Monday, November 30

Resilience

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Gen Z body positive influencer Hippy Potter is shattering model standards

There are a few questions in life that seem to always leave us stumped, resulting in us obsessively rehearsing our answers or even delivering clichés in an attempt to save face. Common examples that come to mind are the textbook, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” or even something as simple as “How are you feeling?” There’s one question, however, that takes a bit more thought, as it often molds the first impression someone has of you: “How would you describe yourself?”When I posed this question to 24-year-old Black, queer, plus-size influencer Thaddeus Coates, he didn’t even hesitate before delivering an unexpected but visceral response: “I like to describe myself as 100 percent pure sunshine.”Seconds after divulging one of the most original and self-aw...
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Clothing brand Naso is on a mission to empower youth in Africa

At just 23-years-old, first-generation Nigerian-American Uyi Omorogbe founded the contemporary clothing brand Naso — which means “that’s right, well done” in Nigeria — to bring together both his Western and African roots.After visiting the primary school that his dad attended in the Nigerian village of Urhokuosa for himself and finding it without desks and other school-related necessities, Omorogbe created Naso. He came back a few months later with profits from the brand and built the village a new school.According to the brand’s website, Naso is on a mission to be an “economic engine of empowerment” by creating new opportunities for those in need.“We manufacture 100 percent of our products on the continent,” the brand’s website reads, referring to Africa. ...
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Meet the U.S. Navy’s first Black woman tactical jet pilot

The U.S. Navy is celebrating a long-overdue milestone. After 110 years in aviation, it has finally welcomed its first Black woman tactical jet pilot. Lt. jg. Madeline Swegle’s completion of the tactical air training program will enable her to fly fighter jets like the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter. The Navy made efforts in 2020 to combat its issue with race and gender inclusivity. A 2018 investigation of racial bias by Military.com found that out of 1,404 navy pilots who flew F/A-18 Hornets, only 26 were Black and only 33 were women — all of them white but one.On June 30, the Navy announced a task force to address the issue. “We are at a critical inflection point for our nation and our Navy and I want to ensure that we are ful...
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11 amazing cookbooks written by Black chefs and authors to add to your shelf

Our team is dedicated to finding and telling you more about the products and deals we love. If you love them too and decide to purchase through the links below, we may receive a commission. Pricing and availability are subject to change.Take a look at past Michelin award-winning restaurants, celebrity chefs on TV and the most successful restaurants in your local area, and you may notice a lack of diversity.The food industry has a long way to go in terms of inclusion, especially when it comes to celebrating soul food and taking Black chefs seriously.Food inherently honors different cultures and backgrounds. Recipes are the culmination of a person’s direct experiences and palette, often passed down from generations. There is Maya Angelou’s recipe for a caramel...
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Viola Davis’ Vanity Fair cover was shot by its first Black photographer

On July 14, Vanity Fair dropped its latest issue with cover star Viola Davis. Seeing the cover, I was completely and utterly mesmerized by the ‘How To Get Away with Murder’ star’s radiant skin and luscious curls. But there was one thought I just couldn’t shake: Davis’ cover was shot by a Black photographer for the first time in the magazine’s history.Yes, it is 2020 and we are still having “first” professional opportunities extended to Black and brown communities.According to The New York Times, Dario Calmese, the photographer behind the lens, didn’t know he was the first Black photographer to shoot the cover of Vanity Fair until about two weeks prior to the release.“To the best of our knowledge, it is the first Vanity Fair cover made by a Black photogra...