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Tamyra Mensah-Stock Makes History As First Black American Woman Wrestler To Win An Olympic Gold Medal

She's the best! Tamyra Mensah-Stock just made history as the first Black American wrestler to win an Olympic gold medal, AP News reports. Mensah-Stock is the No.1 seed, defeating Japan's Sara Dosho, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist, in the first round, China's Feng Zhao in the quarterfinals, and Ukraine's Alla Cherkasova in the semifinal. She then defeated Nigeria's Blessing Oborududu in the final, coming out victorious 4-1 and making history as the...

NFL’s First Black Lineman Is Being Inducted Into The Hall of Fame More Than Five Decades After His Death

He’s always been a Hall of Famer; now it’s official! The NFL’s first Black lineman, Duke Slater, is being inducted into the Hall of Fame more than five decades after his death, AZCentral reports. Slater grew up in Clinton, Iowa, working cutting ice on the Mississippi River during the winter and taking an interest in football at an early age. He convinced his father to let him play by staging a hunger...

Simone Biles Competed In Olympic Balance Beam Finals - Still The Most Decorated American Gymnast Ever

The return of the G.O.A.T. Simone Biles competed in the Olympic balance beam finals and won bronze, continuing her streak as the most accomplished gymnast of our time. Biles now has a total of 32 Olympic and world medals, matching Larisa Latynina of the Soviet Union, though Biles has more golds in total. She also has seven Olympic medals, tying Shannon Miller as the most successful American gymnast in the...

Senate Passes Bill To Honor The First Black NHL Player With Congressional Gold Medal

This is long overdue! The U.S. Senate just passed a bill to honor the first Black NHL player with a Congressional Gold Medal, Blavity reports.  Willie O’Ree debuted with the Boston Bruins in 1958, making history as the first Black player in the National Hockey League (NHL). He went on to play two seasons with Boston before playing 13 years in the Western Hockey League. He eventually retired in 1979, championing inclusion...

Texas Community Organizes To Send Cards To 88-Year-Old History Maker On Her Birthday

They’re trying to break the Guinness World Record! Judge Arthur Bea Williams is a hero in her community. Throughout her life, she’s made many strides, making history as the first Black City Councilor, the first Black Justice of the Peace in Wichita Falls, the first Black judge, and the first Black female mayor in the city. Her accomplishments have been archived as the 5th Legend of North Texas in the...

17-Year-Old Credits Late Mother For Him Graduating A Year Early And Getting Accepted Into His Dream Schools

He's got an angel looking out for him! A 17-year-old teen is graduating a year early after getting accepted to his top schools, crediting his late mother for motivating him to see it through. KJ Morgan is an accomplished student, recently taking to Facebook to share his accolades with the world and pen a special heartfelt message to his late mother. The Georgia teen was an honor society member and...

Denzel Washington Continues To Fulfill $1 Million Commitment To HBCU Debate Team

He’s ensuring that the legacy continues! Denzel Washington continues to fulfill his $1 million commitment to an HBCU debate team, Black Enterprise reports. In 2007, the actor starred in “The Great Debaters,” portraying Melvin B. Tolson, a legendary debate team coach at Wiley College in the 1930s. During Tolson’s time, he helped break barriers, integrating collegiate debates and guiding the Wiley debate team on a 10-year undefeated winning streak. The year the...

Shaq O'Neal’s Daughter, Amirah O'Neal, Announces She’s Leaving LSU To Play For An HBCU This Fall

 She's taking her talents to an HBCU! Shaq's daughter, Amirah O'Neal, recently announced that she's leaving Louisiana State University (LSU) to play for HBCU Texas Southern University (TSU) this fall, Blavity reports.  Amirah O'Neal was a walk-on at LSU, her dad's alma mater, averaging 17.2 points a game during the 2018/2019 season. In 2019, she was named the MaxPreps California All-State Girls Team honorable mention and became a two-time All-state honoree. Recently,...


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