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Positive Black Male News: 10 Black child geniuses you should know

Positive Black Male News: 10 Black child geniuses you should know

Positive Black Male News

by Amir Shaw

If you only watched the evening news or depended on pop culture to paint a picture of young Blacks, you would probably think that the majority of Black youngsters were only ambitious about sports and music – or caught up in crime and debauchery.

However, the face of Black success isn’t limited to the fields that are occupied by Jay-Z, Beyonce and LeBron James. There are a multitude of young Blacks who are achieving at a high level in science, math, classical music, chess and other knowledge-based areas and preparing to change society.

 

Stephen R. Stafford II

Stephen R. Stafford II

Stephen entered Morehouse College at the age of 11 and picked up three majors. Now 16, he is currently studying computer science and mathematics. He will likely graduate at 17.

 

 

Mabou Loiseau

Mabou Loiseau

By the age of 7, Loiseau spoke French, Creole, Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic and Russian. She also plays the harp, clarinet, violin, drums, guitar and piano.

 

 

Andrew Koonce

Andrew Koonce

Andrew is a master violinist based out of Atlanta. He was named concertmaster of the Georgia Music Association’s All-State Middle School Orchestra. The title goes to the most skilled musician in the section.

 

 

Autum Ashante

Autum Ashante

Raised by a single father, Autum was ridiculed by highly regarded conservatives at the age of 7 for writing a poem that highlighted the travesty of slavery. Autum never wavered and mastered languages such as Arabic, Swahili and Spanish. She scored 149 on the standard IQ test. At age 13, she was accepted into the University of Connecticut.

 

 

Imafidon family

Imafidon family

The Imafidon family is known as the smartest family in the U.K. The youngest siblings, Peter and Paula, made history by becoming the youngest students to enroll in secondary school. Their older sister, Anne-Marie, was the youngest student to pass A-level computing at the age of 13.

 

 

Rochelle Ballantyne

Rochelle Ballantyne

At 17, Rochelle Ballantyne is one of the top chess players in the world. She is currently on the verge of becoming the first Black American female to earn the title of chess master.

 

 

Ginger Howard

Ginger Howard

Ginger Howard is the youngest Black American woman to become a pro golfer. Howard is competing to become the fifth Black American woman to join the LPGA Tour.

 

 

Tony Hansberry II

Tony Hansberry II

Tony used failure as inspiration. After he didn’t place in the eighth grade science fair, Tony interned at Shands Hospital and developed a method of reducing the amount of time it takes to perform hysterectomies and potentially reducing the risk of complications after the procedure. He was honored for his contributions.

 

 

Chelsea Dock

Chelsea Dock

Chelsea has been an accomplished pianist since the age of 5. Now 13, Chelsea has performed at Madison Square Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Steinway Hall. She’s also an artist and straight A student.

 

 

Daquan Chisholm

Daquan Chisholm

Daquan created a walkie-talkie, bulletproof helmet at the age of 12. He’s currently working with Johns Hopkins University to gather funding to patent the idea.

Amir Shaw is a filmmaker and music and sports director for Rolling Out magazine. Follow him on Twitter @arshaw. This story first appeared in Rolling Out.

Source: http://sfbayview.com/2013/10-black-child-geniuses-you-should-know/

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Positive Black Male News: 17-Year-Old Graduates From Florida Atlantic University

Positive Black Male News: 17-Year-Old Graduates From Florida Atlantic University

Positive Black Male News

By NewsOne Staff

While most 17-year-olds are contemplating which college they plan on attending next fall, James Martinis thinking about where he wants to attend graduate school.

WSVN-TV 7 reports that Martin, of Marimar, Fla., just received his bachelor’s degree in molecular biology from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) during a ceremony Tuesday. The baby-faced teen was by far the youngest graduate in his class of 1000 other students; he was also one of the most accomplished, finishing with a 3.9 GPA.

“James Martin, Suma Cum Laude,” said announcer at the the ceremony. That he is so young is a fact that does not elude the young scholar.

“It’s funny, because I have a really young face, so they all knew this kid doesn’t belong here,” Martin said. “They end up seeing you almost as a peer because you study like they do, you work like they do and at the same time, you’re interacting.”While Martin is clearly a super-talented young man, his mother, who home-schooled him as a child, admits that her son was not always so studious. “His early years, he tended to be a little lazy,” said Joan Martin. “He daydreamed a lot and then, about 12 or 13, he started getting really serious.”

Martin was so serious that his improved habits landed him on FAU’s campus at 14-years-old. It was a successful journey that didn’t go without its challenging moments, however. “It’s been some nights, man,” he said. “It’s been some nights where I’m just like, ‘Ugh!’”

While Martin is not sure of what his next steps will be, he does eventually want to pursue higher education.

“In a couple years, hopefully, I’ll be on my way to getting a PhD, and so that would be a tremendous blessing,” he said. “In another eight years, I’ll be a professor somewhere.”

Congratulations to another fine young man doing great things!

Source: NewsOne

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The Village: Kuntry Kidz, Inc.

The Village: Kuntry Kidz, Inc.

The Village

kuntry kidzElisha Barnes Booth founded Kuntry Kidz, Inc. and the Kuntry Kidz Youth Foundation in 2008 with the purpose of meeting a need for programming that nurtured character building, social responsibility, leadership skills and academic excellence and to provide EXPOSURE, INSPIRATION, and ENCOURAGMENT to youth residing in rural areas, which are not often times afforded the accessibility to youth programs that inner city youth have.

Kuntry KIdz Youth Foundation was established to provide opportunity for youth to participate in activities that were designed to instill personal integrity and excellence, emphasize positive family values, and give youth some of the much-needed tools to make them competitive and productive on a local, state and national level. We also offer public workshops that promote a positive self-image and life skills education

In 2012 The SOUTHERN GEMZ & GENTZ program was created which allows selected participants to have access to community mentoring volunteers that are willing to utilize their personal, professional and educational experiences to broaden the participants thinking. Additionally, participatants are provided with assistance in academic and career tracking; assistance in scholarship research for post-secondary education including college tours as well as application assistance to higher institutions via our partnership with the College Club program. The GEMZ & GENTZ program includes an annual leadership retreat that further develops skills in leadership, communication, teamwork and critical thinking.

Ultimately, the goal of our founder is that Kuntry Kidz Inc. be successful in inspiring and lead youth to a personal commitment to integrity and excellence for many years to come and that MISSISSIPPI youth and beyond will understand their uniqueness and their strengths to become leaders in their own communities.  Learn more about Kuntry Kidz, Inc.

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