We are highlighting examples of Black excellence throughout the year! Feel free to send suggestions to Rachel at rstoler@frcog.org.

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Black History 365: Stromae

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stromae Paul Van Haver (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈpɔu̯l vɑn ˈɦaːvər]; born 12 March 1985), better known by his stage name Stromae (French pronunciation: ​[stʁɔmaj][1]), is a Belgian singer, rapper, songwriter and producer. He is mostly known for his works in the genre of the hip hop and electronic music. Stromae came to…

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Black History 365: Double Dutch

https://www.npr.org/2022/12/04/1140504217/double-dutch-fantastic-four-holiday-classic How the Fantastic Four took Double Dutch to new heights December 4, 20222:01 PM ET Heard on All Things Considered Allyson McCabe Dutch settlers may have brought Double Dutch to America, but it was Black girls who put it on the map, says Lauren Walker, president of the National…

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Black History 365: Gloria Jean Lowe

https://www.wewantgreentoo.org/board FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, We Want Green Too Ms. Lowe is an Interior Construction Designer with over 18 years of Construction Management experience and training throughout Detroit. Ms. Lowe’s knowledge and skill sets the foundation of WWG2 to assist Veterans with intellectual disabilities and help them transform their lives…

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Black History 365: Shemekia Copeland

From www.rockandbluesmuse.com https://www.rockandbluesmuse.com/2022/12/01/interview-shemekia-copeland/?fbclid=IwAR0Nyqy4-OznAeG4H7N5VNJFyeAQoMpQ42jXImaPfb0GQ6GAwHCC3Co5xX4 Interview with Shemekia Copeland By Martine Ehrenclou Multi award-winner, four-time Grammy nominee Shemekia Copeland is considered one of the great blues and Americana vocalists of our time. The daughter of the legendary bluesman Johnny Clyde Copeland, Shemekia Copeland made her debut at The Cotton Club at the…

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Black History 365: Ahmad Jamal

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmad_Jamal Ahmad Jamal (born Frederick Russell Jones, July 2, 1930)[1] is an American jazz pianist, composer, bandleader and educator. For six decades, he has been one of the most successful small-group leaders in jazz.[2] Biography Early life Jamal was born Frederick Russell Jones in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on July 2, 1930.[1]…

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Black History 365: Edmonia Lewis

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmonia_Lewis Mary Edmonia Lewis, also known as “Wildfire” (c. July 4, 1844 – September 17, 1907), was an American sculptor, of mixed African-American and Native American (Mississauga Ojibwe) heritage. Born free in Upstate New York, she worked for most of her career in Rome, Italy. She was the first African-American…

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Black History 365: Michael Kaloki

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2022/11/26/1134432335/climate-change-gave-a-kenyan-youth-a-crazy-idea-become-a-world-class-ice-sculpto Climate change gave a Kenyan youth a ‘crazy’ idea: Become a world-class ice sculptor Michael Kaloki I still remember a headline in one of Kenya’s daily newspapers from 2002: “Climate Change Threatens the Snow and Ice Caps of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya.” Mount Kilimanjaro, next door in Tanzania,…

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Black History 365: How HBCUs are spending covid relief money

https://www.npr.org/2022/09/20/1124142614/how-hbcus-are-spending-their-covid-19-relief-money After a couple of difficult semesters during the pandemic, Elijah Love, a computer science major at North Carolina A&T State University (N.C. A&T), was determined to graduate on time. “Whatever came with that — summer classes, double-load courses — I was willing to do it,” Love says. This summer,…

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Black History 365: Nnenna Lynch

https://www.womensrunning.com/culture/news/nnenna-lynch-new-york-road-runners-chairwoman-signals-a-period-of-renewal Nnenna Lynch is having a full-circle moment: She has been nominated to take the post of chairwoman of the New York Road Runners (NYRR) board of directors, the organization announced earlier this morning.  Lynch has been on the NYRR board since 2014 and currently serves as the chair of…

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Black History 365: The first satellites launched by Uganda and Zimbabwe aim to improve life on the ground

When Uganda’s very first satellite was launched into space last week on Nov. 7, Bonny Omara, the lead engineer on the satellite development team, was filled with emotion. “I was watching it on TV, together with my Honourable Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation,” he says. “It was really amazing…

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Black History 365: Jerome Avery

Name: Jerome Avery Sport: Track and Field Discipline(s): Track and Field Event(s): 100m, 200m Classification: Guide Runner Height: 5-9 Weight: 170 DOB: 12/22/1978 Birthplace: Lemoore, Calif. Hometown: Lemoore, Calif. High School: Lemoore High School (Lemoore, Calif.) ‘97 College: Fresno City College ‘01, Kinesiology (Associates) Paralympic Experience Four-time Paralympian (2004, 2008,…

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Black History 365: Nataki Garrett

Nataki Garrett is the Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, one of the largest theater-producing organizations in the U.S., and is widely recognized as an innovative and influential arts leader. Across her career, Garrett has fostered and developed new work—having directed and produced the world premieres of vital contemporary…

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Black History 365: African scientists say Western aid to fight pandemic is backfiring. Here’s their plan:

“The WHO is,” says Oyewale Tomori, “well, I know the W stands for World, but sometimes I think it stands for White.” Tomori is a virologist at Redeemer’s University and the past president of the Nigerian Academy of Sciences. I had asked whether he was surprised that high-income countries were…

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Black History 365: Skye Blakely

Birthdate: 2/4/2005Program: Women’s ArtisticLevel: SeniorCurrent Residence: Frisco, TXClub: WOGA GymnasticsHead Coach: Yevgeny MarchenkoOther Coaches: Haiou Sun and Emmanuel Domingues Career Highlights 2022 Winter Cup all-around & floor exercise silver medalist and balance beam bronze medalist2021 Winter Cup balance beam champion About Skye Blakely Birthplace: Dallas, TXHometown: Frisco, TXTwitter:@skyeblakely_Instagram:Instagram.com/skyeblakelyName of High…

