Women Leaders Are Dwindling – So How Do We Create New Female CEO’s?

LAST WEEK WE TALKED ABOUT THE WAGE GAP. TODAY WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE LEADERSHIP GAP?

Last week, one of the iconic women of corporate America – Indra Nooyi – announced she was stepping down as CEO of PepsiCo after 12 years at the helm. As a result, the number of female CEOs fell again, and the number of female CEOS of color was reduced to a mere handful.


MANY ARTICLES HAVE NOTED THAT IN THE PAST YEAR, WE HAVE SEEN A 25% DECLINE IN WOMEN LEADING S&P 500 COMPANIES. ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT THE NUMBER OF WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP POSITIONS?

 I absolutely want to see more women in corporate America. To put the numbers in perspective, we have gone from 32 female CEOs last year, to 24 this year. The fact that there are 25% fewer women in leadership roles than there were last year tells us the trendline is going in the wrong direction. Without question it’s good for America and good for business where there’s no glass ceiling.

However, I would be cautious about reading too much into this particular move. Some of the women who have stepped down this year, like Indra Nooyi, are simply ready to retire. Others may have had issues related to performance. Some may be choosing to do something else. A lot of work remains, but this move in particular is not part of the bigger problem. In fact, under Indra, PepsiCo has been a leader in empowering women in their workforce.

WHY ARE SO FEW WOMEN BECOMING CEOS, AND HOW DO WE CHANGE THAT?

 The biggest problem we have is that there is simply not a bench for companies to choose from that this point. Most of corporate America has failed to create a  pipeline that allows successful women to reach the senior management roles. Just look at the numbers!

According to Catalyst, a nonprofit that advocates for women, while women make up half of the workforce, just 39 percent management roles were filled by women in 2017. And the number of women in senior roles decline from 23% in 2017 to 21% this year. These figures tell me that corporate America continues to admire the problem rather than doing something about it.

Diversity in the work force is the only thing that we are always working on in corporate America. Everything else is make or break. To fix the problem, people have to be rewarded for making progress, and held accountable it they do not.

WHY IS DIVERSE LEADERSHIP SO IMPORTANT?

First and foremost, it is good for business. Studies show that companies with diverse leadership are more profitable. To be a best in class company in the 21st century, you want to have a team that can interact with a global customer base, can build the best supply chain, and that reflects and understand the interconnected world we live in.

On top of this, studies show that if you want to solve a problem, you want to have a group of people with many different perspectives. Ultimately, diversity is a competitive advantage. Finally, it is just the right thing to do. Our companies should reflect our diversity as a country. There is the saying you can’t be what you can’t see. By increasing the number of women and people of color in leadership roles, we are allowing children from all walks of life to recognize they can be anything they want.

Mellody Hobson is President of Ariel Investments, a Chicago-based money management firm that serves individual investors and retirement plans through its no-load mutual funds and separate accounts. Additionally, she is a regular financial contributor and analyst for CBS News. 

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Dating app Bumble has just released The Female Film Force

And it’s all about girl power.

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Our favourite female-led dating app, Bumble has announced a new initiative that aims to support women filmmakers and directly redress the gender imbalance in the film industry (the lack of diversity and gender pay gap are prominent in TV and film).

The Female Film Force features five all-female filmmaking teams who have each been granted £20,000 to create a short film. Proudly championing a range of diverse, brave and confident women, each team consists of aspiring writers, directors and producers. The five teams were picked from a group of ten who were originally shortlisted by judges who included actor Fiona Gillies and DJ Edith Bowman.

‘The Female Film Force is an empowering initiative that set out to shine a light on the imbalance in the film industry and provide women across the UK and Ireland with the opportunity to tell the stories they are itching to tell’, notes Louise Troen, VP International Marketing & Communications at Bumble.

‘The programme seeks to encourage women to have the confidence to take the plunge, take risks and believe in themselves’.

The winning pitches include a documentary that explores Japan’s Ama divers (the ‘women of the sea’) and a fiction piece, which sees a heroic matriarch attempt to escape a government-decreed death sentence before her eightieth birthday arrives.

All five films will be delivered in January 2019.

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NBC Names First ‘Female Forward’ Class in Effort to Empower Women Directors

There will be powerhouse women in the director’s chairs of your favorite NBC shows thanks to a new initiative. NBC Entertainment recently announced the inaugural class of a program called Female Forward, and the initiative is set to increase the presence of women calling the creative and production shots for top shows.

“We’ve proven time and again that our pipeline programs discover undeniable talent who bring a fresh point of view to their work, and our first Female Forward class is no exception,” said Karen Horne, NBC Entertainment’s VP of programming and talent development and inclusion, in a news release. “Diversity in the director’s chair encourages inclusion at every echelon of a production, and our hope is that these 10 women will join the ranks of other women directors who have exponentially affected change by opening doors for those who follow them not only in their field, but across our industry.”

The finalists will be working on series including Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Chicago Med, Good Girls, Superstore, The Blacklist, Chicago Fire, Blindspot, A.P. Bio, and Law & Order: SUV. They were chosen from more than 1,000 applicants and are composed of industry professionals who have led projects including films selected at the Tribeca Film Festival, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival, among others.

“As executives who have consistently been working to get more female directors on our shows, it’s so meaningful that one of our first big acts as co-presidents is to officially welcome this inaugural class of talented directors to the NBC family,” said Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, co-presidents of NBC Entertainment’s scripted programming, in the release.

To qualify for the program, which was launched last August, the Female Forward candidates had to have directing experience in their fields—in mediums that could include feature films, music videos, commercials, digital content and theater—and they could have no more than one credit for scripted TV under their belt.

“What makes this moment even more significant is the realization that by next season our colleagues across the industry will have a larger pool of experienced women to choose from as they are staffing their shows, and that number will multiply as the program culminates year after year,” Katz and Pakosta added. “Our goal is to completely eliminate the often-heard excuse—which we strongly believe simply isn’t true—that the reason there isn’t parity in the field is that there aren’t enough qualified women, and we feel confident that this program will begin to change that narrative.”

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Octavia Spencer to play first black, self-made female millionaire Madam C.J. Walker in Netflix series produced by Lebron James

Octavia Spencer is set to play the nation’s first black, self-made female millionaire in an upcoming Netflix series.

The 46-year-old Oscar winner will play Madam C.J. Walker, an entrepreneur who built a beauty and hair care empire in the early 1900s, Netflix announced Sunday.

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The Julia Child Foundation is giving a major award to female chefs — for the first time ever

The Julia Child Foundation is giving a major award to female chefs — for the first time ever


The Julia Child Foundation is giving a major award to female chefs — for the first time ever

In “news we’re ecstatic to report,’ the Julia Child Foundation has announced that it will grant the next Julia Child Award to their first female chefs ever. The organization, founded in 1995, aims to provide grants for culinary research and scholarships for those hoping to work in the food industry, and this specific award is for chefs “who have made a profound and significant difference in the way America cooks, eats, and drinks,” according to the foundation’s website.

The New York Times reported yesterday, July 17th, that the award’s first female recipients will be chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, the duo behind the Border Grill in Los Angeles.

“It’s an obvious time to recognize women,” Eric Spivey, the chairman of the foundation, told the Times. “Susan and Mary Sue have empowered women during their careers.”

Milliken and Feniger have worked together for 35 years, according to the Julia Child Award’s website. The two met when Milliken was serving as the first female chef at Le Perroquet in Chicago, and they went on to found the Border Grill. Today, their restaurant has three locations throughout L.A. and one at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. In addition to being the first female recipients, Feniger and Milliken are the first team to win the award.

Milliken told the Los Angeles Times that she had always admired Julia Child, saying “I remember feeling like she was such a professional and somebody I would love to emulate.” She added that she was “blown away” that she and Feniger are the first female recipients.

“Maybe we’ve reached a time where people are actually being a little more cognizant of how embedded the whole boys club is in the culinary world and how it needs to get shaken up,” she told the Times. 

Feniger and Milliken will be honored on November 1st during the Food History Gala at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. In addition to receiving an award with their names engraved on it, the honorees will be able to choose a food-related charity to which the foundation will donate $ 50,000.

We’re stoked to see female chefs getting the recognition they deserve. Hopefully this is a sign that the “boys club” of the culinary world is coming to an end. Congratulations to Milliken and Feniger!

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Queen Latifah To Fund and Produce Movies For Independent Female Filmmakers

Still a few years shy of 50, Queen Latifah has already racked up a lifetime of achievements that include a Grammy, Emmy, and a Golden Globe Award. Throughout her illustrious career, the hip-hop pioneer has stood as a powerful voice for women and used her platform to help others advance in male-dominated industries. Now Latifah is turning it up another notch by helping women crack the glass ceiling in Hollywood by funding and producing two independent projects created by women.

“We’ll choose two people who will have their scripts made [and] financed from A to Z. When it’s time to be distributed, we will get distribution whether it’s theatrical or whether it’s through Netflix, Hulu, or whatever outlet is appropriate for the film. We will market and promote [it] as well,” said the 48-year-old actress and musician on Friday at a private dinner sponsored by Proctor & Gamble’s “My Black is Beautiful” campaign and held during the 2018 Essence Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The projects will be produced by The Queen Collection, a new initiative created by Proctor & Gamble and Latifah’s production company Flavor Unit. In addition to handling the funding, production, distribution, and marketing of the projects, Latifah herself, will offer the women guidance and mentorship.

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Queen Latifah Launches Queen Collective to Give Female Filmmakers a Chance to Tell Their Story

Queen Latifah wants to make sure female filmmakers are getting the chance to tell their stories.

The actress and musician, 48, is partnering up with Proctor & Gamble to launch the Queen Collective — an initiative aimed at helping more women step behind the camera. Latifah tells PEOPLE she felt compelled to start the program after her own challenges in Hollywood as a woman of color facing prejudice.

“I think it’s a continuing narrative in Hollywood, unfortunately, and we want to change that entire narrative,” she says. “We want to even the playing field a little bit. Partnering up with P&G for the Queen Collective has been an amazing thing. This is kind of one step of the plan to make things a little different.”

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The Queen Collective will welcome submissions from all kinds of women hoping to tell their story. Two women will be chosen from all the proposed stories and the Collective will work with them to make sure their movie is financed, made and distributed — with the mentorship of Latifah herself to help them along. 

The idea came from Latifah’s struggles in trying to make it in the industry and finally breaking through thanks to her own perseverance and the help of others who gave her a chance.

“I do not fit the typical mold of what then was looked at as an A-List actor — say size two, blonde, short, thin. They’re all out the window when it comes to me,” she says. “So I mean, everything had to change. I had to really change a lot of people’s minds and earn a lot of people. And also create my own endeavors because people just didn’t get it.”

