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The Obamas: Excellence and Goals. 🙌🏾😍 #blackexcellence #becauseofthemwecan

The Obamas: Excellence and Goals. 🙌🏾😍 #blackexcellence #becauseofthemwecan


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After winning the $52 million jackpot in 2010, Miguel Pilgram of the Pilgram Group used his earnings to start a real estate company. Now, the entrepreneur is using his real estate knowledge to invest that money back into a Fort Lauderdale, Florida community that was once known for its thriving Black businesses, reports Black Enterprise.

Pilgram says he is committed to rebuilding Sistrunk Boulevard, which is referred to as the

After winning the $52 million jackpot in 2010, Miguel Pilgram of the Pilgram Group used his earnings to start a real estate company. Now, the entrepreneur is using his real estate knowledge to invest that money back into a Fort Lauderdale, Florida community that was once known for its thriving Black businesses, reports Black Enterprise. Pilgram says he is committed to rebuilding Sistrunk Boulevard, which is referred to as the "historical heartbeat of Fort Lauderdale's oldest Black community." It is named after James Sistrunk, a Black physician who helped to open the first African American hospital in Broward County in 1938. After desegregation, the community gradually declined to one that was plagued by gun violence and drugs. In an effort to restore the neighborhood, Pilgram has purchased three buildings and plans to build a jazz lounge, blues lounge, restaurants and a center for the performing arts. While many activists and developers are itching to invest in the neighborhood with prosperous potential, some local citizens fear that gentrifying the area will push current residents and the native culture out. However, Pilgram makes it clear that that's far from his goal. "For me, it's (about) preserving the community as a whole," he told a local NBC News affiliate. The 48-year-old, who grew up in Memphis, Tennessee tells the Sun Sentinel that he was raised in an environment similar to Sistrunk Boulevard and "there is a need, and in (his) mind, an obligation, to invest there." #becauseofthemwecan


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Black girl magic alert! For the first time ever, Nigeria will be represented in the Winter Olympics by the women's bobsled team at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The team includes driver Seun Adigun and brakewomen Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga.

The team, which was only formed in 2016, qualified for the event over five races held in Utah, Whistler and Calgary. They are the first African team, men or women, to qualify in the bobsled category. 
The members of the Nigerian Women’s Bobsled Team started their journey on the snow-less grounds of Houston, Texas, in a wooden sled they nicknamed The Maeflower. All former sprinters, two of the three team members have previously competed in competitions representing Nigeria. Seun Adigun represented Nigeria in the 100m hurdles at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

With a desire to get back on the Olympic stage, she began training for bobsled in 2014. Ngozi Onwumere clinched a Silver and Gold medal at the 2015 African Games in Republic of the Congo in the 200m and 4x100m relay, respectively. Onwumere started training after being recruited by Adigun in 2016.

Visit our website, www.becauseofthemwecan.com, to read full story. 
Photo credit: @obigrant 
#blackgirlmagic #becauseofthemwecan

Black girl magic alert! For the first time ever, Nigeria will be represented in the Winter Olympics by the women's bobsled team at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The team includes driver Seun Adigun and brakewomen Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga. The team, which was only formed in 2016, qualified for the event over five races held in Utah, Whistler and Calgary. They are the first African team, men or women, to qualify in the bobsled category. The members of the Nigerian Women’s Bobsled Team started their journey on the snow-less grounds of Houston, Texas, in a wooden sled they nicknamed The Maeflower. All former sprinters, two of the three team members have previously competed in competitions representing Nigeria. Seun Adigun represented Nigeria in the 100m hurdles at the London 2012 Olympic Games. With a desire to get back on the Olympic stage, she began training for bobsled in 2014. Ngozi Onwumere clinched a Silver and Gold medal at the 2015 African Games in Republic of the Congo in the 200m and 4x100m relay, respectively. Onwumere started training after being recruited by Adigun in 2016. Visit our website, www.becauseofthemwecan.com, to read full story. Photo credit: @obigrant #blackgirlmagic #becauseofthemwecan


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Yesss! Dee Rees'

Yesss! Dee Rees' "Mudbound" hit Netflix and select theaters today with numerous awards already under its belt. The film, featuring Jason Mitchell, Rob Morgan, and Mary J. Blige (who already won a Hollywood Breakout Performance Award for her role of Florence Jackson) is, as explained by Netflix, about "two Mississippi families, one black, one white, (who) confront the brutal realties of prejudice, farming and friendship in a divided World War II era." It's based on Hillary Jordan's book by the same name and Rees shares script credit with Virgil Williams. Since the film received a standing ovation after its premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, it has received Oscar Buzz and several awards including the Hollywood Breakthrough Ensemble Award, Special Gotham Jury Award, and the Audience Award at the Middleburg Film Festival. Writer-director Rees' 2011 debut feature film "Pariah" and 2015 HBO drama "Bessie" also became award-winning films, and from the looks of it, "Mudbound" will be no different. And who knows, Dee Rees may very well become the first Black woman nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director. #blackgirlmagic #becauseofthemwecan


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Sending a Happy Founders Day to the men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated from a super cute future Omega man. 
Today in 1911, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was founded at Howard University, making it the first international fraternal organization to be founded at a historically Black college.

Notable members include, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Dr. Charles Drew, Langston Hughes, Earl Graves, Tom Joyner, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, and Steve Harvey to name a few.

