A Woman Has Finally Won the Top Writing Award in Comic Books

Marjorie Liu on Friday became the first woman to win the comic book industry’s top prize for writers.

Liu took home a Best Writer Eisner Award for her work on the epic fantasy Monstress, which she described as a story about a “young woman who belongs nowhere” and “young women who fight, who tame, who are consumed—and who become monsters in their own right.”

The novelist, comic book writer and attorney expressed shock at being the first woman in the award’s 30-year history to win the writing prize. She shared the honor this year with Tom King, who wrote Batman, Batman Annual #2, Batman/Elmer Fudd Special #1 and Mister Miracle.

The 2018 Eisner winners were announced Friday night at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Other notable winners include Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Alitha E. Martinez, who took home the Best Limited Series award for their work on Black Panther: World of Wakanda.

Liu, along with illustrator Sana Takeda, also won the Best Continuing Series and Best Publication for Teens (13-17) Eisners for Monstress.


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Meet the First Black Woman to Own a Male Professional Sports League in the U.S.

Evelyn Magley has made history as the first African American woman to ever own a male professional sports league in the United States. Magley and her husband, retired NBA player David Magley, are the founders of The Basketball League (TBL), a newly formed minor professional basketball league which acquired the North American Premier Basketball (NAPB) league and is scheduled to debut next year.

“I am thrilled to start a league that treats our players with the greatest level of respect thereby impacting our community in a manner that is consistent with our faith, by serving those who need it the most,” said Magley in a statement. She was named as the CEO of the league while her husband operates as president.

The league has targeted 40 markets in the U.S. and Canada and expects to start with 12 to 16 teams in January 2019. Some of the teams include the Kansas City Tornados, Ohio Bootleggers, Nevada Desert Dogs, Vancouver Knights, Raleigh Firebirds, Tampa Bay Titans, and San Diego Waves. Each team will play 32 games that will be available via livestream.

TBL offers athletes who don’t make it in the NBA or G-League another option to play ball professionally and earn anywhere from $ 1,500 to $ 7,500 a month. TBL is also dedicated to providing families with affordable and quality entertainment as well as community support through the launch of an upcoming philantropic arm, youth camps, clinics, and nonprofit organizations. Plus, the league gives individuals and groups an opportunity to own a professional sports business with a relatively low cost barrier to entry.

David Magley, who most recently served as the Commissioner of the National Basketball League of Canada, said Mrs. Magley brings a “unique vision” to the new league as the wife of a pro athlete and the mother of four children who played sports collegiately. “Her passion for people allows us to build on a vision of impacting community through giving young men opportunities that do not exist today, then leveraging our platforms to engage each local market to benefit the youth and non-profit initiatives she is so very passionate about,” said the former Cleveland Cavaliers small forward in a statement. He was drafted in 1982.

According to her bio, Magley is the former Director of Community Engagement for the Brampton A’s of the NBL Canada, where she scaled the forward-facing programming of the NBL team and nonprofit organizations within the community at large. She graduated from the University of Kansas and worked as a professional music educator and music therapist. She also co-founded an inner-city ministry focused on mentoring children through the gospel, academic services, food, and music called Children with Purpose.

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The First Black Woman to be Crowned Miss Universe Great Britain Speaks Out

Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers, a dark-skinned beauty with dreadlocks, became the first black woman to be crowned Miss Universe Great Britain in the pageant’s 66-year history on Saturday. As a result, the 25-year-old will go on to represent the United Kingdom at the international 2018 Miss Universe competition later this year.

Originally from Anguilla, a British territory in the Caribbean, Rogers never aspired to be a beauty queen. Instead, she played competitive sports, dreamed of becoming an Olympic heptathlete, and competed in the Commonwealth Games twice. However, a knee injury deterred her from the Olympics. That’s when she decided to pursue pageantry while simultaneously studying for the bar exam—which she recently passed—in order to become a barrister.

“My dream kind of reinvented itself and it shifted into pageantry because in pageantry you have the same reach,” she told BBC News. “Miss Universe Great Britain was the pageant equivalent of becoming an Olympic athlete for Great Britain.”

