Nationwide — Inspired by the global phenomenon #blackgirlmagic, Black-Girl-Magic.com has been launched to empower Black girls and boys around the world to achieve success. The hashtag discussion group recently started on Twitter and quickly gained momentum as great Black women achieved supernatural success in sports, entertainment, business and other industries.
During the 2016 Olympics, the hashtag dominated the celebratory tweets as numerous Black women achieved greatness in winning multiple medals in this worldwide competition. It was after the Olympics that the inspiration to create Black-Girl-Magic.com came to Allyson Ward Neal, the website’s founder. “I loved seeing all of those inspirational tweets about the achievements of so many Black women in the Olympics. And, I have a six-year-old daughter, so I was inspired to create this site so that she and her peers can have a website where they can always see Black girls and boys achieving greatness. It’s important to their development,” she said.
Black-Girl-Magic.com has plans to attract major advertisers who can partner with their website to bring positive and empowering messages to Black youth. The site will feature a regular blog as well as features on some of the most influential Black women and men who are achieving greatness in society. The site will also include information dedicated to education and provide tips and resources for minority children so that parents, guardians and caretakers can help Black children to succeed academically. And, Black-Girl-Magic.com will have a public presence at popular festivals and events where children and youth can interact with real Black girl magic figures.
The site’s founder is a children’s book author who has produced positive images for Black girls since 2009, through her Ava Books. It was her dream to reach Black children around the world to give them increased empowerment opportunities to make their dreams come true. She sees Black-Girl-Magic.com as an excellent platform to accomplish this goal. “Our mission is empowers girls (and boys) of color to achieve their dreams. Whether it’s in sports, entertainment, academics or having just plain fun, we want to give Black children the tools that they need to be successful.”
Black-Girl-Magic.com is a website that empowers girls (and boys) of color to achieve their dreams. Whether it’s sports, entertainment, academics or just plain fun, they want to give Black children the tools that they need to be successful. They believe that every great Black person started their path with tons of role models and lots of support. Like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter or email the founder at [email protected]
Worldwide — Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines, has responded to “concerns” from the United States and the United Nations about his war on drugs in his country which has so far killed about 1,000 drug lords. But Duterte says he is equally concerned about the killings of “black people” in the U.S.
When asked to comment on the issue, Duterte replied: “Here comes the UN, easily swayed, and coming with a very stupid proposition. Why would the United Nations be so easily swayed into interfering in the affairs of this republic?”
He said that while the UN was quick to criticize his administration, they seem to be “keeping silent” on the violence in the Middle East and police brutality in the United States. He added, “The Philippine government is worried about what is being done to the Black people there in America, being shot even while lying down. Why are the blacks being killed on trumped up charges? There’s a hatred there being sowed by their government.”
Duterte, who is 71-years old, recently won the May election after promising to wage a war on illegal drugs and high crime in the Philippines. He says that there are 3 million drug addicts in his country, and that millions more are being “devastated by drugs”. And most Filipinos are huge supporters of what he is doing.
Meanwhile, Black Americans are also applauding him for being one of few international leaders that have also spoken out against the ongoing discrimination and police brutality in the U.S.
In 2015 alone, according to The Washington Post, more than 250 black people were shot dead in the U.S. by police officers. In 2016, the number of similar incidents so far are just as high.
Philadelphia, PA — With all the turmoil in the world, it sometimes gets difficult to see good things, to know what is real and what is propaganda, to remain strong in the face of nonsensical debates and confusion, to feel positive vibrations, or to envision a better, healthier and safer life. Each of us needs a moment to recharge, to reevaluate, to safely release stress and pain. Even the fiercest advocate of social change needs a momentary break from the front lines.