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She continues, “I owe a lot of people credit out there for helping me along, as well as what we were able to do to create for ourselves. One thing I swore that I would do if I got to a position of power, I would make sure that when I looked out behind that camera, that people would look like what America looked like.”

The actress is hoping this helps more diverse narratives make it through the Hollywood mold that has for years told the stories from the perspective of the white men who have predominantly been in charge.

“We see a lot of stories that have been told through their lens in every way, shape and form,” Latifah says. “White guys have been able to tell their story in every sort of way, and unfortunately it hasn’t been that way for women. And it hasn’t been that way for people of other colors or genders. That’s the part that’s missing. We want to make sure that everyone is allowed to tell their story.”


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‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Director on the ‘Shocking’ Backlash to Marvel’s First Female Superhero Lead

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When Peyton Reed inherited the mantle of Ant-Man director from Edgar Wright, who left midway through the Marvel caper he’d scripted about a hero who shrinks to fantastical bug-sized proportions, the idea of the Quantum Realm had not yet touched paper. It was Reed and co-writer Adam McKay who thought to create for the screen a version of the alternate dimension where human concepts of space and time become irrelevant, opening a Pandora’s Box of reality-bending possibilities.

Now, three years and one cataclysmic shift in the Marvel Cinematic Universe later, their idea may hold the key to reversing the cruelest events of Avengers: Infinity War—or so heartbroken fans might hope.

Ant-Man and the Wasp, Reed’s sunny sequel to his 2015 superhero-origin-heist-story starring Paul Rudd, comes on the heels of the darkest entry in the Marvel canon yet. Thanos, that purple menace now armed with all-powerful abilities, has decimated the Avengers and pulverized half the universe, including marquee heroes like Spider-Man, Black Panther, and the Guardians of the Galaxy (minus poor Rocket).

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Female Sports Reporters Are Blowing the Whistle on Sexist Behavior at the World Cup

From late goals to major upsets, the World Cup in Russia this year has had more than its usual share of excitement. While more women have had high-profile sports commentary roles this year than ever before, a series of sexist incidents have provoked outcry.

During the tournament, several women working for international media outlets have been harassed and assaulted while doing their jobs. Male fans have coached women to chant sexually graphic phrases in languages they don’t understand. Even away from the crowds outside the stadium, women working from the relative calm of a studio have received online abuse just for daring to work in the male-dominated world of soccer.

The soccer world is no stranger to sexism. As is typical of many sports, the men’s version is thought of first—British pundit Gary Lineker was called out on Twitter for crediting Lionel Messi with a world soccer first, despite American soccer player Mia Hamm and China’s Sun Wen achieving the same in 2003. In Britain, thought of as the home of the sport, the women’s game was banned for 50 years until 1971, and was only officially brought under the British soccer governing body in 1993. It’s only in recent years that women have taken roles in FIFA, the sport’s global governing body, with the first board members being elected in 2013, and the first ever secretary general in 2016. Progress has been slow across the board, with top European leagues only getting their first ever female referee last September (in Germany); there are no female refereeing staff at this World Cup. Sports journalists in several countries marked milestones in Moscow, becoming the first to commentate live men’s matches on television. (In the U.S. Fox Sports and Telemundo both had the country’s first ever live commentary from women, while in the U.K., where women have commentated live soccer on the radio, the BBC’s Vicki Sparks made history as the first woman to commentate a live televised men’s match.)

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Maddie Meyer—Getty ImagesVicki Sparks commentates for BBC during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Morocco at Luzhniki Stadium on June 20, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

What’s different about this year’s World Cup is the rise of call out culture. As Anna Kessel, sports journalist and chair of British campaign group Women in Football says, “For the first time, we’re having a global awakening about what women in the sport face.” In the wake of the #MeToo movement across other industries, more women in soccer are talking about their experiences—and the world is listening.

For those working in front of the camera, the grabs, gropes and kisses have taken place in full view of the world. On June 15, Colombian-born journalist Julieth Gonzalez Theran was delivering her lines for Deutsche Welle to camera when a soccer fan grabbed her chest and forcibly kissed her. Three days later, Malin Wahlberg was presenting, talking to a crowd of Swedish fans for the country’s Aftonbladet newspaper, when a rowdy fan draped an arm around her shoulder, another another vigorously ruffled her hair and a third grabbed her round the neck and went in for a kiss she tried to dodge. Mexican journalist Mariana Zacarias has told Paris Match about being groped, kissed and grabbed in the first two weeks of the tournament. On June 24, Julia Guimaraes, presenting for Brazil’s TV Globo and sporTV, dodged a man who tried to kiss her on the cheek, berating him afterward with a wave of her mic.

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It’s not just women on the job who have had to deal with sexist crowds. Fare Network, part of a global network of organizations tackling discrimination in soccer, has reported several instances of fans persuading women from different countries to chant crude and sexual phrases in a language they don’t understand. “There’s the very visible issue of TV reporters who are being assaulted on the streets while they’re working, and there’s another aggressive, sexualized misogyny that’s new. I’ve never seen that before,” says Fare’s executive director Piara Powar, describing the videos.

In one video Fare highlights, two Paraguayan journalists taught a woman an obscene phrase, telling her it meant “I like Paraguay,” and in another Colombian fans taught Japanese women to say obscene phrases. Paraguay—which is not playing at the World Cup—condemned the journalists through its Russian embassy, and Colombia’s government said the behavior was “degrading to women and insults our country” on Twitter. “All these things are highlighting old, sexist attitudes, and that most of the people who travel are men,” says Powar. “It’s something the culture of [soccer] hasn’t tried to address.”

Several female pundits have also been trolled online—and action is being taken. German pundit Claudia Neumann, the first woman to commentate men’s matches on German public television, has been subject to online abuse, with her employer ZDF now pursuing criminal charges against two users who expressed “extremely derogatory comments,” according the German newspaper Allgemeine Zeitung. ZDF director Thomas Bellut said he hoped it would have a deterrent effect, and expressed surprise that “apparently some viewers still have a problem with a woman commentating.”

Elsewhere, others have been displeased that the playing field is becoming more equal. Jason Cundy, who played for British top-level soccer club Chelsea, came under fire last week for his assertion on breakfast TV that female commentators were a “tough listen,” saying “a high-pitched tone isn’t what I want to hear.”

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Pable Porciunicula Brune—AFP/Getty ImagesA woman (C) reacts she watches the World Cup match between Uruguay and Russia at a square in the Russian-founded town of San Javier in Rio Negro Department, Uruguay, on June 25, 2018.

Powar of Fare Network says that the media—and soccer as a whole—has its own role to play in helping change sexist attitudes, by making the presence of women a regular feature across the board, rather than a one off at big tournaments. Female pundits Eni Aluko and Alex Scott, who work for the U.K.’s two major networks, have drawn praise for their insightful commentary—as well as what some have called patronizing applause from a fellow male pundit. “They clearly understood they had to prove themselves, they had to work harder than the men,” says Powar. “They’ve done their homework.”

The commercial argument for change is strong: Women’s soccer is among the fastest growing sports in the world—and in the U.S., women’s soccer has for years been more popular than men’s. Kessel points to two campaigns this World Cup that were disbanded after an outcry over sexism—Burger King’s offer to give prizes to any woman impregnated by a player, and Getty’s gallery of “hottest fans” featuring only young women. “It’s been standard for galleries and TV feeds to feature this narrow idea of women at the football. This is first time there’s been such a big platform for change,” Kessel says. Women are a significant audience at World Cups: FIFA’s own viewing figures show women were around 40% of the audience for the 2014 tournament. And where there are viewers, there are advertising dollars.

But for women on the ground right now, sharing their experiences and immediately condemning sexism has been essential to effecting change more quickly. As Julieth Gonzalez-Theran said in a post on her Instagram after she was groped, the women reporting are doing their jobs and they deserve respect: “Respect! We don’t deserve this. We are equally valuable and professional. I share the joy of soccer but we must identify the line between affection and harassment.”

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Millennial Moves: Lauren Simmons Is The Only Full-Time Female Stockbroker On Wall Street

Lauren Simmons is the only full-time female employee currently working as a stockbroker on the floor of the New York Exchange. She is also one of a few women in history to occupy a trading role, and according to the BBC, she joins a short list of women who have signed their names in the book containing the constitution of the New York Stock Exchange alongside the likes of John D. Rockefeller.

Simmons, 23, graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in genetics. According to her LinkedIn, she worked as a supervisor at Six Flags in Georgia while in college and interned at Woodstock Clinical Treatment Center where she “created an innovative version of the center’s resource manual” and a budget sheet of $ 300,000 after analyzing past expenses. She also interned at Nordstrom before joining Saks Inc., where she worked for six months before joining Rosenblatt Securities last year.

“I fell in love with the numbers and the fast movement, and the men in the trading jackets and everything was moving so fast and I’m loving it,” she told BBC’s Joe Miller.

Richard Rosenblatt, founder and CEO of the boutique securities firm who hired Simmons last year said he’s confident “she won’t be the last.” Although artificial intelligence is fast replacing humans on how stock portfolios are managed nowadays, the floors of the New York Exchange is still overwhelmingly dominated by men.

“Trading in a trading crowd was a very physical thing,” Rosenblatt, who has been a broker since 1969, said. “You and I would look at each other and try to figure out: How big an order did we have? How nervous did you look? How aggressive were you going to be?”

It didn’t attract a lot of women back then, he said.

Even today, people still marvel at the job Simmons does in a male-dominated environment.

“They are like you’re a woman, and you are 23, and you are a minority,” Simmons said. “What are you doing, how did you get this job?”

Simmons remains the only full-time female broker on the floor despite Rosenblatt’s attempts to recruit others, according to the BBC.

“We just hired a new person not too long ago and in the interview process, there weren’t that many female applicants, because they weren’t applying,” Simmons said.



 

-Editor’s Note: This article originally published in May 2018 

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Cardi B becomes first female rapper with two No. 1 hits as ‘I Like It’ peaks on the Billboard charts

Cardi B’s fans certainly like it — her music, that is.

The Bronx-born rapper’s infectious track “I Like It” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Monday, making Cardi the first female rapper ever to notch two chart-topping singles.

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This female World Cup reporter was assaulted live on air

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This week, we learned that certain World Cup results mean an increase in incidents of domestic violence in the UK, and now, a female journalist reporting from the World Cup in Russia has been assaulted by a fan during a live broadcast. Judith Gonzalez Theran, a Colombian correspondent, was delivering a piece to camera when a fan forcibly kissed and groped her.

The incident, which occurred last week, came to light when Gonzalez Theran’s employer, DW, drew attention to the attack by posting a clip on social media. The network emphasised, ‘Sexual harassment is not okay. It needs to stop. In football, and elsewhere.’

After the interruption, Gonzalez Theran continued her report, but has addressed the incident online since then, saying, ‘We do not deserve this treatment… we are equally valuable and professional.’

