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Keke Palmer makes history by becoming first black Cinderella on Broadway

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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Georgia makes history: has largest number of black women on single ballot

In November, Georgia will make history. For the first time in the state and the nation, five black women will be on a statewide ballot. 

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Michele Roberts makes history by becoming NBPA’s first female executive director

The NBPA (National Basketball Players Association) has elected Michele Roberts as its executive director. Roberts will become the first woman to head a men’s professional athletic association in the US. Roberts was one of three people, and the only woman, who was a finalist for the executive director post. Roberts will take over a position vacated […]

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Tara Walker becomes New Jersey’s first black female firefighter

Tara Walker made history on Friday when she became the first black female firefighter for the New Jersey City Fire Department. In the department’s entire 143-history, there has never been an African-American female on the squad. 

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Woman firefighter becomes first female featured in Calender of Heroes

A Bronx, New York woman has become the first female firefighter to be featured in the FDNY Calendar of Heroes.  Danae Mines, an 11-year veteran, said she was told the honor was reserved for men only. 

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Arizona school under fire for teaching literature that outlines the ‘benefits of slavery’

An Arizona charter school is being criticized for teaching what opposing members call “racist” and “sexist” lessons in its classrooms.  Two books by Cleon Skousen, who is often cited by uber conservative talk show host Glenn Beck and the Tea Party movement, are required reading for Heritage Academy seniors in Mesa. 

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Alice Coachman, first black woman to win Olympic gold medal dead at 90

Alice Coachman, who became the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal during the 1948 London games, died on Monday. She was 90. 

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LaVerne Cox makes history yet again: becomes first transgender woman nominated for Emmy

Laverne Cox has just made history. Cox has become the first transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy. Cox is up for the “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series” for her work on the Netflix hit, Orange is the New Black. The show received 12 nominations.

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University agrees to remove Confederate flags from campus following protests

After a wave of student-led protests on campus, officials at Washington and Lee University have agreed to remove Confederate flags from the main chamber of its Lee Chapel. The changes came after a group of black students protested that the historic Virginia school was unwelcoming to minorities.

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Video: C-SPAN callers use Civil Rights show to complain about white oppression

  When C-SPAN’s Washington Journal invited its viewers to weigh in on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, several callers dialed in to advocate for “white pride.” They even suggested that black people owe them, well all white people, for ignoring discrimination against the Irish and Italians. 

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