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The V-FILES: WANDA SYKES

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    ©Getty Images - Raised in the Maryland-Washington, DC, area.
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    ©Getty Images - Is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.
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    ©Getty Images - Worked as a procurement officer at the National Security Agency (NSA) at Fort Meade in Laurel, Maryland from college graduation in 1986 until 1992.
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    ©Getty Images - Her stand-up career began at a Super Talent Showcase in Washington, DC, where she performed for the first time in front of a live audience.
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    ©Getty Images - Ranked #70 in Comedy Central`s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time, the only Black woman to make the list.
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    ©Getty Images - Received a Bachelor of Sciences degree in marketing from Hampton University.
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    ©Getty Images - "If you feel like there's something out there that you're supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it."
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    ©Getty Images - "A woman would pitch a joke. Nothing. Then a guy would pitch it and everybody would laugh.:
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    ©Getty Images - "Back then, I was doing more of my impression of what a comic is supposed to do."
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    ©Getty Images - "I always want to go back and do stand-up; I like the freedom."
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    ©Getty Images - "I have a funny family, but none of them are remotely in show business."
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    ©Getty Images - "I like doing a bunch of different things, being all over the place."
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    ©Getty Images - "I think it's because my comedy is in your face, and it comes from a place that's real."
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    ©Getty Images - "I work hard. The staff and crew see how much energy I put into this project, and it makes them step up."
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    ©Getty Images - "I'm here today because I hated everything else."
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    ©Getty Images - "I'm here today because I refused to be unhappy. I took a chance."
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    ©Getty Images - "If you're passionate about your work, it makes the people around you want to be involved too."