Ironically, Rogers says preparing for the Miss Universe Great Britain competition was more challenging than training for a sports match. “They’re very similar, but being in a pageant you have to undergo a kind of surgical examination of yourself, your ambitions, things that people don’t do until they’re very, very old.” She added, “most of the preparation for the Commonwealth Games is done on the track…but in pageantry, the mind is the focal point, and the mind is, I think, the hardest muscle to master.”

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Following her historic win, she received an outpouring of support from around the world via social media, which she admitted “kind of startled” her. “Although I’ve been preparing for this pageant for a long time, I’ve just been preparing as Dee-Ann,” she said. “Now that I’ve won the pageant, I’ve come to the realization that I’ve not only won the pageant as Dee-Ann, but as a black woman.” Nevertheless, she described the win as “a great achievement.”

Prior to her win, the University of Birmingham graduate told Pageants News that she believes she is the first woman to compete in Miss Universe Great Britain with dreadlocks. “To my knowledge, I am the first dreadlocked woman to walk across a Miss Universe Great Britain stage and that is absolutely most exciting to me,” she said. However, she also admitted that she was questioned on whether or not she’d consider straightening her hair for the competition. She refused. “I felt that it was very important for me to represent my cultural identity and to represent myself truly on this platform. This is a part of who I am. If you’re going to take one part of me, you’re going to take all of me.”

Should she win the Miss Universe pageant in December, Kentish-Rogers would join this list of women of color who earned the crown.

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How One Florida Woman Lost 23 Pounds — and Gained $1,200 With a Free App


When Missy Novak stepped on the scale and realized she’d lost 8 pounds, she felt alarmed. In her words, she’s “a woman of a certain age,” so unexpectedly losing weight isn’t always good.

Then she realized the culprit: Shopkick.

Thanks to the shopping rewards app, she’d kicked her sedentary lifestyle and had become more active. It pays its users to complete certain tasks, like walking into a retailer or scanning an item’s barcode. Users then exchange these points for gift cards.

Since Novak started using Shopkick less than two years ago, she’s made more than $ 1,200 and has lost about 23 pounds.

How? She walks. And walks, and walks, and walks. Shopkick is like a scavenger hunt, taking her from retailer to retailer, aisle to aisle.

“I might be a little addicted to it,” Novak admits.

How Shopkick Works

First, download the Shopkick app through iTunes or Google Play.

Then, start earning “kicks” when you complete certain tasks, which include:

  • Walking into an affiliated retailer, including Walmart, Target, TJMaxx and more.
  • Scanning barcodes on Shopkick-listed products.
  • Taking a photo of your receipt that includes qualifying items.
  • Purchasing particular items with a connected credit or debit card.
  • Shopping online.

Don’t make the mistake of buying things you don’t need — just for kicks. And remember you can earn kicks without even making a purchase.

Once you accumulate enough kicks, exchange them for a gift card. For example, 500 kicks will score you a $ 5 Target or Walmart gift card.

And hey, you just might drop a few pounds, too.

Carson Kohler (carson@thepennyhoarder.com) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She uses Shopkick on occasion, though it doesn’t seem to cancel out all the desserts she eats.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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First Black Woman on ‘America’s Test Kitchen’ And Her Mission For Women Chefs of Color

As the first woman of color on America’s Test Kitchen—a PBS TV cooking show, Elle Simone, doesn’t view her “test cook” role as just a job. She believes it’s part of her life’s mission to advance the representation for women of color and provide them with a platform for mentorship, sisterhood, and job placement in the culinary world. “Through my social enterprise SheChef, I’m most proud of the women chefs that I’ve been able to mentor directly, said Simone. Their products are on the shelves of Whole Foods, they’re cooking for celebrities, and food styling with Food52.

“I would like to see the full dismantling of the “good old boys club” ideologies. The ones that condone mental, verbal, and emotional abuse as a measure of gaining respect or shaping chefs. I want more support for those who are choosing to go against the grain of these concepts in order to create positive kitchen cultures. I would love to see our male counterparts stop pretending that it’s such a phenomenon that women chefs are equally capable, and often more so, in the kitchen.”

