BOTWC - Weekly Roundup https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com/blogs/newsletter BOTWC Weekly Roundup Mon, 21 Jan 2019 13:03:27 GMT Meet Celeste Beatty, The First Black Woman To Own A Brewery In The U.S. https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/botwc-firsts/meet-celeste-beatty-the-first-black-woman-to-own-a-brewery-in-the-u-s https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/botwc-firsts/meet-celeste-beatty-the-first-black-woman-to-own-a-brewery-in-the-u-s Mon, 21 Oct 2019 12:05:00 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com This is a definite game changer! Celeste Beatty, owner of the Harlem Brewing Company, is the first Black female brewery owner in the United States, Insider reports. Beatty founded Harlem Brewing in 2000, making her first batch of beer in her apartment using a home brew kit she received as a gift. She worked hard perfecting her recipes and grew the business into the specialty craft brew that it is... This is a definite game changer! Celeste Beatty, owner of the Harlem Brewing Company, is the first Black female brewery owner in the United States, Insider reports. Beatty founded Harlem Brewing in 2000, making her first batch of beer in her apartment using a home brew kit she received as a gift. She worked hard perfecting her recipes and grew the business into the specialty craft brew that it is today. Beatty creates beers inspired by Harlem and ancient African traditions, using loads of flavors with the aim of celebrating Black culture and heritage.  The craft beer industry has been mostly made up of rich white men for the last 40 years. Beatty’s presence alone is a disrupter. Beatty suggests that less than 1% of US craft breweries are owned by African Americans and studies show that Black people only make up 10% of weekly beer drinkers. But Beatty hopes to change that through her company while also educating people.  “Even though we brought our traditions from Africa, and we brewed beer for Thomas Jefferson and various people that enslaved us, we were never able to actually open the brewery, we were never able to actually be the entrepreneurs early on. So, there is no tradition of owning breweries, of owning bars, because of that discrimination,” Beatty said. Harlem Brewing aims to create a new tradition. With flavors like the Sugar Hill Golden Ale, Renaissance Wit and 125 IPA, Beatty is telling the story. And she hopes that through that story, she is able to create community. That’s why her next step is to open a brewpub in Harlem.  Beatty previously spoke to Edible Manhattan about the brewpub saying that she wants “to make it a teaching brewery, where [she] would invite people from the community to learn to brew.” She also wants to make sure that the people in the community have ownership in the brewpub. “My interest is to make sure that some part of the company is owned by the community. In this world that we live in, we’ve got to find a way to get people in the community not just working there, but they’ve got to have some equity in it,” Beatty told Insider.  You can find stores that carry Harlem Brewing Company craft beers via the website at harlembrewing.com. Congratulations Celeste! We wish you continued success in all of your endeavors.   Eliud Kipchoge Becomes First Person to Run a Marathon Under Two Hours https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/botwc-firsts/eliud-kipchoge-becomes-first-person-to-run-a-marathon-under-two-hours https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/botwc-firsts/eliud-kipchoge-becomes-first-person-to-run-a-marathon-under-two-hours Sat, 12 Oct 2019 16:56:12 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com HISTORY! pic.twitter.com/qjLfofhL5s — Eliud Kipchoge (@EliudKipchoge) October 12, 2019 Clocking in at 1:59:40, Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge just became the first person to run a marathon in less than two hours. That means he averaged a pace of four minutes and a little over thirty seconds per mile for 26.2 miles! Kipchoge finished the marathon on Saturday morning in front of a crowd of supporters and spectators specifically gathered for the... HISTORY! pic.twitter.com/qjLfofhL5s — Eliud Kipchoge (@EliudKipchoge) October 12, 2019 Clocking in at 1:59:40, Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge just became the first person to run a marathon in less than two hours. That means he averaged a pace of four minutes and a little over thirty seconds per mile for 26.2 miles! Kipchoge finished the marathon on Saturday morning in front of a crowd of supporters and spectators specifically gathered for the record breaking event held in Vienna, Austria.   According to ESPN, this was Kipchoge’s second attempt to break the two-hour mark. The first was held in May 2017 in Monza, Italy. He shared his thanks and appreciation with the world after the history making moment via Twitter. “Today we went to the Moon and came back to earth! I am at a loss for words for all the support I have received from all over the world. Thank you to all who gave me the opportunity.” The Olympian’s record-breaking feat will not count as a world record, due to the assistance of pacemakers, however he still holds the world record of 2:01:39 which he set in Berlin last year. Check out the celebration in Kenya once he crossed the finish line. Reaction to Kipchoge’s sub-two-hour marathon back home in Kenya. Amazing scene. Dedicated to everyone to took more than two hours to get up this morning. pic.twitter.com/KksECmWbJK — Will Downing (@WillDowningComm) October 12, 2019 Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings Has Joined the Ancestors https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/news/maryland-congressman-elijah-cummings-has-joined-the-ancestors Thu, 17 Oct 2019 07:26:23 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com 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... 