First Person: Chioma Dike’, a #BringBackOurGirls Activist, Uses Non-Profit to Advocate for Girls in Africa

When Chioma Dike’, founder and executive director for Africa’s Daughters Foundation, first learned that more than 200 girls were kidnapped overnight at a school in her native country, Nigeria, she wanted to do something about it. So Dike’, along with a number of other young professionals of African descent in the Washington, DC area, took […]

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Sheila Ford, of Mission to Mobilization, Fights For Prison Rights

While walking the halls of the Washington Convention Center last fall during the Annual Legislative Conference, a woman caught my attention. She was wearing a bright orange jump suit with the words written on the back in all caps: “I AM HUMAN.” Being inquisitive, I immediately walked up to her. I wanted to know her […]

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Dr. Reagan Flowers’ Passion for STEM in Minority Communities

When Reagan Flowers, Ph.D, a former teacher, saw a void in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) opportunities for students at urban schools in Houston, she launched C-STEM, a non-profit that provides services to teachers and students in areas of communications, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Since launching the organization in 2002, C-STEM has blossomed […]

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First Person: Rosetta Thurman, Founder of Happy Black Woman

After working in non-profit management for many years, Rosetta Thurman wanted more out of life and went on a journey to find her mission in life. She quit her job, went natural and began documenting her self-discovery through her blog, Happy Black Woman. In this episode of First Person, Thurman talks about her calling as […]

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First Person: Marianne Ali Overcame Addiction & Is Now Helping Others At DC Central Kitchen

After overcoming her nearly 20-year drug addiction, Marianne Ali participated in DC Central Kitchen’s culinary program and turned her life around. Now Ali is changing the lives of others as the Director of Culinary Training and First Helping Street Outreach at the DC Central Kitchen. First Person is emPower magazine’s new bi-weekly web series that […]

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