Fighting Cuba’s Boxing Ban by newyorker

Thirteen year old Hatzumy Carmenate has dreams of becoming a boxer.  She is the only girl in her boxing school.  Yet, there is one thing standing in her way.  In Cuba, women are banned from boxing.

Hatzumy’s father was her first coach, stressing discipline as a volitional act that becomes a part of your character.  When he moved to the United States to earn money for their family, Luis Pérez, a state employed boxing coach in Havana stepped in to help Hatzumy resume training.

The film “Fighting Cuba’s Boxing Ban” shines light on Hatzumy’s plight.

“If in Cuba the moment comes when women can box Hatzumy will be the first.” Said Pérez

Let Your Past Stay There!

Dawn Cook & Stephanie Johnson Take Flight As Delta Air Lines First African American Female Cockpit Crew

Left to Right: Delta’s Captain Stephanie Johnson and First Officer Dawn Cook

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), African-Americans make up just over 2 percent of the commercial airline pilots in the United States.  African-American women account for less than 1 percent.   Despite the statistics, minorities in flight decks are growing in number and history has been made.

For the first time in Delta Air Lines history, two black female pilots—including the company’s first black female captain—flew a mainline flight in the cockpit together.

When Atlanta-based First Officer Dawn Cook learned that Detroit-based Capt. Stephanie Johnson was planning to fly out of Detroit on Sunday, Feb. 26, she reached out to Johnson to plan the historic flight, according to the Delta News Hub.

Congratulations and Happy Flying are in order ladies!

Click here to read more about this historic flight (HT to Fiza Pirani).

Today We Celebrate International Women’s Day!

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political, social and cultural achievements of women.  We celebrate this movement annually on March 8.

A huge shout out goes to all women, worldwide, bringing about change in their communities!

“I am a woman phenomenally.  Phenomenal woman, that’s me.” ~ Maya Angelou