On the Second Day of OZY ... - OZY | A Modern Media Company


To celebrate our fifth birthday, and the holidays, we’re looking back at some of the 700+ times OZY has put you ahead of the curve over the years.

By OZY Editors

OZY just turned five — so we’re taking the opportunity to wish ourselves a happy birthday and you a happy holiday season. To celebrate this milestone, we’re taking you through the 12 Days of OZY (one story today, then two, three, four etc. in the run-up to Christmas), telling you why we’re here and sharing examples of the 700+ times we have delivered on our promise to bring you ahead-of-the-curve, provocative and thoughtful news coverage.

OZY co-founders Carlos Watson and Samir Rao — lovers of great storytelling — looked out into the media landscape six years ago and found a stark lack of originality. Legacy outlets were offering similar headlines and failing to thrill curious readers in a way that would excite them about the world around them.

So OZY set off to do just that — and, to this day, feeds the minds of curious readers by offering them new takes on the exciting and surprising world around them, near and far. For your chance to win an OZY birthday gift — everything from hoodies and water bottles to tickets to next summer’s OZY Fest in NYC — please tell us how we’re doing by taking this survey (in the line asking for your email, mention “birthday” for a chance to win OZY prizes). And come back for Day 3.

No. 2: OZY Discovered the #BlackGirlMagic of Olympic Gymnast Simone Biles and Ballerina Misty Copeland Long Before Others

We promised to uncover the next big names in every field, including sports — to inform readers about the names and faces they would come to know and love in the years ahead. Two such sporting stars included Biles and Copeland, both powerfully strong, hardworking Black women who have achieved greatness in their respective fields: gymnastics and ballet.

Biles became the first African-American to win the world all-around title and the first African-American to win five national all-around titles. Copeland, meanwhile, was the first African-American woman to be named an American Ballet Theatre principal dancer.  

Why You Should Care: Because these two broke modern barriers of race, overcoming stereotypes to forge a place for the women who follow.

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