This Week In Good Black News: Beyoncé Makes History On the Country Albums Chart, Dawn Staley Wins Third National Championship, and Missy Elliot Headlines Her First Tour

Plus, Ja Rule Builds Classrooms in Ghana, and Queen Latifah Hosts First Concert at Marion Anderson Hall

1. Beyoncé Becomes First Black Woman to Hit No.1 on Billboard Top Country Albums Chart

Beyoncé has made history again. This time, she became the first Black woman to land at the top of the Billboard Top Country Album Chart with Cowboy Carter since the list premiered in January 1964.

In her first week, she debuted with 407,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. And it was her eighth album to top the Billboard 200.

Cowboy Carter also earned the most units for a country album in its first week since Taylor Swift’s released Speak Now (Taylor’s Version), which boasted 716,000 units.

2. Dawn Staley WIns Third National Championship

Dawn Staley is one of the GOATS of college basketball. As head coach of the University of Southe Carolina Lady Gamecocks, she led the team to a third national championship on Sunday (Apri 7) solidifying her status as a legendary coach.

"We've exceeded expectations, internal and externally," Staley said in an emotional post-game interview. "To be undefeated ... so unexpected. So, so very unexpected. There are plenty of times when I thought we should've won a national championship, but we didn't. This is somewhat of a repayment."

Under Staley’s leadership, South Carolina made history becoming the 10th unbeaten champion in Division I Women's basketball history and she became the first Black coach to have an unbeaten season in the history of the NCAA.

3. Missy Elliot Announces ‘Out Of This World: The Missy Elliott Experience’ Tour

For the first time in her legendary career, Missy Elliot will be headlining her own tour.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will be performing live throughout North America this summer accompanied by Hip Hop legend Busta Rhymes, R&B/pop superstar Ciara, and her long-time collaborator and super producer Timbaland.

“This is an incredible time in my life as I am experiencing so many milestone ‘firsts.’ Being the FIRST female Hip Hop artist to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and now going out on my FIRST headline tour,” Elliott said in a statement.

The highly anticipated tour includes stops in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Washington D.C., and more. The final show will take place at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois on August 22.

4. Ja Rule Builds Classrooms For A School In Ghana

Hip-hop legend Ja Rule is building state-of-the-art classrooms for a school in Ghana. In partnership with Pencils of Promise, the rap legend, along with his wife Aisha Atkins were in attendance for the groundbreaking ceremony for a six-unit classroom block and additional facilities for the St. John’s Anglican Basic School in Nuaso, Eastern Region.

“Giving back to any community, especially my Ghana family, is so important to me. I feel honored that I get to even be a part of a project like this and help students advance their education. ’m all about the kids and doing everything I can to make a difference in these communities. To my people at Pencils of Promise, I couldn’t have done this without you," Ja told "It’s been an incredible experience beginning the building of the new classroom block and I can’t wait to see these kids take on the world!”

He aslo took to X (formerly Twitter) to express his excitement about the project.

“Happy and excited to finally get to break ground on my school in Ghana next week… @PencilsOfPromis For the WIN!!! Ghana we going up next week," his post read.

5. Queen Latifah to Host the First Concert at Marian Anderson Hall, Home of The Philadelphia Orchestra

Queen Latifah is a trailiblezer and she will make history once again. The Academy Award nominee will host the first concert held at the newly renamed Marian Anderson Hall at the Philadelphia Orchestra.

The concert will include an orchestration of Florence Price’s arrangement of “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord,” which Marian Anderson sang at the historic Lincoln Memorial performance on April 9, 1939

Anderson was one of the most acclaimed opera singers of all time. She was the first Black singer to perform a lead role at the Metropolitan Opera and received awards including the first Presidential Medal of Freedom (1963), the Congressional Gold Medal (1977), the Kennedy Center Honors (1978), the National Medal of Arts (1986) and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1991).

6. Don Lemon Marries Longtime Partner Tim Malone

Don Lemon tied the knot with real estate broker Tim Malone in a ceremony held at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. The nuptials were attended by 140 of their family and friends on Saturday (April 6).

After being engaged for five years, the couple made a promise that they would eventually have a traditional wedding and they finally made it happen.

“I never thought that I would get married,” Lemon said. “For so many years of my growing up and hiding things, I never thought it could happen legally. But when you consider all the rights that people are trying to take away, I wanted to make sure that we get this done right.”

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