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America’s first self-made female millionaire [video]

Want to learn about Madam C.J. Walker, who built a business empire and became America's first self-made female millionaire? Check out this video.
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An American laurel for translated masterpieces

The National Book Awards recently created a prestigious prize for works of literature, both fiction and nonfiction, translated into English. Authors, translators and readers will benefit.
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Scoring gains for disability rights on and off the track

The experiences of two women Paralympians show how competitive sports can open up opportunities and change the lives of people with disabilities.
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Black Panther shatters stereotypes and promotes science

Black Panther, the first Hollywood blockbuster centered on a black superhero and to star a mostly black cast, is defying long-held stereotypes about Africans and women.
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March Madness explained

If you come to study in the U.S., you’ll find that this is the time of year when college students and other Americans become obsessed with March Madness.
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Here’s a free poster saluting women in music

Grammy Award-winning musician Esperanza Spalding exemplifies women making history in fields that were once nearly exclusively male, like jazz.
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Persian New Year celebrations spring up across the U.S.

Each spring, Iranian Americans and others organize Nowruz festivals and events in the U.S. to welcome the New Year and pay tribute to their cultural heritage.
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Marveling at Michelle Obama’s portrait, this girl captures hearts

A photo of Parker Curry, who is 2 years old, in front of a new portrait of Michelle Obama electrified social media and captured hearts around the globe.
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Versatile Paralympian poised for another medal run

Born in Ukraine, Oksana Masters is a double-amputee who has become one of America’s most versatile Paralympians, winning medals in both the Winter and Summer Games.