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 realize his dream of becoming a lawyer because he was too slow to learn and spoke poorly. He used the comments as motivation as he set out to become a well respected attorney and a powerful orator. As chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Cummings was responsible for leading the investigations of the president's administration and business practices. The position and the power that came with it made him the target of a Twitter attack by the president that sought to dehumanize Black people in Baltimore. However, Cummings didn’t let the incident deter him, instead he doubled down and made his commitment clear. He wrote a responded in a letter stating, “Mr. President, I go home to my district daily...Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors." Cummings also wanted to make sure the comments made by the president didn’t negatively affect the kids in the same way he worked to make sure his grade school counselor’s comments didn’t derail him. At the unveiling of a new green space in Baltimore he directed his words towards the future generation. “I do not have time for people who want to trash our city, but I do have time for our kids.” He continued, ““I say to you our children, don’t let anybody take away your hope, don’t let them take away your hope. I don’t care who they are. And let no one define you, no one!” The Maryland Democratic Party released a statement addressing the Cummings' passing early Thursday morning: It is with great sadness and a heavy collective heart that we announce the passing of Chairman Elijah Eugene Cummings. He was a father, a husband, a son of Baltimore, and a Statesman who served Maryland's 7th Congressional District for more than 20 years, and served 16 years prior to that as a Delegate in the Maryland General Assembly. It is with great sadness and a heavy collective heart that we announce the passing of Chairman Elijah Eugene Cummings. He was a father, a husband, a son of Baltimore, and a Statesman who served Maryland's 7th Congressional District for more than 20 years, and served 16 years prior to that as a Delegate in the Maryland General Assembly. Chairman Cummings will always be remembered for dedicating his life's work to improving the lives of others, standing up for his community, and protecting our Democracy. "Congressman Cummings was an honorable man who proudly served his district and the nation with dignity, integrity, compassion and humility. He worked until his last breath because he believed our democracy was the highest and best expression of our collective humanity and that our nation’s diversity was our promise, not our problem. It’s been an honor to walk by his side on this incredible journey. I loved him deeply and will miss him dearly,” Democratic Party Chair, also Cummings’ wife, Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings said. Our hearts are broken over the loss of such a dynamic figure in American politics. And we ask the public and the press to allow Maryland Democratic Party Chair Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings -- and the rest of the Cummings family -- time and space to grieve their loss. Born and raised in Baltimore, Cummings received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Howard University where he also served as student government president. He later went on to obtain his law degree from the University of Maryland. He leaves behind his wife, Dr. Maya Rockeymore Cummings, a daughter from his first marriage, Jennifer Cummings, and thousands of people in charm city and beyond who love and appreciate him for being an advocate for people in the inner city and a true example of leadership and perseverance. Simone Biles Becomes Most Decorated Gymnast in World Championship History https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/news/simone-biles-becomes-most-decorated-gymnast-in-world-championship-history Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:01:57 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com 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... 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” and the “Biles II.” And, she also became the first woman in almost 70 years to win 6 U.S. all-around titles at the 2019 USA Gymnastics Championship.  Her performance in Stuttgart, putting up the highest scores on vault and floor, leading Team USA to its fifth-straight team gold, and breaking the record for gold medals by a gymnast cemented title of most decorated gymnast in world championship history.  Biles spoke about her historic win saying, “It meant a lot because Cecile [Canqueteau-Landi, her coach] has really been working on bringing my confidence back up to where it used to be on the beam. To go out there and nail the routine, just like I do in practice, it felt really good and I knew she was really proud, so I'm thrilled with that performance. It was probably the highlight.”  