17-Year-Old Accepted Into 39 Colleges, Secures $1.6M In Education Funds

Jordan Nixon |Photo credits: CBS 46

It’s exciting getting accepted to one college, maybe even two or three.

But CBS 46 reporter Melissa Stern sat down with a Douglas County High School senior on Wednesday about her offers to dozens of colleges and universities, and let’s just say it’s going to take a lot of narrowing down to make a decision.

“The crazy thing is, I’m still waiting on decision letters, but I was not expecting that at all,” said 17-year-old Jordan Nixon, who accepted into 39 schools and counting.

The school says it’s the highest number of acceptances of any student they’ve ever had.

Nixon says she did her research when trying to figure out which colleges would be the best fit for her. She says she looked for schools with diversity and schools that offered International Business as a major.

“We’re so happy for her because she does put in a lot of due diligence into applying for these schools,” her parents, Angelia and Arthur Nixon, said.

Her proud parents say she’s very independent, well-rounded, has great time management skills, and participates in many extracurricular activities

“I am one of the captains of the varsity cheer team here at Douglas County, I’m in Chick-fil-A Leader Academy, and I also participate in DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America),” added Nixon.

On top of her usual workload and activities, she applied to around 50 schools. Letter, after letter the same word kept showing up: congratulations.

“It’s shocking, each and every time, you’re taken aback every time you open one,” Nixon said.

“It really was amazing at first, and then it became, when are the letters going to stop?” joked her mom.

Thirty-nine acceptance letters later and she has a big decision to make. On top of that, she was also awarded a huge amount of scholarship money.

“Over 1.6 million,” Nixon added.

The school college and career center specialist says Jordan is very dedicated, and this is the most acceptance letters a student here has ever received.

“Students like Jordan who took advantage of being able to apply to a lot of schools through certain avenues like the Common Black App, you can apply to a lot of schools with one low price for that one, and also Common App they can apply to up to 20 schools at one time on one App,” said Pinky Quick, the College and Career Center Specialist at Douglass County High School. Read more here.

Source: https://www.cbs46.com/news/local-student-accepted-into-colleges-awarded-m-in-scholarships/article_1f268ffe-4051-11e9-8446-cbc0af1d53cc.html

American Express Report: 2.4 Million U.S. Businesses Are Owned by Black Women

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According to The 2018 State of Women-Owned Business Report commissioned by American Express, while the number of women-owned businesses grew an impressive 58% from 2007 to 2018. The number of firms owned by black women grew by a stunning 164%, nearly three times that rate. There are 2.4 million African American women-owned businesses in 2018, most owned by women 35 to 54. Black women are the only racial or ethnic group with more business ownership than their male peers, according to the Federal Reserve. Read more on this story here.

Source 1: American Express Source 2: Forbes

This Black Woman Retired at 29 & Became a Self-Taught Stock Trader

Tela Holcomb

By Victor Trammell and Nomalanga Mhauli-Moses

Photo credits: Tela Holcomb

A former administrative government worker’s life story about ditching her 9-to-5 job to pursue real financial freedom has gone viral.

Tela Holcomb (pictured) retired at the young age of 29 and taught herself how to trade stocks, which is a decision that paid off very well for her. Holcomb made her first million dollars in just four years after leaving an administrative governmental job.

She follows the golden rule of maintaining wealth by living below her means, even though she has a steadily rising net worth that will soon give her multi-millionaire status. Holcomb’s story was profiled early by BAUCE Magazinealmost a year ago.

Subsequently, a digital platform for successful businesses owned by those of African descent called Shoppe Blackpicked up the thread for Holcomb’s story. The Shoppe Black Holcomb story has been shared on social media almost 100,000 times.

In Holcomb’s detailed official interview with BAUCE Magazine, the affluent stock trader tells her story about risk-taking, fear, triumph, and how she is helping other black women live their lives with financial freedom.

“So before I started trading, I was doing administrative work for the government. I was doing that for about seven years,” Holcomb said detailing her background.

“What really made me want to start learning about stocks was this guy I worked with that was always talking about how he was going to retire early from trading on the stock market,” she continued.

Before hitting middle age, Holcomb has done something quite significant, which shows how she’s utilized and exemplified an extremely important and vital concept: Building and preserving generational wealth.

“I believe everyone should have stocks as a part of their wealth building or their ‘legacy building’. Because we can’t pass down financial legacies if all we’re doing is saving and budgeting,’” the youthful market maven also told BAUCE Magazine.

“So stocks, real estate, something of value — some type of investing needs to be a part of your wealth building plan so that you can start building a financial legacy within your family,” Holcomb added.

The story of Tela Holcomb is inspiring because it shows young black girls that black women don’t have to objectify themselves or promote a lifestyle of promiscuity to become wealthy or famous.

Visit Holcomb’s educational online platform for stock trading and market-making here.