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Black History 365: Albert I. Cassell

Albert Irvin Cassell (1895–1969) was a prominent mid-twentieth-century African-American architect in Washington, D.C., whose work shaped many academic communities in the United States. He designed buildings for Howard University in Washington D.C., Morgan State University in Baltimore, and Virginia Union University in Richmond. Cassell also designed and built civic structures…

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Black History 365: Naomi Beckwith

In her role as Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator, Beckwith oversees collections, exhibitions, publications, and curatorial programs and archives at the Guggenheim Museum, and provides strategic direction within the international network of affiliate museums for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Beckwith works closely with the Director,…

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Black History 365: Kim Lewis

How Louisiana’s only Black-owned winery was created by Kim Lewis Kim Lewis isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. In fact, the 37-year-old single mother of three teenagers leans into the unknown, always one to ask “why not?” instead of “why?” when facing a challenge. That’s exactly how she…

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Black History 365: Sheldon Lloyd

Founder of Black-Owned Food Service Business Wins $17M Contract With Boston Public Schools Sheldon Lloyd, founder and CEO of City Fresh Foods, a Roxbury, Massachusetts-based Black-owned food service business, has landed a deal with Boston Public Schools to provide food to its thousands of students. The $17 million contract is…

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Black History 365: LaTosha Brown

At the intersection of social justice, political empowerment, human development and the cultural arts one will find LaTosha Brown. As a catalyst for change, thought leader and social strategist, her national and global efforts have been known to organize, inspire and catapult people into action—not just lip service—enabling them to…

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Black History 365: Bree Jones

Parity Homes Bree is the founder of Parity, an equitable development company that rehabilitates abandoned properties by the block to create affordable homeownership opportunities. At the core of her work is development without displacement – she aims to revitalize distressed neighborhoods while ensuring that legacy residents are able to participate…

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Black History 365: Lizzo

Lizzo played James Madison’s crystal flute onstage in D.C., proving history rocks Some people visit Washington, D.C., for the tourist attractions, like monuments and museums. They probably don’t expect to see history being made at a pop concert — but that’s what happened to an arena full of fans at…

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Black History 365: Tyehimba Jess

Tyehimba Jess is the author of two books of poetry, Leadbelly and Olio. Olio won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The Midland Society Author’s Award in Poetry, and received an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.  It was also nominated for the National Book…

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Black History 365: Leah Penniman

Leah Penniman (c. 1980) is a farmer, educator, author, and food sovereignty activist.[1] Penniman is Co-Founder, Co-Director and Program Manager of Soul Fire Farm, in Grafton, New York.[2] Biography Leah Penniman was born to Reverend doctor Adele Smith Penniman, a Haitian American pastor and activist, and a white father. Penniman…

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Black History 365: Lee Odom

Lee Odom, instrumental spectrum includes, the clarinet, bass clarient, soprano/alto/tenor saxophone, flute, and oboe.  Lee is also a composer/band leader, whose musical spectrum includes, gospel,free improved music, jazz, R&B, and classical. ​ Lee has worked on selected virtual service projects for Canaan Baptist Church, Harlem and Mt. Zion AME, Bronx…

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Black History 365: Damon Young

Damon Young is a writer, critic, humorist, satirist, and professional Black person. He’s a co-founder and editor in chief of VerySmartBrothas—coined “the blackest thing that ever happened to the internet” by The Washington Post and recently acquired by Univision and Gizmodo Media Group to be a vertical of The Root—and…

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Black History 365: Makeda Smith

Makeda Smith of Sio Ceramics intertwines intriguing shapes and surprising details into her work. Sio Ceramics  Brookland Art Walk, Washington DC Makeda Smith’s ceramics feature irresistible palates, intriguing shapes and surprising details. She first took a ceramics class in college and fell in love. After teaching for years and earning…

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Black History 365: A Swimming Cap Made for Black Hair Gets Official Approval After Previous Olympic Ban

A swimming cap made specifically for natural Black hair has received official approval from the worldwide governing body for competitive swimming. Soul Cap is a covering made especially to protect hair that’s thick, curly, braided or otherwise textured — which is often difficult to fit into smaller swim caps. FINA…

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Black History 365: David Sanford

David Sanford Big Band will be playing at the Bombyx Center for Arts and Equity in Florence, MA on September 11, 2022. https://laudable.productions/events/david-sanford-big-band/ Born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1963, David Sanford received degrees in music theory and composition from the University of Northern Colorado, New England Conservatory, and Princeton University…

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Black History 365: Netta Sherrell

Janetta Sherrell Goines Netta Sherrell, is a Multi-instrumentalist, Educator & Mentor, born and raised on the south side of Chicago. She has extensive knowledge in venue operations and event management and has worked for companies such as Disney, Broadway in Chicago and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. While building a foundation in…

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Black History 365: Endea Owens

Lincoln Center’s Emerging Artist of 2019 and Detroit native Endea Owens, is a vibrant up and coming bassist. She has been mentored by the likes of Marcus Belgrave, Rodney Whitaker, and Ron Carter. She has toured and performed with Jennifer Holliday, Rhonda and Diana Ross, Jazzmeia Horn, Dee Dee Bridgewater,…

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Black History 365: Gene Chandler

Gene Chandler (born Eugene Drake Dixon; July 6, 1937) is an American singer, songwriter, music producer, and record-label executive. Chandler is nicknamed “the Duke of Earl” or, simply, “the Duke.” He is best known for his most successful songs, “Duke of Earl” and “Groovy Situation”, and his association with the…

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