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Olympic legend Alice Coachman dies at 90

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Alice Coachman, the Olympic legend who shattered ceilings and the status quo when she became the first black woman to win a gold medal at the games, earning the medal for her 5-foot-6-1/8-inch high jump, has died in her hometown of Albany, Ga., at the age of 90, the New York Times reports.
 
Coachman had been grappling with health issues in recent months, suffering from a stroke. Her daughter, Evelyn Jones, told the Times that the former track and field star went into cardiac arrest on Monday, following breathing problems.

Labor group withdraws UNCF support over Koch gift

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WASHINGTON – Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, has discontinued supplying scholarships to the United Negro College Fund because it accepted a $25 million donation from ultra-conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch and because of UNCF President Michael Lomax’s apparent support for the brothers’ right-wing ideology.
 
Saunders, an African American, said in a stinging letter to Lomax that he was “deeply troubled” when the UNCF accepted the donation from Koch Industries, Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation in June, but was even more shocked when Lomax later attended the Koch brothers’ event in California.

Rosie Perez: The ‘Handbook for an Unpredictable Life’

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Rosie Maria Perez was born on Sept. 6, 1964 in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where she was raised in a Catholic orphanage after being abandoned by her mom and taken from her aunt. She made a most memorable screen debut as Spike Lee’s girlfriend, Tina, in “Do the Right Thing,” and later landed an Oscar-nomination for a nonpareil performance in “Fearless.” Her many other credits include “White Men Can’t Jump,” “Won’t Back Down” and “The Counselor.”
 
Rosie serves as the Artistic Chair of Urban Arts Partnership and sits on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. Here, she talks about her career and her autobiography, “Handbook for an Unpredictable Life.”  

Build A Game In A Day with Beta workshop

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The Memphis Chapter of Black Girls CODE will host a game development workshop on July 26 at New Horizons Computer Learning Center at 4775 American Way. The workshop will focus on using Beta, an interactive tool that allows players to simultaneously play, create and share games while learning how to code.
 
“Kids absolutely love building games in Beta,” said Meka Egwuekwe, Core Team Lead. “We are excited to bring this groundbreaking learning platform to Memphis for the first time, and are looking forward to our girls expressing their creativity.”

Boko Haram: ‘Bring Back Our Army’

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Boko Haram, the Islamic terrorist group that has been in the spotlight since abducting more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria, in April, is once again drawing attention to itself, releasing a video mocking the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, NBC News reports.
 
In the video the radical group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, can be seen laughing and chanting “bring back our army,” in a taunt targeting the very Twitter campaign that was launched against him and his group.