Source: https://baucemag.com/tela-holcomb-stocks/

This Government Wants to Ban “Mom” & “Dad” Labels in Schools and Use “Parent 1” and “Parent 2” Instead

French Senate Building

By Victor Trammell and Nomalanga Mhauli-Moses

Photo credits: Fleet Europe

Legislators working for a national government in the West are aggressively moving ahead with the passage of a law, which will prohibit education systems from using gender specific labels when referring to the parents of school children.

According to News Corps Australia, an amendment to the French Schools of Trust Law was just passed by France’s Parliament.

This federal-level statute was implemented in recent history by the French government to curb what the law’s proponents identified as discrimination against same-$ex couples with children.

Reflecting a trend enacted by other Western countries, France’s national government began allowing same-$ex marriages in 2013.

This new amendment, which has been passed by the French Parliament, proposes a nationwide ban on school systems that outlaws the usage of the words “mother” and “father” on all education-related documents. This documentation includes forms sent home with children that request parental consent.

“To prevent discrimination, school enrollment, class registers, parental authorizations and all other official forms involving children must mention only Parent 1 and Parent 2,” reads the new amendment article.

Leading figures within France’s national government have already voiced their public support for this newly-approved amendment to the French Schools of Trust Law.

“We have families who find themselves faced with tick boxes stuck in rather old-fashioned social and family models. For us, this article is a measurement of social equality,” said Valérie Petit of France’s National Assembly.

As expected, opposition to this measure becoming law has been fierce.

“When I hear people say this is an old-fashioned model, I would remind people that today among unions celebrated, civil or marital, some 95 percent are man-woman couples,”  said Xavier Breton, a conservative French politician who is the Deputy for Ain’s First Constituency.

The finalization of this amendment is also getting stiff resistance from national Christian and traditional family-oriented organizations across France.

However, the Parliament-approved Schools of Trust amendment has yet to gain approval from the French Senate, which is the final legislative body holding the keys to this amendment becoming incorporated into a current law.

Source: https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/school-life/words-mother-and-father-banned-from-school-forms-in-france/news-story/9cc2e2e368a11412711428746f9dca89

Tamron Hall is Expecting At 48 And She Got Married Secretly

Tamron Hall

By Victor Trammell and Nomalanga Mhauli-Moses

Photo credits: Astrid Stawiarz / Getty Images

Another high-profile black woman in American media has achieved the remarkable feat of conception past the age of 40! She also had a secret marriage to accommodate her special biological accomplishment.

According to Hello Beautiful, well-known journalist and former NBC talk show personality Tamron Hall (pictured) is 32 weeks pregnant with her first child and made a joyous announcement about her life on social media recently. Hall, 48, also included an adorable Twitter video clip to get her exciting message out.

ABC’s future syndicated talk show host used her Instagram account to post the following message, which served as a caption for a gorgeous picture of her in a white dress showcasing the new baby bump:

“I’ve wanted to share this news for many months and now finally my doctor has said I am in a safe place, at 32 weeks, to share my joy with y’all. So, it’s clear a daytime talk show isn’t the only thing I’ve been trying to produce! There have been many tears, but today I embrace the smiles. My husband Steven and I are beyond excited! We’re in constant prayer, so if you pray, add us to your list; if you meditate, send calmness our way; and if you believe in luck, we’ll happily take that too. More to share in a few weeks when the baby arrives! Next chapter! Blessed and Grateful.”


2019 is shaping up to be a very happy year for Hall, a native of Texas. She left NBC in 2017 after being a television journalist for the national media circuit for 10 years. On September 9, 2019, the former TODAY Show mainstay will be making her ABC debut with the Tamron Hall Show, which will premier in national syndication, according to Disney.

“When one door closes…another one opens! @Disney just announced that “Tamron Hall” will premiere in national syndication on 9-9-19! Also proud to share that I will serve as Executive Producer, alongside legendary producer Bill Geddie! #LevelUp #Grateful,” Hall tweeted on Monday (March 4).

Congratulations to Tamron Hall on her latest major career move and exciting new family life!


Live Alkaline Water is the First-Ever Black-Owned Brand to Be Sold At Walmart

Dr. Shayla Creer

By Victor Trammell and Nomalanga Mhauli-Moses

Photo credits: First Coast News

When it comes to achieving historical greatness as a black person who operates in industries that are conduits to business, culture, or any other commercialized division of American society, there is something to be said about being first in line.

According to a late 2018 press release from the mega business news machine Market Watch, a whopping $16.5 billion dollars exists in the U.S.-based bottled water industry. Trusted bottled water brands, such as Hinckley Springs and Alkaline Water Company represent a major part of the market share in this vast business environment.

When it comes to the demographic makeup of those at the ownership level in this American big business sector, black people are definitely an ethnic group that is presently underrepresented. However, a black man from the South named Robert McCray can definitely change this. He has the professional connections and links to a prestigious black family to make it happen.

