When I walked into the Local Green Atlanta restaurant, located in West Atlanta, the first thing I noticed was a large sign that says: “Eat Well, Be Well.” Then my attention went to the wall covered in colorful paper, where customers were encouraged to write down and share their goals. Some of the notes were simple, such as “eat healthier and recycle more,” and others were more serious, like to “always have a servants heart.” Right away the small details set the tone for what this restaurant is all about.

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Cori “Coco” Gauff is making waves and history in the tennis world after her first round victory at Wimbledon this past Monday, July 1st against tennis icon, and five-time Wimbledon champion, Venus Williams. Since this great achievement made headlines, all eyes have been on the emerging tennis star, and sports fans, commentators and celebrities among others are wondering how the Atlanta-born child prodigy got her start.

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Chelsea Werner has not only created new limits for what special olympians are capable of;  now she is redefining beauty standards as a model with down syndrome. You can find her swinging on the bars and killing it on her floor routine, but also posing and walking for renowned fashion brands. “I’ve been at the top of the Gymnastics World for probably ten years now,” Wenrer said in an interview with Forbes.

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“I just took a DNA test turns out I’m 100% that bitch,” Lizzo raps in her breakout single, “Truth Hurts.” And according to all accounts, she’s not exaggerating. "

The track, featured on Lizzo's third album, “Cuz I Love You,” is on its way to hitting platinum status according to Billboard music charts. Her album was released in April 2019.

“I think that it only has ever been radicals that have changed this country. Abraham Lincoln made the radical decision to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. Franklin Delano Roosevelt made the radical decision to embark on establishing programs like Social Security, if that’s what radical means, call me a radical,” said Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in an interview on CBS’s 60 Minutes. Ocasio-Cortez, who made headlines during her candidacy for congress and now as a congresswoman, continues to shake up Washington.

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When They See Us,” has been the topic of nearly everyone’s conversation over the course of the last two weeks. The Netflix miniseries directed by Ava Duvernay touched on so many important subtopics, it’ll make your head spin. I know that not everyone has had the chance to see it, and some have even chosen not to because of how difficult it is to process the emotions that will be triggered. The story is about five teenage African American and Hispanic boys who were sent to prison after being wrongfully accused and ultimately convicted for a rape and sexual assault of a white woman that they did not commit. As a journalist, one thing that was troubling to watch was the media’s biased coverage of the events. While that part of the series was just a mere subplot,  I couldn’t help but think how unfortunate it was that there was really no fair representation of those young men in the media. That probably wouldn’t have been the case had the North Star been around to speak truth to power. Giving the young men a fair representation in the media, rather than prematurely concluding that they were guilty.

Jharrel Jerome as Korey Wise

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Beauty.

What defines beauty, and how does the nature of beauty change over time? What is the special allure of the stereotypical runway model in today’s society? These age old questions will never truly be measured or answered; however, when viewers witness the model image that we all adore, we witness a beauty that for the most part can not be described.

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“We just understand there are not a lot of opportunities in this community for jobs and there are not a lot of opportunities for young children and teenagers to see people that look like them succeeding in business. We wanted to bring that here,” Derrick Moore said to USA Today in his 2017 interview. Moore along with fellow Tennessee State University graduates, Clinton Gray and Emanuel Reed, launched their own Pizza Beeria in Nashville that same year. The restaurant was a huge hit locally, and took off to a point where they’ve already expanded before their second anniversary. The trio had a solid business plan, a knack for a good marketing strategy, and understood the importance of inclusion every step of the way.

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Halima Aden is not afraid to be the first. Paving roads for Muslim models since her introduction in the 2016 Miss Minnesota USA pageant as the first contestant to wear a hijab and burkini, she now graces the cover of the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The cover features Tyra Banks, the first African-American model to ever be featured on the cover of a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

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Children are not only the future, they’re an intricate part of the present. Making history in different industries, and pioneering new opportunities for their peers and the next generation of children as well. There’s 14-year-old actress, Marsai Martin, executive producing her latest film “Little.” Also the 4-year-old child prodigy of drumming, Justin “LJ” Wilson, who got America’s attention on the Ellen Degeneres Show earlier this year.

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