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8 1/2 months after being struck in an accident that caused our daughter Juliana to be born at 25 weeks my husband was able to push her in the stroller for the first time. This moment was magical and something I've prayed about for months. My husband works hard in physical therapy and is determined to overcome his injuries. Thank you to everyone who has prayed for his healing. #thedadgang #theblackmancan #becauseofthem #dontforgetdads

Where do I start? On Wednesday afternoon I started having pains in my abdomen, and drove to the urgent care. After they did a CT scan, the doctors said that I had appendicitis. They immediately transported me to the hospital, and I had emergency surgery. Thankfully, I sought medical attention before the appendix ruptured. These past few days have taught me how to slow down...but also helped me to realize that I am surrounded by love. Colleagues picked up our kids and took them to school and daycare, friends and family visited the hospital, called, and prayed for us. My mother-in-love caught a flight the same day to help us. My husband has waited on me hand and foot to ensure that I am resting. Then today, students from my first course as a faculty member at Georgia State University stopped by my home with a basket of goodies and balloons. I am completely overwhelmed! These Three Musketeers will be graduating with their master's degree next week, and I won't be there to witness it. However, my dad cleared his savings in December to purchase this expensive regalia so that I would be ready for future commencement ceremonies. This may not be the stadium, and I may not be authorized to confer any degrees, but it felt so good to celebrate the accomplishment of such AMAZING Black scholars! Congratulations to Scholars Ejike, Dorsey, and Amos! They will be the BEST middle school science teachers in the metro Atlanta area! #guaranteed #becauseofthem #blessingsonblessings #nowbacktobed #ineedmymeds

I really love the positive movies coming out now, regarding our people! 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤
By @becauseofthem: "This is really happening! NBA star LeBron James' production company, SpringHill Entertainment, is partnering with Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer to bring the story of activist and pioneering entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker to life in a new television series.
The so-far untitled drama, which will be based on the book "On Her Own Ground" by Walker’s great-great-granddaughter A'Lelia Bundles, has been presented to potential buyers, with Netflix showing immediate interest, according to Variety.
Spencer, who has already portrayed a trailblazing woman in history before (NASA's first Black supervisor Dorothy Vaughan in "Hidden Figures) is set to star as Madam C.J. Walker. Walker's great-great-granddaughter will also be a consultant on the limited series, while James will executive produce along with his company's co-founder, Maverick Carter.
Madam C.J. Walker was a woman ahead of her time. In the first 20 years of her life, she became an orphan, a wife, a mother, and a widow. Her vision to create a hair care line for women of color helped her go from making $1.50 a week to making history as America's first woman to become a self-made millionaire. She used her success as a platform to promote Black self-help, education, and equal rights, as well as taught other Black women how to start their own businesses. "I am really proud of this project and that SpringHill will be partnering with Octavia to tell this important story," James said. "Every American should all know the story of Madam C.J. Walker. She was an innovator, entrepreneur, social activist, and total game changer whose story has been left out of the history books. I hope this project lives up to her legacy with a story that will educate and inspire." #becauseofthem

Some didn't know how good we had it. #sigh #obama #fenomlife Photo RP #becauseofthem

Hands down one of the top five reasons for working so hard towards my home business goals and remaining a stay-at-home mom is so that I never have to miss bath & bedtime routine 🛁🌙☁️ .
#bath #bathtime #bedtime #routine #sisters #rubadubdub #twobabiesinthetub #stayathomemom #my #why #becauseofthem #homebusiness #workfromhome #itworks #dontwanttomissathing

Charles Hyatt, the well-known playwright, director, broadcaster, and author of 'When Me Was A Boy', would have celebrated his 86th birthday. Ten years ago we lost him, we salute you, Sir Charles!! #IAmBlackAndProud #Proud #BecauseOfThem #MissKittyShoutOut

Yessss! The 100 Black Men of Atlanta kicked off the first day of school at The B.E.S.T. (Business, Engineering, Science, and Technology) Academy by greeting students with cheers, high fives, and words of encouragement.
100 Black Men of Atlanta is an organization made up of African American male professionals dedicated to education, enrichment and empowerment of the Black community and its youth. In addition to getting together every year to support and encourage students on their first day of school, the organization also offers students at the all-male academy mentorship year-round. "We wanted to make sure that the new location and new environment, they still feel warm and welcome and at home," said Curley Dossman, who is the chairman of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. "And we want to make sure that these young men find the encouragement to really move their path forward and their careers forward." Emerging 100 of Atlanta, The Collegiate 100 and representatives from the 100 Black Men of America also participated in the annual back to school event.
Thank you all for using your platform to support, nurture and encourage the next generation of leaders. Have an awesome and successful school year gentlemen!
PS: Tag a teacher you know and tell them to click the link in our profile for a chance to win a classroom makeover worth $2,500 from us and our partners at American Family Insurance.

