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  Andre Johnson is president and CEO of the Detroit Recovery Project, a nonprofit agency that facilitates recovery for those struggling with addiction. The trials of his early life set the stage for his passionate involvement in such an endeavor. “I was born and raised on the lower Eastside of Detroit,” Johnson recalls. “I would…

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  Corvida Raven defies the status quo — and not merely because she rocks a funky Mohawk. But mainly because she’s often one of the few black women, in many cases the only, who’s sought out by Fortune 500 companies for her social media and technology expertise. And although Raven has a degree in computer…

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Kimberly Moore doesn t mince words. When queried about what she would wish for if she could have anything she wanted, Moore quickly ticks off her list: “A cure for HIV/AIDS, less reality TV shows and real education reform that seeks input from actual educators and students.” With that said, it s her authenticity coupled…

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It s been a slow climb but with advancements in technology, Michael Dennis, filmmaker and founder of Reelblack TV, is confident that he s trekking up the right ladder. When he started Reelblack in December 2003, his goal was to simply “promote good movies about and by black folks,” like Exit Strategy and Pariah. “We…

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It s quite obvious that banking executive Irvin Ashford isn t content with mediocrity or resting on his laurels. His promotion to senior vice president of public affairs at Comerica Bank didn t surprise anyone. Since joining Comerica in 2000, Ashford has built quite the reputation. He has received Comerica s Volunteer of the Year…

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Fashion designer and entrepreneur Keishorne Scott is no stranger to struggle. He s witnessed alcoholism – his brother had a near-death experience – and the pain that accompanies it – low self-esteem and self-image. The Trinidadian-born community activist who calls Brooklyn, N.Y., home, consistently encourages students to stay in school and maintain a positive attitude.…

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  Tamara S. Bowens is an avid art collector, style icon, community activist, philanthropist, Harvard scholar and business executive. But she is perhaps best known for her latest contribution to the world of high fashion. Bowens has always had a passion for art and fashion. In 2010, equipped with 15 years of marketing experience, she…

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Ivory Latta is a superstar. The former UNC standout and 11th overall pick in the 2007 WNBA draft is also the all-time leading scorer (men’s and women’s) in South Carolina prep hoops history. January 10 is Ivory Latta Day in York, S.C. She is the National Ambassador for Parkinson’s Disease Foundation Champions Program and, oh…

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A music industry veteran and former executive for powerhouse labels Arista, Columbia, Universal Motown and Sony Urban Music, Shanti Das has returned from the Big Apple to her hometown, Atlanta. It didn’t take long for her to plant her stilettos into the Georgia red clay before she launched her new business, Press Reset Entertainment. “I…

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