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9 Black Child Prodigies Reveal How They Unlocked Their Genius Potential

Mabou Loiseau

By age 7, Mabou Loiseau, who is from a Haitian family, spoke eight different languages – English, French, Creole, Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic, Japanese and Russian. By then she had also learned to play the harp, clarinet, violin, drums, guitar and piano.

Her mother, Esther Loiseau, says Mabou has 13 to 15 teachers. When Mabou was only a year and a half, Loiseau hired teachers to speak several different languages to her. Loiseau says Mabou studies six days a week and has Sundays off. But she says her daughter still likes to work on Sunday.

“I read somewhere that before the age of 5, a kid can learn up to 10 languages with no problem. So I said let me start right away,” Loiseau said.


Tony Hansberry Jr.

Tony Hansberry Jr. 

At 14 years old, Tony Hansberry Jr. developed a new suture method for hysterectomy patients. As a result of the work of the young genius, the time it takes doctors to perform hysterectomies and the potential risk of complications has been reduced.

At age 12, Hansberry’s parents exposed him to the field of medicine by sending him to the Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts in Jacksonville, Fla.

His invention came about when they sent him to an internship at the University of Florida’s Center for Simulation Education the next summer, where he was able to participate in hands-on simulated medical work.

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18 thoughts on “9 Black Child Prodigies Reveal How They Unlocked Their Genius Potential

  1. Jimmie Owens says:

    Seems like they all have one thing in common. They start at an early age we have to expose our kids to as many learning opportunities as possible.

  2. Téion G Williams says:

    start early

  3. Champion Palmer says:

    Start early-from the womb. Learning style is mostly set in the first 3 years. Never too early!

  4. Neil Nelson says:

    Early and consistent development of our children will always pay off.

  5. Hannah Bosompem says:

    I really like the the simple formula that was given for Joshua Colas. I think it is important to teach our children at an early age about goal setting, discipline,positive mindset and hard work. I feel that setting goals teaches kids that they can achieve whatever they want in life if they make a plan, it teaches them about accountability, discipline and motivation.

  6. Tenika Bailey says:

    i noticed almost all of them had proactive parents, another thing i took away from the article was not to set your goals for your child based on what other kids are doing at that age.

  7. Ted Irving says:

    That is the key! They become use to it, old hat, common knowledge for them

  8. El Maat says:

    The article shows that education is not sending your child to a four corner building called School, College or University. But true education is hiring those who are experts in their various fields of learning to teach your child what THEY KNOW. You can hire a tennis star, a scientist, surgeon ect… to start training your child in the field you desire for them to master. That's how they become Masters. And this is what a MASTERS DEGREE really is.

  9. Wizzle Clizz says:

    I wonder how Stephen "speedkicks" Stafford's mother feels about him being a pro gamer, lol

  10. Sean Johnson says:

    Start early.

  11. Sean Johnson says:

    Start early.

  12. Yes, it is imperative that parents be engaged with their kids. The thing is, in this era, so many parents are not prepared to raise kids. That's why it is the responsibility of us all to look out for one another, and to teach the knowledge that we have gained to another. Some people don't understand how the world works, or how to best play the cards that they've been dealt. It takes a village to raise a child. I'm glad all of these kids had parents who were so interested in education, but the onus falls on all of us to collectively build each other up, even with a word of encouragement and not to be crabs in a barrel, or have the "I got mine" mentality. I am studying human services and sociology, and hope to inspire us all to reach our full potential, in our own individual and unique ways!

  13. El Maat says:

    The idea of pre K and public State run Schooling was the brain child of the GermManys. They said it was necessary to take a child away from it's mother as (early as possible) in order for it to be trained to answer to STRANGERS ie… State workers and not to it's maternal or paternal parents.

  14. El Maat says:

    This is strictly a non African and non Aboriginal Native custom invented by the imperialist colonizers for their ex colonial slaves now needing to be absorbed and or amalgamated into the customs set forth by the dominate ruling classes of Aristocracy world wide.

  15. To all the people who responded to this post please friend request me! You guys are the type of like-minded individuals that I would love to have apart of my network! Lets start by rebuilding our community that will.allow us to use our resources to nuture our childs talents, skills and turn their weakness into strenghs!

  16. Im loving the TRUTH that you tell! We are All Knowing spiritual beings taught to forget over time.

  17. We have a lot kids like loiseau in Haiti.unfortunately the world don't know them.

  18. African people built pyramids but ignorant, and racist keep saying that aliens built it.

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