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Jay-Z Becomes Hip-Hop's First Billionaire

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Jay-Z Becomes Hip-Hop's First Billionaire

Jay-Z is doing more than topping billboard charts. The business mogul has reached billionaire status, officially making him the first rapper to do so, according to Forbes. "It's clear that Jay-Z has accumulated a fortune that conservatively totals $1 billion, making him one of only a handful of entertainers to become a billionaire—and the first hip-hop artist to do so," Forbes' Zack O'Malley Greenburg reports. While it’s unclear when Jay-Z officially achieved ten-figure status, the outlet estimated his billion dollar worth by assessing the various businesses Jay-Z is invested in. They include: Armand de Brignac | $310 million Cash & investments |$220 million (of...

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Police Department in Virginia Appoints First African-American Female Captain

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Police Department in Virginia Appoints First African-American Female Captain

For the first time in its 222-year history, Norfolk, Virginia’s police department has an African-American female captain, reports local ABC News.  Long-time officer Michele Naughton was recently appointed to the position after joining the police force in 2002.  “I’m bursting inside,” she said. “Norfolk Police Department is a department of inclusion. It’s a department of diversity and wherever you come from, your past does not dictate your future.” In 2000, the single mom of three moved from New York to her mother’s hometown of Norfolk. After encouragement from her mom to join the police department, Naughton signed up for the...

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History Made: Yale Elects First Black Student Body President

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History Made: Yale Elects First Black Student Body President

Sophomore Kahlil Greene made history last month when he was elected as Yale University’s first Black student government president.  In an interview with Fox 5 DC, Greene, who sported a Yale kente cloth design on his shirt, shared some of his motivation for running for office.   “I wanted to amplify the voices of the underserved communities on campus, especially students of color.” It has been 145-years since the first African American student graduated from Yale. And that's something Greene keeps top of mind as he strives to make his mark. “I think its important to acknowledge everyone that came before...

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Lonnie Bunch III Will Make History as the First African American to Lead the Smithsonian Institution

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Lonnie Bunch III Will Make History as the First African American to Lead the Smithsonian Institution

The founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Lonnie G. Bunch III, has just been named the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institute. Bunch’s election by the Board of Regents makes him the first African American secretary in the organization’s 173-year history. We are thrilled to announce that our Board of Regents has elected Lonnie G. Bunch III as the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, effective June 16. The founding director of our @NMAAHC, Bunch brings a reputation for compelling scholarship and visionary leadership. pic.twitter.com/AaeBIYCoXz — Smithsonian (@smithsonian) May 28, 2019 During the news...

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Director Mati Diop Becomes First Black Woman to Win Award at Cannes

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Director Mati Diop Becomes First Black Woman to Win Award at Cannes

This past Saturday French-Senegalese actress and director, Mati Diop, made history as the first Black woman to win an award at Cannes Film Festival in its 72-year history. Diop won the Grand Prix award for her first feature film ‘Atlantique’. The award, which is the equivalent of a silver prize, is the second most prestigious of the festival, after the Palme d’Or. When Diop made headlines for making history for being the first Black woman with a film in the festival’s competition section, she expressed how overdue the feat was. ”I knew it as I obviously don't know any Black...

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