This week, young track and field stars Tai, Rainn and Brooke Sheppard were announced as the recipients of the 2016 Sports Illustrated SportsKids Of The Year award for their athletic accomplishments and unwavering dedication in the face of extreme hardships. ESSENCE caught up with the young track stars and their proud mother Tonia Handy for a quick chat just as they were preparing
Dorothy Height spent her life fighting for racial and gender equality. But when you think of the work of leaders such as Shirley Chisholm, Amelia Boynton Robinson and Anna Julia Cooper, Height is also another trailblazer who doesn’t get enough recognition. Thankfully, the US Postal Service is taking notice. The 40th stamp in the Black Heritage series will honor the
Born in 1972 in Long Beach, California, Ava DuVernay worked in film publicity and marketing, and established her own agency, before deciding to become a filmmaker. She helmed hip-hop documentaries and then released two feature films: I Will Follow (2010) and Middle of Nowhere (2012). The holiday season of 2014 saw the release of Selma, which follows a portion of Dr.
As President Obama winds down his final days in office, he’s vowed to leave it all on the field and work right up until the end. One of his final acts in office includes honoring exceptional Americans with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is America’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals
Throughout her career, Gwen broke both gender and race barriers and she also did what I admire most about her success — she was vigilant about reducing the barriers for the women following her. She never forgot her own struggles to be hired, to be respected and acknowledged, to be the first African-American woman in
Zero Gravity Management has optioned A’Lelia Bundles’ 2001 nonfiction book, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker. Bundles is actually the great great granddaughter of Walker. According to Deadline, Octavia Spencer intends to star and produce a limited series based on Bundles’ biography. Nicole Asher will write the script. Kasi Lemmons has agreed to serve as the director. Here’s more from The
In a great stride for representation Tuesday, nine black women were elected to become judges in majority Democratic Jefferson County, Alabama, The Birmingham Times reported. The black women who came out on top in the district and circuit courts, Javan Patton, Debra Bennett Winston, Shera Craig Grant, Nakita “Niki” Perryman Blocton, Tamara Harris Johnson, Elisabeth French, Agnes Chappell, Brendette Brown Green and Annetta Verin, are to be sworn
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California’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris, just made history becoming the second black woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate ever. Many may not know this, but the newly elected senator is a graduate of Howard University and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The 52-year-old senator’s platform targets issues including immigration reform, enacting family
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Texas – Texas witnessed a first for the state on election night. Zena Stephens became the first black female sheriff ever elected in the Lone Star State. Stephens beat her opponent, Ray Beck, to win the race for Jefferson County sheriff. Jefferson County includes the areas of Port Arthur and Beaumont. Stephens is currently