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The Woman Behind The Magic: Free Black Women’s Library Founder OlaRonke Akinmowo

July 24, 2022

In 2015, with only 100 books in tow and a brownstone stoop, Brooklyn, New York-based artist, set decorator, cultural worker and single mom OlaRonke Akinmowo launched The Free Black Women’s Library. Since then it has grown into a social art project that celebrates the brilliance, creativity, and diversity of Black women writers from all over…

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Brittney Griner’s Detention Shines Light On Pay Inequity In Professional Sports

July 15, 2022

Since February 2022, seven-time WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner, a current player with the Phoenix Mercury, has been detained in Russia due to the alleged presence of vape cartridges containing hashish oil in her luggage. After more than 148 days in Russian detention, Brittney’s trial finally began on July 7, 2022, and while we wait for…

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A Tale of Two Traffic Stops in the United States

July 6, 2022

Today the Organization Issued the Following Statement from President and CEO Nakisha M. Lewis: On June 27, 2022, a young Black man named Jayland Walker was murdered by police officers in Akron, OH. Walker, who was unarmed, was shot at over 90 times, with at least 60 bullets striking his body, ultimately causing him to…

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Statement on the Strikedown of Roe v. Wade on Friday, June 24, 2022

June 24, 2022

Today the Organization Issued the Following Statement from President and CEO Nakisha M. Lewis: Today the Supreme Court issued its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which has effectively struck down the half-century-old decision of Roe v. Wade, taking away the right of birthing people to privacy and access to an abortion.  While…

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3 books that celebrate the Black experience to read this Juneteenth

June 23, 2022

Ashton Jackson for CNBC Make It Juneteenth is a 157-year-old holiday that celebrates the liberation of Black Americans from slavery. It’s also an annual reminder of the systemic racism, oppression and brutality Black people have faced in America. However, if you’d like to spend the holiday enjoying stories about Black empowerment, triumph and purpose, Nakisha Lewis,…

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Breakthrough With Black Fatherhood

June 19, 2022

This Father’s Day, Breakthrough is celebrating the beauty of Black fatherhood. We’re honoring dads who identify within the LGBTQ+ community, as well as dads who have publicly demonstrated unwavering love and support for their cis, queer, trans and gender-expansive children. We know parenthood is never without its challenges. To thrive within the margin of the…

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Designer Melody Ehsani’s Latest Collection Honors ‘Black Women in Defiance’

May 20, 2022

Thomas Waller for Yahoo! finance Designer Melody Ehsani has joined forces with “I Support Black Women” campaign founder Trinice McNally, Black Women Radicals founder Jaimee Swift and national media organization Breakthrough to launch the “Black Women in Defiance” charm bracelet. The bracelet honors 10 Black women activists and historical figures from the U.S., Latin America,…

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Statement on White Supremacist Mass Shooting in Buffalo, New York on May 14th

May 16, 2022

Today the Organization Issued the Following Statement from President and CEO Nakisha M. Lewis: “Breakthrough joins the rest of the nation in mourning and grieving the lives taken tragically and hatefully by an unabashed white supremacist and domestic terrorist with no regard for human life, as clearly demonstrated by the monstrous events that took place in…

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