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They Are Set To Make History As The First All-Black American Climbing Team To Summit On Mount Everest

They’re looking to make history! A group of climbers are set to make history as the first all Black American climbing team to summit on Mount Everest, Black Enterprise reports. Phil Henderson is a veteran Himalayan mountaineer and a former instructor at the National Outdoor Leadership School. Recently, he launched a project, the Full Circle Everest Expedition, a group of 9 climbers looking to make history as the first all...

Ebony Twilley Martin Named First Black Co-Executive Director Of Greenpeace

Congratulations are in order! Ebony Twilley Martin was just named the first Black co-executive director of Greenpeace, NBC News reports.  In 2008, when Martin's son was just three years old, he was diagnosed with asthma. When asked how he had developed the respiratory condition, Martin's pediatrician said, "Look around your neighborhood."  During that time, Martin lived with her family in subsidized housing in Prince George's County, Maryland, near a busy freeway ravaged...

Historic Gravestones Of Black People Wrongly Dumped In Potomac River Are Now Being Relocated To Final Resting Place

Now they can finally rest in peace! Historic gravestones which were wrongly dumped in the Potomac River are now being relocated to their final resting place, NBC Washington reports.  In 1859 The Columbian Harmony Cemetery was created, becoming a popular burial site for Black people in Washington, D.C. During the 1960s, the cemetery was moved to give space for development, including the Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood Metro Station. The remains of those interred...

John Henry Sloan, A North Carolina WWII Veteran, Celebrated His 100th Birthday With His Wife By His Side

100 Years if love and lessons A North Carolina World War II veteran, John Henry Sloan, just celebrated his 100th birthday, WWAY TV reports. Sloan is a World War II veteran who served on the front line, even driving in Italy to collect the dog tags of fallen soldiers. He said the best part about the war was making it back to his family. “Pretty rough time in the service, ducking bullets...

Newark Artist Bisa Butler Is Using ‘Portrait Quilts’ To Tell Vivid Stories Of Blackness

Her work is stunning! Newark artist Bisa Butler is using her “portrait quilts” to tell a new story, CBS News reports.  Butler is a former art teacher who is now being hailed as a modern day griot. Inspired by the dressmaking of her mother and grandmother, Butler began creating quilt art. Her vividly detailed portraits, all stitched with fabric, reimagine the lives of the real life subjects they portray.  The...

Ayesha and Stephen Curry Have A New Bus That’s Feeding and Teaching Children In Oakland

It’s the real magic school bus! Ayesha and Stephen Curry have a new bus that’s feeding and teaching children in Oakland, California, NBC News reports.  The Currys are back at it again, this time debuting a new Eat.Learn.Play. Bus that will teach, feed and engage youth around Oakland’s under-resourced communities. Their Eat.Learn.Play foundation has previously done a ton of community work in the Bay Area, partnering with No Kid Hungry...


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