Baby Geniuses: Snapshots Of 7 Of Our Favorite Black Child Prodigies

August 31, 2012 ‐ By Nicole Akoukou Thompson

For most of us, childhood was the time where we ate glue, combed gum out of our hair, played games like ‘hot potato’ and read books that rhymed. For these children, that simply wouldn’t fly…they had bigger plans. These amazing children have outdone themselves time and time again, garnering respect because of their stellar academics, exceptional physical ability and amazing talents.

Gabrielle Douglas: Olympic Rock Star

A couple of months ago, we would have never guessed that a 16-year-old African American girl would take the Olympics by storm. Now, we can’t turn a corner or lift a magazine without seeing Gabby’s face on it or hearing her name. The young gymnast is the first woman of color and first African American to become the individual all-around champion, and she is the first American to earn gold in both team competitions and individual all-around. Since winning, she’s been on the cover of many magazines and even on the front of the Wheaties box. Skip the magazines, Wheaties??? You know you’ve made it big time when you’re on the front of the breakfast of champions!

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  • cw

    This is what I am talking about, black folks in a positive light. Now do more of these, please.

  • FYI: Pre-med is not a major at best it’s a program, but not a major.

  • Kitsy

    I read about Mabou Loiseau a while back. She and her parents are truly amazing! I look forward to reading about her accomplishments as she continues to grow up.

  • dontdoit

    I an LOVING this! These are the role models I have for my children! So proud.

  • c

    Finally an article that I don’t mind the clicking through the ads!
    This is what I thought Madame Noire was when I found the site, not another gossip site.

  • Tagirl

    Wow, thanks for this list. What an amazing group of kids!

  • Great stories. If only we could hear about more stories like this. If only ALL of our children lived in homes that allowed them to mentally flourish to the next level.