Black Excellence: Essie Chambers

Greenfield native to debut novel ‘Swift River,’ appear on Today Show

A New Novel Explores How to Develop Black Identity in the Absence of Black Culture

In Essie Chambers’s debut novel, Swift River, protagonist Diamond Newberry finds ways to fill the gaps in her family tree.

Black Excellence: The Center for Black Health

The Center for Black Health & Equity envisions a world where all people of African descent are able to obtain optimal health outcomes. Our mission is to facilitate public health programs and services to benefit communities and people of African descent.

The Center for Black Health & Equity (The Center) is the leading nationally recognized public health entity for solutions impacting African American health. We engage health care organizations, public health officials, faith leaders, and African American communities in health promotion and disease prevention work.

Our mission is to facilitate programs and services to benefit communities and people of African descent. We do this by building community capacity, developing community infrastructure, and advocating for equity-centered policies.  We are committed to addressing the social and economic injustices that have marginalized our communities and led to deep health disparities.

We apply our proven framework for policy and social change to our work in tobacco control, COVID-19, HIV/AIDS, women’s health, cancer, mental health and other disparities.

Black Excellence: Chequena Morris-Hall

Elite Formation Studio of Dance goes beyond simply teaching dance. It contributes to a diverse community of dancers by fostering creativity, and promoting diversity. When my daughter started dancing, she did not see alot of dancers that looked like her. She begin to feel out of place and it started to deminish her love for dance. I know how much she loved dance so with $40. We started Elite Formation Studio of Dance and focused on kids that looked like her.

Black Excellence: Omar Sy

Omar Sy (French pronunciation: [ɔmaʁ si], Fula: 𞤌𞤥𞤢𞤪 𞤅𞤭, romanized: Omar Si; born 20 January 1978) is a French actor, best known in France for his sketches with Fred Testot on the Service après-vente des émissions television show on Canal+ (2005–2012). He gained wider recognition for his role in the 2011 comedy-drama film Intouchables, which earned him the César Award for Best Actor, making him the first Black recipient of the award. He later appeared in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Jurassic World (2015), Two Is a Family (2016), Chocolat (2016), Inferno (2016), Transformers: The Last Knight (2017), the Netflix-produced series Lupin (2021–present), Jurassic World Dominion and The Takedown (2022).[2]