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World Renowned Gymnast Dominique Dawes Is Opening a Gymnastics Academy

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World Renowned Gymnast Dominique Dawes Is Opening a Gymnastics Academy

This is amazing! Three-time Olympian Dominique Dawes is set to open up a new gymnastics academy in Maryland, Black Enterprise reports. The Olympic Gold Medalist is one of the most decorated gymnasts in the world. She is also the first African American woman to win an individual Olympic medal in women’s gymnastics. Now a 43-year-old mother of four, Dawes is looking to give back in a major way.  The Dominique Dawes Gymnastics Academy will open up in Clarksburg, Maryland, less than 30 miles from where she grew up. The center identifies itself as “a safe, supportive and empowering gymnastics and...

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NYT Bestselling Author Jason Reynolds Named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

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NYT Bestselling Author Jason Reynolds Named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

What an honor! Award winning author, Jason Reynolds was named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2020-2021, according to the Library of Congress.  The announcement came today via the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader. The program was created in 2008 as a way to drive home the importance of youth literature in terms of “lifelong literacy, education and the development and betterment of the lives of young people.” Every year, a selection committee made up of educators, librarians, booksellers and children’s literature experts, chooses a national ambassador based on their contributions to...

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Matthew Cherry’s ‘Hair Love’ Receives Well Deserved Oscar Nomination

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Matthew Cherry’s ‘Hair Love’ Receives Well Deserved Oscar Nomination

OMG! OMG! OMG! Hair Love, the popular children’s book turned animated short by former NFL player, Matthew Cherry, gets nominated for an Oscar, USA Today reports. We first wrote about Cherry and his budding animated short in 2017. The NFL player turned filmmaker was on a mission to highlight the relationship between Black fathers and daughters in a short film, inspired by viral videos of fathers doing their daughters’ hair. At the time, Cherry said that his focus was representation, and he wanted to make sure that Black fathers and their daughters were the focus in his film. "Media is...

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Serena Williams Wins First Title Since Becoming A Mother

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Serena Williams Wins First Title Since Becoming A Mother

On Sunday, tennis icon Serena Williams won her first title since 2017, and her daughter, Olympia, was there to cheer her on.  Williams beat 25-year-old Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-4 at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand. It marks the first trophy she’s won since the 2017 Australian Open. Unbeknownst to her fans, Williams was pregnant with her daughter at the time. “It feels good. It’s been a long time,” she said in her post match interview. According to ESPN, Williams donated her prize money to fundraising efforts for the Australian wildfire victims.  "I've been playing in Australia for over...

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U.S. Postal Service To Host Dedication Ceremony In Honor of Gwen Ifill Forever Stamp

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U.S. Postal Service To Host Dedication Ceremony In Honor of Gwen Ifill Forever Stamp

An honor fit for a queen. The U.S. Postal Service is hosting a ceremony to commemorate the launch of the Gwen Ifill Forever Stamp, The Root reports. Last year, the USPS announced the commemorative stamp to honor the trailblazing journalist. Ifill passed away in 2016 at the age of 61 and was known for her political commentary, on air correspondence, and becoming one of the first Black women to anchor a major news program.  Ifill’s Forever Stamp is the 43rd stamp in the USPS Black Heritage collection, a collection that honors Black Americans who have made significant contributions to the...

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