As a culinary activist, Simone is also passionate about creating safe spaces for all women. “The culinary industry is no stranger to the types of behaviors that spearheaded the “#MeToo movement” and since women are largely the minority of our industry, it is easy for us to slip under the radar,” she said. I’ve always felt that women chefs, especially those of color, needed a place for support and guidance; figuring out how and what that looked like, became a priority for me. I believe it’s great to create beautiful content and create social settings for women chefs but what good is any of that if we don’t feel safe, affirmed, and represented?

Below, Simone shares her insight on how she plans to bridge the culture cap for women of color in the culinary world.

Talk about your role on America’s Test Kitchen.

On the PBS show, America’s Test Kitchen, my role is that of a test cook. The test cooks at ATK work long hours to test and develop recipes to get them to the level of perfection that the company strives for. On the show, the test cook shares with the host some of the challenges of the recipe and the ways in which they overcame those challenges in testing; essentially, making all the mistakes so that the ‘home cook” doesn’t have to. I’m also the food stylist for all the food on ATK TV and our secondary show, Cook’s Country.

What is the biggest thing you’d like to see changed in the culinary industry, and how are you working toward making that change happen?

This year, I moderated two very important panels on the “good old boys club” topic. The first was offered by SheChef Inc. at SXSW in Austin, Texas, about how women create and curate culinary careers. Our panelist were women who have used their unique career paths to start their own food business and how they’ve been able to foster positive kitchen cultures. The latter was with WCR (Women Chefs & Restaurateurs) Conference in Minnesota, where we discussed ways in which women chefs can speak up and show up for each other; reinforcing and strengthening our leadership voices and skills. People can feel exhausted from hearing these conversations time and time again, especially over a long period of time. But my feeling is that until the culinary industry is safe and fully inclusive, the dialogue should continue.

You’re in the midst of launching the Art of the Hustle Event Series for people pursuing culinary endeavors, what’s the purpose behind those events?

These events are a place where women in culinary can have a platform to teach and share about ways they have become successful and also share the mindsets and actions that may have hindered them. The goal is for everyone to walk away with several new ideas to implement that can help sustain their business. I always hope that networking will happen but I’m hoping for a sisterhood that will become the pulse and vein of SheChef Inc.

What’s the one thing you wish you had known before going into the culinary world?

I wish I had known that there are many paths that can be taken in this industry. You don’t have to be a restaurant chef! You can be a purchaser of a food distributing company, you can be a food stylist, you can be a nutritionist! I wish someone would’ve told me that the possibilities were endless, perhaps also that as a black woman, it’d be a bit more difficult but that despite that, I could do anything I wanted.

 

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The American Medical Association Just Elected Its First African American Woman President

MD Patrice A. Harris made history this month when she became the first African American woman voted president-elect of the American Psychiatric Association (AMA). The psychiatrist from Atlanta, who was elected by the House of Delegates during the annual AMA meeting on June 12, will begin her presidency next summer.

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Harris has previously held two executive AMA offices, board chair and board secretary, and has served on the health information technology, payment and delivery reform and private contracting committee task forces and chaired the AMA Council on Legislation and co-chaired the Women Physicians Congress. She will remain the chairperson of the AMA Opioid Task Force even after taking on the presidency. She is also currently maintaining her private practice and negotiating with both public and private organizations on health service delivery as well as contemporary trends in practice and health policy and is an adjunct professor in the Emory Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Outside of the AMA, Harris has served on the American Psychiatric Association Board of Trustees and as president of the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association and founding president of the Georgia Psychiatry Political Action Committee. In 2007, she was named the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association Psychiatrist of the Year.

In a statement, Harris praised the AMA for its policies associated with the fluctuating medical climate in the U.S. “It will be my honor to represent the nation’s physicians at the forefront of discussions when policymaker and lawmakers search for practical solutions to the challenges in our nation’s health system. I am committed to preserving the central role of the physician-patient relationship in our healing art,” she said. “The American Medical Association has well-crafted policy concerning the changing health care environment in this country and I look forward to using my voice to help improve health care for patients and their physicians.”

The AMA Women Physicians Section (WPS) represents more than 82,000 women physicians and medical students, advocates for women’s health and professional concerns, celebrates the achievements of women in medicine and works to increase the number and influence of women physicians in leadership roles.