The incident somehow manages to take an even darker turn when Gonzalez Theran appeared to suggest that this assault was premeditated, as her and her crew had been setting up in the location for two hours previously. She revealed, ‘When we went live, this fan took advantage of the situation… but afterwards, when I checked to see if he was still there, he was gone.’ She added, ‘There are always fans that compliment you and behave respectfully. This one went too far.’

Unfortunately, sexual harassment of female sports reporters is nothing new, and clearly not limited to just football.

Earlier this year, a group of 52 Brazilian sports correspondents banded together and launched a campaign with the slogan #DeixaElaTrabalhar (Let Her Work) to combat harassment from both fans and players when they are working.

On top of this, last year, 21-year-old tennis player Maxime Hamou was banned by the organisers of the French Open for ‘reprehensible behaviour’ after repeatedly trying to kiss a female reporter during an interview, in spite of her clear discomfort.

Time is up.

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‘Captain Marvel’ enlists first female composer for MCU movie, hires Pinar Toprak

Captain Marvel is bringing along a female sidekick behind the scenes.

Turkish-American composer Pinar Toprak has been hired as the composer for the upcoming superhero movie, making her the first woman to score a major Marvel comic-book film.

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Update: Pinar Toprak has announced that she will be composing the musical score for Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson (above) as the titular character. Toprak thus becomes the first woman to score a major superhero movie. Her recent credits include TV's Krypton and the extremely popular video game Fortnite. See her announcement below.

 

 

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The livestream for Dior’s Cruise 2019 runway show — set in Chantilly, France, about 30 miles from Paris — began over 45 minutes late, and as soon as the runway scene appeared on screen, it became clear why. The open-air venue was set inside the stables at Domaine de Chantilly, an historic …

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John Lewis And Other Black Leaders Reject Black Female Challenger In Boston

As Democrats finalize their primary election picks on who will do battle against Republican candidates in November, friction between local and national political black leaders may jeopardize what was supposed to be a unified front in the fight for seats congressional seats come November. On Saturday, inside the brick-lined walls of the Twelfth Baptist Church in Boston, Georgia’s Democratic Rep. John Lewis showed up to campaign for Rep. Michael E. Capuano, a white liberal Democrat, who is being challenged by Ayanna Pressley, a black progressive.

Pressley was the first woman of color to be elected to Boston’s City Council in its 108-year history. In fact, all members of the Congressional Caucus’ Political Action Committee endorsed Capuano over Pressley, according to The New York Times.

“People who have been around for awhile, they know their way around,” Lewis said. “They know where all the bodies are buried and they know how to get things done.”

Lewis’ case for Capuano: His experience, and seniority—which he said will be needed for Democrats’ fight against President Donald Trump, rather than the youthful energy of Pressley’s grassroots campaign. “It’s important to keep a leader, a fighter, and warrior like Mike Capuano around,” he said.

The Seventh Congressional District that is up for grabs stretches from Boston’s Dorchester and Roxbury neighborhoods to the communities of Cambridge and Somerville across the Charles River. It is the state’s only district where the majority of residents are not white and Mr. Capuano, who is white, has never faced a serious primary challenger in his 10-term tenure in Congress.

According to the New York Times, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), chairman of CBC’s political action committee said, “the group endorsed Mr. Capuano largely because of his longtime personal relationships with its members and his senior position on the House Financial Services Committee.” While he supports diversity in the House, Meeks said new candidates “should focus on unseating Republicans—not on defeating “a Democrat who has worked hard in the caucus.”

Local black politicians in Boston said they would have preferred the CBC follow Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey’s lead in staying neutral in the local race. Marie St. Fleur, a former state representative questioned the black caucus’s understanding of local issues. Bennie Wiley, a powerful civic leader in Massachusetts and supporter of Pressley said she was “disappointed, but not surprised.” Even Ministers at the Twelfth Baptist Church expressed concerns.

“For me, I kind of recoil and I know many leaders recoil at the idea that we’re supposed to sit back and wait our turn because someone else has voted within our interests,” Rev. Jeffrey Brown, an associate pastor who decided to skip the town hall, said.

Michael Capuano’s track record:

  • Introduced the most bills compared to Massachusetts Delegation: Capuano has introduced 22 bills and resolutions—the most bills compared to other legislators.
  • Got bicameral support on the fewest bills compared to Massachusetts Delegation: The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Capuano’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.
  • Got the 3rd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Massachusetts Delegation: Capuano’s bills and resolutions had 88 cosponsors in 2017. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote
  • Got his bills out of committee the 3rd least often compared to Massachusetts Delegation: Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Capuano introduced 1 bill in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.
  • Was 18th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years: Capuano missed 0.7% of votes (5 of 710 votes) in 2017
  • Ranked 95th most liberal compared to All Representatives
  • Powerful Cosponsors: 1 of Capuano’s bills and resolutions in 2017 had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.
  • Committee Positions: Capuano held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session.
  • Joining Bipartisan Bills: Capuano cosponsored 249 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals.
  • Government Transparency: GovTrack looked at whether Capuano supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Capuano 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.
  • Laws Enacted: Capuano introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.
  • Writing Bipartisan Bills: Capuano tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 6 of Capuano’s 22 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

 

All data is gathered from GovTrack.us, a website that tracks the United States Congress.

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Late into her shift one night, Hannah*, a new paramedic, went into a medic room at a local hospital to grab new sheets and supplies. It was a cool spring night in Chicago, and her boss was sitting in the room working on his laptop.

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DC has hired this female director of colour for their newest superhero film

‘Our dreams make us large.’

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Since Patty Jenkins blasted through box office records with Wonder Woman and Greta Gerwig broke the Oscars’ eight year drought of female director nominees for Ladybird, women are making their mark on Hollywood and people are taking notice. Female directorial excellence isn’t a trend, it’s a fact and Selma director Ava DuVernay has proven time and time again that she’s up to the task – and now DC have announced she’ll be helming their latest superhero project.

Ava will be directing New Gods for Warner Bros and DC, based off of Jack Kirby’s beloved comic book series. She announced the news in a post on Instagram, which she captioned ‘Onward.’

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She may have even dropped a major hint way back in December when she tweeted that her favourite superhero was Big Barda, one of the New Gods’ crew.

She also posted an image of the late Jack Kirby, captioned ‘“Our dreams make us large.” Thank you, #JackKirby.’

Recently, Ava has made history as the first female director of colour to be awarded a $ 100 million film budget – namely for her film A Wrinkle in Time, which is currently in theatres. While the film opened to lukewarm reviews, it dominated its opening weekend box office and is being praised for its diverse cast as well as its heartwarming portrayal of a multiracial family.

As far as budgets go, we’re expecting that New Gods will probably be in a similar vein. These superhero movies go hard.

The Golden Globe nominated director has a powerful admirer in her corner, namely Patty Jenkins who has walked a similar track before.

Patty tweeted Ava, ‘My son just said “I wish I had a time machine so that I could go back and see @WrinkleInTime again for the first time!” That’s how much we enjoyed the beauty of the message and feeling like he was being included in something that didn’t condescend. Thank you for that, @Ava.’

Ava responded, ‘Designed #WRINKLEINTIME especially for our young ones, Patty. So his response thrills me. Thanks for taking your sweet boy. Look forward to seeing you around the block soon, lady. xo’

Now, an Ava DuVernay and Patty Jenkins superhero team up movie is something we’d be here for.

Here’s hoping it ends with Oscars and Golden Globes galore.

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Could the female condom be a viable option for your sex life? Dr. Renee Matthews thinks so.  She believes it could cut down on a rampant STD rate and provide more options for sexual activity. But there’s not as much information out there about using the female condom, something she wants to change. Here’s more information about why and how to use it.

When it comes to STD’s and African-American women in particular, why are the numbers so high?

One reason is knowledge and awareness of STD’s among the public is poor; almost two-thirds of women 18-60 years of age surveyed knew nothing or very little about STD’s other than aids. Another reason is many STD’s have a lag time before the appearance of clinically significant problems. So there is no preventive action taken until it is too late.

How does the Fc2 female condom work?
Fc2 is a little nitrile pouch. Nitrile is a heat-transmitting material that can feel more natural than latex condoms. It is inserted inside the vagina creating a barrier that stops sperm from reaching an egg. The female condom also helps prevent sexually transmitted infections by covering some parts of the your vulva. This decreases your change of coming in contact with semen (cum), pre-cum, or skin that can spread STD’s.

What are some of the advantages of using the female condom?
One of the reasons to use Fc2 is because we as women should take control of our sexual health. The female condom also protects better against human papilloma virus and herpes simplex virus because of the way it protects the outside of the vagina, including the labia minora and labia majora compared to the male condom.

There is a trend that is probably not so new, but now has a term called stealthing. Stealthing is the non-consensual condom removal or the practice of one sex partner covertly removing a condom, when consent has only been given by the other sex partner for condom-protected safer sex.

Most men do not like using male condoms but don’t mind the female condom because it doesn’t feel different. One size fits all with fc2 so it doesn’t matter what size the man’s penis. Fc2 can be placed 2 hours prior to sexual intercourse so it does not interfere with intimacy. It is latex free and can be used with oil and water based lubricants.

Men do not need to have an erect penis to use Fc2?

You do not have to remove it immediately after intercourse like the male condom.

Does it affect “sensation” for the man or woman?
No, it doesn’t inhibit or dull sensation like male condoms.

Is it available in stores? Where can you get it?

Is is not available on the shelf you will need to get a prescription from your doctor. If you have health insurance most will fill the prescription with $ 0 co-pay. In the following states: AK, AZ, CA, Ct, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MO, MT, NE, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VT, VA, WA, WI, and WY (more states coming soon), you can utilize the heydoctor app and use promo code fc2 and you can pick them up at the pharmacy of your choice for free. You will get 2 boxes of 12 with refills you can fill once a month.

What if you don’t have insurance or can’t afford it?

You can visit the website http://fc2.us.com and order a box of 12 for $ 24. If you are on a college campus, many of the health clinics have them free also some Planned Parenthood clinics have them as well.

Dr. Renee Matthews has appeared on television shows such as, The Oprah Winfrey Show, TVOne’s NewsOne Now and WGN-TV’s People to People where she discussed different health topics.

She started her media career with her own radio show on ReachMD, a medical broadcast network for health professionals. In addition, Dr. Renee has been a featured medical correspondent on SiriusXM’s Sway in the Morning and WVON (“The Voice of A Nation”).

Dr. Renee is an asthmatic, which drives her passion for asthma education. She addresses the concerns of asthma sufferers by supplying them with the tools and knowledge they need to receive the best medical care. In 2013, Dr. Renee received the Friend of Mobile C.A.R.E. Award for her commitment to raising awareness of asthma in the city of Chicago..

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been awarded Africa’s most prestigious leadership prize. The former Liberian president was awarded the $ 5 million Mo Ibrahim Prize in recognition of her leadership in office after serving two terms from 2006 through 2017.

