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Meet Lt. Col Merryl Tengesda, The First Black Woman Spy Plane Pilot

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Lt. Col Merryl Tengesdal, a Bronx native, has become the first Black woman to ever pilot the U-2 Dragon Lady — an ultra-high altitude reconnaissance aircraft used for intelligence gathering and can fly up to altitudes of 70,000 feet. According to an article by the United States Air Force, Tengesdal, “As a child she imagined…

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Meet The World’s First Black Woman Cruise Ship Captain

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First Black Woman Cruise Ship Captain

Back in the not-so-good-old days of cruising, women were considered to be bad luck on ships, a distraction to the crew and an anger to the seas. Until the 1970s, many professional maritime academies didn’t admit women, and there were no female cruise ship captains until 2007. Things are definitely getting better for women in the cruise industry: They now make up 18 to 20% of the workforce. But…

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What Happened To All The Black Jockeys?

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Justify won the Triple Crown on Saturday, making him only the 13th horse since 1919 to win the Triple Crown (and only the second since 1978). And for one day, horse racing might have been the biggest horse story in America. But after this past weekend, the attention of sports fans will quickly move on to other…

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Silent film of Black couple kissing discovered, added to National Film Registry

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They are on screen for less than 30 seconds, a couple in simple embrace. The man, dressed in a suit and bowtie, and the woman in a frilled dress. They hug and kiss, swing wide their clasped hands, and kiss again. Titled Something Good-Negro Kiss, the newly discovered silent film from 1898 is believed to be…

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