Jessica Moncada-Konte’s family has been in the Bay Area for generations, including her father’s work with local hip-hop acts and her stepmother’s Owl N Wood clothing store. After doing some soul-searching, Moncada-Konte is ready to put her own mark on the Oakland business scene by opening her very own bottle shop.
By: L. G. Parker
By now you’ve heard of Atlanta-based artist Makeda Lewis. The 25-year-old multidisciplinary artist’s Avie’s Dreams, an Afro-Feminist coloring book and surrealist poem, has been celebrated by Saint Heron, Nylon, Blavity and more. In its rich pages, uncolored images are accompanied by introspective words that speak to the artists journey as a person as well as Avie’s self-evolution, the book’s central character.
For the common citizen, the word “nuclear” carries a lot of weight, most of it negative. However, when placed in the right hands, many believe that nuclear power can play a major role in establishing a bright, more eco-friendly future. A 16-year-old from New Jersey may be one of those trusted few to make it happen.
Steven Udotong has dreams you wouldn’t expect from your average teenager. While some of us spent out twilight years focused on tryouts and prom dates, Udotong is looking to build his own nuclear fusor.
It seems as if Stephanie Johnson doesn’t know how to not make history. 20 years ago, she became the first Black female pilot for Northwest Airlines. In 2016, she became the first Black female captain for Delta Airlines.
Savannah State University has become the first historically Black college or university to win the National Cheerleading Award.
If you can get a dinner for two delivered to your house once a week there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to open your door and find a box filled with the spirit of women of color such as Angela Davis, Frida Kahlo and Assata Shakur.
To fill that need, two Brooklynites, Brittany Brathwaite and Mickey Ferrera, created The Homegirl Box, which will be released quarterly and deliver four to five items of clothing, wellness and a convenient lesson on the legacy of the woman that specific box is inspired by.
12-year-old Marley Dias continues to impress and make us all wish we would’ve done more with our childhood.
After demanding more diversity in school reading lists, Dias’ #1000BlackGirlBooks took off. The effort saw more than 8,000 donations and resulted in books being donated by the GrassROOTS Community Foundation to far more schools than originally anticipated.
As if that weren’t already enough to put on an amazing college application one day, Scholastic has announced that it will be publishing a book penned by Dias to teach kids and teenagers the basics of activism and using their platforms to spark change.
Despite literally forging the minds of our future, educators aren’t thanked nearly as much as they should be. Not only do they fill their students with academic knowledge, but they often play a significant role on their daily lives. Which is why having teachers students can see themselves in is crucial.
The Harvard Law Review has elected Imelme Umana as its first Black woman president. This achievement puts Umana in a very elite group as the first Black American president of the Harvard Law Review later went on to become the first Black President of the United States.