We’re living in a do-it-yourself culture, and there’s no one more DIY than bloggers. Blogging is a means of communication, self-expression, culture, news and so much more. And the people who create blogs are typically ridiculously talented and effortlessly wear the responsibility of being a voice for their culture.

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Bloggers are inspiring, to say the least. And many black bloggers have inspired us here at The Root with their journeys to success. So we’ve launched a new video series—Started From the Blog, Now We’re Here—a straight-from-the-bloggers’-mouth account of how their blog helped them excel in their careers.

First up was The Root’s managing editor, Danielle Belton, and then we shone a spotlight on the already-lit 2016 The Root 100 honoree Luvvie Ajayi. And now it’s Rae Holliday’s turn!

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Holliday’s first job was working as a security guard for American Express, and he credits that gig with teaching him how to be a sarcastic genius because of the rude people he encountered on a daily basis. It’s that sharp wit that helped him create his voice online, through his blog, Stuff Fly People Like.

Rae used his voice to celebrate those who didn’t have a voice, and he continues to do so as his blog’s popularity helped him land his current gig at Interactive One, now known as iOne Digital. This is his story.

Pretty. Witty. Girly. Worldly. One who likes to party, but comes home early. I got stories to tell. Prince (yes, that Prince) called me excellence. Achievement unlocked.

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