Biles continues to get better and better and shows no signs of slowing down with everyone struggling to keep up. We are rooting for you Simone! We are all rooting for you! Photo Courtesy of Daniel Kopatsch/EPA Former NFL Player Surprises Single Mom With New Home https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/the-feels/former-nfl-player-surprises-single-mom-with-new-home Fri, 18 Oct 2019 13:46:51 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com Former NFL Player Warrick Dunn just delivered his 173rd home to a single mother through his organization Warrick Dunn Charities, reports the Tampa Bay Times. The home was presented as part of Dunn’s “Home for the Holidays” initiative, which helps single parents realize their dream of homeownership. The last fully furnished home went to LaToya Reedy and her 18-year-old son. Reedy, 39, is a nursing assistant who was struggling to... Former NFL Player Warrick Dunn just delivered his 173rd home to a single mother through his organization Warrick Dunn Charities, reports the Tampa Bay Times. The home was presented as part of Dunn’s “Home for the Holidays” initiative, which helps single parents realize their dream of homeownership. The last fully furnished home went to LaToya Reedy and her 18-year-old son. Reedy, 39, is a nursing assistant who was struggling to make ends meet, sharing a bed at her mother’s house for the last two years. Rising rent costs forced the mother to live paycheck to paycheck, eventually forcing her to move into her mother’s house where she and her son took turns sleeping in one bed.  All that changed thanks to Dunn’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Reedy received a newly built, 2,000 square foot, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home, fully furnished with a refrigerator full of groceries. Aaron’s furniture company donated $10,000 toward furniture, appliances, and interior design while healthcare provider Cigna donated another $10,000 towards down payment assistance and groceries.  Reedy was ecstatic about her new place to call home saying, “I can be at peace. I can bring sweet memories to my house and I can have my family and my friends over. I have a home now and that’s something that I’ve always wanted for my son and for myself.”   The former Tampa Bay Buccaneer was inspired to help as many single mothers as possible after his mom, Betty Smothers, was killed during a robbery shortly before his 18th birthday. The tragedy left Dunn to help care for his five siblings. Dunn told PEOPLE that after his mother’s death he had “no choice but to mature.” He helps other single mothers become homeowners because that’s something he wanted for his own mom, a single mother of six who worked two jobs to provide. To honor his mother, the 44-year-old former running back leaves an apple pie in every hom. It was her favorite dessert. He said he uses his good deeds to help him cope. “I’ve used this program as therapy. Every time I hand over those keys there’s a little piece of my mom and the things she wanted,” Dunn said.  Reedy was emotional as Dunn led her through her new home. “Struggle and sacrifices, but we made it,” she said.  Over 100 People, Including Past Students, Surprise Crossing Guard On 80th Birthday https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/the-feels/over-100-people-including-past-students-surprise-crossing-guard-on-80th-birthday Tue, 15 Oct 2019 19:31:32 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com Last Thursday, instead of taking the day off to celebrate his 80th birthday, crossing guard Alec Childress went to work on his corner in Wilmette, IL. When he arrived, community members and students, past and present, were waiting with yard signs and balloons to help him celebrate his birthday milestone. According to Fox News, every morning Childress greets the children with a smile and the phrase, “Peace, I gotcha!” His... Last Thursday, instead of taking the day off to celebrate his 80th birthday, crossing guard Alec Childress went to work on his corner in Wilmette, IL. When he arrived, community members and students, past and present, were waiting with yard signs and balloons to help him celebrate his birthday milestone. According to Fox News, every morning Childress greets the children with a smile and the phrase, “Peace, I gotcha!” His popular words of reassurance made for the perfect signs. They read “We gotcha! Happy Birthday, Alec!” Childress told CNN that he started working in construction in 1969. He retired in 2005 , but he was back to work less than a month after hanging up his hardhat. He exchanged it for a vest and a stop sign that would assist him in his efforts to spread positivity while keeping children safe.  "I don't bring my problems to the corner," Childress told Fox News. "My job is to make sure they get across safe and that they are shown love because you never know what kind of home they come from." The party was complete with a tent, food and gifts for Childress, including tickets for him and his wife to see Hamilton. The organizer, parents Kay McBrearty and Krista Gallagher wanted to surprise Childress and show their appreciation. "Everybody starts their day out with a smile because of Alec," McBrearty told Fox News. "We wanted to surprise him from the community for bringing love, joy, and peace to this corner, Lake and 9th street, in Wilmette." She continued, “He just infuses love and all that is good. ... and I've heard stories from parents who said, 'The only reason my child made it through was because Alec put a smile on his face.'" In addition to the food and fun Childress was presented with an honorary road sign that read, “Alec’s Corner.” We love it! Photo credit: Res Publica Group Meet the Woman Who’s Helping Women of Color Secure a Seat at the Table in Corporate America https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/culture/meet-the-woman-who-s-helping-women-of-color-secure-a-seat-at-the-table-in-corporate-america Wed, 16 Oct 2019 22:44:49 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com As it stands, women make 80 cents to every dollar earned by men. But, for women of color, that gap is far larger with Black women earning 61 cents to their white male counterparts and Native American and Latina women earning 58 cents and 53 cents, respectively.  