Despite Harris’ historic appointment, the work of AMA’s WPS is as necessary as ever. In 1849, Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to receive a U.S. medical degree from Geneva medical college in New York. Nearly 200 years later, there are more than 42,000 women enrolled in U.S. medical schools, and over the past 10 years, the number of female physicians, including residents, has grown by more than 43 percent—but fewer than 10 percent of women who self-identify as holding leadership positions in the field have reported being a department chair, CEO or CMO, and the proportion of women in higher academic ranks continues to be lower than their male counterparts.

Emma Encinas is an editorial intern at Ms.

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Florida Woman Arrested For Driving Down Highway With Ex-Boyfriend on Hood

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Remember that video that went viral of a car flying down the highway, with a man on the hood? Well, the woman at the wheel of the whip has been arrested.

Did we even have to tell you where she was from?

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A woman is behind bars after she allegedly sped down a South Florida highway with a man on the hood of her car.

CBS Denver identified the suspect as Patresha Isidore. Isidore allegedly drove off with a car belonging to her ex-boyfriend, Junior Francis, last Sunday.

According to an arrest report, Francis climbed on the hood in an attempt to stop Isidore. However, police say she continued driving, eventually getting onto Interstate 95.

Isidore drove with Francis on the hood for about 19 miles before she was stopped, according to police.

NINETEEN MILES. Bruh!

But here’s the kicker, Francis reportedly doesn’t want to press charges.

Battered man? Guilt because he did some f*cksh*t that warranted this “lesson”? Florida Man and Florida Woman having an understanding?

Whatever the reason, the struggle is real. Also, keep both of them off the road, people besides themselves could get hurt.

Lastly, by the looks of her mugshot—what else has she done?

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This Woman is Helping 50,000 Sisters Travel Solo, Affordably

“As women, we need to give ourselves some time. We need to recoup. We must learn who we are, and traveling solo can help us do that,” says Coleitha Banks, the founder of Sisters Traveling Solo. This purpose-driven woman created a 7,000-member Facebook Group community and turned it into 50,000 members in a year.  Sisters Traveling Solo is a company created to help women of color travel solo.

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By offering unique payment plans, travel planning services for your entire trip, and amazing vacations to places like Peru, Bali, Paris, and more, Sisters Traveling Solo is creating a strong support system that allows women to experience the world in a cost-effective way.

Six years ago, Banks needed a break. She yearned for mental clarity and felt that taking her first solo vacation could help provide the peace of mind she wanted. Banks was determined to take her first solo trip to the 2012 Olympics, and she refused to let the lack of money stop her. With this passion in her heart, she developed a financial plan, took her first solo trip, and had a life-changing experience. Now, even with a corporate job, 90% of all of her trips have been solo, and she has traveled to over 21 different countries.

Currently, Sisters Traveling Solo offers nine trips around the world. “We help make women financially prioritize their travel, and we create an entire experience that is life-changing,“ says Banks. Traveling solo can be inexpensive and the Sisters Traveling Solo Facebook Group helps remove that concern. Here are five ways Banks helps her group members find mental peace through travel in the most cost-effective way:

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Sacrifice Going Out.

Sometimes it is tempting to go out and spend money, especially, if it’s available. However, that disposable income can be used for your vacation. Take the money that you would use during happy hour and set it aside for your vacation. Instead of going out three times a week, save the cash you would have spent, and put it toward your next trip. Sacrifice temporarily, to help ensure that you are living the life of your dreams.

Travel on Deals.

There is no need to spend full price on trips when there are websites like The Flight Deal and Secret Flying. On a daily basis, search for their flight deals, and select the destination of your choice.

Make a Down Payment on Your Lodging.  Never Pay the Full Price Upfront.

If money is a concern for you when planning your travel, make sure that you use websites like Booking.com so that you do not have to pay for your hotel in full, up front. Booking.com does not require all the money at once, but instead a deposit. This will allow you more time to save for your vacation, and still have the dates secured.

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Set a Personal Goal, and Make Your Vacation a Priority.

None of this will work if you are not serious. No more complaining. No more getting frustrated. Make a decision and eliminate all other options. Open a separate online savings account with Goldman Sachs, Capital One 360, or Ally Bank, and start setting aside money each month. Stick with it, and make this trip a priority in your life.

