Meet Nancy Abu-Bonsrah: Johns Hopkins’ first black female neurosurgeon resident in its 128-year history
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Meet Nancy Abu-Bonsrah: Johns Hopkins’ first black female neurosurgeon resident in its 128-year history

NANCY ABU-Bonsrah has made history by becoming the first black female neurosurgeon resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital in its 128-year history. Nancy, who is graduating from John Hopkins University and will go on to work in their neurosurgery department, received the news on Friday (March 17) which is known nationwide as “Match Day.” “Match Day” … Continue reading

Designer Azede Jean-Pierre, who once made outfit for Michelle Obama, is creating school uniforms for Haitian schoolchildren
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Designer Azede Jean-Pierre, who once made outfit for Michelle Obama, is creating school uniforms for Haitian schoolchildren

A DESIGNER who has clothed former First Lady Michelle Obama and Solange Knowles is giving back to her place of birth by creating school uniforms for students in Haiti. Azede Jean-Pierre’s work is described as a “sustainable high-end womenswear label for the intellectual, quirky and sophisticated free spirit”. On a recent trip back to a … Continue reading

Meet Nia Mya: A best-selling author at just eight years old
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Meet Nia Mya: A best-selling author at just eight years old

NIA MYA Reese may only be eight years old, but she’s already got a best-selling book under her belt. The schoolgirl, from Alabama, themed her acclaimed debut on caring for her five-year-old brother, Ronald Michael, who she describes as “downright annoying”. The aptly-titled how-to book How To Deal With and Care For Your Annoying Little … Continue reading

Meet 16-year-old Joshua Adeyemi: The London student who has landed a scholarship to the same school attended by Prince William
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Meet 16-year-old Joshua Adeyemi: The London student who has landed a scholarship to the same school attended by Prince William

LONDON SCHOOLBOY Joshua Adeyemi has been offered a £70,000 scholarship to Eton College, the same school attended by Prince William and Prince Harry. Selected out of hundreds of A* applicants, Joshua persevered through no less than three tests and six interviews before receiving news of his success. He told Southwark News: “I was ecstatic to … Continue reading

Teen motivational speaker pens book to help students cope with mental health after suffering a breakdown in university
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Teen motivational speaker pens book to help students cope with mental health after suffering a breakdown in university

AWARD-WINNING motivational speaker Hayley Mulenda is no stranger to The Young Empire. She first came to our attention last year for the work that she was doing to overcome the trauma of bullying while building a successful brand as a nationally-acclaimed entrepreneur. Now, the 19-year-old has yet another accomplishment to tick off her impressive to-do … Continue reading

Sidney Keys, 11, started a book club for young black boys to improve literacy rates by showing them characters who looked like them
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Sidney Keys, 11, started a book club for young black boys to improve literacy rates by showing them characters who looked like them

MEET SIDNEY Keys III, an 11-year-old boy from St Louis who is on a mission to improve literacy among young, black boys. Sidney started his own reading club for boys called Books N Bros to show his peers that reading can be fun by showing them books with characters who looked like them. “Every time … Continue reading

Matthew Smith, aged 11, will make history as the world’s youngest conductor when he commands 75-strong orchestra next month
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Matthew Smith, aged 11, will make history as the world’s youngest conductor when he commands 75-strong orchestra next month

AN 11-YEAR-OLD schoolboy from the UK is set to make history as the world’s youngest conductor when he leads the 75-strong Nottingham Symphony Orchestra (NSO) at the Royal Concert Hall in the city on April 2. Matthew Smith, a Grade 5 standard violinist who also plays the guitar, drums, piano and viola, takes the record … Continue reading