20 Black Child Prodigies Mainstream Media Doesn’t Talk About

20 Black Child Prodigies Mainstream Media Doesn’t Talk About

In a day in age where videos flood YouTube with young black girls twerking and non-black young girls aspiring to be twerkers, we need a forefront of positive role models for the black community.

And here they are….

Andrew Koonce, 15, is a talented African-American violinist from Atlanta. His list of awards and titles are impressive. As an eighth grader, he ranked first place at the Heritage Music Festival in Florida, winning the Maestro Award for best solo.

At 17, Rochelle Ballantyne is one of the top chess players in the world. This Brooklyn, N.Y., native is a high school senior now, but her name is still at the top of Intermediate School 318′s list of best players. She is on the verge of becoming the first black American female to earn the title of chess master.

Ginger Howard from Philadelphia, is an American professional golfer on the Symetra Tour. At 17, she was the youngest African-American to turn professional and win her first debut tournament. She is the first African-American to earn a spot in the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team.

While most of his peers slog through seventh grade, Stephen Stafford, 13, earns credits toward his pre-med, computer science and mathematics degrees at Morehouse College in Atlanta. The wide-smiling, fast-talking, classical piano-playing Lithonia, Ga., resident has been labeled a “prodigy” (a term he doesn’t really like).

Jaylen Bledsoe, 15, of Hazelwood, Mo., is a rare breed of high school sophomore. He started his own tech company, Bledsoe Technologies, which specializes in Web design and other IT services when he was just 13 years old and expanded it into a global enterprise now worth around $3.5 million.

Carson Huey-You The 11-year-old is the youngest student ever to attend Texas Christian University. Carson, who plans to become a quantum physicist, is taking calculus, physics, history and religion in his first semester. Given that he was devouring chapter books by age 2 and attending high school by age 5, the boy genius might reach his goal of attaining a doctorate degree before age 20.

Adam Kirby’s parents knew he was brighter than most other children when, at 23 months, he potty trained himself after reading a book on the subject. So advanced was he for his age, that Dean and Kerry-Ann Kirby took their firstborn to get his IQ tested at just two years old. The London native was found to have a score of 141 – higher than many U.S. presidents – despite not even being old enough to fully communicate. He was then invited to join Mensa, where he became the high IQ society’s youngest boy at two years and five months.

The Imafidons are Britain’s smartest family and have become international models of academic achievement. Dr. Chris Imafidon and Ann Imafidon came from Edo State, Nigeria, to London over 30 years ago and their children have broken national records in education. Anne-Marie, 23, the eldest child, is multi-lingual. She speaks six languages and graduated from college at age 10. At 13, she was the youngest person to pass the U.K.’s A-level computing exam. She went on to attend John Hopkins University in Baltimore and received her masters degree from Oxford University, all before she turned 20 years old. In 2009, fraternal twins Peter and Paula made headlines for becoming youngest students to enter secondary school at age 6. Their older sister, Christina, was 11 when she was accepted to study at any undergraduate institution in Britain.

Polite Stewart Jr. was 3 years old when his parents pulled him out of day care and his father began teaching him at home. The Baton Rouge, La., native loved learning science — and he clearly had an aptitude for it. At 14, he enrolled as a full time student at Southern University, majoring in physics. Polite graduated in December 2012 at 18, and is believed to be the youngest to do so in the university’s history. He plans to pursue a career that will allow him to apply the science he loves to the real world.

Anala Beevers of New Orleans learned the alphabet at four months of age and learned numbers in Spanish by the time she was 18 months. Now, at 4 years old, she is one of Mensa’s newest members.

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.

Living in Kenya’s Masai Mara, Richard Turere 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.

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.

At 7 years old, Zora Ball has become the youngest person to create a mobile video game. The Philadelphia native developed the game using programming language Bootstrap, usually taught to students between the ages of 12 and 16 to help them learn concepts of algebra through video game development.

Sierra Leone has power lines, but they seldom deliver electricity. So 16-year-old whiz kid Kelvin Doe built his own battery using acid, soda and metal parts scavenged from trash bins that he now uses to light up area homes and help him work on his inventions. Among other gadgets to his credit is a homemade radio transmitter with a generator that he uses to run his own community radio station under the handle DJ Focus.

Ola Orekunrin – “Against all odds, I passed my A-Levels with flying colors, started my degree at the University of York at 15. I supported myself all through, working. I wrote my final medical examinations at 21, thus emerging the youngest medical doctor in England,” said Ola Orekunrin. Determined to make a difference in medical practice, Orekunrin decided to set up The Flying Doctors, the first air ambulance service in West Africa. It basically provides critical care transportation solutions to both the private and public sector by selling yearly air ambulance cover plans to states, companies and individuals.

Stephanie Asante came to the U.S. in the third grade and met her future business partner, Nshira Turkson, in the seventh grade. They collaborated on a class project, Goo Goo for Ghana, in April 2010, collecting toys and clothing. After shipping more than 250 items to a Ghanaian orphanage, they used the same business plan for their new nonprofit, Born From Love. Asante, a senior at West Springfield High School who wants to study medicine, has Boston University, Tulane and Columbia universities in her plans for the future.