Be Flexible.

Be open to departing from other cities outside of your own. By flying from different destinations your flight can be a lot cheaper.

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The True Story Behind Woman Walks Ahead

The movie Woman Walks Ahead — opening Friday, starring Jessica Chastain, Michael Greyeyes and Sam Rockwell — centers on what might seem like a minor moment in history: the 19th century efforts of Catherine Weldon, a white woman from Brooklyn, to paint a portrait of Lakota Sioux Chief Sitting Bull. But the story of the painting, which plays a much smaller role in the real history of Sitting Bull and Weldon than it does in the movie, is actually a window into a pivotal moment in American history.

Here’s what to know about the real people and historical events that inspired the movie.

Who Was Sitting Bull?

One of history’s most famous Native American leaders, he’s most well known today for defeating General George Custer’s army at The Battle of the Little Bighorn on June 25, 1876, near the Little Bighorn River in what was then Montana Territory. The confrontation was sparked by Custer’s troops discovering gold in the Sioux-controlled Black Hills, now in South Dakota, in 1874. The Sioux emerged victorious, and about 260 U.S. soldiers are thought to have died in what’s sometimes called Custer’s Last Stand.

Sitting Bull became famous after the battle through his role in Buffalo Bill Cody’s variety show Buffalo Bill’s Wild West. Though such shows were founded on the exploitation of stereotypical ideas, they were also a chance for Native Americans to make money and meet people who may be sympathetic to their cause, according to the National Museum of the American Indian.

Who Was Catherine Weldon?

She had several different identities. As explained by the book that inspired the movie, Eileen Pollack’s Woman Walking Ahead: In Search of Catherine Weldon and Sitting Bull, she was born Susanna Faesch in Switzerland in 1838 and immigrated to Brooklyn, N.Y. when she was 33. She first married a Swiss doctor, Claude Schlatter, and after they divorced married Richard Weldon in 1878. They had a son, but that marriage didn’t last either. After the divorce, she made her living selling her embroidery. (She was not a widow, as the movie suggests.)

Though her personal life could be chaotic, she found her purpose in advocating for Native American rights as a member of the National Indian Defense Association.

Why Did She Visit Sitting Bull?

What exactly prompted Weldon to travel to see Sitting Bull is unknown, but her biography provides several clues. Native American culture was a subject of fascination in Switzerland during the time of her youth, and Pollack says that after she came to the U.S. she might have been inspired to action by the newspaper coverage of the Indians losing their land during westward expansion.

The Dawes Act of 1887 confined the Sioux to smaller reservations, and the reduced land led to food scarcity and rationing. The buffalo were gone. The policy was “the white man’s effort to remake Indians as white men in all but color,” says Robert M. Utley, author of Sitting Bull: The Life and Times of an American Patriot and former National Park Service historian. By forcing Native Americans to live on designated farm plots, Utley explains, Washington moved toward the dual dubious goals of “civilizing” Indians and also opening up what had been their land to white settlement.

Sitting Bull traveled to Washington, D.C., for negotiations about fair prices for the land in October 1888, and Weldon began corresponding with him shortly after. According to Pollack, their letters — which don’t survive today but were mentioned in other Weldon papers — contained details of these talks, fair prices for Dakota land and maps of the government’s plans to reduce the size of the tribes’ reservations.

Pollack tells TIME that Weldon, 52 years old at this point, went to Standing Rock (in June 1889 and again in May 1890) first and foremost to be Sitting Bull’s “advocate and translator.” The scene in the movie in which Weldon, who was not very wealthy, gives her money and possessions to feed the hungry people is fairly accurate. The people she helped rewarded her with a name: “Woman Walking Ahead.” But the four portraits of Sitting Bull she painted during that time were not the main reason she went out there, contrary to the impression some might get from watching the film.

“[To Sitting Bull], that differentiated her from other whites — her generosity,” Pollack says. “She didn’t save anybody but she helped.”

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Were Sitting Bull and Catherine Weldon Romantically Involved?

It’s an understandable question watching the Sitting Bull character de-robe in front of Weldon in a tent in the film.

