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Branden Jacobs Jenkins

Our playwright -Branden Jacobs Jenkins- has just been honored and received the Windham-Campbell Prize ( over $100,000!!) which means he can create and  write in earnest for the next year  or so and simultaneously decrease his Mom's concerns that he can "eat and pay his rent".....

A great feat, n'est ce pas?

Thank you for your prayers and good vibes that I am sure caused or contributed to this wonderful event!! ( Keep praying!!!)  And, of course, we'll add this to our list for celebrations at the upcoming Juneteenth theater event...!

Virginia McLaurin

Last month, 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin stole our collective hearts as she got her wish to meet Barack and Michelle Obama, and then charmingly danced with the First Couple.

And on Tuesday, the now 107-year-old brought her dancing -- and basketball -- skills to a session with the Harlem Globetrotters. Moose Weekes and Zeus McClurkin came to Roots Public Charter School in Washington D.C. where McLaurin volunteers. The duo presented the centenarian with her own No. 107 jersey and donated 107 tickets for students at the school to attend an upcoming game.

As you can imagine, McLaurin was equally lovable in her meeting with the Globetrotters, and you really should just watch this now if you're looking for a reason to smile today.

Akilah Johnson

Johnson began drawing in second grade. She attended Roots Public Charter School and Roots Activity Learning Center in Washington, D.C., both of which she says forge a strong connection to students' African heritage. Every month students celebrated an important African-American figure with a birthday cake, Johnson says.

Read More in USA Today

When I was younger, I attended Roots Public Charter School and Roots Activity Learning Center in Northwest Washington, D.C. These schools promote a strong connection to African heritage, and an Afrocentric lifestyle; we regularly celebrated important African American people and I learned a lot about my history as an African American. As I grew older, I realized that the black people that came before us have made us into what we are today. So of course I had to include them in my doodle on the theme “What makes me...me.”

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