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“I didn’t know I had a lane in boxing. I looked up to the males. It made me more comfortable knowing that there was a Laila Ali and that there was an Anne Wolfe. said Claressa Shields. “To see a woman boxing actually gave me more encouragement to fulfill my dreams. I wanted to have achievements and commercials and magazine covers — just like Serena Williams, but just in boxing.” (Sean Jorgensen/Salita Promotions)

Boxer Claressa Shields Fights For Survivors Of Abuse And Water-Starved Flint, Michigan

"Kids who ... had that struggle where their parents weren’t there ... I was one of those kids," said Shields. The post Boxer Claressa...

“People go through many hiccups in life, but the key is not to stop at that hiccup,” said Evelyn Wilson, 80, who will have been abstinent from alcohol and cocaine use for 50 years in May. “My philosophy is the better you feel about yourself the better you’ll treat yourself.” (Courtesy of Evelyn Wilson)

‘Gangsta Grandma’ Uses Lived Experience To Rehabilitate Lovingly 

“I believe to this day that God wants me to be clean and sober,” says Wilson, whose substance abuse ended on May 19, 1972. The post...

Jason Murphy says his career playing college and professional football hinged on a second chance extended to him by a high school teacher, and he continues in that spirit by employing formerly incarcerated workers at his Delivery 101 trucking franchise in Baltimore, Maryland. (Courtesy of Jason and Robyn Murphy)

Jason Murphy Gives Second Chances To Workers With Troubled Pasts

“We want to be change agents for a more just community in everything we do,” he says. The post Jason Murphy Gives Second Chances To...

Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. holds a photo of his father when he served as a U.S. Marine. He is standing by a stature of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in front of the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains, New York. (Courtesy of Kenneth Chamberlain Jr.) 

Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. Seeks Accountability And Closure In Father’s Killing By Police

A decade after the fatal shooting, Chamberlain Jr. reflects on his life's mission.  The post Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. Seeks...

BlackFacts Minute: Dec. 7, 1941, Hero ‘Dorie’ Miller Defends US Ships During Pearl Harbor Attack

VIDEO: Doris "Dorie" Miller started in the mess room but ended up with a Navy Cross for his valiant defense of Pearl Harbor. The post...

Ja' Mere Alfred's mother, LaRicha Rousell (left), and Crimestoppers Greater New Orleans president, Darlene Cusanza, holding images of Ja' Mere.  (Courtesy of LaRicha Rousell) 

After Losing Teenage Son To Gun Violence, LaRicha Rousell Focuses On Helping Others Cope

She has up set up two foundations to honor her son Ja' Mere Alfred's legacy.  The post After Losing Teenage Son To Gun Violence, LaRicha...

Jamar Williams (left) has transitioned from being a troubled inner city youth who was often removed from school for fighting to a youth mentor, 4.0 student and champion wrestler at Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi, West Virginia.(Courtesy Sam Gardner)

Wrestler Jamar Williams’ Experiences Help Young Men Pin Down Success  

“It’s about learning to live life on and off the mat,” says the “fake gangster” turned altruistic warrior.  The post Wrestler...

Donald Whithead, executive director for the National Coalition for the Homeless, has experienced being without a home twice in his life. (Courtesy Donald Whitehead)

Homeless Champion Brings Lived Experiences To Bear

Overcoming his own homelessness and addictions, Donald Whitehead is at the forefront of a movement to make housing a human right. The...

“Caring for children and making sure they have everything they need to have a head start to education has always been a passion for me,” says Tamika Farr, CEO of Pathways LA. (Courtesy of Pathways LA)

She’s Charting A Path To Improving Quality Child Care

New CEO of Pathways LA confronts societal problems with care and commitment. The post She’s Charting A Path To Improving Quality Child...

Carlyle Riche Jr. has been named Baltimore County's Crisis Intervention Officer of the Year for 2021. A passionate mental health advocate, Riche aims to create a nonprofit for black teen boys “as a safe space for them to express themselves and feel supported, accepted and not judged.” (Courtesy of Carlyle Riche Jr.)

Crisis Intervention Police Officer Is An Instrument Of Change Against A Sea Of Troubles

Carlyle Riche Jr. first experienced racism from a police officer — “the very thing that I aspired to be.”   The post Crisis...