Photos by: Horace Henry
#blackexcellence #backtoschool rp #becauseofthem

Had a great time hanging out with these beautifully gifted women last weekend. When you surround yourself around people that will uplift, support and empower 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 #fbf #becauseofthem #lawyers #producers #sistas


Ending a fantastic family vacation with this beautifully painted sky.
Sitting watching the sun set, fully taking in all this wonderful universe has to offer and what little we have explored. Thinking of our children's future and hopeful they are able to explore all the hidden gems!
Always excited for the adventures of tomorrow and being able to embrace every day to the fullest and most of all to get to see everything from a child's eyes once again, it is through them that we are able to be a kid again!
#throughachildseyes #adventure #sunset #lake #lakelife #lakewinni #lakewinnipesaukee #becauseofthem #reflection #lovelife #💕🌱

Born August 5, 1946 in Washington, DC, Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson is an American physicist, and the eighteenth president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She received her Ph.D. in nuclear physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973, becoming the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate at MIT. She is also the second African American woman in the United States to earn a doctorate in physics.
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#WCW #WednesdayWisdom #ShirleyAnnJackson #Physicists #Shero #Herstory #BecauseOfThem #WomenInScience #BlackWomenInScience #WomenInTech #BlackGirlNerds #Blerds #BlackGirlsRock #Dreamer #Doer #STEM #Representation #WritingOurStories #SupportOurStories #SciFi #ScienceFiction #DontForgetToBreathe #DFTB #WomenInFilm #WomenMakingMovies #WomenInFilm #GirlBoss #GoalDigger #PioneerWoman
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Hands down one of the top five reasons for working so hard towards my home business goals and remaining a stay-at-home mom is so that I never have to miss bath & bedtime routine 🛁🌙☁️ .
#bath #bathtime #bedtime #routine #sisters #rubadubdub #twobabiesinthetub #stayathomemom #my #why #becauseofthem #homebusiness #workfromhome #itworks #dontwanttomissathing

We asked #SFLBBDmember @antoinette692 (B Taught Learning Center) "Do Black Businesses Really Matter"... And this was her answer. #becauseOfThem #OurFuture #impactTheNextGeneration

Taking time to reflect on your struggles & triumphs is a necessary check-in to keep you grounded. ...
I'm grateful for the sequence of events and faith exhibited by our family matriarch to leave our homeland 46 years ago this week seeking better opportunities for herself & children. ...
As a single mother she raised 4 kids, obtained a college degree, worked for a Fortune 100 company and ultimately retired from said company. Her children all attended college, held careers, or served in the #USmilitary.
It's never been easy since day 1, but we've made it work. We are a #resiliant #family. Many times we were denied, told no, laughed at...but we still #persevered.
All of these things have shaped me and made me into the man I am today. #California has a special place in my life as it's the culmination of this story.
#thankyou #onwardandupwards #calilife #meditation #adventureswithmikee #familyhistory #jamaican #immigrantstory #becauseofthemwecan #becauseofthem #legacy #ancestry

Despite what's going on in the world we push ahead. Recent events have started conversations for others while for some it's hasn't been anything different. One thing I have prime myself that helps me reach for more are my ancestors' stories. They didn't have stay on those ships watching others jump. They didn't have to endure and they could have ended their lives. Because they found hope in anything I am possible. They celebrate me before I've even existed. Whatever your story of lineage remember this weekend is a scratch of what others endure for you to be. And for that I celebrate my existence. And for that I have to make it my obligation to protect my happiness by any means. #nofear #speaktolive #journey #thepath #ancestors #tribulations #ase #soitis #prayer #celebrate #loveyourself #love #magnificent #becauseofthem #becauseofthemwecan #trusttheprocess #universe #abovefear #trustyourself #beautyinwords

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