Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green, an assistant professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine, was awarded a $1.1 million grant from the the VA Office of Research and Development to work on technology that will target, image and treat cancer.
Green’s groundbreaking 3-in-1 system utilizes lasers to treat cancer cells without damaging healthy nearby cells. Since January, Green has received national acclaim for her system’s early detection, imaging, targeting and selective treatment of head and neck cancers. The 10-minute laser-activated nanoparticle treatment is reported to reduce tumors by 100 percent.
First Black Woman to Hold Patent for Natural Hair Product
Entrepreneur Gwen Jimmere created her company, Naturalicious, after being laid off and going through a grueling divorce in 2013. And after nearly 15 months of teaching herself patent law, Jimmere became the first and only Black person to hold a patent for a natural-hair treatment product.
Her Moroccan Rhassoul 5-in-1 Clay Treatment has been featured in Whole Foods in her native Detroit, however, she hopes to expand to national distribution.
Teenage Girls In Africa Build the Continent’s First Private Satellite
A Crip and a Blood Unite
An unlikely duo put aside past differences and created one of Compton, California’s most popular restaurants. Former Crip Malachi Jenkins and former Blood Roberto Smith created Trap Kitchen back in 2013, but they didn’t get national attention until this year.
3 Women Start Chicago’s Only Black Female-Owned Law Firm
With one tweet, three Black women decided to create their own law firm. After Yondi K. Morris grew tired of working for others, she tweeted: “I need to start my own firm.” That one tweet inspired a meeting two years ago between Morris, Keli L. Knight and Jessica Reddick that spawned a dream.
Knight, Morris & Reddick Law Group has been in business for nearly two years, but the trio did not achieve national prominence until this year.
Black Financial Empowerment, Courtesy of Ghana Group
Groupe Nduom of Ghana invested $9 million to acquire the failing Illinois Service Federal Savings and Loan Association, based in Chicago, in May. Company president and chairman Dr. Papa Kwesi Ndoum believes that Blacks across the diaspora could learn from others when it comes to economic empowerment. So, his firm purchased the bank with the intention of creating a strong financial bond with African-Americans.
BeeSweet Lemonade’s $1M Deal
An 11-year-old CEO landed a $1 million deal with Whole Foods to sell her delicious, natural lemonade.
After a successful Shark Tank pitch, Texas-native Mikaila Ulmer took the $60,000 she won and started her beverage company, “Me & The Bees.” This year, her lemonade made with honey instead of sugar was picked up by Whole Foods.
Black Gourmet Barbecue Sauce on Tap
Chevalo and Monique Wilsondebriano landed a major deal with Lowe’s and Walmart to sell their famous Charleston Gourmet Burger sauce. The couple, who have sold over $1 million worth of product this year, decided to sell their sauce at the urging of friends, who tasted it at a backyard barbecue.
The Wilsondebrianos, originally from New York City, moved to Charleston, South Carolina, after living through the nightmare of 9/11. Chevalo was a paramedic for the city during the tragedy and his wife didn’t learn that he was alive until 6:30 that night. Soon after, the couple decided it was time to leave New York.
And they haven’t looked back. They now are looking to expand their product line with more sauces and rubs.
Nigeria’s Bobsledding Team
Nigerians Seun Adigun, Akuoma Omeoga and Ngozi Onwumere are the first bobsledding team on the African continent. The trio, spearheaded by former Team USA break woman Adigun, will make their debut in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
2 Historic Simones Epitomize Black Girl Magic
Black women across the diaspora featured prominently in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janerio, but two young Americans captured most of the spotlight with their incredible performances. Simone Biles and Simone Manuel brought home gold in gymnastics and swimming, respectively, proving to the world that Black girls are indeed magical.
Manuel became the first African-American woman to win an individual event in Olympic swimming, tying Canadian Penny Oleksiak in the women’s 100-meter freestyle.