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This Team Of Black Women Rowers Is Making History In A Big Way

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This Team Of Black Women Rowers Is Making History In A Big Way


On December 12 this all-female team of rowers set out to represent the twin islands of Antigua and Barbuda at The Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, one of the world’s toughest rowing competitions, that could span over 30 days.

Give a Black woman a challenge and watch her rise to the occasion. It’s an undeniable element entwined in her DNA that makes the impossible, possible, turns pain into passion, and flips the downright difficult into her greatest inspiration. Some say it’s “magic.” Some call it “blacknificence.” And others like Elvira Bell, Christal Clashing, Samara Emmanuel, and Kevinia Francis — collectively known as Team Antigua Island Girls — understand that it’s a culmination of hard work, sacrifice, prayer, and grit.

Last week, the women who had no prior rowing experience before this year, set off to make history as the first Black women, and the first all-Black team, to participate in and complete the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, a transatlantic race dubbed “The World’s Toughest Row.”  

The competition takes crews from La Gomera in the Canary Islands, Spain to Antigua’s …

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I am a future butterfly at the stage of growth when I am turning into an adult. I am enclosed in a hard case shell formed by love, family, and friends. It is the hardest stage of becoming a black butterfly. You will encounter many hardships only to come out stronger and better than what you went in. At this stage, you are finding out who you truly are and how to love yourself.

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