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NFL Draft 2017: Takkarist McKinley Makes Good On His Promise To Grandmother

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NFL Draft 2017: Takkarist McKinley Makes Good On His Promise To Grandmother

Defensive end Takkarist McKinley just fulfilled a promise that he made to his grandmother right before she passed away in 2011- to play professional football. On Thursday night, McKinley was chosen as Atlanta Falcons' first round NFL draft pick, and the league's 26th overall pick. Overwhelmed with emotion, McKinley took a moment to honor his grandmother, Myrtle Collins, who he credits with raising him and helping him dream beyond the conditions of their neighborhood of Richmond, California.  Promised completed ✔️ can't wait to hit the field with the @AtlantaFalcons 💯 dreams come true so happy right now! pic.twitter.com/8PmMUDgaFx — Takkarist McKinley (@Takk) April 28,...

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10 Life Lessons From Coretta Scott King To Celebrate Her 90th Birthday

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10 Life Lessons From Coretta Scott King To Celebrate Her 90th Birthday

Coretta Scott King would have turned 90 years old today. Over the course of her life, Coretta became a wife, a mother, a civil rights icon, a human rights activist, and keeper of her husband Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of justice and equality. With her lifelong commitment to justice and peace, Coretta rose to become one of the world's most influential women leaders who left behind a great blueprint for generations of activists to follow. Here are 10 quotes that show the many ways in which Coretta Scott King taught us all the power of love, persistence, and believing in something...

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Queen Latifah Shares Inspirational Message About Bessie Smith Passion Project

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Queen Latifah Shares Inspirational Message About Bessie Smith Passion Project

In 1992, Queen Latifah auditioned to portray pioneering blues singer Bessie Smith on screen. As she watched the screenplay get passed around for years from actor to actor, Queen Lafitah continued to build her acting career and hold on to her dream of one day playing the blues legend.   It wasn't until 2009 that the opportunity presented itself again; however, this time, Queen Latifah was not only going to star as Bessie Smith, she was also taking on the role of producer. It took Queen Latifah another six years to bring her passion project to life, as HBO's "Bessie" premiered in 2015. Here is...

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HBCU Bound: Tytianna Smith Has A 4.6 GPA And $1.7 Million In Scholarships

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HBCU Bound: Tytianna Smith Has A 4.6 GPA And $1.7 Million In Scholarships

High school senior Tytianna Smith's journey to choosing to attend the historically Black university, Norfolk, started with applying to fifty colleges. With a 4.6 grade point average, Tytianna was accepted into every school she applied to, except her top choice of Stanford University. She could have accepted this as defeat, but, instead, she took it as God's way of leading her to the right college she was destined to attend.  Before acceptance letters were sent out, Tytianna was trying to decide between continuing her education at an historically Black college or university (HBCU) or a predominately white institution (PWI), sharing: "I wanted both for...

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Read The Touching Letter This Teacher Received From One Of His Students

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Read The Touching Letter This Teacher Received From One Of His Students

Photo via Twitter, @mainey_maine Teachers wear many hats. From mentor, friend, tutor, parent figure and more, educators often times take on roles that go beyond teaching their prepared lesson plans. For Atlanta elementary student Markus, his 5th grade teacher took on a lot of these roles throughout the school year, so much so, that he decided to write his teacher a letter to express his appreciation. Mr. J. (as referred to in the letter) shared Markus' sweet message on social media with the caption: "So I walked in the classroom and found this letter on the desk that one of my kids wrote me and......

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