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Photographer Teaches Children About Black Leaders By Playing Dress-up



(Reuters) – Photographer Tricia Messeroux wanted children to learn more about Black history in the United States and elsewhere—and have fun doing so.

So she had them dress up and pose as famous activists.

The photos are collected in her latest coffee table book, part of her Toddlewood brand. It features images of over 30 pint-sized versions of Black leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Angela Davis, Ava DuVernay and Nelson Mandela.

“My vision was really to educate kids in a very entertaining and visual arts way about these activists and about these change makers,” said New York-based Messeroux.

Messeroux, who grew up in Boston, said she missed out on learning about significant figures in Black history in school, so she wanted to give children the opportunity to be part of the book’s creation and to understand the importance of Black civil rights activists.

The images of the actual activist are shown side-by-side with the image Messeroux created, along with brief bios.

Makaio Bey, 12, took on the persona of former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who knelt during the national anthem at the start of football games in protest of police brutality and racial injustice.

“I know that I’m going to, like, change the world maybe someday or like least spread a message that Black lives matter,” said Bey.

Nine-year-old Nia Thompson wanted to celebrate her heroine Harriet Tubman, who escaped slavery in the 1800s and later helped guide others to freedom.

“I actually don’t know where I’d be without her. Like if, if she didn’t do this, I don’t know where I’d be.”

Thirteen-year-old Jonathan Ridore portrayed late congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis. His portrait was shot on the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where Lewis led protesters to demand equal voting rights for Black Americans.

“It felt very inspiring because it felt good to like play somebody that took a big part of the civil rights movement,” said Ridore.

Messeroux said that shoot was one of the most memorable.

“It was really inspiring to see a little boy not only look like him, but also the site of Representative John Lewis‘ last speech… it was really a surreal moment just to be on that bridge.”

(Reporting by Alicia Powell; writing by Diane Craft; Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)

Lyron Foster is a Hawaii based African American Musician, Author, Actor, Blogger, Filmmaker, Philanthropist and Multinational Serial Tech Entrepreneur.


Dwayne Wade Purchases Ownership Stake in Utah Jazz; Plans to Use Opportunity to Expand Impact



NBA superstar Dwayne Wade has purchased a minority ownership stake in the Utah Jazz. The retired Miami Heat guard is expanding his basketball legacy beyond the court.

“Proud and excited to become a part of the Utah Jazz family with Ryan Smith and the rest of the amazing ownership team,” Wade posted on Instagram. “As a businessman, entrepreneur, and investor, I bring a lot to this partnership outside of my basketball experience. I’m excited to help take the Utah Jazz to the next level.”

Dwayne Wade Joins the Utah Jazz Ownership Team

Last year, tech billionaire Ryan Smith and his wife Ashley purchased a majority stake in the Utah Jazz. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Smith purchased the franchise for $1.66 billion. Smith spoke to Wade about the opportunity to join the team’s ownership group. Wade believed it was a perfect match and agreed to the deal.

“As we continue to build on the incredible legacy of the Utah Jazz franchise, we are excited to add Dwayne’s experience and expertise to the equation,” Smith said in a statement.” Utah is an amazing place and I couldn’t be more thrilled about the future of the franchise and the future of this state. Dwyane’s influence will be important to both.”

In 2019, Wade retired from the NBA after a 16-year playing career. Although he spent the majority of his career with the Miami Heat, he also played for the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers. The three-time NBA champion and 13-time NBA All-Star is now focused on opportunities that will allow him to go beyond himself. At the same time, he’s staying true to his love for the Miami Heat.

“The respect I that I have for that [Heat] organization will not go anywhere, the love that I have for the [Heat] fans — that goes nowhere,” Wade told ESPN. “But this is about the next phase of my life as an investor, a businessman, an entrepreneur. For me, this is an opportunity to grow.”

Dwayne Wade Plans to Expand Community Impact

Wade joins a list of other retired basketball legends who have NBA ownership stakes. His childhood role model, Michael Jordan, is a majority owner in the Charlotte Hornets. Jordan played an influential role in what Wade defined as possible. Now, he aspires to expose more youth to opportunities beyond what they see in their neighborhoods.

Wade grew up on the south side of Chicago. After his parents divorced, he lived with his father in Robins, Illinois. He’s witnessed a lot of black men fall due to a lack of support and guidance. Wade plans to use this opportunity to support more underrepresented youth, including providing scholarships. Jazz owner Ryan Smith is known for granting scholarships. Wade knows that his Utah Jazz ownership stake will have an impact beyond the court.

“I’m a living example that fairytales do come true,” he shared with The Salt Lake Tribune. “I’m excited about what this not only does for the NBA, but what it does for the little boys and girls out there that look like myself.”

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