“There was some romantic tension,” Pollack says. “There’s evidence that he proposed marriage.”

But, Pollack says, the record shows that Weldon wasn’t interested in marrying Sitting Bull (who had two wives) and maintained their relationship as his friend, lobbyist and helper.

What Was the Ghost Dance?

Though it plays a relatively minor role in the movie — Weldon and Sitting Bull emerge from the tent and see tribe members dancing in a circle around a fire pit, looking up at the sky with their arms outstretched in the air — the Ghost Dance is an important part of the Sitting Bull story. The Ghost Dance was a religious movement that emerged in some Native American communities amid the upheaval in the late 1800s. The practice involved participants donning outfits thought to give them power against bullets and dancing, as historian Mark Hirsch wrote for American Indian magazine, to “hasten the coming of the new world” — a world that was like the way things were before white settlers came. “Lakotas were ready for a message of hope,” Hirsch explained.

Woman Walks Ahead Director Susanna White consulted Native American choreographers and elders to make sure the “ghost dance” was as accurate as possible, and worked off music that had been passed down through generation.

Sitting Bull actually had mixed feelings about the ritual; Utley says that he was skeptical about its ideas but willing to go along on the idea that participants might be onto something. Weldon, on the other hand, worried about how the U.S. government would perceive the movement. And she was right; the white officials watching the Native Americans dancing were scared by it and responded with extreme force.

His resistance to being removed from the reservation for his part in the Ghost Dance led to the attempt to arrest him,” says Utley, “which in turn led to his death.”

Sitting Bull was shot to death by police on Dec. 15, 1890.

Is This the Same Standing Rock?

Yes. The place where Weldon visits Sitting Bull is the same place that made news recently as the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their allies gathered there to oppose the construction of the Dakota access pipeline for fears that it would contaminate their water supply.

“The Dawes Act ultimately deprived the Sioux of much of their treaty-guaranteed land and confined them to small separate reservations,” Utley writes. “[Sitting Bull] would have applauded their opposition to the Dakota Pipeline. The white man worked at their destruction because of hunger for Indian land and an idealistic concept that Indians should be transformed into imitation white men. The contest lasted for half a century and continues in muted form to this day.”


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Therapy for Black Girls: Meet the Woman on a Mission To Reduce Mental Health Stigma

After watching the first Black Girls Rock awards show Joy Harden Bradford, Ph.D. was inspired to create Therapy for Black Girls, a platform encouraging the mental wellness of black women and girls. Over the years, Dr. Joy has expanded the platform from a blog to a podcast with listeners in 158 different countries, a Facebook group called the “Thrive Tribe” with over 13,000 women and a therapist directory which has grown to over 700 therapists in less than a year. “My work has always been heavily focused on black women and girls,” says Dr. Joy. I think too often we’re so busy taking care of other people that we aren’t always paying attention to what’s going on with us. I wanted a platform that helped sisters put the focus back on themselves.”

We caught up with Dr. Joy to get some insight on self-care, the stigma of mental health in the black community, and cliché phrases to avoid when trying to help a depressed loved one.

What are the stigmas that often hold people of color back from therapy and what services or programs do you offer to combat these stigmas?

I believe that many people of color have been socialized to believe that talking about private matters should only happen within the confines of the family (the whole idea of airing dirty laundry so to speak). Also, many people still don’t know how therapy works or believe that only “crazy” people need therapy. There are also many people who still view mental illness and needing to go to therapy as a sign of a weak faith relationship, which, of course, is not the case.

The Therapy for Black Girls podcast is helping to reduce that stigma. The podcast episodes are designed to help people get an idea of the millions of different reasons someone might benefit from therapy. Listeners are also exposed to a variety of therapists that are guests on the show. This format helps them to realize that we all have different personalities and work differently so there is likely a therapist out there that’s a great fit for everyone. I also do live video chats on both Instagram & Facebook at 12 noon ET every Thursday. I call it Three for Thursday and I share three tips about a topic and then open the floor for general questions. I think it’s a great opportunity for people to get accurate information about mental health and to dispel any myths they may have about how therapy works, etc.

To date, what are your top three episodes? 