Sirleaf, who was the first ever African female head of state, is the first woman to win the award and the fifth recipient of the prize since it was launched in 2006.

The Ibrahim Prize aims to distinguish leaders who, during their time in office, have developed their countries, strengthened democracy and human rights for the shared benefit of their people, and advanced sustainable development, according to the Prize’s website. To qualify, African heads of state have to have left office in the last three calendar years, must have been democratically elected and served their constitutionally mandated term.

In its citation, the Prize Committee praised Sirleaf’s exceptional and transformative leadership, in the face of unprecedented and renewed challenges, to lead Liberia’s recovery following many years of devastating civil war.

“Ellen Johnson Sirleaf took the helm of Liberia when it was completely destroyed by civil war and led a process of reconciliation that focused on building a nation and its democratic institutions,” Salim Ahmed Salim, Chair of the Prize Committee, said.

Johnson’s journey has been pitted with ups and downs.

In 1985, Sirleaf left her job at Citibank in Kenya and returned to Liberia to run as Vice President under Jackson Doe. She was placed under house arrest in August of the same year and was sentenced to 10 years in prison for speeches the government said incited people to rebel against the state. She was later released, and removed from the presidential ticket. Sirleaf was arrested again in November after the attempted assasination of the sitting president, Samuel Doe. She was released in July of 1986, and secretly fled the country to the United States later that year.

Sirleaf won the 2005 national elections and was sworn into office in January 2006. She was successfully reelected for a second term, serving from 2012 through 2017. Throughout that period, Liberia was the only country out of 54 to improve in every category and sub-category of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, moving the country up 10 places in the Index’s overall ranking during this period.

“Throughout her two terms in office, she worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of Liberia. Such a journey cannot be without some shortcomings and, today, Liberia continues to face many challenges. Nevertheless, during her 12 years in office, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf laid the foundations on which Liberia can now build,” Salim said.

Johnson will be paid the $ 5 million prize over 10 years and $ 200,000 for the rest of her life.

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The story began when a hobbyist bought what he thought was a perfectly normal slough crayfish that was found off the coast of Florida. He took the creature back home to Germany where he kept it as a pet. One day he noticed that his aquarium had some new inhabitants. Several baby crayfish had seemingly been born to a virgin mother, and that’s when things started to really go off the rails.

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”Women’ are not a TV trend’

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Even if you’ve never heard of Shonda Rhimes, you’ll definitely have taken a trip to Shondaland before. The veteran TV producer is the brains behind powerhouses such as Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder – all great character driven shows that have made a huge impact. So when she took to Twitter to blast the entertainment industry for marginalising female characters, people sat up and listened.

Yesterday night, Shonda tweeted, ‘Okay. Entertainment industry, time to stop using the phrases “Smart Strong Women” and “Strong Female Leads”. There are no Dumb Weak Women. A smart strong woman is just a WOMAN. Also? “Women” are not a TV trend — we’re half the planet.’

Given that Rhimes’ popular shows are led by some incredible characters such as Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope, Viola Davis’ Annalise Keating and Ellen Pompeo’s Meredith Grey, she’s played a major hand in how women are portrayed onscreen. We’re sure many of her characters have been called ‘strong female leads’ before, however the act of specifying that a woman is ‘smart’ or ‘strong’ implicitly suggests that it’s out of the ordinary for women to be so. And well, we ALL know that’s not true.

You’ll hardly hear leading men referred to as ‘smart strong men’ and to be honest, it’s a little condescending. While male characters are celebrated for their complexity, there’s less of a focus on the nuanced portrayals of women onscreen beyond the ‘strong’ moniker.

Case in point: sit down and watch Brie Larson in Room as she struggles to overcome her traumatic experience. She’s all at once driven, broken, powerful, resourceful and loving – a portrayal that scored her an Oscar for the performance.

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Just give us well-written women. Women burning with defiance, women who would rather slink into the background, women who fall madly in love at the drop of a hat, women who women who feel too deeply and women who weave global conspiracies with confidence.

To be honest, now that Shonda Rhimes’ production company has been commissioned to produce original content for Netflix – we probably won’t have to wait too long. Bring on the TV marathons.

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KFC has appointed its first female Colonel Sanders.

The fried-chicken chain revealed that Reba McEntire will appear as the Colonel in its latest marketing campaign, Business Insider reports.

As the new the face of KFC’s Smoky Mountain BBQ chicken, the country music icon will sing in commercials and swap between roles as herself and Colonel Sanders.

“It’s something that, in a way, you can kind of poke fun at yourself by dressing up as the colonel,” McEntire told Business Insider. “But, in a way it’s very respectable because he’s been a part of our growing-up years.”

Billy Zane, Darrell Hammond, and Norm Macdonald have all played the role of Colonel Sanders in the past.

“We really look for someone who embodies the values of Kentucky Fried Chicken,” said KFC CMO Andrea Zahumensky. “You think about an entrepreneurial spirit. Our colonel is a showman through and through.”

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‘Black Lightning’ Just Introduced TV’s First Black, Female, LGBT Superhero

Black Lightning is going all in on intersectional representation this season with Anissa Pierce AKA Thunder. Not only will she be a prominent Black superhero on the show, but she’s a woman and she’s gay. These three characteristics are not usually present on superhero shows, nor are they typically combined together. But times they are a changin’ and the showrunners behind Black Lightning are committed to bringing Anissa’s comic book roots to life, as well as making sure she represents queer women of color accurately.

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Anissa Pierce, AKA Thunder, is played by actress Nafessa Williams. Williams made her Black Lightning debut in the series’ first episode, “The Resurrection.” Pierce is a 22-year-old health educator at her father’s high school, Garfield. In the first episode, Anissa was arrested for protesting and kidnapped by one of The 100 gang. She fought back but was unable to escape. Her father, appearing as the hero Black Lighting, rescued her and her sister. Later that night, as she was remembering the trauma of being held at gunpoint, her powers manifested and she broke her sink.

In the second episode, “LaWanda: The Book of Hope,” Anissa discussed her powers with her girl friend. Her girl friend chalked it up to an old sink, but Anissa knew it was something more. Since we know who her father is, we know it’s something more too. Anissa doesn’t know her father is Black Lightning, so it’s possible she won’t understand her powers until that truth comes to light.

Anissa is the first black woman on television to be both queer and a superhero.

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The roots of Anissa’s character run deep in DC Comics. Created in 2003, Anissa first appeared in Outsiders Vol. 3 #1. In the comics, Jefferson wasn’t excited about his daughter’s powers right away. He feared for her safety and her future. Thunder was a hero on her own for a while until the Red Arrow invited her to join the Outsiders. Her father then started fighting along side her and they both grew to appreciate each others powers. Anissa eventually began a romantic relationship with fellow superhero Grace Choi.

While Anissa may be television’s first black, female, queer superhero, she is preceded by a strong list of comic book characters. Some of DC Comics most notable female LGBT characters include Donner, Blitzen, Masquerade (who is transgender), Anaya, Comet (who is gender fluid), and Katherine Kane. Donner and Blitzen were really the first female characters to break the LGBT mold in DC Comics as well as Masqurade, who is DC Comics first black transgender superhero. Valkyrie, from Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok also made an impression in 2017 as a bisexual superhero woman of color.

As for television representation, it’s important to recognize Anissa as the first black, queer superhero because so often superheroes are straight, white and male. It’s a refreshing change of pace, especially since Black Lightning is an inherently black show. As for her being the first, Gotham and Arrow have paved the way a bit. Tigress is a bisexual woman of mixed ethnicity, Renee Montoya is Latina and gay, Nyssa al Ghul is also gay and Sara Lance is bisexual. Anissa joins their ranks as queer and super, as black and a main character. A rare but very welcome change of pace.

Black Lightning airs on The CW on Tuesdays at 9PM and on Netflix in other territories.

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When it comes to height, some people get a bit sensitive. While there are those who dream of growing taller, others spend their lives trying not to stand head, shoulders, and chest above the rest as they look down on the crowd. Differences in height can bring about interesting conversation topics, as we wonder what the weather is like on the other side of the spectrum.

The average height of an adult woman living in America is 5 foot, 4 inches, but Americans are not the tallest country. It is in fact the Dutch who stand tall in the lead, with a male average of 6 feet, and a female average of 5 feet, 6 inches. While you may be intrigued to hear that over the course of the day your height can change by as much as 0.4”, sadly most of your height is determined by your genes. If you have tall parents, chances are you’ll grow up to a similar stature, but if you don’t eat enough fruits and veggies as a youngster you could actually stunt your own growth. Enjoy your height while you can though, as studies have shown that by around 40 years old, your body will naturally begin to get shorter! Though only about half an inch is lost every ten years.

When it comes to celebrities it seems as though they have it all. The talent, the money, the fame, the looks, but do they worry about their height, too? Well, it seems that although they have millions of followers on Twitter, and a screaming fan base with their own clever nicknames, even celebrities can struggle with standing out in the crowd. That said, these celebrities have learned how to use their height to their advantages, as well as learning to love their stature. It seems as though we could all learn a thing or two about embracing our genes from these towering beauties.

Taylor Swift – 5’11”

This ten-time Grammy winner towers over the competition at a staggering 5’11” tall. Taylor Swift isn’t reaching new heights in her music career with her latest album, Reputation, she’s already been there! Her new album became America’s hottest, after it sold more than 1.2 million copies in the first week alone. With a pair of heels on, Taylor easily reaches over the 6 foot mark; no competition can stand in this star’s way.

Gwendoline Christie – 6’3”

At 6’3”, Gwendoline is one of the tallest stars on Game of Thrones, which is probably for the best, as she plays the character Brienne, a warrior known for her unusual height. While Gwendoline had to gain a lot of muscle for the part, there were no special camera tricks to make the actress appear taller – that was all on her! Sadly while at school Gwendoline was picked on for her height, but she has since embraced her natural stature – you go girl.

Laura Prepon – 5’10”

Nowadays, the actress is best known for her role as Alex Vause for the Netflix original Orange Is the New Black, where she stands over all her female co-stars at a staggering 5’10” (incidentally, Laura stands at the same height as her OITNB co-star, Jason Biggs). The former 70s show star also had an appearance in The Girl on the Train, and is currently pregnant with her first child with fiancé Ben Foster. We wonder if the baby will inherit their mother’s height?

Nicole Kidman – 5’11”

Nicole’s husband, Keith Urban, is significantly shorter than his wife; Nicole towers over him on a normal day at 5’11”, but when the couple are on the red carpet and Nicole is glammed in heels on, it becomes an even greater difference. This actress has a huge number of awards at home – including an Oscar for Best Actress – and her star as a Hollywood has risen far above her already statuesque physique. On top of that, she is set to reach new heights in 2018 as Queen Atlanna in Aquaman.