McCray’s family has owned a natural alkaline water spring in North Caroline for the last 100 years. In Jacksonville, Florida, he teamed up with a magnate in health and natural medicine named Dr. Shayla McCreer (pictured). Mr. McCray and Dr. McCreer are the founders of their own Jacksonville-based company called Live Alkaline, a growing bottled water brand with promise.

Live Alkaline Water, LLC is the first-ever black-owned bottle water brand to go on sale at stores owned by the Walmart retail giant. But McCray and Dr. McCreer’s product didn’t just sit on the shelves for fan fare. It sold out in the first month like fans sell during a heatwave. The story behind Live Alkaline’s rise is quite powerful.

You can watch an exclusive report on this story by First Coast News below.

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This HBCU Just Made The List Of Highest Producers Of Physicists In The Country

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This year, a Louisiana-based HBCU made history over the high amount of black undergraduates who finish school with a degree in physics.

According to the Associated Press, Dillard University (an historically black higher education institution located in New Orleans, Louisiana) is head and shoulders over larger schools when it comes to cranking out physics experts. This story is very amazing considering the small size of the student population at Dillard University, which has an enrollment of 1200.

What happened in New Orleans at Dillard this past academic year is comparable to the biblical story of David and Goliath. With just one small stone and a slingshot, a young David, the future king of the Israelites, slayed Goliath, a feared, physically strong, and well-armed Philistine warlord who reportedly stood over 10 feet tall.

With an endowment of just $58 million, Dillard University was neck and neck with North Carolina A&T State University on the  American Institute of Physics’ top 10 list of colleges and universities across America with the highest amounts of successful physics undergraduates. North Carolina A&T State University is just about 10 times larger than Dillard.

Read the rest of this report here at TheBlackHomeSchool.com.


Bill Cosby’s Lawyer To Defend R. Kelly In $ex Cult Mess

By Victor Trammell

Photo credits: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images and  Jim Spellman/WireImage

Almost two weeks after more bad news about R. Kelly broke the internet, the 51-year-old 12 Play singer and songwriter has retained an attorney to defend himself against any legal backlash that may come his way in lieu of remaining stationary over the latest lewd allegations made against him.

The Jasmine Brand (a popular celebrity gossip news blog) recently reported that Monique Pressley (pictured left) has been acquired by Kelly’s camp to help the embattled musician deal with accusations, which label him as the slave master of an all-female $ex cult.

Pressley is the principal of the  Pressley Firm PLLC, which is a law firm based in the metro area of the District of Columbia (D.C.). Pressley also works as a television commentator who gives expert legal advice and opinions.

She is no stranger to defending black men accused of $exual abuse. In 2016, Pressley became more well-known when she was hired by iconic comedian Bill Cosby to help him build a defense against a bevy of $exual assault allegations, which came from dozens of women.

Briefly after being retained by Cosby, Pressley spoke publicly with journalist Marc Lamont Hill via HuffPost Live about the credibility of the women who were accusing Cosby of these terrible lapses in judgement.

Read this entire story here at HealthyBlackWoman.com.


Kenya Moore’s Grandmother Who Raised Her After Mother Rejected Her Passes Away

Kenya Moore is enduring a time of bereavement after losing a vanguard of stability in her life who has been there for her since the reality television star was a very small child.

Moore, 46, a co-star on the Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA) lost Doris Grant, her paternal grandmother, to Alzheimer’s Disease. This past Monday (July 24th), Moore announced the death of the woman she affectionately called “momma” on Instagram.

“My grandmother who raised me from 3 days old passed away,” Moore posted in her heartfelt message on Instagram. “She has helped mold me into the woman I am. She truly was my best friend,” she continued.

Moore’s biological mother Patricia abandoned her when she was three days old.

At one time during an episode of RHOA, Moore’s father Ronald appeared on the set to tell her that Patricia abandoned Moore in order to prevent salvaging the relationship she had with her own father.

In 1993, Moore was awarded one of the highest national beauty pageant honors that a woman can receive in the United States. She won Miss USA at the 42nd annual competition, which was televised live.

Read more on this story here at HealthyBlackWoman.com.


Racial Segregation Is Increasing Among School Districts Because of Economics

A newly formed and different pattern of America’s signature brand of societal inequality has been on the rise since the beginning of the so-called Great Recession, which started in December of 2007.

In recent history, an online newsletter published regularly by the Brookings Institute called the Brown Center Chalkboard offered a report titled Growing Economic Segregation Among School Districts and Schools. This report discussed the findings of a study conducted by three researchers from three prominent American universities.

A four-volume working paper based on this study titled Trends In Economic School Segregation: 1970 to 2010was written by Ann OwensSean F. Reardon, and Christopher Jencks. Owens is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Spatial Sciences at the University of Southern California.

Reardon is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Economic Policy Research at Stanford University. Jencks is the Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. These three social scientists found that the racial segregation happening in school districts today comes down to one thing: Money.

You can read this full report here at TheBlackHomeSchool.com.