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25-Year-Old Creates $7.3M Telecommunications Company

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25-Year-Old Creates $7.3M Telecommunications Company

Wow! Talk about industrious! 25 year old Chaymeriyia Moncrief, launched Tesix Wireless, a telecommunications firm offering prepaid cell phone service eight months ago, and it is already valued at $7.3 million.  The Alabama native said the idea was birthed out of frustration with cell phone companies and their hidden fees. “You go in and they say your phone bill is going to be $98, but you are getting a $150 or $200 bill. I think the final straw for me was a $235 bill, and that is when I said I want my own company," Moncrief told WSFA. Tesix wants...

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Idris Elba To Star In Movie About Philadelphia’s Black Cowboys

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Idris Elba To Star In Movie About Philadelphia’s Black Cowboys

Idris Elba is staying very busy these days! The actor, writer, producer and sometimes rapper is gearing up for his next big film, “Concrete Cowboys,” a movie about Philadelphia’s Black cowboys. Elba will play Harp, the estranged father of Stranger Things star, Caleb McLaughlin, who plays the part of Cole. 15 year old Cole goes to live with his father, where he is thrust into the world of the cowboys. The movie draws inspiration from the Black horseback riders of Fletcher Street in Philadelphia, who have a deep and entrenched history in the city. For more than 100 years, the...

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Daughter of Viola Davis, Genesis Tennon, Set To Star In Angry Birds 2 Movie

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Daughter of Viola Davis, Genesis Tennon, Set To Star In Angry Birds 2 Movie

Did we really need another reason to go see Angry Birds 2? Just earlier this week, we reported that Hair Love, would be making its theatrical debut alongside the sequel to the blockbuster hit. Now we’re back with even more exciting news! Nine year old Genesis Tennon, daughter of Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, will be lending her voice to the film as Vivi, one of the little hatchlings. Davis announced it via Twitter saying she was “so proud of [her] baby Genesis.”   So proud of my baby Genesis, she’s voicing the hatchling named Vivi in the #AngryBirds2Movie!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/2XUoTlGEU4...

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Netflix Series "Madam C.J. Walker" Adds to All Star Cast

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Netflix Series "Madam C.J. Walker" Adds to All Star Cast

The new Netflix series starring Octavia Spencer as Madam C.J. Walker, the first self-made Black female millionaire, gets a punch of star power with the release of its new cast.  Last July, we reported about the new limited series, centered around the life of Madam C.J. Walker and her hair empire, that was coming to Netflix. Spencer shared the news via social media, partnering with Lebron James’ SpringHill Entertainment, to bring the story to life. James executive produced the series along with SpringHill’s co-founder Maverick Carter.  The series is based on the book “On Her Own Ground,” by A’Lelia Bundle,...

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Artist Reimagines Iconic Black Women as Superheroes

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Artist Reimagines Iconic Black Women as Superheroes

What happens when you take real heroes and merge them with Marvel and DC superheroes? That’s what artist Bart Cooper set out to explore after a conversation with a young adult showed him a disconnect between the past generation and our future leaders.   “I showed a 21 year old a photo and asked if they knew who the person was. They replied, ‘That’s that Underground Railroad lady,’” Cooper told Because of Them We can.  He went on to ask what “her” name was, but the answer escaped them. “I pointed to a logo and asked if they knew what...

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