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Serena Williams Just Set A New Grand Slam Record

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Serena Williams Just Set A New Grand Slam Record

Photo credit: Lukas Coch/AAP Image  It's a win for the Williams family! Today, Serena Williams faced her toughest opponent in the Australian Open final: her older sister Venus. Serena defeated Venus 6-4, 6-4, to win her 23rd major singles title, which is more than any other female and male tennis player in the history of the Open Era.  For the two of them, being able to play each other again in a grand slam final (something they have not done since 2009) was a dream come true. Here are a few of the many times that Venus and Serena have shown us all that when one sister wins,...

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Watch Shirley Chisholm Announce Her Bid For The U.S. Presidency, 45 Years Ago Today

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Watch Shirley Chisholm Announce Her Bid For The U.S. Presidency, 45 Years Ago Today

Shirley Chisholm started to blaze her own trail in politics when she was elected to the New York State Legislature in 1964. While serving in the state legislative assembly, Chisholm supported 50 bills, eight of which passed. Some of her successful bills helped low income students attain higher education and supplied personal and domestic employees with employment insurance.  By 1968, Chisholm set her sights on running for U.S. Congress. That same year, she became the first African American Congresswoman. Chisholm used her new platform to protest against the defense budget for the Vietnam War, which affected the budget for social programs, advocated for women's rights,...

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Lynneice Washington Is Officially The First African American Woman District Attorney In Alabama

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Lynneice Washington Is Officially The First African American Woman District Attorney In Alabama

Photo via: Lynneice Washington/YouTube  Meet Lynneice Washington. She's a Birmingham native, a retired presiding judge, a former assistant district attorney, a six-year breast cancer survivor, and now, the first African American woman to be elected as district attorney in Alabama. Washington, who won the election against incumbent Bill Veitch back in November, was sworn in last Tuesday as Jefferson County's Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney. Her new office is located in the same building where she worked for eight years as an assistant district attorney.  While Washington wasn't aware of the history she was about to make, she shared with local Birmingham news, WIAT: “I...

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These Seven 2017 Oscar Nominees Already Made History

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These Seven 2017 Oscar Nominees Already Made History

On top of the Academy nominating Black actors in every acting category for the first time ever and three predominately Black casts snagging a nomination for Best Picture this year, a few nominees have already made a little history of their own. These trailblazers include actress Viola Davis, writer/director Barry Jenkins, film editor Joi McMillion, producer Kimberly Steward, cinemographer Bradford Young, screenwriter Tarell McCraney and the late great playwright August Wilson. Check out their historic accomplishments below:  Viola Davis is now the first Black woman to receive three Oscar nominations. Her first two nominations were for "Doubt" and "The Help", where...

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Meet The First African American Lamborghini and McLaren Dealer

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Meet The First African American Lamborghini and McLaren Dealer

Thomas Moorehead thought he had it all planned out: graduate from college, earn a master's and doctorate degree and establish a career in education. He went on to accomplish three out of the four, by receiving his undergraduate degree from Grambling State University, his graduate degree from the University of Michigan, and teaching graduate students at the School of Social Work. However, one thing that he didn't anticipate was to leave his PhD program to pursue a career in the automotive industry. This decision went on to become a risk worth taking, as he became the world's first African American Rolls Royce Dealer in 2014, and now, a few...

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