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Josephine Baker Will Become The First Black Woman Entertainer Buried At Historic Panthéon Monument In France

She is still a symbol of freedom! Josephine Baker will become the first Black woman entertainer to be buried at the historic Panthéon monument in France, Blavity reports.  Baker was born in Missouri in 1906, rising to international fame as a singer, activist, and symbol of freedom. She moved to France in 1925, looking to escape the pervasive racism in the U.S., eventually gaining dual citizenship after marrying industrialist Jean Lion in...

CNN's Abby Phillip And Her Husband, Marcus Richardson, Have Welcomed Their First Child

She's a mom now! Abby Phillip has continuously wowed viewers with her poise, intelligence, and the glow of Black excellence that she seems to emanate flawlessly. Her fans were delighted when she announced she was expecting back in March. Today she informed the world that she and her husband welcomed their first daughter, Naomi Angelina Richardson, on Monday. In an Instagram post, the 32-year-old wrote, "Marcus and I are so...

HBCU Alabama AandM Receives The Largest Donation In The School’s 146-Year-History

The donor is urging other alumni to give as well! Alabama A&M University (AAMU) was founded in 1875, almost 150 years ago, running for many years on an annual state funding allocation of $1,000. This week, the Historically Black College and University received a nearly $2.2 million donation from an anonymous young alumnus. This is the largest individual donation the school has ever seen, The Grio reports. "This is the most significant and...

This Mom Got Illinois To Sign A Law Banning Hair Discrimination In Schools

She helped change the school system! Ida Nelson worked to get a new law banning hair discrimination in Illinois. It was signed by Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker, prohibiting school dress codes from issuing policies that historically targeted Black students wearing protective and natural hairstyles.  The measure, known as the Jett Hawkins Law, is named after her son Gus “Jett” Hawkins. At four, he was told that his braids violated his...


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