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Beijing, Black History Month, and College: <p>Black artist history day 28: Opera singer Camilla Williams.</p> <p>Camilla Williams was born in 1919 to a laundress and a chauffeur. She was the fourth and youngest child of the family. The Williams’ were poor, the music was an important part of their lives. Camilla’s grandfather was a choir leader and she grew up singing and playing piano.</p> <p>She later trained at Virginia State College, now Virginia State University, and received her bachelor&rsquo;s in music education. She was then awarded a scholarship to study music in Philadelphia with a prestigious voice instructor, Marion Szekely Freschl.</p> <p>In 1946 Williams became the first African American to receive a regular contract with a major American opera company, making her debut with the New York City Opera in the title role in Puccini&rsquo;s Madama Butterfly. She continued to sing throughout the United States and Europe with other opera companies and in 1951 she sang Bess in the landmark, first complete recording of Gershwin&rsquo;s Porgy and Bess.</p> <p>In 1977, she became the first African American appointed as Professor of Voice at Indiana University. She was also the first African-American vocal teacher at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. </p> <p>I really hope you’ve enjoyed this series on black artists for Black history month. We’ve covered singers, dancers, actors, musicians, painters, sculptors, poets and more :D I’ve had a lot of fun researching for this project and sharing what I’ve discovered with you.</p>

Black artist history day 28: Opera singer Camilla Williams. Camilla Williams was born in 1919 to a laundress and a chauffeur. She was the f...

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Beautiful, Confidence, and Life: Stop Body-Shaming Yourself; Confidence Starts With You @balleralert Stop Body-Shaming Yourself; Confidence Starts With You -blogged by @peachkyss ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On an episode of “The Real,” Tamera Mowry-Housley talked about gaining over 70 pounds while carrying her youngest child. Further into the conversation, the talk show host divulged the difficulty she’s had trying to lose the post-pregnancy weight. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What really hit me was when Tamera brought up body shaming, and how we often body shame ourselves. Over the years, I️ have learned that we are often our worst critics. Opinions from others do hurt at times but what hurts the most is how hard we are on ourselves. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It doesn’t matter if you’ve been overweight all your life, gained weight over the years, or just had a baby, we have to learn to love and appreciate ourselves. We often get so caught up in what other people think of us, that we begin to make adjustments based on others’ opinions. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When you are sick and tired of how you look in the mirror, you will make a change. But the change is on your terms, no one else’s. So stop body-shaming yourself and learn to love and accept who you are. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You are beautiful and most importantly, you are “You,” and no one else can change that.

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Memes, Homeschool, and Prestigious: The smartest kid on Earth!!! BYA Joshua Bec Award Winner Education BYA philosophy at Oxford 6 University Japanese and Crnese Mandarin book on writing a childron's Ancient Egypt Has plans to be a Neurosurgeon Meet Joshua Beckford, known as the smartest kid on Earth. At the age of six, he was and still is the youngest child in World History to attend the prestigious University of Oxford in England. Joshua excels at science, math, history, foreign languages and history. He's writing a Children book on Ancient Egypt. He plans on being a Neurosurgeon and Astronaut. At age 8, you were probably practicing a sport or was preparing for the third grade. Well, meet Jouaha Beckford. This particular young boy is by far not your average 8 year old. He studied at Oxford University at the age of 6,and he is the face of the National Autistic Society's Black and Minority (BME) campaign. It's put in to place to highlight the obstacles that people with black minority background often encounter when trying to obtain the access and support and services they need. Beckford is one of a kind, he is too advanced for his required school grades, so that lead him to being homeschooled. He excels in Math, Foreign Languages, History, Philosophy, IT and Science. A professor at City University named him as one of the smartest kids in the world. What an honor. This incredible kid already has his future mapped out of being a neurosurgeon ;he practices procedures appendectomy and gall bladder removal. He also plans to be an astronaut sometimes in life. Go Joshua! Www.thesource.com-2014-05-07-jousha-beckford-is-the-youngest-kid-to-attend-oxford-university-

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