At 12, enrolled in a program for talented youth, Daquan Chisholm was assigned to create something to make the world better. He designed a walkie-talkie, bulletproof helmet. “That was the first thing that came to mind, making the police feel safer walking the streets,” said the Baltimore native.

Andrea Pugh – At the age of 16, Pugh already had a minor planet named after her. It was the second-place prize she earned at the 2010 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in San Jose, Calif. “That’s a highlight for me,” says Pugh. Her project for the fair looked at ways to infuse nutrients into soil as a better method of preparing it for growing crops.

In 2009, Joshua Hall discovered the widespread horror of human trafficking and child slavery in Ghana through the service-based program, Journey for Change. Since returning from the West African country, the Frederick Douglass Academy IV Secondary School student has spoken about modern-day slavery at high schools, universities and the United Nations. He is one of four recipients of a Teen Nick 2010 Halo Award.


Kendrick Lamar – Control

If you know hip hop, I mean really know hip hop > music and how to read between the lines…. If so, then you were able to listen to this freestyle by Kendrick Lamar and know this is a reverse diss.

Who’s names he did not say are the one’s he did not give homage to….

Hip Hop is NOT dead > It’s just missing so many artists not given the light too many untalented motha fck’s get…. Kendrick Lamar is good, Lupe Fiasco is great, NAS is one of the best…. CHRIS NESS is an artist who needs the light (!

Ready to see more talent in the mainstream light!


New Music Tuesday drop from Chris Ness x Aunjel Adams

New Music Tuesday drop from Chris Ness x Aunjel Adams

It’s Tuesday and new music from Chris Ness x Aunjel Adams is here to put you in a zone!

From the recording studio where so much art is being made to the web. This project in the making has got me waiting for it’s completion.

Feels Like Drugs is a song that takes you to a natural high, a universal experience.

Chris Ness is a well versed lyracist and Aunjel Adams melodic artistry is a touch well heard.


Raspberry Jelly

Raspberry Jelly

Another drop from Chris Ness featuring Aunjel Adams!Raspberry Jelly is one of those joints that let you know that hip hop and the soul it can carry is still alive.

Chris Ness never fails in his delivery of the art of sound and Aunjel Adams has added such an alluring touch to the music.

Their project in the making (title to be announced) is definitley going to be worth the ears of the masses. When good music is alive, the poeple need to hear and feel such artistry. Hip Hop has so many under-ground artists who aren’t given the chance to share their craft at a level of mainstream due to the corporation owned radio and television.

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for a new light to be shed on hip hop.


Brandy doesn’t look like she’s aged a day!

Brandy doesn't look like she's aged a day!

Brandy knows exactly how to rock some braids! Hair done By Adele Supreme! — The BET The Game star posted brand new pics of her new braids on Instagram. I think brandy looks great.
It Don’t seem like she is getting older. Maybe it’s love?? Brandy is set to get married later this year!! We love the way she has rejuvinated her career. Check out new episodes of Bet The Game on Tuesday’s 10pm Starring Brandy. 


LiL Wayne top story in the news- Is he worth that slot?

Rapper LiL Wayne has been suffering from seizures for the past few months and has been hospitalized at Cedar Sinai. My sister works at the hospital LiL Wayne is being treated, but is unable to give details due to HIPAA. As know from many sources available to the public, it has overly exaggerated that he was on his death bed.

According to sources, Weezy overdosed on his beloved, very dangerous sizzurp, and is only JUST coming down from the high!

His latest tweet on Mar 15th:
Lil Wayne WEEZY F ‏@LilTunechi
I’m good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love.

My question is > How is this headline news?
We’ve got our brothas & sistas dying in the Motherland Africa everyday, but this rapper who has no regard for his black women and fellow black men is on the front line with HIS OWN INDUCED SICKNESS.

His lyrics are full of words promoted to disregard any respect a woman is deserving of.

His latest song: Love Me featuring Drake & Future shows exactly how these men feel and think of when it comes to the opposite sex. I wonder what these women are thinking about, or lack thee of, when being featured in such a music video. Is it something they would sing along to? Is the paycheck enough to make them not think and refuse to stand for woman-hood..?

The song includes lines stating:
Long as my Bi+@he3 love me.
These 304’s got pu$$ies like craters, can’t treat them like ladies.
As soon as i cum, I come to my senses.

See the video and remaining horrible so-called lyric here:

It seems women are still looked at as subjects only suitable for pro-creating and essentially pleasing men. What era are we living in? It’s quite sad most, not all, but most men still have this ice-age type mindset.

When will women, across the world, be looked at as the Queens that they are? Not, body parts to use, misuse, abuse and discard of when a new one comes along…

BLACK MEN, OPEN YOUR EYES AND MINDS TO A HIGHER STATE OF BEING. Treat women as they were your Mother or daughter. Respect for who gives you life, is respecting yourself.