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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...

Simone Ledward-Boseman, Widow of Late Actor Chadwick Boseman, Performs Emotional Tribute To Her Husband

We are praying for her continued strength and comfort. Simone Ledward-Boseman, the widow of late actor Chadwick Boseman performs an emotional tribute during the "Stand Up to Cancer event," The Grio reports. "Stand Up to Cancer" is an event that takes place annually to raise money for cancer research. This year, several of Boseman's friends and co-stars, including Danai Gurira, Chris Evans, and Paul Rudd, participated in the production. Boseman passed away last August...

New York Man Builds Garden In Harlem, Growing Food And Supporting Children In Need

Such a beautiful way to plant a seed! A New York man builds a Harlem garden, growing food and children, Tony Hillery is the founder of Harlem Grown, an organization that teaches young people how to garden, Upworthy reports. It all started in 2008 when Hillery looked to be of service after being struck by the financial crisis. When reading about the plight of underfunded inner-city schools, he decided to try his hand...

Grambling State Welcomes Second Female Drum Major In School’s 120-Year-History

She’s the first in nearly seven decades! Grambling State University (GSU) welcomes their second female drum major in the school’s 120-year-history, The Grio reports.  Candace Hawthorne is a senior at GSU, majoring in engineering technology and music. She is now the first woman to become drum major and lead the World Famed Tiger Marching band since Velma Patricia Patterson in 1952. Hawthorne will lead alongside senior Deante Gibson and Sheavion Jones, a...

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...


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