Cori Gauff: The Future Of Tennis

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 01: Cori Gauff of the United States hits a forehand against Venus Williams of the United States during Day 1 of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 01, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Cori “Coco” Gauff is the youngest player to ever qualify for Wimbledon to reach the main draw, and defeat one of her idols, five-time Wimbledon champion, Venus Williams.

Cori is 15-years-old.  She was born on March 13, 2004, in Atlanta, Georgia.  She was not born by the time Venus Williams had won four grand slams.

Cori’s dad, Corey, was a college basketball star at Georgia State University.  Her mom, Candi, was a track-and-field star at Florida State.

“I never thought this would happen.  I’m living my dream right now, not many people get to say that.” (CNN)

Congratulations Cori, you were made for the big stage!

Howard University’s Latroya Pina And Her Siblings Will Represent Cape Verde At The 2020 Olympics

Latroya Pina Howard University

Howard University senior Latroya Pina, along with her siblings Troy and Jayla, has been selected to represent Cape Verde at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.  The team will be Cape Verde’s first-ever national swim team.

Pina, a biology major, competes in the 200-meter medley and 100-meter breaststroke for Howard University.  In addition to swimming accolades, Pina made the 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)  Commissioner’s All-Academic Team and the 2018 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Spring President’s Honor Roll List.

“We’re not just swimming for our colleges or schools, but for a nation so we want to do our best,” she told the Sun Chronicle.

Lesley Riley, CEO of Mama Biscuit’s, scores distribution deal with Wal-Mart, Whole Foods and Other Major Grocers

Mama Biscuits CEO Lesley Riley said she hopes to expand her services to monthly cooking/baking classes for children and millennials. (Image courtesy of Lesley Riley)

Tried and true family recipes are passed down from generation to generation with love.  Lesley Riley, the CEO of Mama Biscuit’s, has turned her grandmother’s 127-year-old biscuit recipe into dollars.

After years of only cooking for family and friends, Lesley Riley decided it was time to hop back in the kitchen. Now she’s the face of a must-have gourmet biscuit brand offering more than 60 mouth-watering products — and they’re coming to a store near you.

Riley, the founder and CEO of Mama Biscuit, has a lot to celebrate this year after scoring major distribution deals in Walmart, Whole Foods, Sam’s Club and Amazon, among others. To make things sweeter, the company is also celebrating its four-year anniversary.

Click here to read more about Lesley’s rise to the top (HT to Tanasia Kenney).

Kamala Harris Launches Bid for President Of the United States

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris waves to the audience as she arrives during a launch rally for her first ever U.S. presidential campaign at Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, Calif. on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Kamala Harris was born in 1964.  Her mother, Shyamala Goplan, emigrated from Chennai, India to pursue a doctorate in nutrition and endocrinology at the University of California-Berkeley.  Her Jamaican father, Donald Harris, was at the university studying economics.  Kamala inherited their love of political activism.  She attended Howard University, where she majored in political science and economics.

Kamala’s storied career began as a lawyer in the San Francisco City Attorney’s office working on child abuse and domestic violence crimes.  In 2004, she defeated two-term incumbent Terence Hallihan to become the first woman and the first person of color to hold seat as San Francisco’s district attorney.

Her presidential campaign launch in Oakland, California drew 20, 000 people, a bigger crowd than former President Barack Obama drew when he launched his run for the seat in 2007.

Kamala’s sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated are the “foot soldiers of a powerful voting block” and may be the secret weapon in propelling her to victory. (CNN)

Skee you in office Soror Kamala!

Book Recommendation: The Alchemist

Harper Collins US

The Alchemist is a story of a young shepherd, Santiago, who yearns to travel the world in search of a treasure that, unbeknownst to him, is buried in his yard the entire time. Throughout his travels, Santiago learns lessons about recognizing opportunities and omens, listening to his heart and following his dreams.

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.”

The Alchemist encourages readers to dig down deep for confidence needed to make big decisions.

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

I, highly, recommend this book.  Prepare to be inspired.

Genre: Metaphysical Fiction

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