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7-Year Old Boy Thrown 350 Feet by Tornado and Survives

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) – A 7-year-old boy was recovering on Sunday after a tornado sheared off the walls of his North Carolina home, snatched him from his bed and threw him 350 feet onto the embankment of a nearby interstate, the boy’s grandmother told Reuters. Jamal Stevens suffered only minor injuries from the Friday twister that demolished his family’s two-story home in Charlotte near Interstate 485, where Jamal was…

Misty Copeland, African-American Ballet Dancer Making History [VIDEO]

Misty Copeland, African-American Ballet Dancer Making History [VIDEO]

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  Misty Copeland, 29, did not start ballet until she was 13, beginning at a local Boys & Girls Club. To start learning what is usually a lifelong craft at a late age and still achieve national acclaim is a feat in itself. But the Californian’s most prized achievement to date happened in 2007, when she was appointed as a soloist at the famed American Ballet Theater. She is the…

Amazing Picture Compares Michelle and MLK’s Children

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Ironic, isn’t it?      

African Americans Who Have Won Academy Awards

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Best Actor: Sidney Poitier, 1963, “Lilies Of The Field” Denzel Washington, 2001, “Training Day” Jamie Foxx, 2004, “Ray” Forest Whitaker 2006, “The Last King of Scotland”   Best Actress: Halle Berry, 2001, “Monster’s Ball”   Best Supporting Actress Hattie McDaniel, 1939, “Gone With The Wind” Whoopi Goldberg, 1990, “Ghost” Jennifer Hudson, 2006, “Dreamgirls” Mo’Nique, 2009, “Precious” Octavia Spencer, 2011, “The Help”   Best Supporting Actor: Louis Gossett, Jr., 1982, “An…

Towanna Freeman: Do You Know Who You Are? (Video)

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In this  video, Dr. Towanna Freeman speaks with Nick Dillon about “finding your frame of reference”    

Black History Month Community Profile: Imam Siraj Wahhaj

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Imam Siraj Wahhaj is an African American Muslim leader and speaker who not only invigorates the community around him, but actively organizes to make positive changes to society. He is resident Imam at Masjid A- Taqwa in Brooklyn, New York and the Amir (Leader) of the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA). His words have had life changing affects upon Muslims around the world while his energy and passion for Islam…

Documentary About A Memphis City High School Wins Feature Documentary at the 84th Academy Award [VIDEO]

Documentary About A Memphis City High School Wins Feature Documentary at the 84th Academy Award [VIDEO]

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    “Undefeated” won the Oscar for documentary feature at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday. The film by directors Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martins follows an inner-city football team struggling to survive high school and their crime-ridden neighborhood in Memphis, Tenn. Lead by their volunteer coach, Bill Courtney, the Manassas Tigers must fight stereotypes and their own demons to win the game and the respect of their teammates Source.

Julieanna Richardson’s HistoryMakers records stories of unsung and famous African Americans for future generations

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The woman behind an ongoing project to document the experience of 5,000 African Americans wants to make sure their stories are around for future generations. Julieanna Richardson talked to future attorneys at Northwestern University’s law school Monday about the project she started 12 years ago that has turned into a labor of love. She set out to record the histories of thousands of famous and unsung African Americans. “People who…

dr jawanza Kunjufu - there's nothing wrong with black children

Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu Says There is Nothing Wrong with Black Children

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(Chicago, IL, March 1 2012) – African American students are driving positive academic change in some public schools nationwide, says Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu, national education consultant and author of the newly released There Is Nothing Wrong With Black Students. In fact, Black students in more than 3,000 schools are performing well above the national average.   There are eight million African American students nationwide: 7.5 million attend public schools, 400,000…

Young Mother Catches Child Tossed From Window [VIDEO]

Young Mother Catches Child Tossed From Window [VIDEO]

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A Cleveland, Ohio mother dropped her toddler from a second story window Tuesday to save his life. It happened just before the child’s father allegedly set her on fire. The toddler survived without a scratch thanks to another young mother who didn’t hesitate when she heard the cry for help. “She’s just like, can you catch my baby? I said yes I got him and she dropped him in my…

Ali’s Legendary Trainer Angelo Dundee Dies At 90

Ali’s Legendary Trainer Angelo Dundee Dies At 90

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    There was no way Angelo Dundee was going to miss Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday party. The genial trainer got to see his old friend, and reminisce about good times. It was almost as if they were together in their prime again, and what a time that was. Dundee died in his apartment in Tampa, Fla., Wednesday night at the age of 90, and with him a part of…

Don Cornelius’ Ex-Wife To Receive Huge Life Insurance Payout

Don Cornelius’ Ex-Wife To Receive Huge Life Insurance Payout

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    According to TMZ, Don Cornelius died with 2 life insurance policies worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the ex-wife he hated will get all the money. Don’s breakup with Viktoria Chapman Cornelius was brutal. He was convicted of domestic abuse and, according to him, she pepper sprayed him multiple times. During the divorce in 2009, Don said in legal docs, ‘I am 72 years old. I have…

Barack Obama’s Record: Three Years In Three Minutes [Video]

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    This video, “Change Happened,” is about to go viral, and it’s being highlighted by everyone from Dan Savage to Andrew Sullivan. It’s amazing, inspirational, and true. Frankly, there’s so much more that could have been put into it, but I commend video’s creator, “Digitocalypse.” Source

‘Soul Train’ Creator Don Cornelius Dead Apparent Suicide

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  “Soul Train” creator Don Cornelius was found dead at his Sherman Oaks on home Wednesday morning. Law enforcement sources said police arrived at Cornelius’ home around 4 a.m. He apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing. The sources said there was no sign of foul play, but the Los Angeles Police Department was investigating….

John H. Johnson to be honored with ‘Black Heritage’ postal stamp

John H. Johnson to be honored with ‘Black Heritage’ postal stamp

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    The U.S. Postal Service is unveiling a commemorative Black Heritage stamp honoring publishing legend John H. Johnson. Johnson, the founder of Johnson Publishing Company, which publishes Ebony and Jet magazines, is the 35th honoree in the Black Heritage stamp series. Past honorees in the series, which debuted in 1978, include Martin Luther King Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Madam C.J. Walker and Barbara Jordan. “John Johnson’s unyielding commitment to journalistic…