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Pioneering NASA Mathematician, Katherine Johnson Tells Her Own Story in Upcoming Autobiography

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Pioneering NASA Mathematician, Katherine Johnson Tells Her Own Story in Upcoming Autobiography

 Photo: Daily Press   Margot Lee Shetterly told the story of pioneering NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson in her 2016 non-fiction book "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race." Then a year later, in 2017, the story was brought to the big screen. Now, it's Johnson's turn to tell her life story in her own words.  As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the 100-year-old wrote an autobiography for middle grade readers called "Reaching for the Moon," saying in a news release that she "never worried about what people thought of me or what...

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After 51 Years, Shelby Jacobs' Pioneering Work as a NASA Camera Designer is Finally Being Recognized

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After 51 Years, Shelby Jacobs' Pioneering Work as a NASA Camera Designer is Finally Being Recognized

Photo: Pam Kragen When the unmanned Apollo 6 rocket launched in the spring of 1968, it carried with it a camera that took images in space that had never previously been captured - thanks to the vision and work of Black NASA engineer, Shelby Jacobs. A native of Santa Clarita Valley, California, Jacobs' early experiences as a part of the one percent Black student population of his high school class soon prepared him to excel in the face of overt prejudice and low expectations. He became a standout athlete, student body president, and ultimately earned a scholarship to UCLA. While...

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Powerful Video Of 12-Year-Old Sharing How Serena Williams Inspired Her To Play Tennis

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Powerful Video Of 12-Year-Old Sharing How Serena Williams Inspired Her To Play Tennis

Photo via: Melissa Isaacso There's another tennis player straight outta Compton you should be on the look out for. Her name is Kalli Minor and her biggest inspiration is Serena Williams.  From the very moment Kalli first saw Serena play on television at the age of five, she knew that she wanted to play tennis one day "like that brown girl who's so good." Well not just play, but dominate the sport like Serena has done for the last two decades.  Since being inspired by Serena, Kalli made a trip with her dad in 2015 to witness Serena's greatness first hand at Indian Wells after...

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Life Was Full of Hope. Even in a Letter to Coretta Scott King, From Jail.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Life Was Full of Hope. Even in a Letter to Coretta Scott King, From Jail.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most well-known civil rights activists in history. One of his most iconic speeches, “I Have a Dream”, has been memorized and quoted by people of all ages and races. And, even though his dream has yet to be fully realized, we continue to learn from the words and example his untimely death left behind. One of those examples is one we can use right now — hope and focus in the midst of adversity. In October 1960, while expecting his third child with his wife, Coretta Scott King, Dr. King found...

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Essence's 2019 Black Women In Hollywood Honorees Represent Generational Black Girl Magic In TV And Film

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Essence's 2019 Black Women In Hollywood Honorees Represent Generational Black Girl Magic In TV And Film

Photo: Essence  It's that time of year again for Essence Magazine to celebrate Black girl magic in film and television with its annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards luncheon. With this year's theme being "The Power Of Our Presence: Art & Activism," Essence's four honorees are Jenifer Lewis, Regina Hall, Kiki Layne, and Amandla Stenberg. “We are proud to salute the marvelous work and stunning achievements of our 2019 Black Women in Hollywood awardees, who as a collective presence are challenging perceptions and impacting social change,” said Essence Chief Creative and Content Officer MoAna Luu. "Through their craft and their commitment to causes,...

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