Working to help address not only this wage gap, but the many other biases and micro-aggressions that women of color face in the... As it stands, women make 80 cents to every dollar earned by men. But, for women of color, that gap is far larger with Black women earning 61 cents to their white male counterparts and Native American and Latina women earning 58 cents and 53 cents, respectively.  Working to help address not only this wage gap, but the many other biases and micro-aggressions that women of color face in the workplace is entrepreneur and author Minda Harts. In her latest book, “The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table,” Harts provides actionable and relatable tips for how women of color and their allies can make an impactful change in the workplace.  “I realized there was a gap in career development geared towards Black women and women of color,” Harts told Because of Them We Can. “Most of the career narratives are written through the lens of a white man or woman and I felt we were being left out of the conversation.” Harts continues by saying she wanted women of color to read about some of the shared experiences they face in the workplaces and walk away with the tools needed to not just survive corporate America, but also thrive in it.  Referring to her book as a “love letter to Black and brown women,” Harts explains how her book is a continuation of the company she started in 2015 called The Memo, which is a career development platform for women of color.  Unlike other career books that offer a one size fits all approach to achieving success in the workplace, Harts says “this book is different because the career narrative is written by us, for us.” “As Dr. King so eloquently wrote in his letter from the Birmingham jail, ‘we will live in the monologue and not the dialogue,’” she says. “I wanted that for Black and brown women at work.” Harts, who is also an assistant professor of public service at New York University, is currently on tour helping to bring discussions about her book and the many issues women of color face in the workplace to cities across America. Known by many to be a career revolutionary, she says she hopes her book will teach women of color how to be better advocates for themselves at work and how to quantify their worth.  “Every time we have the opportunity to make an ask, we are helping chip away at the wage gap,” she says. “Every time we don’t ask, we widen it. I realize that just because you ask for more money doesn’t mean you’ll always get it, but at least you’re working on the part of the equation that you can control.” NYC Man Opens Harlem’s Very First Mobile Barber Shop https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/culture/nyc-man-opens-harlem-s-very-first-mobile-barber-shop Wed, 16 Oct 2019 19:46:18 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com Linwood Dillard just created Harlem’s first mobile barber shop. The Harlem native decided to put his shop on wheels after his storefront rent spiked 143% in just 5 years. That’s when Dillard got the idea to fix up an old bus that was being used for dog grooming and turn it into a mobile barber shop, ABC 7 NY reports. Dillard said he got his first pair of clippers from... Linwood Dillard just created Harlem’s first mobile barber shop. The Harlem native decided to put his shop on wheels after his storefront rent spiked 143% in just 5 years. That’s when Dillard got the idea to fix up an old bus that was being used for dog grooming and turn it into a mobile barber shop, ABC 7 NY reports. Dillard said he got his first pair of clippers from his father when he was just 13 years old. He started cutting hair professionally in the early 2000s and eventually went to Atlanta to perfect his skills.   When he returned to New York, he opened his shop along with a friend near his childhood home on Lenox Avenue and 128th Street in Harlem. The shop did well but as gentrification increased, so did his rent, going from $3500 a month to $8500 a month, an unreasonably high price for any local barbershop.  After spotting an Access-A-Ride bus, he got the idea for his new venture. An old Ford E-350 that he paid just $2500 for, is now tricked out with party lights, solar panels and lots of faithful customers, with just $700 a month in overhead expenses, Dillard told Black Enterprise. He has over 100 positive 5-star reviews online and often provides free haircuts to the homeless and kids going back to school. For him, giving back to the community that raised him is a crucial ingredient to his success.  Dillard told ABC 7 that his shop is “the best thing he’s ever done in his life,” and that he hopes to one day, “get bigger buses and franchise.” You can follow him on Instagram @dabarbergodd or go get a cut at the shop that sits parked at 350 Lenox Avenue in Harlem.  Congratulations Linwood! Keep inspiring us all!