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Color no barrier: Simone Manuel steers Team USA to 1,000th Olympic gold at Rio 2016

  By Paul Armstrong, CNN Each games produces new heroes — athletes able to inspire and potentially change the way we see the world. One remarkable example at Rio 2016

National Sports Youth

Fans Slam Judges for Knocking Gabby Douglas from Finals, Others Push Back Against Hair Critics

    By Kiersten Willis During Sunday’s Olympic qualifying, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas all earned more than 60 points. It was an impressive feat, but many could only focus

Arts Education Youth

We Need Diverse Books Accomplishes Publishing Mission

    by Safon Floyd We Need Diverse Books™ (WNDB), a grassroots organization that is dedicated to changing the publishing industry by producing and promoting literature that depicts, and honors

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Serena Williams Takes on Body Shamers, Realizes Her Inspiration to Young Girls in New Interview

by Kiersten Willis Serena Williams knows there are haters. And she’s giving them more fodder in a skin-baring, new photo shoot. The tennis pro is seen along the beach donning

Health Youth

Obesity Rates Still Rising Among U.S. Kids

Obesity rates in children in the United States—which began their ascent nearly three decades ago—continue to rise unchecked, with the largest increases in severe obesity, a new study warns. “Despite

Community Feature Youth

The Hardship and Struggle of A Young Black Mother

Follow us: OurVoice9 on Twitter | ourvoicemagazine on Facebook There are so many stories to hear, so much inspiration, so many sadnesses and struggles. For many women, poverty, safety and


Interns Shine at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

  (clockwise; Joseph Searles, Jazlin Garcia, Sady Fischer, Calvin Butler, Kerwin Rodgers) By Christian Soto, former Excellus BCBS intern    Jazlin Garcia viewed her high school internship at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield as a way to show her younger siblings that hard work leads to success. “We have a lot of tough situations that are ongoing and it’s easy to get discouraged and want to quit,” said Garcia, a 2016 graduate of the Integrated Arts and Technology High School in the Rochester City School District. “I tell my brother and sister that quitting is not an option if they want to succeed.” Garcia was one of four Rochester city high school students who recently completed year-long internships at Excellus BCBS. They also earned substantial college scholarships and they all completed high school in a school district in which only about half of students graduate. The students’ success is the latest in a string of programs at Excellus BCBS that are designed to help urban students succeed in school, serve as role models and mature into successful professionals. “We’re honored by the chance to help these remarkable young people, as we work to develop a future workforce that is highly-skilled and inclusive,” said Christopher Booth, chief executive officer, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. Excellus BCBS also offers scholarships and internships to college students. It’s not unusual for students in Excellus BCBS’s high school program to return as college interns.  Many of the high school students often pursue higher education with full scholarships.

Education Feature Youth

Urban League Black Scholars— Investing in the Next Generation

    By Anitra M. Anderson The first time I was exposed to the Black Scholars program was around the age of 10. I remember being in my godparents’ home

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‘Brilliant’ Black Boy Book by Teen Author Scores Support From Hollywood Elite

Posted by Kiersten Willis A new children’s book dedicated to Black boys is making big waves among top male celebrities. Titled I’m A Brilliant Little Black Boy! the book was written by

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Serena Williams Slays New Magazine Cover, ‘Super Influenced’ by Black People Who Paved the Way

Posted by Kiersten Willis Serena Williams stuns in her latest magazine cover. The 34-year-old tennis champion boasts her toned arms and legs in a bold white body suit, but the

Feature Youth

Breaking the cycle of absentee fathers

By Laura Klairmont, CNN Chicago (CNN)For most of Sheldon Smith’s childhood, his father was in and out of jail — and in and out of his life. In that, he’s

Community Youth

Are schools preparing Black boys…for prison?

By Starla Muhammad Contributing Writer This article was originally published in the September 26, 2011 print edition of The Louisiana Weekly newspaper In New Orleans, Sebastian and Robin Weston were

Community Sports Youth

West Irondequoit High School: “Athlete of the Month”

Name: Zaria Austin Parent: Rhonda Austin Age: 15 School: West Irondequoit High School GPA: 82.5 Extracurricular Activities: I’m involved with Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Teachers. I love to play the keyboard and singing in my choiristers

Education Youth

When Schools Suspend Too Often, Everyone’s Test Scores Drop

Posted by Nick Chiles   In schools that have disproportionately high rates of suspensions, student tests scores actually drop even for the students who aren’t being suspended, according to an

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Gwen Jimmere, the First African American to Hold a Patent for Natural Hair Care Product

All too often, African-American women dread washing their hair, since it can take multiple hours or even a whole day. Not only did entrepreneur Gwen Jimmere create a solution to