7 Things To Know About Brooklyn-Born Fencer Nzingha Prescod Before Rio

- By Bossip Staff

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…There are quite a few gifted women of color you may not have heard of yet who will be competing for the United States in sports that don’t often feature Black women front and center. That includes fencing. But 23-year-old Nzingha Prescod is hoping to change the elitist image of the sport and take home gold at the same time. Here are seven things you need to know about the Brooklyn-bred athlete leading up to the Olympics in Rio. She started fencing as one of many activities meant to keep her out of trouble. Raised by a single mom in Brooklyn, according to The New York Times, Prescod and her older sister took part in a little bit of everything and had packed schedules. They tried their hand at piano, gymnastics, karate, swimming and ballet. Prescod’s mother was hoping to keep the girls away from trouble by keeping them busy…

#BankBlackChallenge: Black-Owned Banks To Support

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Singer and activist Solange Knowles made her recent decision to bank Black known to the public. Some Black-owned banks, like the Atlanta-based Citizens Trust Bank, for example, have seen a surge in new depositors in the aftermath of the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Falcon Heights, Minnesota. It’s not a new call to action, but both the singer’s decision along with rapper Killer Mike’s BET and MTV News town hall plea for one million African Americans to deposit at least $100 in Black-owned banks in order to harness our economic power, combat institutional inequality and systemic racism, are gaining attention. According to the Federal Reserve, there are 23 Black-owned banks, savings and loan associations and credit unions throughout the U.S. If you are looking to open an account, here is a partial list of those Black-owned banking institutions…

Outfoxed: Fox News Founder & CEO Roger Ailes Resigns

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Roger Ailes, the founder of the Fox News Channel, has officially resigned from the network he helped build amid a growing sexual harassment scandal. Rumors surrounding a possible ouster of the network’s CEO and chairman developed in recent times, even with news breaking this week that Ailes’ position was possibly still safe. The Washington Post reports: Roger Ailes, the founder and chief executive of Fox News, has resigned from his position under fire, but will remain with the company until 2018 as a consultant, Fox News’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, said Thursday. Ailes will be replaced temporarily by Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of 21st Century Fox, the company said. The resignation marks the sudden and swift end to the 20-year reign of one of media’s most powerful moguls, a man who micromanaged talent acquistion at Fox, shaped its conservative viewpoint, and turned it into a ratings juggernaut…

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