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This Portland-Based Footwear Designer Has Plans To Reopen The Only HBCU In Michigan

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This Portland-Based Footwear Designer Has Plans To Reopen The Only HBCU In Michigan

He's building on the school's legacy! Years ago, Dr. D'Wayne Edwards, a Portland-based designer, would have never thought it possible that he would have his own design company or reopen Michigan's only Historically Black College or University (HBCU). Now he's on his way to accomplishing both after announcing his plans to reopen the Lewis College of Business, the defunct HBCU in Detroit.  In an emotional speech Tuesday, the founder of PENSOLE Design Academy said he'd been told at 17 that a young Black man wouldn't make it as a footwear designer. However, his mother's love and motivation kept him pushing...

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This 6-Year-Old From Georgia Makes History As State’s Youngest Certified Farmer

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This 6-Year-Old From Georgia Makes History As State’s Youngest Certified Farmer

She found her passion early! Kendall Rae Johnson just made history as Georgia’s youngest certified farmer, Black Enterprise reports. She is working to make her mark at the tender age of 6. With her mom and dad’s support, Kendall Rae started her own business, “aGrowKulture,” joining several agricultural organizations in the state, including Georgia Grown and the Georgia Farm Bureau. Her hope is to apply for grants and scholarships to help expand her farming business.  Her mom, Ursula Johnson, said that her daughter has been farming for nearly half her life, crediting Kendall Rae’s great-grandmother, Laura “Kate” Williams, with giving her a green thumb.  “She started out in...

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Howard University And Netflix Team Up To Create $5.4 Million Scholarship In Honor of Chadwick Boseman

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Howard University And Netflix Team Up To Create $5.4 Million Scholarship In Honor of Chadwick Boseman

They’re keeping his legacy alive! Howard University and Netflix have teamed up to create a $5.4 million scholarship in honor of Chadwick Boseman, Deadline reports. Boseman passed away a little over a year ago after a private battle with colon cancer. During his career, the late actor, director, writer, producer, and Howard University alumnus was always very transparent about his love for his beloved HBCU, even serving as the University’s 2018 commencement speaker. Since his passing, the school has preserved his legacy, recently renaming their College of Fine Arts in honor of the “Black Panther” star.  Now, Howard has teamed up with Netflix to announce a $5.4...

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Iconic Filmmaker, Melvin Van Peebles, Has Joined The Ancestors At 89

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Iconic Filmmaker, Melvin Van Peebles, Has Joined The Ancestors At 89

He was a legend in Hollywood! Melvin Van Peebles, the trailblazing filmmaker, dubbed the godfather of Black film, went home to the ancestors at 89 Tuesday at his home in Manhattan. The Criterion Collection announced his passing on Twitter. Here’s the full text of our announcement on the passing of Melvin Van Peebles: pic.twitter.com/n0svUACrKP — Criterion Collection (@Criterion) September 22, 2021 Born on Aug 21, 1932, on the South Side of Chicago, and grew up in Phoenix, Ill. His father owned a tailor shop, where he put him to work at 10 and taught him street smarts, like selling unclaimed...

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Remembering Sarah Dash: Legendary Vocalist, Songwriter, And Co-Founder Of The Iconic Group, LaBelle

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Remembering Sarah Dash: Legendary Vocalist, Songwriter, And Co-Founder Of The Iconic Group, LaBelle

Heaven has a new angel! According to The Root, legendary singer Sarah Dash, a pioneer in Rhythm & Blues, passed away at 76.  Dash was a singer’s singer. She was a gifted songwriter and co-founder of the iconic group LaBelle. Born in 1945, the seventh of 13 children in Trenton, N.J. Her mother was a nurse and her father, a pastor at the Trenton Church of Christ. She grew up singing in the church, eventually forming a group as a teen, The Del Capris. During the 1960s, she moved to Philadelphia. She met another Trenton native, Nona Hendryx, and Philly natives Patricia...

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