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At only ten-years-old, Esther Okade has begun taking college courses towards her Open University undergraduate Math degree. She was accepted as a student after acing an exam and winning over Open’s Vice Chancellor with her amazing ambition. To think our middle school teachings of Algebra 101 still gives us nightmares! MUST READ: ‘Reading Rainbow’ Star LeVar Burton Teaches Kids How To […]

Christmas is only in a few days, but with all the tragedy that’s happening in our own backyards, we could use an uplifting story that embodies the spirit of Christmas–selfless giving. Yaovi Mawuli is a high schooler from North Carolina who saw a classmate in need and decided to be the one to help. In the […]

Ferguson residents and protest leaders Brittany Ferrell and Alexis Templeton got engaged at St. Louis City Hall city hall recently. Templeton declared her love for Ferrell in front of fellow Ferguson activists, “Since she’s made me happy for 130 days, I want to make her happy for the rest of my life.” This marriage is […]

Thanks for the photo Urban Intellectuals! Mychal Bell recently graduated this year from Southern University with a degree in Education. And while this seems like a small accomplishment, let us remind you where Bell is from. He’s one of the now-infamous, “Jena Six,” this means that Bell was one of the six Black students at […]


Keeping the great news coming today because we need it! Since 2007, Andre Johnson, wide receiver for the Houston Texans, has made it a tradition to host a holiday shopping spree for at-risk and children in need. He works with the Texas chapter of Child Protective Services for a drive held at a local Toys R Us […]


Feel free to break out the Schmoney dance for this one! Black girls do swim contrary to popular belief! At just 25-years-old, Alia Atkinson not only won the World Title in Swimming on Saturday, she was the first Black woman ever to do so! The title the Jamaican swimmer won was for the Women’s 100 […]

The University of Texas has invested in some amazing talent early as they have unofficially recruited a middle school basketball player! The school extended an unofficial offer Deja Kelly, 13, on October 18; this means that she’ll get to continue a family tradition as her own father played guard for the Longhorns from 1999 to […]

One Liberian woman has done the seemingly impossible as she successfully treated her family for Ebola without getting infected herself. Fatu Kekula single-handedly nursed both of her parents, her sister and her cousin through the virus with a 75 percent survival rate! Sadly her 14-year-old cousin passed away due to the deadly virus, but her […]

Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai has been a global inspiration ever since she was attacked by the Taliban in 2012 after speaking out against their attempts to deny women education, and now the 17-year-old has become the youngest person to ever be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Yousafzai will share the 95th annual award with Indian […]

One college freshman found that it really pays to have a plan because she’s earned 14 different scholarships her senior year in high school. Just being a good student isn’t enough to get you into the college of your dreams these days, and good grades alone may not cover tuition. The New Pittsburgh Courier reports […]

A new company has found a way to make women feel a little safer on their ride home while getting more ladies into the work force. Getting a ride these days is as simple as raising your arm for a cab or pulling up an app on your phone to order a ride through services […]

I’ll never forget watching Aron Ranen’s 2006 documentary “Black Hair: The Korean Takeover Of The Black Hair Care Industry” which chronicles how many Black business owners were slowly shut out of the industry beginning in the 1970s. My jaw-dropped when the film mentioned that the near-monopoly was so strong that the largest Black hair care trade magazines weren’t even […]