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Friday’s Fantastic Four: A Billion Dollar Business in 2 Years & Meet a 12 Year Old Genius



by G. Brown

There’s so much negative in the world…race problems, a problematic President, lies, deception, police brutality, blah, blah blah.

It’s enough to make you want to turn off the TV, social media and your phone and sit huddled in a corner.  But there are plenty of good things going on in the world too…people doing amazing things who can give us hope that the world is not lost.

Here are Friday’s Fantastic Four: People Doing Amazing Things!!!

Billion Dollar Baby!   Forbes Magazine…here’s a real, self-made billionaire(unlike Kylie Jenner).  Pat McGrath has been a name beauty industry insiders has  recognized and respected for the last two decades.  Her artistry delivered some of the most iconic looks on runways around the world.  In 2016, McGrath started her own makeup line. Two years later, her company is worth an estimated $1 billion after signing a new deal this week.  McGrath Labs signed on Eurazeo Brands as a minority shareholder in a $60 million deal.  A lot of people compared McGrath’s start up to Kylie Cosmetics which is hovering around the $800 million mark.  And Twitter wanted to call out Forbes for overlooking a woman who truly lives up to the “self-made billionaire” title they forced on Kylie Jenner…

12 Year Old College Graduate   DJ Tillman doesn’t have time for Fort Night, SnapChat or trips to the mall with the gang.  DJ was too busy finishing up finals and earning her Bachelor of Arts at Excelsior College.    The Chicago native was the youngest graduate from the college.  Dorothy Jean’s mom says she nicknamed her daughter “Dorothy Genius” when she realized her babygirl was extra special, “Dorothy, I believe, started doing double digits by four or three and we are really excited about the way she loved learning…”  DJ says she decided to fast track her academic career after she realized that regular school just wasn’t challenging enough.  DJ says, “In our culture, intellectualism and academic achievement has been diminished over time and I think it’s incredibly important, particularly at a time when there are questions about the value of a higher education.”  DJ plans to get her masters in environmental engineering, but in between all that her mom says she still finds time to be a little girl who loves hanging out with friends and blowing bubbles.

Open for Business  Jaequan Faulkner wanted to try his hand at running his own hot dog stand to earn his own money to buy new clothes.  So, he set up a tabletop business in front of his family’s Minneapolis home.  The 13-year old was a charmer and everybody loved him right away…well, not everybody.  Some people complained that the teen was violating city health department ordinances and didn’t have a permit to sell food and they wanted his business shut down.  But Environmental Health Director Dan Huff says, “…I said, ‘No, we’re not going to just go and shut him down’ like we would an unlicensed vendor…We can help him get the permit. Let’s make this a positive thing and help him become a business owner.” And that’s exactly what Huff and several other health inspectors did.  They volunteered to train Jaequan on food safety. Others volunteers stepped up to train him how to run a business and now a GoFundMe campaign is helping Jaequan purchase a mobile hot dog stand.


There’s No Debate-These Atlanta Students are the G.O.A.T  The 25 students came from Atlanta to participate in a debate tournament.  They left with an historic win.  The team known as “Atlanta’s Great Debaters” brought home the coveted championship from a single-elimination tourney hosted by Harvard University’s Debate Council.  The students matched wits against 400 other students from around the world including Europe and Asia.  Atlanta’s debate team were students from all across the city, some of whom had never competed before. The competition was tough- one Atlanta student said, “… Being a young, middle class, Black, public school student from the South created a stigma that automatically set me back in comparison to the competition — most of who were international students or from predatory schools in the Northeast,” The winners walked away with $10,500 in scholarship money.

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