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  • Comments Off on Crowing A Queen: Dr. Olivia Hooker, 103, still making history

I’ve written many times before about my mentor and friend, Dr. Olivia Hooker.

She is 103 and is the only living survivor of the Tulsa Riots of 1921 (Black Wall Street). She was also the first Black woman to be selected to the US Coast Guard and she was a prominent Psychologist and Professor at my alma mater, Fordham University.   

Dr. Hooker was recently interviewed for NPR. Hear the story of how things happened during the riots when she was just 6 years old.  Incredible story for an incredible woman.

Listen to the 6 minute interview here



Dr. hooker at 6 years old. photo credit NPR

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  • Comments Off on Hot Off The Press: pride and politics go hand in hand for Sophie Umazi at TEDXTeen


Sophie Umazi launched the I AM KENYAN project which uses photography to bring people together, erase differences and promote peace in her homeland of Kenya.  Today more than 4 million people worldwide have been touched by her visionary project.

Sophie shares her passion for photography and technology to promote change at TEDXTeen 

her message:

be proud of who you are and love yourself while also loving what’s great about others…

We are very excited to announce

Dr. Scyatta A. Wallace, CEO/Founder of Janisaw Company,

has received academic tenure from St. John’s University.

Dr. Wallace is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology,

where she teaches and mentors undergraduate & PhD students.

She now joins the less than 5% of Associate Professors in the country who are African American

and one quarter of tenured faculty who are women.

Congratulations Dr. Wallace for shattering glass ceilings.

To learn more about her work at St. John’s University visit

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  • Comments Off on Crowing a Queen Twice: President of Peace

Today it was annouced that the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded jointly to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.”

Only 12 women in the past had won the Nobel prize in its 110 year history!  That’s about one every 10 years…This year’s annoucement is a start but I’m looking to see a woman on the flip side of that coin soon!   I am so proud of our sisters for working hard on behalf of women worldwide.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart. 

Earlier this year I wrote on this blog about President Johnson Sirleaf and her excellent record as Liberia’s Head of State.  Here is a repost:

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