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Monday, December 28, 2009

Small Talk: Good Black News

Good news stories are not few and far between, they are just under-reported. For your consideration, here are some recent news stories that will make you smile with pride.  Remember, before we can change how others view us, we have to change the way we see ourselves. 

Black Space Pioneer to be Inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.

The Grio is reporting that Guion "Guy" Bluford, the first Black American to travel into space, will be inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame during a ceremony slated for June 5, 2010. Bluford, who is currently the vice president and general manager of the Science and Engineering Group, Aerospace Sector of Federal Data Corporation in Maryland, traveled to space a total of four time during his career.  He will become part of the 9th class to be granted this prestigious honor.

Precious Stars Receive Golden Globe Nominations
Okay, so I'm a little late on this one, but I would be complete remiss not to mention it.  Gabourey Sidibe is nominated in the Best Actress category of the upcoming Golden Globe awards for her role as Clarice "Precious" Jones.  The movie secured three nominations in total, including a nomination in the Best Motion Picture (Drama) category and a nod for Mo'nique's in the Best Supporting Actress category.

Tyler Perry Donates $1 Million to NAACP

In commemoration of the NAACP's centennial anniversary, Tyler Perry donated $1 Million dollars to the organization.  The donation marks the largest gift ever given to the group by a single donor.   According to The Grio Perry feels indebted to the NAACP stating: "the perseverance of thousands within the NAACP helped pave the way for his success in the film industry." Way to go Tyler!

Oprah Donates $1.5 Million to Atlanta Based School
Do you remember the Ron Clark Academy?  Well Oprah Winfrey sure does.  Oprah has donated $1.5 Million dollars to the private Atlanta based middle school who sang, danced and advocated public participation in the 2008 Presidential Election.  Oprah's generous donation was made to supplement some donation losses the school has suffered due to the current recession.  Very nicely done Oprah!

Snoop's Football Foundation Produces Stars
Calvin Broadus, aka Snoop Dogg, has something to be proud of.  His football program, Snoop Youth Football League, is making a big difference in the city of Crenshaw.  Snoop launched SYFL in 2005 with $1 Million dollars of his own funds after noticing a lack of football programs in inner city Los Angeles.  The program is seeing much success including an undefeated season for the Crenshaw High School Cougars.  Perhaps even more impressive though is the increased participation from young Black fathers in the area.  Head over to The Grio for the full feel good story!

Warren G to be Honored by the Boys & Girls Club and are reporting that rapper Warren G will be awarded a Boys & Girls Club Image Award for his work with the youth in the community of Long Beach. 
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