"I love this little boy so much! Very proud of kid 5. Once we got past the explanation of graduation gown vs. dress, it was all good.

'Why are you putting a dress on me?' Tyce, it's a graduation gown. Everyone will have it on if they are graduating. 'I hope so'. -Tanya G. (mom)

How adorable is this?! Congratulations, Tyce!

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I love this little boy so much Very proud of kid 5
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Feelings of life
"That moment when a very renowned African American federal judge (Richard A. Jones) signs off for you to be a lawyer in Washington State. A dream come true."- Corddaryl Woodford

We can't love this enough! Congratulations, Corddaryl!

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That moment when a very renowned African American federal judge Richard A
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This man rode his bike to work every day, so his co-workers pitched in to surprise him with a new set of wheels.
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For four years, Jesse Sparks worked as a night custodian at the same school he counseled students at during the day so that he could pay his way through graduate school. Now he's a Master's Degree holder.
For four years Jesse Sparks worked as a night custodian at the

This School Counselor Worked As A Night Custodian For 4 Years To Pay For Grad School

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"No matter where you are from or what you look like, music is a bond that can bring us all together. To celebrate African American music is to dance, sing, and even march to the rhythms that have long served as vehicles for honesty, inspiration, struggle, success and joy."- Senator Kamala Harris
No matter where you are from or what you look like music

Senator Kamala Harris' Black Music Month Playlist Is The Best Thing You'll Hear Today

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"My First 'No': I've been waiting 14 years to share this story. Please take the time to read.

At 31 years of age, today marks the completion of:
1. Four years of a medical magnet school
2. Four years as a Neuroscience Major (B.S.)
3. Four years of Medical School (M.D.)
4. Five years of Orthopedic Surgery Residency
5. One year of Fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery

That is 18...
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In 2008, Martrell Stevens was struck by a stray bullet and left paralyzed from the waist down. Today, he graduated as valedictorian of his 8th grade class.
In 2008 Martrell Stevens was struck by a stray bullet and left

Martrell Stevens Graduates As Valedictorian 9 Years After Being Paralyzed By Stray Bullet

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As if we need any more reasons to love Chance the Rapper...

He just became the first rap artist to hire his own sign language interpreters for a tour.

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"The time you spend with your son today ensures that we have great leaders tomorrow. The picture on the left- in Trinidad and Tobago before a movie. I'm sure you can probably guess which one. The picture on the right- at the Harvard Incoming Student reception in Washington D.C."- Malcolm Reid (with his son Malcolm Reid III, who aced the SAT and got accepted into a several Ivy League schools)

<3! It may not be Father's Day anymore, but that doesn't stop us from celebrating the positive impact of dads all year round. Congratulations to the Reid family! ...
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"Graduating from Stanford University, less than 30 miles away from Oakland, my girlfriends and I knew that we needed to do something to honor the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party. We also really love BeyoncΓ©, particularly for what she represents in power, Black womanhood, and excellence. So we strive to honor both of those in our 'Wacky Walk' (a nontraditional procession into the...
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Graduating from Stanford University less than 30 miles away from Oakland my
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152 years ago today, the last remaining slaves in the United States were emancipated.

"Every year we must remind successive generations that this event triggered a series of events that one by one defines the challenges and responsibilities of successive generations. That's why we need this holiday." – Texas Democratic Rep. Al Edwards
152 years ago today the last remaining slaves in the United States were emancipated

Juneteenth 2017: 10 Powerful Quotes To Remember On Freedom Day

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This photo is everything! Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel into space, with Dr. Jessica Watkins, the only Black woman selected to join NASA's 2017 astronaut class.

Talk about having the ultimate Because of Them We Can moment!

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This photo is everything Dr Mae Jemison the first African American woman
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Some Monday words of wisdom from our #MCM and GQ Magazine's July 2017 cover star, Mahershala Ali.

"I sincerely believe we have the capacity to actually make this country great. There are enough people, there are enough believers out there, there are enough intelligent, empathetic souls out there that want good for the whole. I don’t know if it’ll happen in my lifetime, but I believe in time...
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Beautiful! LL Cool J brought in Father's Day at his daughter Italia's wedding.

"Our daughter got married on the eve of Father's Day. Absolutely unforgettable. Happy Father's Day, Mr. Smith!!! You're the best daddy in the world!!!"-Simone Smith

Congratulations, Smith family!

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Beautiful LL Cool J brought in Father's Day at his daughter Italia's wedding
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"I was so excited and proud to see my dad graduate that I wanted to do something special to show how hard his journey has been to get to graduation. So, I made him this sign.

My father has taught me many things in life, but most of all he has shown me through his example that you can overcome your past mistakes with discipline, hard work, determination and family support. I love my dad so...
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I was so excited and proud to see my dad graduate that
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"The man. The myth. The legend..... For real though, hands down, you are as good as is gets. School psychologist by day, soccer coach by night and an amazing father to FOUR kids every free second you have. You never complain, you never ask for anything, all you wish to see is your family happy. Today is about YOU and hopefully you will allow us to spoil you. You deserve it more than you...
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"Happy Father's Day Barack Obama. Our daughters may be older and taller now, but they’ll always be your little girls. We love you."- Michelle Obama

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Happy Fathers Day Barack Obama Our daughters may be older and taller
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<3 actress Nicole Ari Parker's sweet Father's Day message to her husband, Boris Kodjoe.

"Since day one, you have scooped them up and never let go. You are their hero...their guiding light...their rock. You have moved mountains, lassoed the moon and pushed back the wind with bare hands to protect them. You said yes I am here. I will always be here. I am your Father.

Today, we say yes to you my love. We round up the stars, push back the clouds and tilt the sun to shine on you....
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3 actress Nicole Ari Parker's sweet Father's Day message to her husband Boris Kodjoe
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Double congratulations to one of Oprah's daughter-girls (alumnae of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa) on graduating with two degrees today!

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"Today is the 3rd annual National Sly Day, as the girls would say. Since they're with their biological dads on Father's Day, they plan something special for their step-dad, Sylvester, every year. This morning, we surprised him with cooking classes at UNO’s Pizzeria (his favorite pizza place).

There is no denying his love for Kamiah and Maliah and they love him just the same. He's never...
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Today is the 3rd annual National Sly Day as the girls would
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