First African-American Astronaut To Fly On International Space Station
Culmination of a great week of training in Star City. pic.twitter.com/gUU1y319fM — Jeanette J. Epps (@Astro_Jeanette) December 10, 2016 As “Hidden Figures” hits theaters and spotlights the untold stories of three Black women who helped NASA complete an influential mission in 1962, another African-American woman is making history, reports The Huffington Post. Jeanette Epps, 46, will be the first African-American astronaut to fly on board the International Space Station. The Syracuse, New York native — who is receiving positive social media comments for being an example of Black excellence — will join another astronaut Andrew Feustel as a flight engineer during an expedition in May 2018, writes the news outlet: Epps has a PhD in aerospace engineering and has served as an astronaut since 2009. She has also spent seven years as a technical intelligence officer for the Central Intelligence Agency. Epps, who is also a former NASA Graduate Student Researchers Project fellow, will be one..… (0 comment)

Sam’s Club First Black Woman CEO To Step Down
After serving as the CEO of Sam’s Club for five years, Rosalind Brewer will step down from the helm of the company. Brewer announced that she will resign on Friday, reports Fortune. Brewer, who is the first African American woman to assume the position of CEO at the company, has decided to leave after struggling to match the growth sales of Costco. The brand is also focusing on attracting more affluent consumers. Despite the challenge to increase the sales at Sam’s Club Brewer, 54, played an integral role in implementing the company’s e-commerce initiatives. Some of which included the scan-and-go procedure that allowed customers to scan items on their mobile devices to streamline the checkout process and drive-through pick-ups for products that were purchased online. Brewer’s work at Sam’s Club landed her on Fortune’s Most Powerful Women list in 2016. She has been recognized as one of the most notable Black executives in the retail industry. “She’s leaving Sam’s with momentum,” said ..… (0 comment)

Black Federal Workers To Be Hit Hard By GOP Reforms
President-elect Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders are developing plans to implement a major federal workforce reform. According to the Huffington Post, if their plan comes to fruition African American federal workers will feel the brunt of the changes. GOP House representatives are looking to specifically target federal employees and unions. Under their proposed reform, they want to establish a hiring freeze, stop standardized pay increases, and slash the salaries of individual federal workers to $1 per year. They also want the authority to fire under-performing employees. “You have the country moving to the right and being much more anti-Washington than it was,” former House speaker Newt Gingrich told the Washington Post. “We’re going to have to get the country to understand how big the problem is, the human costs of it and why it’s absolutely essential to reform.” The reform will impact African American workers the most. According to the U.S. Office of Personnel Ma..… (0 comment)

‘Da Art Of Storytellin’:’ University To Offer OutKast Course
Southern rappers Andre 3000 and Big Boi are the latest artists to have a college course inspired by their contributions to the music industry. According to Savannah Now, Armstrong State University will offer a class about OutKast. The course, OutKast and the Rise of the Hip-Hop South, will be instructed by Dr. Regina Bradley, a fellow at Harvard University’s Hiphop Archive & Research Institute. She tells the news outlet that the class will explore how the group’s ideas about “the South and southernness” influenced other artists. Students will analyze lyrics and explore how hip-hop is intertwined with social and political activism. “My areas of interest are African-American literature and popular culture,” said Bradley told Savannah Now. “I try to find ways to connect those. Often, students get most of their information, their outlook from how they engage in popular culture.” At the end of the course, the students will have to write a paper about the concepts discovered in a hip-hop..… (0 comment)

Sam’s Club’s First Black Woman CEO To Step Down
After serving as the CEO of Sam’s Club for five years, Rosalind Brewer will step down from the helm of the company. Brewer announced that she will resign on Friday, reports Fortune. Brewer, who is the first African American woman to assume the position of CEO at the company, has decided to leave after struggling to match the growth sales of Costco. The brand is also focusing on attracting more affluent consumers. Despite the challenge to increase the sales at Sam’s Club Brewer, 54, played an integral role in implementing the company’s e-commerce initiatives. Some of which included the scan-and-go procedure that allowed customers to scan items on their mobile devices to streamline the checkout process and drive-through pick-ups for products that were purchased online. Brewer’s work at Sam’s Club landed her on Fortune’s Most Powerful Women list in 2016. She has been recognized as one of the most notable Black executives in the retail industry. “She’s leaving Sam’s with momentum,” said ..… (0 comment)

