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Carmen Yulín Cruz

Track Cruz’ route from San Juan mayor to leader of post-hurricane Puerto Rico.

Christian Siriano

Sartorial savant Siriano parlayed his singular vision into a “Project Runway” victory.

Gretchen Carlson

See how former news anchor Carlson became an advocate for working women everywhere.

Lee Daniels

Trace Daniels’ path from West Philly to the red-hot center of Hollywood.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Discover how Sen. Gillibrand became known as a politician willing to transcend ideology.

Michael Strahan

Follow Strahan’s trajectory from football star to sports commentator and TV host.

Roxane Gay

See how Gay, a child of Haitian immigrants, became a leading feminist voice.

Ruth Zukerman

Find out how Zukerman turned her passion for indoor-cycling into a massive business—twice.

Jason Aldean

Country singer Aldean beat early career setbacks, ultimately turning them into triumphs.

Danai Gurira

See how Tony Award-nominated Gurira made the leap from storyteller to Hollywood superstar.

Eddie Huang

Follow restaurateur, author and TV host Huang on his unique path to the American Dream.

Trevor Noah

Learn how Noah used painful life stories to create a unique voice on the comedy circuit.

About Breaking Big

Why and how did some of the world's most influential artists, innovators, athletes and leaders break big? Talented men and women recount their most difficult, dramatic and serendipitous turning points. Emmy-winning journalist Carlos Watson hosts.

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