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He Just Became One Of The First Black Owned Juiceries With A Brick & Mortar Inside Of Whole Foods

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He Just Became One Of The First Black Owned Juiceries With A Brick & Mortar Inside Of Whole Foods

“Anyone can make juice, we make juice for a reason.” That’s the tagline of a popular juice bar that just became one of the first Black-owned juiceries to operate a brick and mortar inside of Whole Foods. Chris Goode started the business in 2014 to honor his late grandmother who died at 61 from Type 2 diabetes.  “Once I got in to juicing and health I realized that 61 was just way too young and [I]started to switch my lifestyle and press my family to do the same.  In 2014 I decided to put all I had into my passion and new...

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Louisiana Woman Becomes Police Department’s First Black Female Mounted Patrol Officer

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Louisiana Woman Becomes Police Department’s First Black Female Mounted Patrol Officer

Black women are out here diversifying the #BlackExcellence portfolio! 25-year-old Catari Jackson just became the Shreveport Police Department’s (SPD) first Black woman in Mounted Patrol, the Shreveport Times reports.  Jackson has been a patrol officer with the SPD for four years. When she transitioned departments to Shreveport’s downtown area, she was informed that she would be going to “horse school” as a training requirement for officers in that area.  Jackson didn’t know she was literally blazing a new trail. While completing her four-week course to get certified in Mounted Patrol someone told Jackson, “Um, have you noticed you’re the first?”...

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The University of Cincinnati College of Law Appoints First Black Female Dean

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The University of Cincinnati College of Law Appoints First Black Female Dean

The University of Cincinnati College of Law announced the appointment of the first woman, and the first African American, to serve as assistant dean for the school’s admission and financial aid department.  Cassandra B. Jeter-Bailey is a Cincinnati native and a law school graduate. She first became interested in law while participating in the Summer Work Experience in Law pipeline program. The program, created by the Cincinnati Bar Association, helps to increase the representation of minorities in law school.  Jeter-Bailey previously worked as director of admissions for the JD and Graduate Law Programs at the Capital University Law School in...

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A Milwaukee Man Receives Congressional Gold Medal for Being One of the First Black Marines

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A Milwaukee Man Receives Congressional Gold Medal for Being One of the First Black Marines

We cannot stress enough the importance of giving people their roses while they are still here. Seventy one years later, Staff Sergeant William Coffer Junior is finally getting his. Coffer completed his training in 1948 at Montford Point Camp, making him one of the first African Americans to join the United States Marine Corps. He then served two years in Korea and rose to the rank of staff sergeant.  Following his service with the Marines, he went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and an associate degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College. He married his wife Yvonne...

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Missy Elliott Will Be The First Female Rapper To Receive MTV’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

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Missy Elliott Will Be The First Female Rapper To Receive MTV’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

Musical icon Missy Elliott is getting all the flowers while she can still smell them. The announcement just came that she will be receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2019 Video Music Awards (VMAs).  Elliott’s impact on the culture is indisputable. She has sold more than 30 million records worldwide. She is the only woman to have six studio albums go platinum and the first female hip hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Elliott is also a five time Grammy Award winner.  “Missy’s impact on the music landscape is indelible,” Bruce Gillmer,...

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