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Literary Icon And Beloved Author Toni Morrison Passes Away At 88

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The world is mourning the loss of beloved author and literary icon Toni Morrison.

Morrison’s family confirmed through publisher, Knopf Doubleday, early Tuesday morning that she passed away on Monday evening following a brief illness. She was 88 years old.

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Don’t miss the Finale of Mayor Bowser’s Empowered Women Series!

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Thank you for attending Mayor Bowser’s Empowered Women Series on Homeownership. We all received some vital information! We encourage you to take the next steps in becoming a future homeowner in the District.

Thank you to our guest speakers, real estate guru Deneira Owens and Todd Lee of DC Housing Finance Agency for sharing some great housing resources for women in the District!

As promised, we have shared programs and resources that can further assist your interest in Homeownership.

See you next week as we discuss Financial literacy at our final session of the Empowered Women SeriesRSVP today: DCEmpoweredWomen.eventbrite.com. 

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About Her Business: 3 Black Female Entrepreneurs Share Their Stories Of Continuous Growth At CURLFEST 2019

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This year’s CURLFEST was all about glowing, growing and sharing your knowledge! During BET Her’s women in business panel, we all were given a chance to learn from successful Black girl bosses Keisha Smith JeremieJunny Hibbert and Tori Soudan.

CURLFEST 2019 was not just about promoting established beauty brands. It gave young women a chance to share their up-and-coming businesses with their fellow attendees and also gave them access to women who already have skin in the game. As the founders of CURLFEST can attest to, building a business means stepping out of your comfort zone and putting yourself out there. Not only did we learn that from the Curly Girl Collective, but we learned it at the various panels especially the “About Her Business” panel presented by BET Her!

As moderator and senior vice president of BET Her, Stacey Hellman let us all know that Black women are not only the most educated group in America, but we are also booming business owners and start businesses more than any other demographic. Unfortunately, she informed us that Black women’s businesses fail at nine times the rate of any other group due to things like “access to capital, marketing and distribution.”

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Karen-Keys Gamarra for Fairfax School Board At-Large – DONATE TODAY

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About Karen

Karen Keys-Gamarra has been serving on the Fairfax County School Board in the 10th largest school district in the nation.  She is the only African American elected to a county wide position. Keys-Gamarra is an experienced child advocate and attorney who represents children from diverse backgrounds.

Karen’s professional focus is on developing solutions for children and families.  As a Board member, she address such concerns as providing greater access to Advanced Academics, improving special education services and inclusion practices, addressing discipline disparities, improving services to our military-connected students and strengthening  anti-bullying efforts.

Karen serves on the Governance, Audit and Community Criminal Justice Comittees.  Keys-Gamarra also serves as the liaison to the Title I Parent Advisory Committee.

Why Karen?

When slavery sums up a child’s exposure to black history in a classroom, we need a change in our educational system. When discipline referrals for black, brown and special education students are more than three times those of their counterparts, we need a change in our educational system.

When Advanced Learning classes don’t reflect the diversity of the community, we need a change in our educational system. These are just a few of the issues negatively impacting our community.

Education is the great equalizer in our society and every child deserves access to excellent education in their community schools. I’m Karen Keys-Gamarra and I ran for School Board in the 10 the largest school system in our nation because we need to make sure all students have access to quality education. As an attorney who represents the best interests of children and works to remove barriers for kids every day, I recognize that this effort necessarily includes addressing concerns within our educational system.

As a mother of three boys, all of whom are of African American and Hispanic descent, I know the fears of a parent who wants to make sure that their child is not only safe but prepared for the future. I ran for school board because these fundamental issues are critical to our community and to my family. Now that I have served on the Board for nearly 2 years, I have been steadfast in working to remove barriers to access to education.

I work to remove confederate names from our schools and championed discipline reform designed to limit discretionary punishment and instead, provide rehabilitative work that includes parents in developing solutions and second chances. I have also led efforts to make sure that more children have access to advanced learning opportunities because I truly believe that every child needs to discover their strengths without societal limitations. And I have advocated for a curriculum that reflects the history of our student body and a workforce that brings the strength of diversity to our schools.

I am an African American parent and Attorney who advocates for access to educational opportunity. When we change the culture of our schools so that every child can discover his or her potential, we will see the achievement gap disappear and our communities become stronger as a whole. As a Fairfax County School Board member representing the entire County, this is my pursuit and my purpose.

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