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- How Exceptional Black Women Lead — A Conversation With Dr. Avis Jones DeWeever
Dr. DeWeever’s latest book helps black women realize their full potential- June 12, 2018
- Nick Cave’s Soundsuits Confront Racism With Radical Artistry [Video]
An exhibition entitled “Here Hear” was previously on display at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Detroit, close to Cave’s alma mater.- October 17, 2016
- Body PositiveSpeaker Malia Anderson Talks Passion, Perseverance and Paying It Forward
“What if I just woke up every morning and said ‘This is my body and I love it.’ and then I went out the door and presented myself in the best possible way?”- October 9, 2016
Seven-year-old Anaya Ellick, first grade student at the Greenbrier Christian Academy in Virginia, recently won a handwriting competition – holding the pencil between her arms, as she does not have hands. Ellick was up against fifty other students in the category for students struggling with cognitive delays or physical/developmental disabilities for the Nicholas Maxim Special Award For Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship.
School Principal Tracy Cox praised this unstoppable youngster: “She is a hard worker. She is determined. She is independent. She is a vivacious and a no-excuses type of young lady.” Her mother Bianca Middleton, is equally proud, telling WTKR that her daughter ties her shoes and gets dressed by herself. Competition director Kathleen Wright confessed that all of the judges were stunned by Ellick’s great handwriting, considering that she relies entirely upon her arms.
This brilliant little girl is yet another reminder that the only thing standing between us and our dreams are our fears – and if she can overcome her, we can to.