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Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings Has Joined the Ancestors

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Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings Has Joined the Ancestors

Another giant has joined the ancestors. Maryland congressman Elijah Cummings died on Thursday morning at John Hopkins Hospital, Fox 5 News reports. He was 68. Cummings entered the Maryland statehouse in 1983, blazing a trail that made him the first Black House speaker pro tem. He advocated for his constituents in Baltimore on the state level for 13 years before being elected to the House of Representatives in 1996 after Kwesi Mfume left office to lead the NAACP. The son of a sharecropper, Cummings overcame obstacles and challenges from an early age. In grade school a counselor told him he would never...

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Simone Biles Becomes Most Decorated Gymnast in World Championship History

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Simone Biles Becomes Most Decorated Gymnast in World Championship History

This weekend Simone Biles made history when she earned her 25th medal on a floor routine during the world championships in Stuttgart, Germany. At just 22-years-old, Biles continues to improve her game, perfecting her technique after each performance. Out of her 25 world championship medals, 19 are gold! Prior to tying and then surpassing Berlarusian Vitaly Scherbo for most medals, Biles had already made headlines when she won her 22nd medal and fifth world championship, becoming the most decorated female gymnast in history. She had four of her signature moves named after her, the most recent being named the “Biles”...

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Harvard Set to Honor Queen Latifah and Robert F. Smith

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Harvard Set to Honor Queen Latifah and Robert F. Smith

Harvard University is set to honor our Queen, Latifah, with their W.E.B. Du Bois Medal for her contributions to Black history and culture. The entertainment mogul will be recognized alongside other trailblazers such as Robert Smith, founder and chairman of Vista Equity Partners, Secretary of the Smithsonian, Lonnie Bunch III, poet Rita Dove, artist Kerry James Marshall and co-founder of BET, Sheila Johnson. The school named the award after Du Bois who in 1895 became the first Black student to earn a doctorate from the university.   The ceremony will take place on October 22. Last year Colin Kaepernick and...

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Coco Gauff Wins First Singles Title at 15

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Coco Gauff Wins First Singles Title at 15

Oh my Gauff! Tennis sensation Cori “Coco” Gauff just won her first singles tennis title, defeating Jelena Ostapenko in three sets to win the WTA Linz tournament. Gauff won against the 2017 French Open champion 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 and is now the youngest American to win a singles title since 1991. “I'll definitely remember this moment for the rest of my life,” Gauff said as she accepted her trophy and thanked everyone who helped make the moment possible. What makes the win more remarkable is the fact that Gauff came into the WTA Linz tournament as a “lucky loser.” For our non-tennis...

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Former NFL Player Pays for 500 Mammograms To Honor Mom

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Former NFL Player Pays for 500 Mammograms To Honor Mom

Retired NFL running back DeAngelo Williams has covered the cost of mammogram screenings for over 500 women through his nonprofit, The DeAngelo Williams Foundation, Today reports.  In 2014, Williams’ mother Sandra Hill passed away from breast cancer at just 53 years old. Prior to that, four of his aunts lost their battle with cancer, all before the age of 50. In 2015, Williams started the “53 Strong for Sandra” program, offering free mammogram screenings for 53 women in partnership with Charlotte Radiology and Levine Cancer Institute according to People.   Since then, his foundation has covered screenings for over 500...

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