Khloé Kardashian – 5’10”

Khloé is the tallest of the three Kardashian sisters. Although she is the youngest sibling, she seems to have inherited the tall genes that her two older sisters, Kim and Kourtney, have not. The tall genes must run in the family, though, as Khloé is the exact same height as Kendall, her supermodel half-sister. Currently, Khloé is rumored to be expecting her first child (although nothing has been confirmed), so it seems unlikely she will be sporting any of her heel collection anytime soon.

Blake Lively – 5’10”

There isn’t much of a height difference between Blake Lively and her acting husband, Ryan Reynolds, who clinches the win by a mere four inches over his wife. The actress shot to fame after her time in Gossip Girl playing Serena van der Woodsen, but has since appeared in such films as The Green Lantern and The Age of Adaline. The couple share two daughters, James and Ines, who look set to take after their parents in the height department.

Jane Lynch – 6’0”

Jane has had plenty of acting roles over the years, including parts on iCarly, Two and a Half Men, and Glee, but she has always been able to stand out in the crowd for a very unique reason: her height, measuring in at 6 feet tall. The actress towered over nearly all of her Glee cast members, but wasn’t quite the tallest actress as Dot Jones, who had three inches on Jane. Her roles have seen Jane take home a number of acting awards; this actress stands out for all the right reasons.

Kristen Johnston – 6’1”

3rd Rock from the Sun actress, Kristen, was the tallest actress on the show by a long shot, but wasn’t quite tall enough to beat co-star John Lithgow, who stood three inches above her. But at a whopping 6’1”, Kristen has an impressive height all of her own that has landed her some amazing acting opportunities. As well as 3rd Rock, the actress has also appeared in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas where she played Wilma Flintstone, as well as The Exes where she played the character of Holly Franklin.

Sigourney Weaver – 5’11”

This actress was destined to reach the stars; by 14 years old Sigourney already stood at 5’10”, but managed to grow another inch to take her height up to an impressive 5’11”. This actress made a name for herself in the Alien franchise when she played Ellen Ripley. Since then Sigourney has been seen in Avatar and The Cabin in the Woods, in addition to voicing roles in WALL-E, and Finding Dory. This anointed “sci-fi queen” is able to dominate the acting world by standing above the competition.

Uma Thurman – 5’11”

As this actress stands at a staggering 5’11”, it’s no wonder she started out her career by modeling for the British Vogue. However, it was a part in Pulp Fiction that saw Uma reach the stars. Playing the towering Beatrix Kiddo in Kill Bill was just another rung on the ladder to success for this actress. On the red carpet she often towers over her co-stars, as if she didn’t stand out enough already for her poise and eye-catching dresses.

Natasha Henstridge – 5’10”

This Canadian actress made her name by modeling, and it’s not hard to see why when she stands at 5’10”. Natasha broke into acting with her role in Species which has lead to her also starring in the two sequel films, as well as acting in several other movies. Natasha was the taller half of her first marriage to Damian Chapa, but was dwarfed by her 6’4” second husband, Darius Campbell. Still, this hasn’t stopped Natasha from appearing in over 60 productions throughout her career.

Allison Janney – 6’0”

Allison is a staggering 6-feet-tall, but prefers to refer to herself as 5’12”. This is because the actress has admitted that being so tall has made her feel self conscious over the years, but now she’s rocking her height. Allison has spoken about how standing at 6’3” in heels meant she was cautious about starting an acting career, but it’s a good thing she did, as she has landed a huge number of fantastic roles in both movies and TV, such as The West Wing, Juno and The Help.

Aisha Tyler – 6’0”

Aisha is used to standing above the crowd, as the actress and talk show host has spoken about how when growing up she was often double the height of her classmates. Spotting her in class pictures must’ve been easy! Now standing at 6’0”, Aisha certainly has reached staggering heights, but has used this to land a number of acting roles including roles as Charlie Wheeler in Friends, Mia Dickerson in CSI, and Mother Nature in The Santa Clause.

Jenna Elfman – 5’10”

An elf she definitely isn’t, as Jenna measures at a whopping 5’10”. Jenna is most recognized for her time as Dharma for the hit show Dharma & Greg, but has had a number of other roles including parts in Two and a Half Men, Accidentally on Purpose, and Courting Alex. The actress stands nearly as tall as her husband, Bodhi Elfman, but he just secures the win at 5’11” (only when she’s not wearing heels, though!). The couple have two sons together who look as though they might have inherited their parents’ height.

Adrianne Palicki – 5’11”

When starring on Friday Night Lights back in 2006, Adrianna was the tallest actress on the show for the whole five years; her co-star Minka Kelly only measured to 5’5” – that’s half a foot shorter than Adrianna. This isn’t the only time Adrianna has been the tallest woman on set as during her two years on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this actress towered over most of her co-stars, but was dwarfed by 6’6” co-star, Matt Willig.

Famke Janssen – 6’0”

Originally from the Netherlands, this actress never stopped growing until she reached an enormous 6 feet tall. While Famke stands out on the red carpet at the premiers of her latest movies, she has a price to pay; the actress has to get a lot of her shoes custom made. Not only is Famke famous for her staggering height, but she also has size 11 feet – wow. For her role in GoldenEye the actress was wearing one of her custom pairs to suit the part.

Rebecca Romijn – 5’11”

While being named as the Jolly Blonde Giant may sound like a fun title to hold, being tall has come at a price for the actress. Rebecca was once one of the shortest in her drama class, but a sudden growth spurt saw her quickly shoot up to 5’11”. However, all that growing in such a short time meant that Rebecca had to endure scoliosis – a curvature of the spine – which meant she was in a lot of pain during her teenage years.

Geena Davis – 6’0”

Geena is one of the few women in Hollywood to stand at 6 feet or more, but she is proud to rock her height to the max. Not only does Geena celebrate her height, she also spends a lot of her time standing up for women everywhere, campaigns for gender equality across the globe. Over the years we have seen the actress in Thelma & Louise, as well as Stuart Little, and in addition to her acting and activism, Geena has actually on the U.S. archery squad – what a woman!

Tilda Swinton – 6’0”

Tilda is known to catch people’s eyes when she enters a room, as the actress is known for her eccentric and fashionable dress sense, but she also gets attention for standing at a tremendous 6 feet tall. Over the years Tilda has been seen in Doctor Strange, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and as the narrator of Derek, but the actress has also been involved in modeling for performance art and is also known for her fashion collaborations with Viktor & Rolf.

Stacy Keibler – 5’11”

When Stacy Keibler was still dating actor George Clooney, the two would usually be seen stand at about the same height. However, when she would don her heels, Stacy would tower over George. Before appearing in How I Met Your Mother, George Lopez, and Samurai Girl, Stacy had a successful career as a model as well as a very successful seven-year stint as a wrestler on the WWE. It seems as though Stacy can stand above the competition in more ways than one.

Brooke Shields – 6’0”

This is another actress on the list who reaches the whopping 6 foot mark. Brooke landed her breakthrough role when she was just 12 years old in the movie Pretty Baby, which propelled her into a career spanning forty years, making her an icon of the ’70s and ’80s. One of her most famous roles was playing the lead character in Suddenly Susan, but the actress has also been cast in Two and a Half Men, That ‘70s Show, and Law and Order. Brooke was also once very close friends with legendary singer Michael Jackson.

Lucy Lawless – 5’11”

This warrior conquered the acting world when she landed the role of Xena in Xena: Warrior Princess. Her great height of 5’11” meant Lucy easily overshadowed any competition for the role, but she has since gone on to have a successful acting career since the show’s finale in 2001. Lucy has appeared in Battlestar Galactica, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, and Salem over the years that have all seen her be nominated for a number of acting awards.

Jordin Sparks – 6’0”

Jordin broke American Idol history not once, but twice after her appearance back in 2007. Not only was the singer the youngest ever winner at 17 years old, but she is also the tallest female contestant they’ve had in the history of the show. Jordin sure does spark conversation with her brilliant award winning voice, as well as standing out from the competition with her incredible height; the singer is another in the 6 foot club. When dating Jason Derulo, the two matched up perfectly in height.

Elle Macpherson – 6’0”

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the gorgeous, six-foot-tall Elle Macpherson started out as a model. However, over the years the Australian stunner has been able to break into the world of acting with her roles in Friends and Batman and Robin, and as a TV host, on such shows as Britain’s Next Top Model and Fashion Star, in addition to her role as a guest mentor on Australia’s Next Top Model. Work it, girl!

Macy Gray – 6’0”

This talented singer not only stands out for her distinctive vocals, but she is also 6 feet tall meaning Macy can keep her head above the competition with ease. Not only has Macy been nominated for 5 different Grammy Awards, in 2001 she eventually took one home for the ‘Best Female Pop Vocal Performance’ of I Try. Over the years we’ve also had a chance to see Macy in various productions, including Scary Movie 3, Spider-Man, and Fuller House.

Dorothy-Marie ‘Dot’ Jones – 6’3”

This former weight lifter was once at the peak of her career when she was discovered by the show Knights and Warriors where she became one of the female gladiators. At 6’3″ Dot was quite the force to be reckoned with, which meant her overwhelming height made it easier for the actress to land the tough-girl roles. Dot has been in Desperate Housewives, Lizzie McGuire, and Venice: The Series, but her most notable role has been as Shannon Beiste on Glee.

Brigitte Nielsen – 6’1”

This actress began her career as a model (it must go with the height), but for the 19 months she was married to Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte towered over her 5’10” husband, especially when she was wearing a pair of high heels. Brigitte met her ex-husband on the set of Rocky IV soon after she broke into acting, but has also been seen in a number of reality shows. Over the years the press have dubbed Brigitte as an Amazon due to her 6’1” height.

Katy Perry – 5’9”

She’s not the tallest singer on the list, but this leader of the KatyCats has won 90 awards so far for her music. Katy rose to fame in 2007 when she released her album One of the Boys, and since then her popularity has grown and grown – much like her height, as the singer now stands at an impressive 5’9” tall. Katy Perry is known to stand out for her outrageous outfits, eccentric behaviour, and impressive stage shows, but standing so tall means she’s not likely to get overlooked even without her wacky wardrobe.

Jennifer Hudson – 5’9”

Over the years, Jennifer has pursued a vast number of career options, but made her claim to fame when she entered season three of the contest show, American Idol. Since then Jennifer has also appeared in a number of movies and TV shows, including her award winning role as Effie White for the movie Dreamgirls, in addition to appearances in The Secret Life of Bees, Inside Amy Schumer, and Empire. At 5’9” Jennifer is able to keep her head above the crowd to stand above the rest.

Cameron Diaz – 5’9”

This actress can walk tall with her list of acting achievements, helped by the fact she stands at 5’9”. While Cameron’s husband, Benji Madden, has risen to fame in the music world, at 5’6” he still has to look up to his wife who has three inches on her beau. While Cameron currently doesn’t hold a BAFTA or Golden Globe award, the actress has appeared in at least 45 movies over the years, most of which have been amazing hits.

