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Miss Mississippi USA Crowns Its First Black Pageant Winner in 67 Year History

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Miss Mississippi USA Crowns Its First Black Pageant Winner in 67 Year History

More Black Girl Magic Asya Branch was just crowned Miss Mississippi USA, becoming the first African American to capture the title in the pageant’s 67 year history, the Clarion Ledger reports. Branch was the former Miss Mississippi 2018. Now that she has won the USA 2020 title, she will go on to represent Mississippi in the Miss USA pageant this spring.  She took to social media to speak about her win. “Last night, a dream came true and history was made as I was crowned the first ever African American Miss Mississippi USA. I’m ecstatic to be representing Mississippi at...

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City Located in Wealthiest Black County Elects Its First African American Mayor

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City Located in Wealthiest Black County Elects Its First African American Mayor

Bowie, Maryland, a city situated in Prince George’s County, the wealthiest Black county in the U.S., just elected its first African American Mayor, WUSA 9 reports. Tim Adams is the city’s first new mayor in two decades and its first Black mayor. Adams, who has been wheelchair bound since an accident, is the city's first mayor with a physical disability. Adams spoke to WUSA saying, “I think being the first Black mayor of Bowie in particular is something that is historic. It’s very humbling.” He also spoke about his disability saying, “I think as someone who’s had challenges, being disabled,...

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Meet Celeste Beatty, The First Black Woman To Own A Brewery In The U.S.

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Meet Celeste Beatty, The First Black Woman To Own A Brewery In The U.S.

This is a definite game changer! Celeste Beatty, owner of the Harlem Brewing Company, is the first Black female brewery owner in the United States, Insider reports. Beatty founded Harlem Brewing in 2000, making her first batch of beer in her apartment using a home brew kit she received as a gift. She worked hard perfecting her recipes and grew the business into the specialty craft brew that it is today. Beatty creates beers inspired by Harlem and ancient African traditions, using loads of flavors with the aim of celebrating Black culture and heritage.  The craft beer industry has been...

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Eliud Kipchoge Becomes First Person to Run a Marathon Under Two Hours

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Eliud Kipchoge Becomes First Person to Run a Marathon Under Two Hours

HISTORY! pic.twitter.com/qjLfofhL5s — Eliud Kipchoge (@EliudKipchoge) October 12, 2019 Clocking in at 1:59:40, Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge just became the first person to run a marathon in less than two hours. That means he averaged a pace of four minutes and a little over thirty seconds per mile for 26.2 miles! Kipchoge finished the marathon on Saturday morning in front of a crowd of supporters and spectators specifically gathered for the record breaking event held in Vienna, Austria.   According to ESPN, this was Kipchoge’s second attempt to break the two-hour mark. The first was held in May 2017 in Monza, Italy....

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Meet Timothy Ragland, Talladega, Alabama’s First Black Mayor

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Meet Timothy Ragland, Talladega, Alabama’s First Black Mayor

Timothy Ragland just became Talladega, Alabama’s first Black Mayor.  Ragland received 1,014 votes to Jerry Cooper’s 991 votes, defeating the former mayor in a runoff election, WBRC Fox 6 News reports.  The win makes the 29-year-old law school graduate not only the first African American mayor of Talladega, but also the city’s youngest mayor.  Alabama has had a string of firsts in recent days with Montgomery also electing their first Black mayor, Steven Reed. Alabama was a crux of the civil rights movement and Montgomery is known as the birthplace of the movement but there were several cities across the...

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