18 Black Child Prodigies Mainstream Media Doesn’t Talk About

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Diamond Shakoor

The 12-year-old girl is one of the best chess players in the country. With close to 250 tournaments played, Diamond is a seven-time national champion. At age 8, she was the youngest African-American female to go undefeated in a Chess National competition.

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Richard Turere

Living in Kenya’s Masai Mara, Richard was given the task of finding a way to protect his family’s cattle without harming any lions. Three weeks and much tinkering later, Richard had invented a system of lights that flash around the cow shed, mimicking a human walking around with a flashlight. His system is made from broken flashlight parts and an indicator box from a motorcycle.

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Maya Penn

Maya Penn’s small business-success story has appeared in Forbes, Black Enterprise, Ebony, Huffington Post, Rebook and Atlanta’s Fox 5 News. Now 12 years old, she started out crafting ribbon headbands for family friends at age 8.

Though she works on the business just part time, Maya’s ideas are on track to bring in about $55,000 in sales this year. She also vows to give away 10 percent of her profits to Atlanta-area charities. Penn, whose company is profitable, has donated $4,000 along with many volunteer hours.

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Comments

  1. Rita Powell says:

    I think this is a great article and that the parents of these children should be congratulated on seeing the specialness in their children and nurturing that. I just know there are so many more children out there who have something very special but whose parents are just passing what they do off as cute instead of finding out whether or not they may have a Genius on there hands.

  2. The powers that be in this society as well as other countries, have no desire to depict melinated people such as these in a positive light. Keep in mind they have placed a great deal of thought and money into devising the plans that have resulted in motivating melinated youth in a manner and fashion that results in them not investing in themselves. Quite naturally they do not wish to bring attention or celebrate these young queens and kings for the awesome extraordinary shining souls that they are.

    The powers that be has invested a tremendous amount of thought and financial resources to create a generation of melinated youth into an undisciplined, directionless massive source of human driftwood, Whose purpose is to serve as a endless financial resource for the private prison industry.. For this reason they will avoid shining the light of attention on these brilliant young king and kings They utilized the power and influence of their media resources at every opportunity to display us to the world as incorrigible dysfunctional criminals..

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