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Sarah Alexander is a recent graduate of Cal State Northridge. In addition to being a writer, she is a visual and performing artist, and attempts to use film, music and online platforms to spark conversation about social activism. She is an anomalous LA native, which affects her personality in a plethora of unique ways.

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Anime occasionally gives off the impression that it’s less than kind in the way it represents its female characters. With busty babes, giggling gaggles of schoolgirls, and an abundance of ever-so-short skirts and skimpy outfits, many outsiders may unfairly judge the genre. However, those are just a small sub-section of anime — there are so many more shows and movies that feature powerful, smart, and badass ladies. So, here are 10 female anime characters who kick ass and take names.

Touka Kirishima — Tokyo Ghoul

Name: Touka Kirishima

Quote: “Everything is ‘terrible’? Don’t make me laugh. So what about me? For me, it’s been terrible since I was born.”

Powers: A powerful wing that delivers high-speed attacks, pseudo-electrokinesis, speed, durability.

Most badass moment: In the first season of Tokyo Ghoul, Touka shows the power of her ukaku wing kagune when she protects the still-naive Kaneki from the persistent Shuu Tsukiyama. It’s the first time Kaneki sees Touka’s kagune in action and she shows just how formidable a fighter she really is to face off against the much stronger Tsukiyama.

Revy — Black Lagoon


Revy -- Black Lagoon

Name: Revy aka Rebecca Lee, and commonly referred to as “Two Hands”

Quote: “I can show you what color your brain is.”

Powers: Skilled with firearms and other weapons, able to dodge bullets, ambidextrous.

Most badass moment: The foul-mouthed, hard-drinking ambidextrous gun-slinger, Revy, doesn’t take s**t from anyone. From Black Lagoon‘s first episode when she “Two-Hand”-edly takes on a gang of mobsters shooting up a bar or when she mows down boatloads of enemies or when just shoots a mansplaining neo-Nazi at point-blank because he’s boring her, every scene Revy is in is her most badass moment.

Saber — Fate/Zero

Name: Saber aka Artoria Pendragon

Quote: “The weight of my sword is the weight of my pride.”

Powers: Skilled swordswoman, magical energy that can summon Excalibur, potent healing ability.

Most badass moment: In Fate/Zero, Saber summons the light of all past, present, and future warriors to form the extremely powerful Excalibur sword and uses it against the vicious and sadistic, Caster. The sword’s immense power burst moves earth and sea, releasing Caster from this earthly plane.

Akame — Akame ga Kill!


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Name: Akame aka Akame of the Demon Sword Murasame

Quote: “It’s because I loved her the most that I wanted to kill her as swiftly as possible.”

Powers: Strength, skilled master swordswoman, speed, agility, reflexes, immune to most poisons.

Most badass moment: In Episode 4 of Akame ga Kill!, Akame faces off against notorious serial killer Zanku the Beheader. The former executioner from one of the Empire’s prisons uses an illusion to make Akame think that her younger sister, Kurome, is standing before her. Zanku thinks this will deter the assassin and make her an easy target, but Akame doesn’t falter for even a moment. She goes in with full force, first destroying his weapon, and then slitting the Beheader’s throat.

Motoko Kusanagi — Ghost in the Shell

Name: Major Motoko Kusanagi

Quote: “Maybe someday your ‘maker’ will come, haul you away, take you apart, and announce the recall of a defective product. What if all that’s left of the ‘real you’ is just a couple of lonely brain cells, huh?”

Powers: Full cybernetic body, weapons expert.

Most badass moment: Having Motoko on this list begs the same fundamental question that the Ghost in the Shell anime asks: is Motoko human or is she machine? If we agree that there’s some part of her that’s human, then yes, she deserves to be here. And she is one kick-ass lady.

Among her many other badass exploits, Major uses her wits and unfaltering poker face against ace sniper Saito in a one-on-one gunfight. While Saito overthinks the problem, Motoko is already several steps ahead, proving her badassery like a powerful chess master.

Usagi Tsukino — Sailor Moon


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Name: Usagi Tsukino aka Princess Serenity aka Sailor Moon

Quote: “If the pride of a senshi means hurting each other, I don’t want it. Nothing will come out of fighting. Fighting isn’t the only way to solve things.”

Powers: Moon Spiral Attack, Supersonic Waves, Moon Tiara Boomerang, healing powers (including bringing people back to life), teleportation, can foresee future events and sense evil’s approach.

Most badass moment: Sailor Moon may not have the swords and guns of other women on this list, but her influence on anime and the way women were represented is the reason any of the others are here at all.

When the evil Queen Metaria wrecks her home planet, Sailor Moon must find the strength to defeat her alone. Once she learns to believe in herself, she draws upon the power of her loved ones — and the moon — to unlock the Legendary Silver Crystal‘s full power. Not only does she blast away the evil queen, she also heals the entire planet.

Mikasa Ackerman — Attack on Titan

Name: Mikasa Ackerman

Quote: “My specialty is slicing off meat. If necessary, I can display that talent at any time. So if there’s anyone here who’d like to experience it firsthand, please, step right up.”

Powers: Military genius, prodigious skill in vertical maneuvering equipment, talented fighter, strength.

Most badass moment: One of Mikasa’s earlier moments showing just how badass she is comes in Episode 6 of Attack on Titan‘s first season. Not only does she prove herself as a highly proficient fighter in killing an abnormal Titan running at a crowd at the base of the Wall Rose, she also threatens to execute a merchant selfishly blocking the tunnel for the people’s evacuation.

Kefla — Dragon Ball Super


Kefla Dragon Ball Super

Name: Kefla (a fusion of Kale and Caulifla)

Quote: “You still wanna fight? Bring it on! Have a taste of my power!”

Powers: Flight, energy blast attacks, Fist Cannonball, Gigantic Blast, Continuous Energy Bullets.

Most badass moment: As the Potara fusion of Kale and Caulifla, Kefla is one powerful woman. Combining Kale’s unlimited energy with Caulifla crazy strong abilities, Kefla can easily go toe-to-toe with Goku, meeting him punch-for-punch. It takes Goku reaching Ultra Instinct for him to defeat the combined Saiyans, which is super badass.

Tsunade — Naruto


Tsunade Naruto

Name: Tsunade

Quote: “People become stronger because they have things they cannot forget. That’s what you call growth.”

Powers: Super strength, chakra control, can summon a slug for long-distance communication and healing.

Most badass moment: A female anime character doesn’t always need to be a fighter to be badass. Yes, Tsunade is blunt and has a short temper, but as Hokage, she’s committed to protecting her village. So when Pain comes looking for Naruto in Konohagakure, Tsunade transfers all her chakra power to Katsuyu, a giant slug and Tsunade’s personal summon, to heal and protect the injured and save the village from total destruction.

Kyoka Jiro — My Hero Academia


Kyoka Jiro -- My Hero Academia

Name: Kyoka Jiro

Quote: “If you do this, we just might win. But there’s no time to hesitate, so do it now! You wanna be a hero, don’t you?! Then let’s pass this test.”

Powers: Swordsmanship, and an earphone jack that can produce destructive vibrations, powerful sound waves, sound canceling effect, and can be used as a long-range whip.

Most badass moment: Although Kyoka hasn’t been featured a lot in the My Hero Academia anime series yet (maybe in Season 3?) she has a badass presence in the manga. The no-nonsense bass guitar-playing punk rocker uses her ears/earphone jacks as a long-range whip and can make sound waves that produce ear-shattering vibrations or they can cancel out noise. That’s pretty damn badass.

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Florence Hardy is CEO of truCrowd Illinois, a state-level equity crowdfunding platform allowing Illinois residents to invest in startups. She is also COO of Fundanna-an equity crowdfunding platform for the cannabis industry, and truCrowd’s national equity crowdfunding platform.

 

(Florence Hardy in a picture from her website, smallbizflo.com)

 

Hardy is one of the only black, brown, or female executives in the equity crowdfunding arena.

After interviewing black entrepreneurs running equity crowdfunding campaigns, including WhoseYourLandlord and Jetpack, Black Enterprise contributor Brandon Andrews sat down with Florence to get the perspective of an executive in the space. She shares her thoughts on equity crowdfunding and the opportunities for black founders and investors.

 

Brandon Andrews: You run truCrowd Illinois, a state-level equity crowdfunding platform in Illinois. You are also COO of the national truCrowd platform and COO of Fundanna, an equity crowdfunding platform for the cannabis industry. Let’s talk about truCrowd Illinois first. What opportunity do you see in the state-level approach?  

Florence Hardy: I think there is a great opportunity to both support local business and build livable communities by focusing on the state level. It provides an opportunity for small businesses, the ones that have the hardest time finding funding, to get investments from those likely to patronize them: local residents. It puts business owners in a place to create a different narrative about their business and who they serve, while allowing them to focus their marketing and fundraising effort in a concentrated area, saving time and money.

Additionally, state-based laws are more progressive than those at the federal level, allowing business owners to raise more funds while allowing residents an opportunity to invest more per campaign.

 

 

For entrepreneurs raising money and investors who want to fund businesses, how is the state-level approach different?  

The approach is not that much different. The business still needs to identify likely investors and market to them efficiently and effectively. The key difference is the messaging. The key message at the state level is that investors would be able to own their community, not just live in it. And with ownership comes pride; pride can bring about change in the way people treat their communities and others within it. That is a message that you just can’t make with a federal platform.

Also, it is important to note that most businesses do not have a national target market. The lack of such an audience makes it inefficient for a business owner to target a national audience when trying to fundraise. That said, we do also operate a federal platform for companies that have a national target and we work with business owners to help them decide which platform would work best for them.

 

What benefits can entrepreneurs/investors expect by using a state-level equity crowdfunding platform instead of a national platform?

The biggest benefit is that most state based programs are more flexible in terms of the amount of funding a business owner can raise and the amount an investor can invest per campaign. Beyond that, working with a state-based platform typically means you are working with a company that is familiar with the local market. The platform should have local relationships that can help provide the right insight and direction to a company that a national platform just does not have the resources to provide. We are really able to help a business owner determine what will and won’t work in our state and that may greatly differ from what will work in other states.

 

truCrowd also has a national equity fundraising platform. This is a small but increasingly competitive marketplace. As an executive how do you distinguish your platform from competitors?

We are different in the service we provide. We help individuals understand equity crowdfunding. Many platforms just give entrepreneurs a checklist when setting up a campaign. We walk entrepreneurs through the process. We don’t give legal or accounting advice, but we help as much as possible.

On the investor side, we lay out all of the available investment options. We do SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity); equity; debt deals; revenue sharing, etc.

