When Viola Davis accepted her Oscar Sunday night for ‘Best Supporting Actress’  for her role in fences, she actually made history!

Ms. Davis has become a part of what the industry calls the “triple crown club”. She has won an Emmy, a Tony, and an Oscar, making her the first black artist to do so.

Via NME:

By winning the Best Supporting Actress award at last night’s Oscars for her performance in Fences, Viola Davis made history.

The actress added an Academy Award to her Emmy (which she won in 2015 for her performance in TV’s How To Get Away With Murder) and her two Tonys (for King Hedley II in 2001 and Fences in 2010) to complete the so-called “triple crown of acting”.

Davis is the first black woman to achieve this impressive accolade. Though Whoopi Goldberg has also won an Emmy, an Oscar and a Tony (as well as a Grammy – making her an ‘EGOT’ winner), neither her Emmy nor her Tony was won for acting.

Davis becomes the 23rd person ever to complete the ‘triple crown of acting’. Other stars to have achieved the accolade include Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Frances McDormand.

 

 

The Williams sisters ROCK, and Serena, once again, makes history!

 

Via Associated Press:

 

Serena Williams has won her record 23rd Grand Slam singles title, and her sister was right there on the court to give her a congratulatory hug.

The all-Williams final — the first at the Australian Open since Serena won the first edition of the family rivalry here in 2003 — went to the younger sibling 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday night.

With her record seventh Australian title, the 35-year-old Williams moved ahead of Steffi Graf for the most major titles in the Open era. Margaret Court has the all-time record and was also in the crowd for the final at Rod Laver Arena.

Court won 24 majors but collected 13 of those before the Open era which began in 1968 after the sport became professional.

The victory also ensured Serena Williams will regain the top ranking, which she lost in September after 186 straight weeks when Angelique Kerber won the U.S. Open.

It was Serena’s seventh win in nine all-Williams Grand Slam finals and the first since Wimbledon in 2009. It was 36-year-old, No. 13-seeded Venus Williams’ first trip back to a major final in 7 ½ years.

Serena sat on the court, holding both arms up to celebrate before Venus walked over to her sister’s side of the net for a hug.

 

“This was a tough one,” Serena Williams said. “I really would like to take this moment to congratulate Venus, she’s an amazing person — she’s my inspiration.

“There’s no way I would be at 23 without her — there’s no way I would be at one without her. Thank-you Venus for inspiring me to be the best player I can be and inspiring me to work hard.”

Williams has won 15 majors since last losing to Venus in a Grand Slam final, at Wimbledon in 2008. That was the seventh and last major title that the older of the Williams sisters won.

Venus hadn’t made the second week of a major for a few years as she came to terms with an energy-sapping illness since being diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome in 2011, and made her return to the semifinals at Wimbledon last year.

“She’s made an amazing comeback … I don’t like the word comeback,” Serena Williams said. “She’s never left. She’s been such a great champion.”

 

Congrats to both ladies!

 

 

You hear of stories like this and your heart just melts! This just goes to show that this young man will grow up to become a very thoughtful human being.

According to ABC News, 8-year-old Jalen Bailey of California stated his bakery business with one primary goal; to earn enough money to buy his mother a new house.

Via ABCNews:

“I just want one that me and my mom can be happy in,” Jalen Bailey, 8, told ABC station KFSN-TV in Fresno.

Jalen makes the cakes, cookies tarts and muffins out of his and his mother’s home in Fresno.

“He’s very excited,” mom Sharhonda Mahan told ABC News. “It seems like the more orders he gets, the more excited he gets and the more serious he gets about his business.” 

Mahan said that her son has been baking for two years. Recently, he decided he wanted to begin raising money so he and his mom can move into a larger home, something that makes Mahan emotional, she said.

“I guess I would wrap it into feeling overwhelmed with joy,” Mahan added. “I’ve always wanted to raise him to be a selfless individual.”

On July 1, Jalen’s Bakery officially opened for business, complete with its own website. Baked goods are priced from $5 to $15.

With his mother’s help, the young, aspiring entrepreneur had to obtain permits in order to prepare goods in his private kitchen.

Jalen’s specialty is his peanut butter cookies, Mahan said, proudly.

Recently, Jalen went to his first business mixer, where he networked with other local bakers and raised money for his back-to-school drive for homeless children. One man offered to donate an oven so Jalen could bake even more cookies, KFSN-TV reported.

“I said I wanted to be a millionaire, I thought that wasn’t possible, but now I think it is,” Jalen told KFSN-TV.