The 22nd Annual International Locks Conference (AILC) Natural Hair, Wholistic Health and Beauty Expo is not the cure all of the world’s ills. However, AILC (affectionately called the Philly Locks Conference), which will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 1 & 2, 2016 at the Universal Audenried Charter High School in Philadelphia, does offer a great opportunity to revitalize oneself, to relax, to learn, to reconnect with old friends, to meet new friends, to network, to have fun, to witness Aboriginal creativity and to build solid business and relationship possibilities, to buy black, to shop and shop some more, to eat delicious food, to hear live music, and to be motivated to move from talking about change to actively seeking solutions all while supporting an important cultural and educational institution.
Instead of ruminating on violence, mass genocide, and the devastating ills of this society The Kuumba Family Organizing Committee inspired by the song “Something Inside So Strong” by Labi Siffre decided to focus on what youth and awakened men and women want: to raise up the banner of global liberation and empowerment, to proclaim unapologetically for the divine right to be free, healthy and alive, and to honor African and Aboriginal Indigenous culture. Thus, they chose the theme of “2 Strong, 2 Real.”
The Annual International Locks Conference: Natural Hair, Wholistic Health and Beauty Expo, now in its 22nd year, has become the most authentic and longest running cultural and educational natural hair expo of its kind in this country and has been a grateful catalyst for the growth of many similar natural hair conferences and international natural hair meet-ups worldwide. The many sponsors, attendees, exhibitors, and speakers alike will passionately attest to the fact that the AILC is much more than a natural hair show, much bigger than an Afro, more than live musical and spoken word performances, and definitely more than an exceptional marketplace. It has become an essential and creative marketing tool for new and seasoned businesses, natural hair artists, and wholistic health and wellness practitioners seeking to empower themselves and to reach more clients, as well as a place where noted scholars and motivational speakers present their valuable information and where positive energy is experienced. This year the conference will feature among many presenters and artists, Professor Bayyinah Bello from Ayiti; Professor Griff from the group Public Enemy; Richard Muhammad, Editor in Chief of the Final Call newspaper; and social activist Dick Gregory. The conference has also become a much anticipated and well supported autumn gathering for networking and spiritual renewal.
Meeting new and old friends, learning valuable information, having the opportunity to shop, and shop some more, and joining in the celebration of our cultural expressions are just some of the reasons why we suggest that you mark your calendars now. Save the dates of Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, 2016. The 22nd Annual International Locks Conference: Natural Hair, Wholistic Health and Beauty Expo will be held at the Universal Audenried Charter High School (UACHS), 3301 Tasker Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19145. UACHS is near public transportation and free parking is available. Children under 12 receive FREE admission. To purchase tickets and/or for more information about volunteering, vending and/or general information, visit www.LocksConference.com or call 215-438-8189.
By J.J. Gallagher –Good Morning America
Three U.S. women made history on Wednesday in Rio, placing 1-2-3 in the 100m hurdles in the first time ever that American women have swept an Olympic track and field event.
Brianna Rollins ran away with the gold, while Nia Ali took the silver after running neck-and-neck with Kristi Castlin, who took home the bronze medal.
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Rafaela Silva has made her country proud by winning the first gold medal of the Olympic games in judo. Overcoming poverty in Brazil’s most notorious favela, the “City of God” Silva took up the sport because she loved– and had to– fight.
According to a Sports Illustrated article chronicling her path to the Olympics, Silva “spent the first eight years of her life in the City of God, getting into fights with boys and getting expelled from school.”
Silva quickly found her love for judo and rose to fame until the 2012 London Olympics, where she was disqualified for an illegal hold during the preliminary round.
If that wasn’t enough of a disappointment, Silva came home to find her social media flooded with racial comments.
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Simone Manuel managed to rewrite history, break a world record, and bring a little magic to the Olympics all in less than a minute.
Manuel became the first African-American woman to win an individual event in Olympic swimming on Thursday night. She and Penny Oleksiak of Canada tied for the fastest time, an Olympic record in the women’s 100-meter freestyle: 52.70 seconds.