GOP Federal Workforce Reform Would Disproportionately Affect Black Employees
President-elect Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders are developing plans to implement a major federal workforce reform. According to the Huffington Post, if their plan comes to fruition African American federal workers will feel the brunt of the changes. GOP House representatives are looking to specifically target federal employees and unions. Under their proposed reform, they want to establish a hiring freeze, stop standardized pay increases, and slash the salaries of individual federal workers to $1 per year. They also want the authority to fire under-performing employees. “You have the country moving to the right and being much more anti-Washington than it was,” former House speaker Newt Gingrich told the Washington Post. “We’re going to have to get the country to understand how big the problem is, the human costs of it and why it’s absolutely essential to reform.” The reform will impact African American workers the most. According to the U.S. Office of Personnel Ma..… (0 comment)

‘Lead By Example With Hope, Never Fear:’ Michelle Obama Delivers Emotional Message Before Leaving The White House
Michelle Obama turned her last speech before leaving the White House Friday into a powerful message of hope for young people, reports NPR. The first lady spoke about the “power of hope” as a way to allow people “to rise” amid a number of marginalized individuals and U.S. communities grappling with fearful feelings about President-elect Donald Trump and his cabinet heading to the nation’s capital. Obama inspired her audience while giving final remarks at the White House during a ceremony honoring the 2017 School Counselor Of The Year, writes the news outlet: “Do not ever let anyone make you feel like you don’t matter,” the first lady said, “or like you don’t have a place in our American story because you do.” [Obama added,] “It is our fundamental belief in the power of hope that has allowed us to rise above the voices of doubt and division, of anger and fear that we have faced in our own lives and the life of this country. Our hope that if we work hard enough and believe in ourselve..… (0 comment)

Atlanta Hawks General Manager Offends With Stereotypical ‘Angry, Black Woman’ Joke
An upset fan had a sit-down meeting with Atlanta Hawks general manager Wes Wilcox this week after the team leader made a very racially insensitive joke associating Black women with being angry last month, reports Deadspin. During a “Chalk Talk” fan event in December, Wilcox made a joke perpetuating the stereotypical trope by referencing his “Black wife” as angry, to the dismay of Hawks season ticket holder Clarenton Crawford. Wilcox had responded to a question about why the Hawks’ best players were riding the bench instead of playing more minutes during games when he blurted out the offensive comment, writes the news outlet: According to Crawford and another source who was present, Wilcox, who is white, tried to diffuse the tension with a joke: “I know you guys may be angry with me, but I’m used to it because I have a black wife and three mixed kids, so I’m used to people being angry and argumentative.” Crawford, who is black, said he and his wife Deborah were “livid” after the end..… (0 comment)

Jeanette Epps Exemplifies Black Excellence As First African-American Astronaut To Fly On International Space Station
Culmination of a great week of training in Star City. pic.twitter.com/gUU1y319fM — Jeanette J. Epps (@Astro_Jeanette) December 10, 2016 As “Hidden Figures” hits theaters and spotlights the untold stories of three Black women who helped NASA complete an influential mission in 1962, another African-American woman is making history, reports The Huffington Post. Jeanette Epps, 46, will be the first African-American astronaut to fly on board the International Space Station. The Syracuse, New York native — who is receiving positive social media comments for being an example of Black excellence — will join another astronaut Andrew Feustel as a flight engineer during an expedition in May 2018, writes the news outlet: Epps has a PhD in aerospace engineering and has served as an astronaut since 2009. She has also spent seven years as a technical intelligence officer for the Central Intelligence Agency. Epps, who is also a former NASA Graduate Student Researchers Project fellow, will be one..… (0 comment)

Multiple People Reported Dead In Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting, Suspect In Custody
Your browser does not support iframes. Multiple people have been reported dead after a lone gunman opened fire in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida airport on Friday afternoon, CNN reports. According to officials, there are five fatalities and eight injuries. The injured persons were transported to a local hospital, according to tweets from the Broward County Sheriff’s office. Update: 5 ppl dead; 8 injured were taken to an area hospital. — Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) January 6, 2017 Officials released the name of the shooter, Esteban Santiago, who was carrying a military ID. Officials say they still need to verify the shooter’s identification. JUST IN: Airport shooter ID'd as Esteban Santiago, law enforcement source tells CBS News; Santiago with a military ID, born in New Jersey. — CBS News (@CBSNews) January 6, 2017 CNN reports Santiago is in custody and acted alone, according to Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief. Police have evacuated passengers from surrounding ar..… (0 comment)
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