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Spotlight: Aviation Phenom La’Shanda Holmes

Phyllis_Armstrong_LTjg-Holmes_Points_to_WingsWings of a Warrior: A Black Aviator Soars into History

Life could have tethered La’Shanda Holmes, firmly grounding her dreams in harsh realities. Instead, the young woman who lost her mother to suicide at age two soared far above childhood hardships.

 The North Carolina native is the first African-American woman to become a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Coast Guard. Her years of academic and professional perseverance culminated with an historic walk across the stage at Naval Air Station Whiting Field. The Coast Guard’s first black female aviator, Lt. Jeanine Menze, pinned the wings on Holmes at the April 9 ceremony.

 “It was a really emotional experience. Both of our eyes were watering and she asked me ‘Are you ready...

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Mellody Hobson: Investment Mogul

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Mellody Hobson’s face is familiar to early risers – she’s the attractive financial contributor on ABC’s Good Morning America. She’s well suited for the job - polished and perky, with fine boned, bird like features and the figure of a disciplined ballerina. She talks about the importance of saving three months of living expenses in case of emergency and urges viewers to consolidate their 401ks. She’s worried about health care costs and department store credit card rates. In...

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Chef Carla Hall: A Sweet Sensation

carla_hall_peels_apple2Some television viewers with a taste for cooking competitions prefer their contestants a little on the sweet side. Carla Hall leaves the backbiting and catty remarks to other chefs vying for $500 million in cash and prizes on Bravo’s “Top Chef All-Stars.” Her effervescent personality and culinary creativity wins over fans who find jerk-free talent more appetizing.

Hall’s return to Top Chef Season 8 is her chance to take home the top prize this time. She will have to out cook the...

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