Young Teenage CEO Earning Over 100K Per Year!

17 year old Leanna Archer turned a family recipe into an international company. Archer started a line of natural hair and body care products when she was nine years old. Her mother would make a hair pomade using natural ingredients from Haiti and a secret recipe passed down from her great-grandmother. After getting multiple compliments on her hair, Leanna gave her friends a few samples of the pomade and from there the orders started pouring in. Archer is now making history earning an annual revenue of more than $100,000 per year.

As a young entrepreneur, public speaker and philanthropist. Archer has taken her experiences on the road, speaking to youth all over the country, and has been profiled in Forbes, Success Magazine, Ebony and other publications. She has been named on “Inc.” magazine’s 30 Under 30 list of top young entrepreneurs. 

Check out her appearance on The Jeff Probst Show.

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Meet the ‘Radical Brownies’ – Girl Scouts for the modern age

By Jorge Rivas

Not all girl scouts are concerned with peddling shortbread cookies. There’s one troop of young girls in Oakland who discuss matters of racial inequality and wear brown berets in homage of radical civil rights groups.

The girls, ages 8-to-12, are part of the “Radical Brownies,” an edgier, younger version of the Girl Scouts where girls earn badges for completing workshops on social protests, and a beauty workshop that celebrate racial diversity.

Radical Brownies is dedicated to providing young girls of color relevant life experiences, explains the group’s co-founder Anayvette Martinez.

Martinez, a community organizer, created the Radical Brownies with Marilyn Hollinquest because “there aren’t enough spaces [for young girls of color] in our society.” The Radical Brownies of Oakland launched last month and already includes 12 girls. All the members are girls of color or mixed-race. The Radical Brownies are not affiliated with the Girl Scouts of the USA.

The founders say once the program expands to multiple chapters the organization will be open to everybody, but the program will always remain focused on young girls of color.

In the Radical Brownies, girls learn about social justice movements such the Black Panthers and the Chicano group Brown Berets. They wear their brown berets in homage to those two groups. But they also study how Disney princesses define girls’ image of beauty, and how that can affect self-image.

The Radical Brownies have their own badge system, including one for “Radical Beauty” and an “LGBT ally” badge. The girls also earned a “Black Lives Matter” badge after learning about police accountability and attending a civil rights march in Oakland.

“I think it’s never too early to have these conversations with young people,” Martinez told Fusion.

“Children are more aware than we think; it’s important to not shelter children from real issues that we’re living,” she said. “It’s especially important for young girls of color to feel empowered.”

The troop is ready to attend more protest and will soon launch a fundraising campaign on their Facebook page to raise money for a banner and a megaphone.

The report doesn’t give me hope. What gives me hope is that people across America are finally waking up. A single report isn’t going to make a difference unless people become organized.
—  Michelle Alexander, civil rights advocate and the author of the best-selling book, “The New Jim Crow,” discusses the Department of Justice conclusion that the police and city courts in Ferguson routinely engaged in a pattern and practice of discrimination against African Americans. Watch her interview.

Emmett Till: July 25, 1941 - August 28, 1955

Emmett Till was born on July 25, 1941. He was murdered in Mississippi in 1955 at the age of 14 after reportedly flirting with a white woman. Emmett Till would have been nearly 73 years old today. 

#RememberEmmettTill #RememberTrayvonMartin#RememberOscarGrant #GonetooSoon

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High School student receives Gates Millennium Scholarship, graduates early

High School student receives Gates Millennium Scholarship, graduates early

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An Indianapolis teen has been awarded the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship.

Alex Dunlap, 16, who attends Broad Ripple High School, is one of only 1,000 students in the country to receive the honor. She’ll be graduating a year early in May. 

From ABC 6:

The scholarship — funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — covers a full ride to any college or university in the country, all the way through a doctoral degree if the recipient chooses.

“Oh, I was ecstatic,” she said. “I started crying, my mom started crying.”

Dunlap plans to pursue her passion for languages.

“I’m going to study Spanish, French and Chinese in college with a focus in Arabic, I’m going to pick that one up as well,” she said. “And after undergrad, I plan on attending law school.”

Read more at ABC 6

Dunlap’s more than an awesome student. Her passion for community service has led her to teach Spanish to inner-city youth, and she plans to keep volunteering.

She also hopes to fight for the rights of children in foreign countries.


Congratulations Ms. Dunlap!

“New Year’s Eve always makes us think of Oscar Grant, the young father murdered by killer cop Johannes Meserle on NYE in Oakland. Meserle is a free man once again, showing the injustice in this country. The people in Oakland responded by taking the streets. Long live Oscar Grant!”

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