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The chilling details of Patrice Lumumba’s assassination and how he was dissolved in acid | Face2Face Africa

Since January 17, 1961, no one has been held accountable for the brutal murder of Congo’s independence leader and first prime minister Patrice Lumumba who was shot dead with two of his ministers, Joseph Okito and Maurice Mpolo. However, all fingers point to multinational perpetrators who sanctioned the elimination of one of Africa’s bravest politicians and independence heroes who stood his ground against colonizers. He led the Democratic Republic of Congo to independence on June 30, 1960, after the country was passed on from King Leopold II, who took control of it as his private property in the 1880s, to […]

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Meet Melissa Harville-Lebron: The First Black Woman to Own a NASCAR Team | Black Enterprise (2018)

Melissa Harville-Lebron never imagined that her entrepreneurial pursuits and ambitions would lead her to make history as the first African American woman to solely own a race team licensed by NASCAR. Harville-Lebron, a 47-year-old single mother raising her three biological children as well as her siblings’ four kids, started her career in the entertainment industry as an intern at Sony Music. In 2005, she launched her own music label while working for New York City’s Department of Correction office. Nearly a decade later, she suffered from a severe asthma attack that forced her into early retirement and inspired her to […]

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Muhammad Ali in a Broadway Musical? It Happened | The New York Times

Fifty years ago this week, “Buck White” opened, and very quickly closed. What does this footnote to theater history still have to tell us? So, as the sportscaster Howard Cosell used to ask great boxers: What went wrong out there, champ? When the stage musical “Buck White” opened at the George Abbott Theater on Dec. 2, 1969, it had three knockout draws: timeliness, a strong track record and its star, the charismatic heavyweight Muhammad Ali. Set at a meeting of a black militant group, the show was based on “Big Time Buck White,” a play credited to the white actor […]

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Halima Aden Is First Black Woman In Hijab To Grace Cover Of Essence Magazine | HuffPost

The model, who is Muslim, has broken multiple barriers in the fashion industry. Model Halima Aden shattered yet another barrier in the fashion industry this week, becoming the first Black woman in a hijab to grace the cover of Essence magazine. Halima, who is Muslim, is featured on the front of Essence’s January 2020 issue. The 22-year-old, signed to IMG modeling agency, has been making historical strides over the past several years: In 2016, the Somali-American made headlines as the first Miss Minnesota contestant to compete in a hijab and burkini. As her modeling career took off, she’s since been […]

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Tracy McGrady Is Launching An Advisory Program To Keep Young Athletes From Going Broke | Forbes

When athletes turn pro, they’re often exposed to the kind of money they never could have imagined—and a newfound need to manage that money responsibly. It can be hard to resist the temptation to spend lavishly and instead start thinking of the future, but that sort of lack of foresight has landed a number of athletes and entertainers in bankruptcy, or worse. Enter Tracy McGrady, who is looking to use his knowledge of the financial world and his experiences as an NBA superstar to begin a financial advisory program to help athletes avoid the financial pitfalls that can be waiting […]

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Leon Spinks: Boxing Legend, 66,Hospitalized & ‘Fighting For His Life’ | Hollywood Life

Boxer Leon Spinks, who rose to fame after beating Muhammad Ali over forty years ago, is hospitalized and reportedly fighting for his life. TMZ reported on December 11 that Leon’s conditions, which are being treated on at a Las Vegas hospital, are unclear but his family and friends are very concerned. His wife Brenda shared an emotional Facebook post on December 9, where she asked her followers for help during this difficult time. “I know it’s been awhile,” she began before adding, “However, you know how I believe in the power of prayer. It’s been a tough year for us. […]

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College Football Doesn’t Give Black Coaches Many Chances | Five Thirty Eight

Where Willie Taggart goes, so goes history. The 43-year-old — whose parents worked in migrant fields — landed head-coaching gigs at Oregon and Florida State, two of the most coveted jobs in college football, at a relatively young age. At each of his four stops as a head coach,1 Taggart was the first African American to hold the position on a noninterim basis. Taggart was fired Nov. 3 after a mostly disastrous 21-game stint as the Seminoles’ coach — which resulted in the second-largest buyout ever paid out. Though Florida State was applauded in 2017 when it hired Taggart — […]

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Nike’s Value Up $26 Billion Since Colin Kaepernick Endorsement | Black Enterprise

Colin Kaepernick is helping Nike rake in big bucks. According to Yahoo, ever since the athlete-turned-activist endorsed the corporate sneaker giant, their company value has skyrocketed. Nike’s stock reportedly rose over 18% since the announcement of the Kaepernick deal, adding a spectacular $26.2 billion to the Nike coffers and increasing its value at nearly $146 billion. When Nike made the announcement of the signing, even with President Trump weighing in on the controversy of Kaepernick taking a knee, the gamble on Kaepernick worked better than anticipated. The February online release of a Kaepernick ‘Icon’ jersey sold out in a matter […]

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