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Much like the Tom Joyners, Taraji P. Hensons and Samuel L. Jacksons of the world, historically Black colleges and universities have a special and permanent place in Oprah Winfrey’s heart. Winfrey studied communications at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee, where her legend was birthed at a local television station. Therefore, it should come as…

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Janice Bryant Howroyd

Mega-entrepreneur Janice Bryant Howroyd provides leaders with a model for tapping into their roots to drive success. Acting Up! Winning In Business and Life Using Down-Home Wisdom is the story of her journey from growing up in a family of 11 children in the segregated South to becoming the country’s second-richest African American woman with a…

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There are few urban stars who haven’t been immortalized by the lens of Drexina Nelson. Sweet-natured with a camera-ready smile herself, Nelson started her career as a makeup artist on set with some of Atlanta’s most prolific photographers. She completed both her BA and MBA degree at Clark Atlanta before deciding to pursue a career…

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Terisha Lee is a native of Kentucky and a Ph.D. candidate at St. Thomas University in Florida. As a speaker and researcher, Lee’s focus has been in the areas of faith, purpose and resiliency. She is currently conducting research on the resiliency of African American women. As a Black woman, what do you consider your…

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Dr. Maya Angelou was a renowned poet, author and teacher who touched the hearts of her fans with her words. She is best known for her catalog of autobiographical memoirs that painted an authentic picture of life. A pragmatic leader of her people, she was the second poet in history to read a poem at…

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“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.” –Maya Angelou Mother’s Day turns 102 today, Sunday, May 8, 2016.  President Woodrow Wilson officially set aside the second Sunday in May in 1914 for the holiday. It is a day filled…

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Today, we celebrate Dr. Maya Angelou. Although the cherished poet passed away last May at the age of 86, her words and accomplishments will forever live on. A beloved author, dancer, actress, singer, and civil rights activist, best known for her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou has touched many lives…

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On Monday, Feb.23, the U.S. Postal Service announced that renowned author and poet Maya Angelou will be honored with a commemorative stamp. Shortly after Angelou’s death last spring at the age of 86, a campaign was started to create a commemorative stamp in honor of the award-winning poet. A petition was circulated that read in part “Stamps have…

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Actor Mpho Koaho

Mpho Koaho is an industry veteran who stars in Black or White, a film that opens today. Koaho spoke with rolling out on the eve of the film’s release about his role. “Duvan is who I play. He’s a young 19-year-old Nigerian. It isn’t stated when he emigrated but he is very educated in the Western…

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“The Game” actress Brandy Norwood proudly joins her mother and manager, Sonja Norwood, as she celebrated 106 years of sisterhood, after being inducted into the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority as an honorary member. Yesterday, Norwood attended the AKA’s 66th Boule in Charlotte, North Carolina, where the former “Moesha” star threw up The Ivy in honor…

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Legendary artist and activist Ruby Dee dies at 91, two weeks after the passing of late poet Maya Angelou. Dubbed the queen of Black Hollywood, the Grammy and Emmy Award-winning actress Ruby Dee and her late husband Ossie Davis were stalwarts in both the civil rights and entertainment community. Later this month at the American…

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