 

Fundanna is an equity crowdfunding platform for hemp-, cannabis-, and THC-related businesses. What opportunity to do you see in the cannabis industry? Why is a separate platform necessary?

The cannabis industry is a new opportunity and there are tons of people interested in the market. We hope to provide an opportunity for all those interested in a piece of it to do so.  Right now, there are over 20 million medical cannabis users in the U.S. and as the list of covered ailments grows that number will only increase; not to mention that many states are looking at their recreational use laws too. With that comes a number of businesses that want to serve this market. Like any other business, they need funds to grow but they cannot go to traditional financing institutions. Banks, credit unions, and event microlenders do not play in the space which leaves angel, venture capital, and crowdfunding to fill the void.

A separate platform is necessary because of the regulations in place for these types of businesses. Additionally, it allows us as a company to build an audience of like-minded investors who understand the varied risk of investing in this industry; those risks differ greatly from those seen in other industries. Lastly, it serves as a safe place for those interested in cannabis to talk about the unique challenges they face and opportunities available with others knowledgeable within the industry.

 

Are there unique opportunities for black entrepreneurs/investors in the cannabis industry?    

I wouldn’t limit it to the cannabis industry. I think there are unique opportunities for black entrepreneurs and investors using crowdfunding in general. However, within the cannabis industry, there may be an opportunity for those who would be left out for reasons of lack of capital or criminal history to still be a part of this growing industry.

 

You are one of the few black, brown, or female executives involved in operating equity crowdfunding platforms. What unique perspective does your background bring to this work?    

Getting past the basic levels of traditional financing has always been a difficult step for minority business owners to get past. While less than 2% of all firms will ever receive VC or angel money, this statistic is even lower for minority-owned firms. However, I think part of that low statistic is that minority entrepreneurs generally do not have experts to look to gain that experience with angel or crowdfunding. I hope that when I speak to audiences about crowdfunding, I make the opportunity seem attainable and turn angel investing and crowdfunding into an opportunity that they can see themselves taking advantage of too.

 

How do you plan to engage black, brown, and female entrepreneurs and investors with equity crowdfunding opportunities?  

We work with business support agencies and municipalities all over the state that provide entrepreneurial education to the business owners they serve. However, I am working to make an extra effort in communities of color as I believe that is where we can have the biggest impact.

We are putting together campaigns and marketing initiatives that will introduce the concept of crowdfunding to minority and female operators and potential investors and provide them with direct opportunities to participate. In one program, we are identifying commercial districts, working with business owners to create investment opportunities and informing and educating nearby residents about these, and all other, crowdfunding opportunities that exist.

Our goal of this concerted focus is to put the power of economic development in the hands of those who live in these communities directly. 

 

As an executive in this space, what trends to you see in the next year? How do you plan to grow truCrowd Illinois and Fundanna?  

I think equity crowdfunding will become more mainstream in the next year. As more businesses look to this as a way of funding and introduce this opportunity to their customers, the space will grow and evolve.

Additionally, I think that more traditional financial institutions will begin to look at this space as a way to increase market share and offer products to the generally underserved market of micro business owners and households, which make less than $ 200,000 a year.  

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What steps should employers take to increase the number of women leaders? How can aspiring female corporate executives get ahead in the workplace? We asked human resources executive Joan G. Wilmer for some actionable advice on increasing female representation in the C-suite.

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Wilmer is a human resources executive and entrepreneur responsible for guiding the cultural transformation spanning multiple divisions and functions within the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Wilmer led Caesars Entertainment’s new casino construction development in Baltimore, the largest and most successful strategic recruitment effort in a continuously evolving employment market, which resulted in over 40,000 applicants and over 2,000 hires.

She created Citigroup’s Employment of Choice strategy, to bridge the talent gap post the ending of apartheid in 13 South African countries. And she’s responsible for multiple leadership development programs, designed to grow future C-suite executives with a specific focus on women and minorities—across the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

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Start training women at an early age  Too often we find leadership development programs and talent management agendas that are centered around mid- to senior-level career individuals, which can lead to smaller talent pools of applicants. Early cultivation of business acumen and professional experiences help women to “join the race” a lot sooner and empower them to build powerful résumés.

Increase boardroom representation –  Not only will women have greater access to role models and mentors in that coveted space, they also will be encouraged to pursue more executive positions. This facilitates the necessary cultural changes in the environment to support these advancements.

Promote workplace sponsorship – It’s not enough for an organization to give complex roles and assignments to women. Workplace sponsorship should be driven by the decision makers who represent the C-suite “table” and could be male or female.

Secure a Career Team – I tell every woman leader I mentor that she should secure a “Career Team” at the beginning stages of her C-suite development. This team should include a mentor, a sponsor, and a champion. A mentor is someone who trains you and gives you the tools to build upon your work ethic. A sponsor is someone who can vouch for your work ethic. A champion is someone who can aid you in getting noticed for your work ethic.

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Carolina Panthers spokesperson Steven Drummond told The Associated Press that Newton had talked with Rodrigue after the press conference and said the 28-year-old “expressed regret” for his patronizing remarks.

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Even though there is still a long way to go before female superheroes are as prevalent as male heroes, these female Marvel superheroes are clearly better than the rest.

Free Spirit


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Free Spirit (or Cathy Webster) first appeared in Captain America vol. 1 #431. She was programmed to hate all men, and her body subjected to “mutagenic radiation” which enhanced her body to peak physical condition similar to Captain America. Throughout the comics, she has overcome her brainwashing and trained with Captain America and Jack Flag to fight. With a woman who has similar abilities to Captain America, you’d think she would get more credit.

Dust



Dust (or Sooraya Qadir) has appeared in many Marvel comics, but usually in the X-Men series. Sooraya is a mutant with the ability to transform her body into a malleable cloud of dust. Her sandstorm form is immune to most forms of injury, thus making her very powerful.

According to Jean Grey and Professor X, her dust form makes her hard to detect telepathically as well as resistant to magic. She can use the form to attack in different ways such as scouring the flesh from her enemies’ bones and entering people’s lungs and scouring them from the inside.

Dagger



Dagger (or Tandy Bowen) is part of the duo known as Cloak and Dagger. Dagger is known for her ability to create psionic “light daggers”. These daggers travel wherever she wills them to and when struck, they drain living beings of their life. Her “light daggers” also have the capacity to cure people of drug addiction, and can alleviate Cloak’s hunger for light. Dagger has moderate experience at street-fighting and her combat technique incorporates her light powers and ballet dance training.

Colleen Wing



Colleen Wing might not have superpowers like the rest of the heroes on this list, but she’s great with a sword. She and Misty Knight formed Daughters of the Dragon, a crime-fighting duo known for teaming up with Iron Fist and Luke Cage. Colleen’s abilities include being able to focus her chi to perform feats of exceptional strength, enter a Zen trance that allows her to heal,

Colleen’s abilities include being able to focus her chi to perform feats of exceptional strength, enter a Zen trance that allows her to heal, burn out foreign poisons in her system, and resist temperature extremes. She’s a trained samurai which makes her a skilled fighter, able to take down even the strongest of opponents.

Spider-Woman


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When Jessica Drew was young, she became ill from the uranium that was common where she lived. So her father injected her with a serum containing the blood of several uncommon species of spiders. He then sealed her in a genetic accelerator to speed up the process, but it only seemed to work at a very slow rate. This slowed her aging greatly and she awoke with no memories of her past to a world in which both her parents had disappeared mysteriously, and possessing powers that made everyone around her scared and resentful. She was trained to fight by Hydra but she rebelled against them and found her way into The Avengers.

Like Spider-Man, Spider-Woman has superhuman, spider-like abilities and is a trained fighter. She can also lift 7 tons, she has superhuman speed, and has advanced hearing.

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She began her career in St. Louis, where she worked as a tax and financial services attorney for a “Big 4” accounting firm. Yet, a passion for representing marginalized communities served as the catalyst for her departure from corporate law and in 2012 she became a regional Get Out to Vote director for Obama for America.

In addition to running Stemmons Strategies, where she focuses on myriad, compelling issues, including voting rights, social justice, healthcare advocacy, and economic development in distressed communities, Stemmons serves as a pro bono attorney for the Veterans Pro Bono Consortium where she represents veterans and VA claimants in their appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Black Enterprise caught up with the attorney at the Toronto Presidential Showcase featuring Rev. Jesse Jackson:

Economic equity and empowerment have always been a highly debated topic. How do you define it in the context of the African American community?

Economic equity and empowerment represent a commitment to advocate for the vision, values, policies, programs, institutional changes, collaborations, and resources that allow African Americans to compete effectively within the economic marketplace. The research is voluminous and clearly illustrates the unfortunate disparity vis-à-vis other communities. Our goal is to address it as comprehensively as possible.

As an attorney specializing in state and local tax incentives, what is your role in addressing this disparity?

The reality is that we need black attorneys to be present and engaged in every city where we are marginalized helping with this effort. I wholeheartedly believe that can be accomplished with focused advocacy in education, healthcare, employment law, contracts, and especially housing and real estate.

I am diligent in finding opportunities to educate our communities on topics central to realizing economic equity such as best business practices, financial administration, and accounting, and debt management. Ensuring our communities’ access to education, skills and training at all levels is also a top priority. Finding access to private investment capital and highlighting the stark differences in diversity and inclusion also frame this conversation. I recently had the opportunity to discuss voting rights, healthcare, jobs, and housing with interested stakeholders during the National Bar Association’s 92nd Annual Convention in Toronto, Canada, earlier this month.

Charles Hamilton Houston once noted that attorneys are either social engineers or parasites on society. I see myself as the former. This sentiment reminds me of my obligation to be on the ground helping to create these realities within the African American community so that our people can thrive and eventually achieve true economic parity.

Shed light on the way forward. What are one or two key strategies that can effectively move this agenda forward within the next five years?

Protecting the ballot box! Voting and relationship building—specifically coalition building and creating long-term strategic partnerships.

 

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — “Deadpool 2” star Ryan Reynolds is mourning the death of a motorcycle stunt driver killed during production Monday.

Reynolds released a statement on Twitter a few hours after the accident near the waterfront in downtown Vancouver.

“Today, we tragically lost a member of our crew while filming Deadpool,” the actor wrote. “We’re heartbroken, shocked and devastated … but recognize nothing can compare to the grief and inexplicable pain her family and loved ones must feel in this moment.”

Reynolds, a native of Vancouver playing the Marvel Comics superhero Deadpool in the 20th Century Fox movie, said his heart “pours out to them — along with each and every person she touched in this world.”

People.com identified the motorcycle operator as Joi “SJ” Harris, who said she was the first African-American road racer.

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The Brooklyn, New York native was an advocate for women of color in the road racing game, and promoted herself as “the first licensed African-American women in U.S. history to actively compete in sanctioned motorcycle road racing events.”

