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.
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.
“When I started my first business,” entrepreneur Cher’Don Reynolds explains, “I simply wanted to put messages of empowerment and celebration on shirts. I wanted customers to have the option of glitter, rhinestones and different colors.” But it didn’t take her long to find out that what she wanted didn’t quite fit her start-up budget.
In the culinary world, only a handful of regional cuisine reaches international level. “Southern food,” is considered a delicious, heart-warming, feel-good cuisine that affects all those who try it. According to John T. Edge, the director of Southern Foodways Alliance, the Southern food people refer to is based on food developed by women, who are often black, originating from dishes generated during slavery in the South of the United States.
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Imagine being a part of a mission to assist inner city youth in expanding their horizons. Not just by taking them on a few field trips, but you show them how to “fish,” by educating them about the aviation industry, a skill that isn’t a part of your average public or private school curriculum.
Wikipedia Edit-a-thons are hosted by schools, archives, museums, and cultural institutions all over the world. The idea is to help increase the voices of LGBTQ, female, people of color, or other marginalized persons as Wiki editors. On March 30th, I attended the Art+Feminism edit-a-thon at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta where people of all backgrounds were invited to learn how to become a Wiki editor, learn the rules of Wikipedia, and create articles about female, non-binary, women of color, etc. artists.
When Malcolm D. Lee made his directorial debut with The Best Man, he was prepared to have stardom set in stone. Starring actor Taye Diggs and written and directed by Lee, audiences liked what they saw. Opening weekend scored the movie $9,031,660 in U.S. box office revenue. Now, Lee is releasing his debut’s sequel The Best Man Holiday. On November 15, we will see if audiences are still craving the writing and directing that he introduced to us 14 years ago.
In 2015, the news of Flint, Michigan not having access to purified water went viral. The reaction to this news felt like the U.S. was finally realizing the reality that water supplies are limited, depleting, and potentially contaminated. Excessive levels of lead, iron, and even E.coli were found in Flint’s water. Despite national outroar, numerous lawsuits, and millions of donated plastic water bottles, eventually the rest of the world started to forget about Flint. Flint started receiving less donations and press attention even though their crisis continued.
Killer Mike is one of the most outspoken individuals when it comes to the state of Black America and the development of a Black agenda. So when I heard that he had a Netflix series, called Trigger Warning, there was no doubt that I would tune in to see some of the things he wanted to address.