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Syracuse Teen Makes History As The First Black, Female Valedictorian In Her School’s District’s 173-Year-History

She's making her mark! A Syracuse, New York teen, made history as the first Black, female valedictorian in her school district's 173-year-history.  Toryana Jackson attended Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York. During her time at school, Jackson was very active, participating in cross country and track for all four years and becoming a member of the Henninger band where she played the flute. In addition to her extracurricular activities, Jackson...

She Just Became The First Black Person to Have a Puzzle Line in Target Stores Nationwide

She’s going to be in over 1,750 Target stores nationwide! Amanda Wilson is the owner and CEO of A+X Puzzles, which has become the first Black-owned puzzle being sold in Target. She created the brand in 2019 after noticing a lack of diversity in puzzles while pregnant. Wilson gave birth to twins Adric and Xola ten weeks early, and during their 43-day NICU stay, began creating the first sketches of...

Virginia State University Renames Four Buildings On Campus In Honor of Black Women

Onward and upward! Virginia State University (VSU) has renamed four buildings on campus in honor of Black women, AP News reports. Five months ago, the Historically Black University took down the original names of four buildings named for white men with ties to the Jim Crow era and/or the confederacy. After a committee voted on replacement names, the school has now announced that the buildings will be renamed in honor of Black...

Lawyer, Tiffany Wright, Named One of Nation’s Best Advocates Under 40

She’s fighting for the people! Lawyer Tiffany Wright was named one of the nation’s best advocates under 40 by the National Bar Association (NBA), Orrick reports. Wright is an appellate lawyer who took an interest in law at a young age after the tragic murder of her father when she was just 7-years-old.  “I was devastated, afraid, angry, and confused. The murder was barely investigated, and the first person who helped 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...

This Adorable 4-Year-Old Dedicates Her ‘Gymnast of the Week’ Trophy To Simone Biles

This is too sweet! A 4-year-old dedicated her "Gymnast of the Week" trophy to Simone Biles. Verity Ofori-Kuragu is a native of the United Kingdom by way of Ghana. When she was just two years old, she began naturally doing handstands, using the wall as support. That same year, she witnessed a broadcast of British Gymnast Joe Fraser, interviewing and showcasing some of his routines. "Whoah! Mummy, I'll like to...

These London Twins Aced Their High School Exams, And Got Accepted To Oxford and Cambridge Universities

Their hard work has paid off! A pair of east London twins have received exemplary grades, getting accepted to Oxford and Cambridge universities, the BBC reports. Emmanuel and Ebenezer Boakye are students at Mossbourne Community Academy in London’s borough of Hackney. Before graduation, the twins received top grades and honors, both getting a combined six A*s and one A. Now, the two have been accepted to two prestigious universities, Oxford and Cambridge....

Texas Woman Wins International Campaign Paying $10K A Month To Learn About Wine

This is the life! A Texas woman won an international campaign paying $10k a month to learn about wine, The Grio reports. Lindsay Perry was one of 7,000 applicants across the globe who applied to Murphy-Goode Winery's "A Really Goode Job" campaign search. The job offered unbelievable perks for anyone wanting to learn about wine, including earning $10,000 a month and having the opportunity to live rent-free at a Sonoma County winery...


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