[08.15.16] PushBlack Now

1. The First American Woman to Win a Gold Medal in Shot Put is a Black Woman. [via Essence]

Michelle Carter made history by becoming the first American woman to win a gold medal in the Olympics.

“To be able to go out there and put the pieces together and pull it out, I’m just really excited.”

 -Michelle Carter

#BlackGirlMagic has been on full display this summer Olympics, as Michelle Carter joins the gold medal club alongside Simone Biles and Simone Manuel.

Read here: http://bit.ly/2b4P9lJ

2. Black 26-year-old Created a Multi-Million Dollar Tech Company. [via Atlanta Black Star]

Freddie Figgers, the CEO of Figgers Communication, created his own telecommunications company that is worth 2.2 million dollars.

“I was told no my whole life. The only person who believed in me was my father. No one believes you until they see a check. And that’s the story of my life … If you believe in something go for it.”
Figgers Communication manufactures handsets, provides cellular broadband, home phone and international calling, and wireless internet.

Read here: http://bit.ly/2bsX3WK

3. National Guard Deployed in Milwaukee After Police Kill Black Man. [via New York Times]

Sylville Smith, a Black man, was killed by police in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Protesters have been resisting, and the unrest has led to the Wisconsin governor to activate the National Guard.

Details about what happened prior to the killing of Sylville Smith are limited, however, we will keep folks posted throughout the week.

Read here: http://nyti.ms/2aVa7Tw