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Gabby Douglas: Young Gymnast Poised to Shine

GabbyDHer dream is so much bigger than her hometown in Virginia or her training center in Iowa. Millions of people will share the vision of Gabrielle Douglas when she competes in gymnastics with the U.S. Olympic team in London.

The 16-year-old, known as Gabby, is nicknamed "The Flying Squirrel" for the way she flies around the uneven bars. She is soaring towards the goal she set when she began formal gymnastics training at age six. The joy and excitement of being a 2012 Olympian shines from within Douglas and lights up any stage she occupies. After arriving for the Olympic Games, the young gymnast posted this message on her Facebook page:

Made it to LONDON! Everything is so beautiful here! I a so super excited!!! Will post...

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Ladon Thames-Brumfield: Girls Rule! Old-Fashioned Etiquette Prepares Girls for Modern Success

Ladon Thames-Brumfield Gone are the days when ladies put on gloves for an outing, dress up to run errands, or wear a slip under a skirt. More people today view etiquette—letting seniors or pregnant women sit on public transportation or holding doors open—as a dying practice. Yet, others argue that the more etiquette is disregarded, the more conflict will arise. Ladon Thames-Brumfield thinks a return to etiquette instruction could revive the art of civility and manners.

Seven years ago, the former corporate...

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Linda Allen: Interior Designer Joins the Ranks of Black Female Inventors

Linda_Allen_headshotWhen thinking about interior design, one may first consider coordinating colors and textures to create a certain mood or arranging furnishings to achieve a particular feeling. But for world-renowned interior designer Linda Allen, it’s all about the lighting.

“While performing as a professional skater in the Ice Capades, I became fascinated with theatrical lighting. I was awestruck by the magical experience that the lights created. I wanted to recreate that experience in residential...

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Susan E. Rice: The Pragmatic Diplomat

susan-riceLast year during her commencement speech at Stanford, Susan Rice spoke to her alma mater’s graduates about making life more about service than money, making change not just counting it.· As she spoke about her journey to becoming US Ambassador to the United Nations, she echoed the same theme, “If you want change, you have to make it.· If you want progress you have to drive it”.· As the first African American woman appointed to this position, Rice has proven through passion, education...

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Merryl Tengesdal: From Space Dreams to Spy Planes

Lt_Merryl2As the Space Shuttle Discovery glided home on its final flight, an aviator here on earth noticed a door closing on one of her childhood ambition. Lt. Col. Merryl Tengesdal turned her eyes to the skies as a youngster watching Star Trek on television. She imagined one day stepping into the space suit of a NASA astronaut.

America will soon retire her only manned rockets and end flights for astronauts in the shuttle program. Plans for future space missions are uncertain. The next generation of...

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Linda Rowe Thomas's Extraordinary Journey to the Runways

Linda_Rowe_ThomasWhen people experience life-changing ordeals, there are some who·succumb to it and those who rise above it.· Then·you have·extraordinary folks who triumph over adversity and create inspirational lives for others to·marvel and wonder.Fashion Designer and loving mother, Linda Rowe Thomas·is one of these greats and her story is a true testimony to that.· When Linda was two years old, a house fire left her facially marred and absent of one hand, but it never deterred her from living her...

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Green Dream: Majora Carter fights the good fight

Majora_Carter_Pic_1Native New Yorker Majora Carter has plenty to smile about. She’s one of the best known environmental and social justice activists in the country.·She’s a force to be reckoned with and a veritable media sensation –·a passionate, articulate tree hugger from the South Bronx.

Carter left her neighborhood after high school and matriculated at Wesleyan University. She entered New York University for graduate school, where she majored in acting and film. Desperate to save money, she moved...

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Ursula Burns: Xerox's Fearless Leader

ursula_burnsIn 2009, Forbes Magazine published a·list of the most powerful women in the world. At number fourteen there was a dazzling newcomer Ursula Burns, one of only two African-American women on the list. . She was a power player that few outside the industry had ever heard of; so it was an extraordinary achievement that seemed to come out of nowhere.

Ursula Burns was named Chief Executive Officer of Xerox Corporation in July of 2009 and Chairman on May 20, 2010, officially taking the reigns...

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Birame Sock: Tech Entrepreneur's Innovations Blaze Path to Success

Birame_Sock_Cartier_PhotoShe stands out in any room crowded with smart, savvy and successful owners of technology companies. Birame Sock is something few of the computer and Internet world’s most creative minds are: she is black and a woman.

“It’s something I never let bother me in one way or another. But, there were some times where I had to sit down and question the fact that I am just not that typical person that would start this type of company,” admits Sock, the founder and CEO of Third Solutions...

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