Manuel, originally from Sugar Land, Texas, swam at her local club, First Colony Swim Team early on when she realized this was something she was good at. Manuel is the youngest of three and began swimming at age 5 by watching her two older brothers. She joined the First Colony Swim Team at age 11, where she swam under head coach Alison Beebe throughout her early career.
At the 2012 United States Olympic Trials, Manuel placed 20th in the 50-meter freestyle (25.63) 17th in 100-meter freestyle. But in 2016 it was a totally different story.
When Manuel looked up after touching the wall, she saw red lit dots on her block that indicated she had at least finished among the podium places, and admitted she was “super surprised” when she turned around and saw the “1” next to her name on the scoreboard.
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-Huff Post Black Voices
Sorry, but can we just take a second and appreciate that after only two and a half days of competition, women are already the clear stars of the Rio Olympics?
Even if you ignore the beloved U.S. women’s soccer team, women are doing awesome things in Rio de Janeiro everywhere you look. Most obviously, U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky, perhaps the best athlete in the world, is destroying her own world records and finally getting the national recognition she deserves.
Katie Ledecky shatters her own world record.
But two of her teammates, Dana Vollmer and Lilly King, both became national heroes on Sunday, too. Vollmer won a bronze medal in the 100-meter butterfly just 17 months after giving birth. King called out a Russian swimmer on national TV for her history of doping. “I’m not this sweet little girl, that’s not who I am,” she said later.
The U.S. women’s basketball team set a team record for margin of victory. American Kathryn Johnson delivered a devastating hit that woke the world up to the world that is women’s rugby. Ibtihaj Muhammad lost in the women’s individual sabre round of 16 on Monday, but she did make history when she became the first U.S. athlete to compete and win a match at the Olympics in a hijab.
International stories abound, too. Wu Minxia became the first diver in history to win five Olympic gold medals. Oksana Chusovitina, a 41-year-old gymnast representing Uzbekistan, competed in her seventh Olympics. (For reference, Chusovitina’s 17-year-old son is older than U.S. gymnast Laurie Hernandez.) The refugee team’s Yusra Mardini, who saved the lives of more than a dozen refugees when she and two others pushed a sinking boat to safety on a Greek island, won her heat in the women’s 100-meter butterfly. She is just 18 years old.
Even when it comes to heartbreak, women are the major stories coming out of Rio, too. Mara Abbott’s last-second loss in the women’s road race and Serena and Venus Williams’ shocking loss to the Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova and Lucie Safarova in women’s doubles were two of Sunday’s most talked-about stories.
Simone Biles is probably the best part of the Rio Olympics.
Then, of course, there is the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, which completely destroyed the global competition with smiles on their faces Sunday. Hernandez, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and Madison Kocian beat out second-place China in the qualifications by almost 10 full points. For reference, China didn’t even beat last-place Belgium by that much. And as anyone who was watching can tell you, it was utterly transfixing to see five athletes perform their craft to near perfection. And there’s still much more to come.
But yeah, women’s sports aren’t fun to watch.
Mary Milliken and Caroline Stauffer of Reuters via Huff Post World Post
Brazil unfurled a vast canvas celebrating its rainforest and the creative energy of its wildly diverse population in welcoming the world on Friday to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, all to the pounding beat of samba, bossa nova and funk.
Brazil’s interim President Michel Temer declared open the first Games ever in South America. But in a display of the deep political divisions plaguing Brazil, he was jeered by some in the crowd at the famed Maracana soccer stadium.
The opening ceremony was decidely simple and low-tech, a reflection of Brazil’s tough economic times. In one of the world’s most unequal societies, the spectacle celebrated the culture of the favelas, the slums that hang vertiginously above the renowned beaches of Rio and ring the Maracana.
There was no glossing over history either: from the arrival of the Portuguese and their conquest of the indigenous populations to the use of African slave labor for 400 years. The clash of cultures, as the ceremony showed, is what makes Brazil the complex mosaic that it is.
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