Zaila Avant-garde: The First African-American Winner Of The Scripps Spelling Bee, And Basketball Prodigy

In the following videos, watch 14-year-old Zaira Avant-garde’s extraordinary gifts in action––both on the court and on the stage. Read the full feature story here.

Ayanna Nicole

Hi! I’m Ayanna, a writer and artist. Although I graduated from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte with two degrees in art and psychology, I’ve had a passion for writing for as long as I can remember. By following my dreams and utilizing my creativity, I designed Jaro Magazine with the ultimate intention of bringing more positive stories in the black community to the forefront, while also highlighting our versatile and vibrant culture through Jaro’s four modes: film, books, art, and music. I also manage a book hub, which you can find on Instagram @bloomingliterature.

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