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Things That Gave Us Life: The Still Got It Edition

Photo credit: Flickr user  Sandra Alphonse

Photo credit: Flickr user Sandra Alphonse

Things That Gave Us Life: The Still Got It Edition

Words: Ashley Poag

Our weekly roundup of the best things that happened online and IRL.

Patti LaBelle killed it on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. The legend danced the salsa to 50 Cent’s “In Da Club,” leaving the judges—and most of us—in awe. We hope we move like this when we’re 70!

Serena Williams Vogue

Serena Williams continues to make headlines. The tennis champ shot her own version of Beyonce’s  “7/11” to celebrate being on the cover of Vogue. That’s a reason to “smack it, smack it in the air"!


Who said black people can't swim? Simone Manuel, Lia Neal, and Natalie Hinds, all African-American women, took home the top spots in the Division 1 NCAA Championship women’s freestyle swimming event this past weekend, making history and breaking records.. 


Grammy award-winning singer Brandy Norwood is set to play Roxie Hart in the Broadway revival of Chicago, a major first in her career. 


If you recognize ground-breaking music, then you won't surprised by this at all: Lauryn Hill will see her debut solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill entered Into the Library of Congress.


Popular YouTube vlogger Franchesca Ramsey, best known for her video “Shit White Girls Say to Black Girls,” has teamed up with an animator to create this awesome video that explains a concept many are having a hard time understanding: the basic concept of privilege.


Ariana Miyamoto made history by becoming the first multiracial contestant to be crowned Miss Universe Japan. Despite facing criticism that she is “hafu,” and therefore not Japanese enough,  20-year-old Miyamoto still keeps a positive attitude. “I’ll believe in myself and continue doing my best.”


Scandal star Kerry Washington continues to inspire: During the 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards she gave an acceptance speech that tackled the controversial issue of homophobia in the black community.


Ashley Poag is mater mea's intern and an aspiring multimedia journalist.