Tag your favorite Omega below! 
Photo via: @mamafreshchi, @obie322 
#becauseofthemwecan #omegapsiphi

Sending a Happy Founders Day to the men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated from a super cute future Omega man. Today in 1911, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was founded at Howard University, making it the first international fraternal organization to be founded at a historically Black college. Notable members include, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Dr. Charles Drew, Langston Hughes, Earl Graves, Tom Joyner, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, and Steve Harvey to name a few. Tag your favorite Omega below! Photo via: @mamafreshchi, @obie322 #becauseofthemwecan #omegapsiphi


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Happy 50th birthday to the woman who introduced us to

Happy 50th birthday to the woman who introduced us to "A Different World" and our favorite fictional HBCU, Hillman College, via her character Denise Huxtable, Lisa Bonet! #becauseofthemwecan


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Check out these photos of Colin @Kaepernick7 with iconic 1968 Olympics activists Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who gave the Black Power salute while the national anthem played at the 1968 Games.

Check out these photos of Colin @Kaepernick7 with iconic 1968 Olympics activists Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who gave the Black Power salute while the national anthem played at the 1968 Games. "l recently had the honor of sitting down and sharing time with Tommie Smith and John Carlos. I have read about them, studied their public protest, admired their courage, and like many others, l have emulated them, raising my fist as both a symbol of celebrating my Blackness, and acknowledging our connected struggles. But this was different. Hearing them tell their stories, sharing behind the scenes insights into the sacrifices that they willingly made, and the ostracization that was forced upon them...all that I could do was listen, take notes, and soak in the elders' wisdom."- Colin Kaepernick What a powerful Because of Them We Can moment! #becauseofthemwecan


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We love what Viola Davis said about Rihanna's Fenty Beauty Collection!

We love what Viola Davis said about Rihanna's Fenty Beauty Collection! "The thing about Fenty, which I own, is that I can get a base makeup that is exactly my skin tone. I don't feel like I have to get something five shades lighter, or mix two shades together in order to get my shade. And it feels like my natural skin. It's full coverage, and I’m honored by the fact that I'm recognized in this beauty line. I thank Rihanna for that."- Viola Davis #queenssupportingqueens #becauseofthemwecan


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Watch what happens when this big brother spots his little sister after getting off the school bus. It's priceless. ❤️ Video via: @godivachocolate__ #becauseofthemwecan

Watch what happens when this big brother spots his little sister after getting off the school bus. It's priceless. ❤️ Video via: @godivachocolate__ #becauseofthemwecan


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This brilliant young lady earned her bachelor's degree, master's degree, and became a Ph.D. candidate all before the age of 18.

After being homeschooled and starting college at 11-years-old, Thessalonika Arzu-Embry is still miles ahead of her peers academically. At just 17-years-old, the Illinois native is now on track to earn her Ph.D. 
In fall 2016, Arzu-Embry started a Ph.D. program in aviation psychology. Her interest in aviation was sparked by her father, a military veteran and private pilot, who now works at O'Hare International Airport.

This brilliant young lady earned her bachelor's degree, master's degree, and became a Ph.D. candidate all before the age of 18. After being homeschooled and starting college at 11-years-old, Thessalonika Arzu-Embry is still miles ahead of her peers academically. At just 17-years-old, the Illinois native is now on track to earn her Ph.D. In fall 2016, Arzu-Embry started a Ph.D. program in aviation psychology. Her interest in aviation was sparked by her father, a military veteran and private pilot, who now works at O'Hare International Airport. "When I began to think about a profession, I chose one where I could make an impact," @blackdoctororg reports her saying. "I feel honored for the opportunity to help others at an early age." The 17-year-old scholar says she plans to write her dissertation on dreams, and hopes that her aviation psychology degree will give her the knowledge needed to prevent "human factor errors" that can cause plane crashes. She says the psychology aspect will help her to understand if a pilot is agitated, stressed out or dealing with other issues that can negatively impact their performance on the job. In addition to being on the fast track to earning her doctorate, Azru-Embry is also pursuing various business ventures. Aside from developing apps for Google and Apple systems, she is pushing the five books she's written and attending speaking engagements to inspire other people to do what she's doing. So far, her published books include "Settled: Justice for All," "In the Future," "Then Genius Race," "Jump the Education Barrier," and "Perspicacious Investing." #blackexcellence #becauseofthemwecan


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A classic midweek photo from a group of dapper groomsmen- or should we say Kingsmen. 😍

Photo via: @sterlingpics 
#becauseofthemwecan

A classic midweek photo from a group of dapper groomsmen- or should we say Kingsmen. 😍 Photo via: @sterlingpics #becauseofthemwecan


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On this day one year ago, the world lost pioneering African American journalist Gwen Ifill. Now, her alma mater, Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, is set to name a school in her honor. 
After graduating from Simmons with a communications degree in 1977, Ifill went on to become a part of the first all-female co-anchor team in the history of network broadcasting, the first woman of color to moderate a presidential debate since 1992, and one of

On this day one year ago, the world lost pioneering African American journalist Gwen Ifill. Now, her alma mater, Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, is set to name a school in her honor. After graduating from Simmons with a communications degree in 1977, Ifill went on to become a part of the first all-female co-anchor team in the history of network broadcasting, the first woman of color to moderate a presidential debate since 1992, and one of "America's leading lights in journalism." Ifill's alma mater announced the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts and Humanities on Tuesday, the first anniversary of her passing. Ifill's cousin, Sherrilyn Ifill, who is the President & Director-Counsel of LDF (NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund), said of the news: "A year ago today, we lost a legend in American journalism, the great Gwen Ifill," Sherrilyn wrote on Twitter. "I can think of no more fitting honor for her work than today's announcement from her alma mater." Last year, Ifill passed away of endometrial cancer. She was 61-years-old. Her incredible legacy remains an inspiration to us all. #becauseofthemwecan


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