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Stories for December 2013

Monday, December 30

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Grandmaster Flash

There are lots of stories about the birth of jazz and the beginning of rock n’ roll, but hip-hop has founding fathers: one of them is DJ Grandmaster Flash. In the early 70’s Joseph Saddler was living in the South Bronx and studying electrical engineering.

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Louis Gossett Jr

Born May 27, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY, Lou has a flair for projecting quiet authority and has scored well personally in a string of diverse and occasionally challenging roles. The aspiring actor caught a break at his first Broadway audition for “Take A Giant Step” (1953), where, beating out 400 other candidates, the then 16-year-old landed the lead.

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Beverly Johnson

The first African American supermodel on the cover of American Vogue was Ms. Beverly Johnson. Beverly was attending college Northeastern University in Boston, MA when she tried her hand at modeling.

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Why All Black People Should Visit Africa

I was 23 years old when I took my first trip to Africa, and if you ask me my trip occurred a little too late. It should have happened as soon as I developed comprehension and understanding. It should have happened before the “African booty scratcher” jokes became funny to me, and before Africa became the dark continent in my mind. However, thank goodness it happened. After visiting the beautiful country of Zambia on two different occasions, I’m convinced that every Black person should visit Africa at least once. It will change your entire life. It most definitely changed mine.

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Is It Necessary To Celebrate Black History Month?

We don’t have a White history month, so why is there a Black history month? Is It Necessary to celebrate Black History Month? Read on...

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A New Era in Beauty for Black Women

This new era of beauty among Black women celebrates the mind. It celebrates our beautiful spirits, our beautiful struggles, and our beautiful hopes.

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Why We Need Another Civil Rights Movement

As a child I would often watch old clips of the Civil Rights Movement and desperately wish I could have participated. The focus and eloquence of Dr. King inspired me. The courage of the children challenged me, and the unity of Black people was something I’d yet to witness in my generation. My soul longed for the days when Black people didn’t sit around and hope for change, but actually fought for it to happen.

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Your "blackness" starts with YOU

Knowing and understanding what being black enough means to your self-preservation.

Thursday, December 19

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President Barack Obama

His story is the American story — values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family, hard work and education as the means of getting ahead, and the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in service to others.

Tuesday, December 17

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Sanya Richards-Ross

4x Olympic Gold Medalist, Entrepreneur, Reality Show Star

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Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas, a prominent photo conceptual artist, grew up surrounded by art and culture.

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Marcus Stroud

A self-proclaimed “country boy” from South Georgia, NFL veteran and philanthropist Marcus Stroud remains humble and grateful for his experiences during and after the NFL. Marcus was the 13th overall pick in the 2001 draft and played for 10 years in the NFL for teams such as the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills.

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Black Girls RUN!

Black Girls RUN! was created in 2009 by Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks in an effort to tackle the growing obesity epidemic in the African-American community and provide encouragement and resources to both new and veteran runners.

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Baratunde Thurston

Co-Founder & CEO of Cultivated Wit, Author, Comedian

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Cheryl Contee

Co-founder of Jack and Jill Politics, CEO at Fission Strategy, Co-Founder of Attentive.ly, 2010 Most Influential Women in Tech

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Stefanie Brown James

Growing up in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, Stefanie Brown James knew that a career in government affairs and civil rights was the path for her. She started to get involved in civil rights when she joined the Cleveland Youth Council of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

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Shawne Merriman

From the gridiron to the boardroom, Shawne Merriman proves that there is life after playing professional football. Growing up in a rough and tumble neighborhood in Maryland, Shawne avoided the negativity and managed to channel his energy into something positive.

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Allen West

Former Congressman, retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, Author