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Do you remember the book “Amazing Grace” by Mary Hoffman?

You probably remember it being read to you as a child, but now that you are older, after rereading it, you will realize that it is basically a how-to guide for little black girls on harnessing their #BlackGirlMagic, slaying, and dealing with naysayers who try to put black women in boxes.

The story basically goes like this:

Grace is a little black girl who loves the stories her grandmother tells her.  She loves them so much that she uses her imagination to act out all the parts at home creating amazing DIY costumes and getting into full character. When her teacher announces that the class is going to perform Peter Pan as a play, Grace already knows that this role of Peter Pan was meant for her and she is 100% ready to be the star.

Her classmates however are straight haters. One boy named Raj tells her she can’t be Peter Pan because Peter Pan is a boy. Another girl named Natalie tells Grace that she can’t be Peter Pan because she isn’t white. Like really these kids won’t let Grace live. They are trying to stop her from being great.

Grace goes home with tears in her eyes and tells her mom and grandma that she wants to play Peter Pan but that her classmates say she can’t because she isn’t a boy and she’s not white. This is where her grandma jumps in and turns this sad situation into a teachable moment.

The grandma takes Grace to a big theater where Romeo and Juliet is being performed as a ballet. It turns out that the woman who is leading as Juliet is a stunning black woman. Grace and her grandma stand outside of the theater starring up at a giant poster of this Black Juliet in all of her glory.

After the ballet, Grace goes home and dances around in her imaginary tutu as if she was Juliet. “I can be anything I want she screams.”

Grace goes to school on Monday and gets to the audition, slaying it in a way that can only be likened to that time on Fresh Prince when Aunt Viv joins the dance class and is told by the younger students that she can’t keep up because she is to old.[See Below]

Grace does so well that the class unanimously votes for her to play Peter Pan. Even the haters Raj and Natalie are blown away and they congratulate her. (Cue: ‘Where Ya At’ by Drake and Future)

When it comes to the actual performance, Grace…KILLS IT. She looks amazing and is basically the best Peter Pan ever. After recieving her congratulations from the crowd she says “I feel as if I could fly all the way home.” Her mom says “You probably could” and her grandma says “Yes, if grace puts her mind to it she can do anything she wants.”

Do you remember this book? 

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38 Black Owned Banks And Credit Unions: Putting Your Money Where It Counts

You always hear people talking about investing in the community and letting money circulate as a way to strengthen neighborhoods but did you know that doing this isn’t actually that hard?

It turns out that there are already over 35 African-American owned banks and credit unions in the United States where you can put your money if you find these type of efforts for financial stability and reinvestment in the Black community important.

Check out the list below!

  1. Omega Psi Phi Credit Union – Lawrenceville, Georgia
  2. Phi Beta Sigma Federal Credit Union – Washington, DC
  3. One United Bank – Los Angeles, California
  4. FAMU Federal Credit Union – Tallahassee, Florida
  5. Credit Union of Atlanta – Atlanta, Georgia
  6. North Milwaukee State Bank – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  7. Seaway Bank – Chicago, Illinois
  8. The Harbor Bank- Baltimore, Maryland
  9. Liberty Bank – New Orleans, Louisiana
  10. United Bank of Philidelphia – Philidelphia, Penn
  11. Alamerica Bank – Birmingham, Alabama
  12. Broadway Federal Bank – Los Angeles, California
  13. Carver State Bank – Savannah, Georgia
  14. Capital City Bank – Atlanta, Georgia
  15. Citizens Trust Bank – Atlanta, Georgia
  16. City National Bank – Newark, New Jersey
  17. Commonwealth National Bank – Mobile, Alabama
  18. Industrial Bank – Washington D.C.
  19. First Tuskegee Bank – Tuskegee, Alabama
  20. Mechanics & Farmers Bank – Durham, North Carolina
  21. First Independence Bank – Detroit, Michigan
  22. First State Bank – Danville, Virginia
  23. Illinois Service Federal – Chicago, Illinois
  24. Unity National Bank – Houston, Texas
  25. Carver Federal Savings Bank – New York, New York
  26. OneUnited Bank – Miami, Florida
  27. OneUnited Bank – Boston, Massachusetts
  28. Tri-State Bank – Memphis, Tennesse
  29. Citizens Bank – Nashville, Tennessee
  30. South Carolina Community Bank – Columbia, South Carolina
  31. Columbia Savings and Loan – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  32. Liberty Bank – Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  33. Liberty Bank – Kansas City, Missouri
  34. Citizen Trust Bank – Birmingham, Alabama
  35. Liberty Bank – Chicago, Illinois
  36. Liberty Bank – Jackson, Mississippi
  37. Toledo Urban Credit Union – Toledo, Ohio
  38. Hill District Credit Union – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Get That Money! Six Grants For Black Women-Owned Small Businesses

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Do you have a business that would benefit greatly with some extra financial help from a grant?

Today, Black women own roughly 14 percent of all businesses in the country owned by women, which tallies to around 1.3 million businesses, according to Huffington Post which also says,

“While nationally African American women comprise 14% of all women-owned firms, African American women comprise a greater than average share of all women-owned firms in Georgia (35%), Maryland (33%), and Illinois (22%).”

There are a lot of grants out there that get overlooked and while finding a grant specifically targeted toward African-American women can be challenging, the best way to bring in start-up funds is to look for funds targeted to minorities and women.

We at WatchTheYard.com suggest that you also look for industry-specific grants.

To help all of you small business owning ladies out there, we have created a list of small business grants for women.

Do you know of any good business grants for women? Tell us about them in the comment section below and share this list with an entrepreneur.

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Black Fraternity Fathers and Their Children Speak Out About The Importance of Great Dads

Members of Black fraternities make up some of the best fathers in the world.

To celebrate Father’s Day, we at Watch The Yard spent the entire week leading up to the big day highlighting fathers who are members of D9 orgs.

We have compiled a list of our favorite Father’s Day posts from Instagram for you to see that include some amazing, tearjerking and some funny posts about fatherhood from fathers and their children about the importance of having/being great father figures.

To get the chance of being on this list, post a picture of a father who is a member of a Black fraternity member and is wearing his letters with the hashtag #WTYfathers and a quote about what fatherhood means.

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