For the first time in American history, three Black swimmers joined the Olympic Team when it traveled to London this past summer. Lia Neal placed
fourth in the Olympic trials, becoming the second African American woman
to join the United States swim team, and Sabir Muhammad was the first Black swimmer to set an American record. What makes their achievements remarkable is that they shattered the myth that African Americans cannot swim.
Many stars are more than just pretty faces. A-listers must market
themselves, network and have talent just like anyone else in the
professional world. The difference is that celebrities are not just
selling a brand; they are the brand. Many well-known Black entertainers
realized their skills could be used in other avenues.
The oil-rich country of Qatar recently paid $250 million for Cézanne’s
painting The Card Players—making it the highest price ever for a work of
art. Obviously, Qatar thought it was a good investment. Art
can boost anyone’s investment portfolio, but you don’t need to spend
nearly as much.
The love story of actors Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis is well-known to
beloved fans everywhere, but the up-close-and-personal story will be
told in an upcoming documentary set to air next year, compliments of the
couple’s grandson, film director Muta' Ali.