Jalen’s business has been booming from of all the media attention. He has filled 40 orders in three days, his mother said.

In the future, Jalen has dreams of competing on a cooking show.

“I hope that when he grows up, he keeps the same values at his core,” Mahan said of her son.

 

This teenager has a difficult choice to make at the end of high school…and THANK GOD it’s not about pregnancy, violence, drugs, or any of the awful things some teens go through.

In fact, Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, who is her school’s valedictorian,  has a promising future ahead of her!  she has been accepted to all 8 ivy league schools!

Via USA Today:

A Long Island, N.Y., teen has a unique problem: Which Ivy League school should she attend next year?

That’s because Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna — who is Elmont Memorial Junior – Senior High School valedictorian and Intel Science Finalist — has been accepted into all eight Ivy League schools, reported News 12 Long Island. As a refresher, these schools are: Yale University, Brown University, Princeton University, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, Harvard University and Dartmouth College.

“My whole family is so excited,” said Uwamanzu-Nna in the interview with the TV station. “Attending any of these schools would be such a great honor.”

Oh, and in addition to those schools, she’s gotten in to four others, her school’s website notes: Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Uwamanzu-Nna is the daughter of Nigerian immigrants, reports local WRIC.com. She tells the local TV station, “Though I was born here in American, I visited Nigeria many times. And I’ve seen that my cousins don’t have the same opportunities that I have. So definitely, whatever I do, I want to make sure that it has an impact on Nigeria.”

 

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22-year-old Identical twin brothers, Darion and Varion Walton, graduated with their Masters of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University in Texas in August 2015. Getting an MBA is impressive, but to accomplish it with your brother two years early is something else altogether. The twins say their success comes from staying focused, praying hard, and not giving in to peer pressure. They even studied on the weekends!

They were obviously born to excel in everything they’ve touched, regarding their education. Born to a single mother, I know she is extremely proud of her sons!

When the twins enrolled at Navarro College, they were working four jobs as school ambassadors, resident advisors, interns at the student center and peer mentors. They did all of this while graduating Magna Cum Laude in the Fall of 2013.

Talk about impressive!

These awesome men ought to be celebrated for exemplifying black excellence! Congratulations Darion and Varion!

I came across a story at XONecolethat not only I became amazed by, but I really felt a sense of gratitude to this woman for sharing her story about self-acceptance and turning her impossibilities into her opportunities. Hernaam Kaur is not your typical 25-year-old British model. As a woman who epitomizes a human being of courage, strength and with generous amounts of self-acceptance, she faces the world everyday of her life while dealing with a condition called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a condition in which a woman’s levels of the sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone, are out of balance. This leads to the growth of ovarian cysts (benign masses on the ovaries), and can cause problems with a women’s menstrual cycle, fertility, cardiac function, and appearance. In Hernaam’s case, the condition makes her grow excessive facial hair, which she’s battled for years…until now.

 

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Having PCOS didn’t deter Hernaam from pursuing her dream as a model. In fact, she’s making history as UK’s first bearded model to work a fashion runway!

She strutted her stuff at the recent Marianna Harutunian Royal Fashion show, making Hernaam’s catwalk debut.

 

 

I grew up watching America’s next top model, and i admired @tyrabanks whole heartedly. I always wanted to be like the pretty models, so i remember copying the way they posed and walked. I grew up being told i was to fat, ugly, and disgusting to even model. I was told i’d never walk the runway. I used to look at models and tell myself that i will never ever be able to do what they are doing. I am not pretty enough or beautiful enough and i dont have the ‘right’ body type. I was laughed at when i said i wanted to model. Jokes on my bullies. I was lucky enough to walk for @mariannaharutunian as the first bearded lady to walk for a celebrity jewellery designer. I was humbled to be the first model to walk and open the show for #royalfashionday with the portrait of the legendary #davidbowie looking down on me! Every path is my runway! Walk with your head up high and ooze confidence always! Xx (my lifes quote) Dreams do come true! A huge thank you to @usfashionsource and @mariannaharutunian for scouting me and allowing me to walk for the jewellery brand. 📷- @jamesalexanderlyon thank you James for capturing a precious moment. Jewellery by @mariannaharutunian Shoes- @jeffreycampbell spiked lita boots Makeup – @loribeemua Dress- @angeshowroom #harnaamkaur #mariannaharutunian #lorrainerobledo #londonfashionweek #lfw #royalfashiondaylondon #royalfashionday #beardedlady #bearderwoman #harnaamkaurdoesrunway #harnaamkaurdoesfashion

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Source: Independent

 

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