On Friday, Harris updated her Facebook with a selfie, writing, “EVERYTHING FOR A REASON. #staythecourse.”

Harris is thought to be the stunt double for Zazie Beetz. A woman donning the costume for the mutant Domino, whom Beetz plays in the film, was spotted on a black Ducati motorcycle in the area for a sequence days earlier.

 “Today, we tragically lost a member of our crew while filming Deadpool,” the film’s star, Ryan Reynolds tweeted. “We’re heartbroken, shocked and devastated… but recognize nothing can come close to the grief and inexplicable pain her family and loved ones must feel in this moment. My heart pours out to them — along with each and every person she touched in this world.”

“I’m deeply saddened by the loss of one of our stunt performers today,” Deadpool 2 director David Leitch said in a statement to PEOPLE. “No words can express how I and the rest of the Deadpool 2 crew feel about this tragedy. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and loves ones in this difficult time.”

This was Harris’s first film as a stunt performer, according to Deadline, which reported that she was not wearing a helmet during the scene because her character does not wear a helmet.

The motorcycle crash happened near the Shaw Tower office building, where a crumpled motorcycle was seen lying on its side and a window was smashed.

Nathan Kramchynski, who works on the seventh floor of the building, said he watched rehearsals for the stunt outside the Vancouver Convention Centre. The stunt woman had been riding the motorcycle down a set of stairs from the center and stopped when she reached the street, he said.

But when the accident happened, the driver appeared to pick up speed, crossed the street and swerved to avoid pedestrians before disappearing from his view, Kramchynski said.

“She lost control really quickly. It happened in a split second,” he said. “She was going full throttle and then there’s a building there.”

Another witness, Sharmina Kermalli, said she had just walked into a Starbucks next door to where the accident happened when she heard a loud crash. She ran outside and saw glass still falling on the body of the motorcycle driver.

Police said WorkSafeBC, the British Columbia provincial workplace safety agency, and the coroner’s service were investigating. Trish Knight Chernecki of WorkSafe BC said some investigators are looking at any possible occupational health and safety issues while others examine the cause of the crash and prevention in the future.

The last stunt death in British Columbia was in 1996, when a person jumped from a helicopter and a parachute failed to open, she said.

In March 2016, actor Dylan O’Brien suffered injuries on the British Columbia set of the latest instalment of the “Maze Runner” film series. WorkSafe BC said Fox Productions Inc. didn’t rehearse a stunt sequence properly, but Fox said the stunt was thoroughly rehearsed.

A stuntman was fatally injured last month in Georgia during production of “The Walking Dead.” He fell head-first onto concrete about 22 feet (7 meters) below after appearing to try to grab a railing to stop his fall.

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I crawled into a cab alone and called my dad after learning our country hadn’t elected its first woman president. My first, tearful, question was: “Can a woman ever be president?” He answered, unflinchingly, “Of course she can. Just not this one.” Always a feminist, he raised me to believe that I could be anything I wanted to be—just like him. But I’m starting to doubt that.

Call Hillary Clinton imperfect if you want, but I can’t stop wondering if a female presidency could ever happen. If not her against him, then who and when?

I don’t want to wait for next time. I don’t want to wonder if it’s going to happen “in my lifetime.” So after carefully observing over the past year and a half, here’s what I’ve concluded are the job requirements for the first woman president:

1. Have a presidential voice.

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2. Don’t seem dishonest or secretive.

We know that women are held to a higher ethical standard than men, so it’s important not only that you tell zero untruths ever, but also that you come across totally trustworthy—not just for a person (ha!), but for a woman person. You also are never, ever, ever allowed to change your mind.

3. Don’t be married to someone who has cheated.

You need to sexually satisfy your husband without being publicly sexy. You cannot let your husband cheat on you—it would be your fault and we’ll talk about it for almost two decades. You can’t leave him if he does, of course, but staying with him is wrong, too.

4. Never make mistakes.

You can’t be flawed. You can’t be complicated. And if you do make a mistake in a 30-year career, saying “sorry” won’t be good enough.

5. Be likable, always.

This one is really important: In order to be president, you must be perceived as someone every American would want to have a beer with. Also, you must obtain this job without coming across like you really want it. Because, though Hillary Clinton left her job as Secretary of State with a 69 percent approval rating, ambition is ugly. (Oh, speaking of which, preferably you won’t be ugly. But also you can’t be too attractive because hot women aren’t smart. Obviously.)

6. You can’t get pneumonia.

That would mean you’re frail and don’t have any stamina. Having a working immune system makes women weak. And weak people can’t be president!

7. You can never get angry.

A female president must never express emotion. That’s called “being emotional.” Or Nasty. (Hormones might be to blame.) But you also must express emotion, because otherwise you’re too cold and bitchy.

8. You need to have experience (like, a lot of it).

But not too much experience because we don’t want an “insider.” And you can’t have baggage.

9. You should bake some cookies.

If you check off all of these boxes, then, maybe, you can be president.

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I recently wrote a humorous piece on things I would never subject my vagina to (key word here being humorous). One of the things on my list was waxing. I have nothing against it personally, I am just a quaking coward and at 59 don’t feel the need to bare it all.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered there are actually Female Genitalia Police, lots of them, stalking the Interwebz for any and all slang references we ignorant sluts have been venomously spewing to reference our nether regions. Their job is to comment and admonish the author and those commenting for their complete and utter disregard for all things vulva.

In order to earn your Vag Badge, you must pass a daunting test, including labeling a chart of the female reproductive system. I have heard that there are over 532 areas that must be correctly labeled. GASP!

Other than an advanced degree in Latin, the only other requirement is:

Absolutely and with no exception, you may not possess a sense of humor. Ever.

Some have gone so far as to have frontal lobotomies to meet this stringent requirement.

SO listen up ladies! From here on out, we are to use the correct terminology for anything related to our “situation”. No more crass references like, snatch, poonanie, love muffin, cooter, beaver, minge, snapper, honey pot, snake charmer, hot pocket….you get the idea.

I hear you snickering and damn it, this is no laughing matter, especially to the Female Genitalia Police (herein referred to as IDIOTS).

Until such time as we have all been properly educated and enlightened, check-in for your next Mimsy Maintenance (doh! I’m going to get a Vulva Violation ticket for that mimsy reference!) may sound something like this:

WALK INTO SPA

Miss Mimsy: “Hi, yes, my name is Miss Mimsy and I have a 2:00 appointment for a Vulva Molten Magma Maintenance.”

Receptionist: “Uh, what? We don’t do that here, you need to see your OB/GYN for that kind of thing!”

Miss Mimsy: “No, no, you do, you see, because that IS what you are actually waxing. Your vagina is the inside part, dear, the tunnel of love, the sausage shroud, you know, the love glove! You must use the proper terminology. One cannot wax a vagina, silly one, it’s the VULVA that actually gets waxed.

Oh, and I want you to tell my technician to be particularly attentive when it comes to me left Labia Majora (leaning in whispering) – there was a Spanx elastic snapping “incident” that is simply still to traumatic for me to speak of.

Also, my Mons Pubus area is quite sore, I slept with a very vigorous lover, he was, well, how shall I put this,….an over-zealous humper. My God, he was like the Energizer Bunny on methamphetamine but alas, I digress.

Receptionist: I’m so sorry to hear that ma’am, I don’t mean to be rude but I think you are in the wrong place.

Miss Mimsy: Dear, I am in the proper place, this is The Landing Strip – the one that advertises “We don’t scare, there’s nowhere we won’t dare to bare“, yes?

Receptionist: Yes, ma’am we are but we are a spa, you know, a salon. We do hair, nails, and waxing. We don’t so any major pubus stuff. I don’t even know what that is and I’ve worked here six whole weeks! I think you want the clinic two blocks down on the right.

Miss Mimsy: As I indicated before, I will need some firm assurance that my Posterior Labial Commissure and my Labia Minora will most definitely not be touched, not touched at all. While we are being so brutally honest here, I must report to you that my overly enthusiastic lover of which I spoke earlier was also a bit clumsy in his desire to please and inadvertently entered my rectum. Oh my, it was quite the surprise, I must say, painful really, he was quite well endowed and hard as rock. He was stabbing and poking me with that giant penis like a plastic surgeon with his lipo wand – but to my point, dear, I will need my anus handled with the utmost delicacy. I can tell you that while I am not a gymnast and could not view the area with my magnifying hand mirror, the entire region is quite inflamed already.

Receptionist: Lady, look, I am really busy here. I don’t have a fucking clue what you are talking about and I have a lot of shit to do so what exactly is it you expect me to do here?

Miss Mimsy: OH ALRIGHT, DAMNIT!!

Gimme a full on Brazilian snatch wax, easy on the butthole! And no inexperienced little twat tech trainee, I need an experienced carpet cleaner for this hag shag! I did get shitfaced the other night and went home with a dude who was hung like a horse and took quite a pounding so I’ll also be needing a bottle of Merlot and a 10mg valium.

Receptionist: Damn, lady, why didn’t you just say that in the first place!

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Genius Makeup Artist Transforms Himself Into Kim Kardashian, Dakota Johnson, Other Female Celebs

Paolo Ballesteros, a 32-year-old Filipino actor, model and makeup artist, wowed the Internet last year with his jaw-dropping ability to transform himself into seemingly any female celebrity under the sun — with little more than some deftly-applied makeup.

Ballesteros is making waves yet again this month with several new transformations. He made himself up as Kylie Jenner and as the newly-blond Kim Kardashian, as well as Dakota Johnson, the star of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

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Ballesteros, host of the Filipino variety show “Eat Bulaga,” told The Huffington Post in an email Tuesday that he started experimenting with celebrity makeup transformations after watching tutorials on YouTube. He made a few attempts, he said, and was “surprised” at how quickly he took to it.

Over the past few months, Ballesteros has transformed himself into several female celebrities. They include Cate Blanchett…

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Cher…

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Jennifer Lopez…

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Ariana Grande…

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…and Jennifer Lawrence.

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Ballesteros told HuffPost that the hardest part of his metamorphoses is getting the nose just right.

“My nose is smaller and shorter [than most celebrities],” he said. “It took me a while to figure out how to do it. By drawing new nostrils, it made my nose more pointy or bigger.”

For see more of Ballesteros’ celebrity makeup transformations, visit his Instagram page.

H/T Perez Hilton
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Are you ready for this ground-breaking queer female music duo?

Siamese Spots hit the scene earlier this month with their debut track “Banter” — and we’re big fans.

The twosome is comprised of openly transgender artist Chase Marie, who has previously been featured on HuffPost Gay Voices, and Tahlia. The pair hails from the trenches of Oklahoma and cites bands such as Nine Inch Nails and Sleater Kinney and Garbage as influences.

The band is currently writing their debut record, which will be out sometime in 2015.

Check out the video for “Banter” above and visit Siamese Spots’ bandcamp page here.
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