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Twitter Declares Simone Biles The 'GOAT' With New Emoji Ahead Of The Tokyo Olympics

Simone Biles has already reached “greatest of all time” status, but Twitter just made it official. Just in time for the Tokyo Olympic Games, Twitter has announced that it’s launching a new GOAT emoji specifically to honor the Olympic gold medalist. This moment marks history for the 24-year-old as she’s the first Olympian to receive a custom emoji from Twitter and first female athlete ever to receive her own GOAT emoji, following after people like Patrick Mahomes. When used by Twitter users, the emoji will automatically populate alongside hashtags like “#SimoneBiles” or “#Simone” throughout the Olympic Games, which begin today and continue until Aug. 8. The social recognition for Biles is sure to explode over the next few weeks as she’s considered a crowd-favorite. Her new emoji is designed as a goat sporting a red, sparkly leotard with a gold medal around its neck to recognize her accomplishments. Witness greatness Tweet with greatness #SimoneBiles #Simone

Jul 23, 2021

Fabiana Pierre-Louis Appointed as New Jersey Supreme Court's Youngest & First Black Woman Justice

In 2020, Black women continue to break through barriers to success and lead the charge to enact change. New Jersey attorney Fabiana Pierre-Louis is one of the latest women to do just that. Pierre-Louis has been appointed as the first Black woman Supreme Court Justice in New Jersey. New Supreme Court Justice Fabiana Pierre-Louis was sworn in this afternoon by Justice Jaynee LaVecchia in a private ceremony. — New Jersey Courts (@njcourts) September 1, 2020 The state’s Governor, Phil Murphy, nominated Pierre-Louis for the role in June and the Senate confirmed the decision last week, reports Black Enterprise. “I’m incredibly proud that the Senate has unanimously confirmed Fabiana Pierre-Louis as the next Associate Justice to serve on New Jersey‘s Supreme Court,” Murphy said in a statement, according to ABC7 News . As a Haitian American and daughter of immigrants, Pierre-Louis says she hopes to inspire others with similar backgrounds. “The thought of actually...

Sep 4, 2020

Meet the First Black Woman to Chair A Department at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

This is peak #BlackGirlMagic! Dr. Namandje Bumpus is breaking the mold by becoming the first Black woman to serve as a department chair at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, reports Because of Them We Can. With a long road in academia, Bumpus hasn’t always had it easy due to Black scholars receiving lots of criticism, covert and overt forms of racism when pursuing a career in the sciences. Her career at Johns Hopkins began in 2010 where she worked as an assistant professor before ultimately working her way up to associate professor and eventually becoming the school’s first associate dean for institutional and student equity. “It was hard to be as joyful as I should have been because of the emotion that I saw happening in the world. I definitely felt a heaviness,” Bumpus said, according to Because of Them We Can. “What’s happening in the wider world parallels what’s happening in the culture of academic science, not just at Hopkins.” Last month I became the FIRST Black...

Aug 28, 2020

CEO Brandon Bellamy Becomes the Only Black Majority Owner in Professional Baseball

Real estate entrepreneur and Velocity Companies CEO, Brandon Bellamy, has become the only Black majority owner in professional baseball. This development comes after unanimous approval by the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for Bellamy to purchase a new club expansion in Gastonia, NC, reports QCityMetro . According to Velocity Companies’ website, Bellamy is a 30-year real estate veteran with over $500 million in office, retail, and residential projects. The ballpark, which has not yet been named, will be Bellamy’s first sports development. Once completed, the project will be a 5,000-seat multi-purpose ballpark in Gastonia’s FUSE District. Velocity Companies will not only run the facility but own the team and develop the surrounding area, reports Baseball America . The team will be a part of the Atlantic League and start playing once construction is complete in Spring 2021. “The opportunity for us to bring multi-family residential, to bring retail and to bring office...

Aug 24, 2020

Meet Dehlia Umunna, Harvard Law School's First Nigerian Professor

Dehlia Umunna made history as Harvard’s first Nigerian Law professor in 2015, according to Harvard Law Today. Umunna serves as deputy director and clinical instructor at Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Institute (CJI). Umunna’s duties as a Harvard Law Professor consists of governing third-year law students as they represent adult and juvenile clients in criminal and juvenile proceedings before the Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals court. “I relish this extraordinary opportunity to continue work that I am truly passionate about, and I am grateful for the deep interest and commitment of the school to issues of criminal justice, mass incarceration, indigent defense, and social justice,” Umunna told Harvard Law Today when first taking on the position. Umunna has had an extensive resume with Harvard as a lecturer since 2007. Plus, she has also had several articles published in the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law such as “Rethinking the...

May 5, 2020