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Alia Atkinson becomes first black woman to win world title in swimming

By BYP @blackyouthproj 3:29 pm December 11, 2014 Alia Atkinson made history last weekend by becoming the first black woman to win a world swimming title. Atkinson took home the trophy for the women’s 100 breasstroke at the world short-course championships in Doha, Qatar on Saturday. 

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Video: BYP100′s Jessica Pierce talks activism, youth-led movements

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By BYP @blackyouthproj 1:13 pm December 9, 2014 BYP100 member and national co-chair Jessica Pierce recently appeared on PBS with a couple of other young activists. Pierce, who has been involved in activism since her days at University of California at Santa Cruz, talked the importance of youth-led protests, and why she insist of being […]

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Laverne Cox named Glamour ‘Woman of the Year’

By BYP @blackyouthproj 1:03 pm November 18, 2014 LaVerne Cox is on a roll this year! She’s already made history by becoming the very first transgender woman to appear on the cover of TIME. Not to mention that time when she became the first transgender woman to be nominated for an Emmy.  Now, the actress […]

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Civil rights activist says America looks a lot like it did 54 years ago

By BYP @blackyouthproj 1:04 pm November 14, 2014 Civil rights pioneer Ruby Bridges says the country today looks a lot like it did 54 years ago. She says the country is a nation with segregated schools and racial tension. 

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Chicago Defender appoints Kai El’ Zabar as publication’s first female director

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By BYP @blackyouthproj 11:24 am November 3, 2014 Kai El’ Zabar made history by becoming the first female executive director of the Chicago Defender. 

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Chadwick Bosman to star as Marvel’s first black superhero, company also set to debut first female hero

By BYP @blackyouthproj 3:01 pm October 28, 2014 Marvel Studios announced several new films set to debut over the next couple of years, and one of them features its very first black superhero. 42 and Get On Up actor Chadwick Boseman has been tapped for the lead role. 

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America’s first black attorney general Eric Holder to announce resignation

By BYP @blackyouthproj 11:12 am September 25, 2014 Eric Holder Jr., the nation’s first black U.S. attorney general is set to announce his resignation Thursday. Two sources familiar with the decision say Holder intends the leave the Justice Department as soon as his successor is confirmed.

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‘Forgotten Four’ film tells story of four black men who integrated the NFL

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By BYP @blackyouthproj 9:54 am September 12, 2014 Most of us know about Jackie Robinson being the first black professional Major League Baseball player, but few know about the men responsible for breaking the color barrier in the NFL.  But a new EPIX documentary will tell the story of four black pro sports players, Kenny […]

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Paulette Brown becomes first black women to lead the American Bar Association


By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:06 am September 10, 2014 Last month, attorney Paulette Brown became the first black woman elected to lead the American Bar Association. The American Bar Association has 400,000 members, and did not allow black people to join until 1943. Brown is a partner at Edwards Wildman Palmer, LLP, in Boston, and will take her […]

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Keke Palmer makes history by becoming first black Cinderella on Broadway

By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:02 am August 5, 2014 Keke Palmer is set to make history–again. The actress, singer and talk show host will be the first black Cinderella on Broadway when she stars in Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, beginning September 9. 

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