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Chicago Hip-Hop Artist Using Coffee Shop To Promote Access and Awareness To Mental Health Resources

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Chicago Hip-Hop Artist Using Coffee Shop To Promote Access and Awareness To Mental Health Resources

One cup a day takes the pain away.A Chicago hip-hop artist is using his coffee shop to help promote mental health awareness, ABC 7 Chicago reports. Christopher LeMark is the owner of Coffee, Hip-Hop & Mental Health, an organization he started in 2019 with the mission of normalizing therapy in the local community and across the country. According to their site, the organization would travel across Chicago, "working with licensed therapists and mental health specialists to provide safe spaces and sustainable programs to further the mental health conversation," often inside coffee shops. In November 2020, LeMark opened his concept shop,...

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Superstar Naomi Osaka Expands Tennis Academy To Haiti and Los Angeles

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Superstar Naomi Osaka Expands Tennis Academy To Haiti and Los Angeles

She’s giving access and opportunities!Superstar Naomi Osaka is expanding her tennis academy to Haiti and Los Angeles, People reports. Osaka launched her “Play Academy” last summer in Japan in partnership with Nike and Laureus Sport for Good. The mission was to provide “grants and capacity-building training for community organizations in order to boost girls’ access to and participation in sports.” As a child, Osaka dreamed about playing tennis professionally and was blessed to have a family that supported that dream. But she quickly realized that not all girls are afforded the opportunities she had. She began having conversations and eventually...

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18-Year-Old Virginia Senior Gets Accepted to 40 Colleges, Awarded $1.6 Million In Scholarships

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18-Year-Old Virginia Senior Gets Accepted to 40 Colleges, Awarded $1.6 Million In Scholarships

This guy is going places! Samuel Lyons is a senior at Franklin High School (FHS) in Virginia. In August 2020, he began completing college applications, balancing the rigor of applying with virtual school in the middle of the already hectic year. Now, the teen has been rolling in acceptance letters. He was admitted into 40 colleges and offered more than $1.6 million in scholarship money, 11 Alive reports. “It was very time-consuming. I had to manage my time while applying to so many schools and doing virtual learning. I didn’t really know what to expect since it was my first time applying...

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This 10-Year-Old Nigerian Refugee Who Once Experienced Homelessness Becomes America's Youngest Chess Master

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This 10-Year-Old Nigerian Refugee Who Once Experienced Homelessness Becomes America's Youngest Chess Master

The King’s Gambit!Tanitoluwa “Tani” Adewumi burst onto the scene in 2019 at just 8-years-old, a Nigerian refugee who won the New York State K-3 scholastic chess championship while living in a homeless shelter. The media fanfare he received allowed him several opportunities since then, working hard to visit the Saint Louis Chess Club and becoming an author. Now, at just 10-years-old, Tani has become the newest national chess master.      Tani is a reminder: Talent is universal, but opportunity is not. He was lucky that his homeless shelter was near a school with a chess program. It waived the...

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20-Year-Old Twin Sisters Graduate Early From Xavier University At The Same Time

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20-Year-Old Twin Sisters Graduate Early From Xavier University At The Same Time

A double dose of Black excellence! A pair of 20-year-old twin sisters just graduated early from Xavier University with their bachelor's degrees, Black Enterprise reports. Jordyn and Morgan Jackson have always been joined at the hip and committed to their education. The twin sisters graduated from North Houston Early College with their high school diplomas and associate degrees in 2018 at the age of 17. They both attended Xavier University in Louisiana, Jordan choosing to pursue a degree in accounting while Morgan focused on mass communications. Now, the pair are graduating from Xavier at the age of 20. Jordyn earned her Bachelor...

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