (Wale). I let no one steer me away from my goals or aspirations and keep high standards for myself. Some would say my major setback would be putting others before myself, but I see it as a gift.