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  • Black Women Bishops Are Making History In This Predominantly White Church

    America’s largest Lutheran denomination made history this weekend with the elections of two African-American women as bishops. The Rev. Patricia A. Davenport holds the distinction of being the first African-American woman bishop in the 3.5 million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Her election on Saturday made her the...
  • FedEx’s first black female pilot reflects on her journey

    In 1992, a 20-year-old African-American woman stepped into an airplane’s cockpit for the first time. Recently, she recalled the day as “exhilarating.” Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News App Tahirah Lamont Brown said after that flight, she felt the “world had no limits.” Twenty...
  • Male cheerleaders join NFL squad for first time

    Two talented dancers are making history by becoming the first-ever men to join an NFL cheerleading squad. Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies will join 38 women on the Los Angeles Rams team for the coming campaign after beating almost 80 other hopefuls who auditioned for a place during the...
  • Young CEO Receives Millions For ‘Beauty Bakerie’ Idea!

    Health, happiness, and supporting diversity are the common traits of Beauty Bakerie and its CEO, Cashmere Nicole. The entrepreneur delved into the beauty industry in 2011 to establish Beauty Bakerie, an inclusive company that caters to the cosmetic needs of women of all skin tones and ethnicities. Nicole’s battle...
  • Fire Department of New York Appoints First Black Female Deputy Chief

    The Fire Department of New York has appointed Tonya Boyd as its first-ever Black female deputy chief in its 150-year existence. Boyd, who assumed her new role on Wednesday, initially planned to enter the nursing field. In fact, the emergency medical technician training, which put her on the historic path,...
  • Devon Franklin shares the secret to his success on Good Day Atlanta

    ATLANTA – He’s a movie producer with a string of successful films, including the inspirational hit Miracles From Heaven. Devon Franklin is also a bestselling author and motivational speaker. In his latest book, The Hollywood Commandments: A Spiritual Guide To Secular Success, he shares the secrets to building a purposeful life...
  • Here’s How You Can Apply For The Obama Foundation Fellowship

    It’s been a little over nine months since the Obamas waved goodbye to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. In that time, the former first family has been diligently working on The Obama Foundation, an organization that seeks to “inspire and empower people to change the world,” according to its’ mission statement....
  • Out Of This World: NASA Accepts Black Scientist Jessica Watkins Into Its Astronaut Program

    In December 2015, NASA announced that they were accepting applications for their two-year astronaut program. From the 18,300 people that applied, twelve made the cut. One of those individuals is Jessica Watkins. According to her NASA bio, the Colorado native has a Geological and Environmental Sciences degree from Stanford University and...
  • High School Senior Accepted Into 149 Colleges, Receiving 7 million in scholarhips

    Shariah Edwards just graduated from Power Center Academy High School, a charter school in Memphis, Tennessee. Now, she’s faced with a task many recent high school grads must do — choose which college of those she was accepted to she wants to attend. But Shariah’s situation is unique, in more...