  1. Self-Worth 
  2. Slaying Your Anxiety 
  3. This Isn’t What I Imagined 

When it comes to mental health, what is the one thing that you think women overlook in maintaining self-care?

Boundaries! I think far too many of us don’t say NO enough. No to that extra task at work, no to that friend who never shows up for us, no to that ex who keeps trying to come back into our lives, etc. I don’t think we always realize the cumulative impact that taking on other people’s stuff can have on our mental health.

What cliché phrases should we avoid when trying to help a depressed loved one?

  • Just pray about it.
  • Your life is so good, what do you have to be depressed about?
  • Life is hard for everyone, toughen up.

While people may be well-intentioned when trying to help a loved one, these sentiments typically only make people feel like you don’t understand them and that you’re not someone they can go to in the future. A nice alternative for this would be something like “I’m sorry to hear that you’re struggling. Do you want to talk more about how you’re feeling?”

What do you believe people can do to reduce the stigma of depression and anxiety?

I think sharing more openly about our own struggles and experiences with therapy helps. I also think we have to be careful with our language. It’s important to remove stigmatizing language from our vocabulary, so saying things like “she’s so crazy” or “this gives me OCD” is something to avoid.

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[Breaking] San Francisco Now Has Its First Black Woman Mayor

London Breed will be the first black woman mayor of San Francisco after her opponent conceded the election results, reports CNN. 

Breed claimed victory after her opponent, Mark Leno, a former California state senator, conceded in a tight election race. Breed and Leno battled for the position after the untimely death of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who died from a heart attack in December 2017.

African American women have been particularly energized in the 2018 election season. Stacey Abrams recently made history as the first female gubernatorial nominee for any major party in Georgia.

And in December of last year, African American voters showed up in massive numbers at the voting booth on Tuesday, helping Democrat Doug Jones defeat Republican Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate seat.

According to exit polls by The Washington Post—African Americans voted almost unanimously for Jones. The Democrat received 96% of the black vote. Jones was particularly helped by black women; receiving 98% of their vote. And 93% of black men voted for him. Still, it was a tight race with Jones receiving 50% of the overall vote versus Moore’s 49%..

Additionally, many grassroots initiatives have sprung up to get more people of color involved in politics.

 

—Editor’s Note: This is a breaking story and will be updated. 

 

 

 

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How This Woman Landed Her Gourmet Food Brand at Bloomingdale’s Stores

Genelle Drayton left a 10-year career in sports marketing and entertainment to take the entrepreneurial leap into the culinary industry—a sector where many people of color, particularly women, are underrepresented and underestimated. Drayton’s desire for something more paid off. Not only has Sweet Dames Artisan Confections landed in Bloomingdale’s stores, her mouthwatering gourmet macaroons were voted one of the Top Five Desserts in NYC PopMarkets by MetroNYC. Now she’s also sharing her knowledge and talent to help other “foodpreneurs” by participating in events like the SheChef panel series focused on “The Art of Hustle: Branding, Marketing & Launching Your Product.”

“While I learned a lot within the organization there was no opportunity for growth, said Drayton. I was stagnant. I knew that there was more and I was willing to create a life for myself doing something that I loved, so it was time to go. One day while I was still employed and sitting at my desk, I decided I was going to bake for the holidays and gave away baked goods as gifts. People loved the products and began to place orders with me. Six months later, I took the risk and left corporate America to establish Sweet Dames Artisan Confections.”

Here’s the backstory on how she learned more about the food industry and landed in Bloomingdales, a New York-based high-end department store.

When you made the decision to take a leap of faith, what are the first three things you did to learn about the industry and perfect your craft?

Research, education, and networking. I sought the knowledge of professionals within the industry. I’ve worked with Chef Julian Plyter, who taught me all the necessary steps to establish a legal baking business in New York City, and was his intern. I learned the science of baking and various baking techniques at the Institute of Culinary Education. I’m still perfecting, still learning and discovering ways to improve my business every day.

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Why did you choose gourmet Coconut Macaroons and CocoMallow sandwiches as your niche? 

Initially, when I started my business I was all over the place, custom designed cakes, wedding cakes, custom cookies, you name it I baked it. That, of course, gets old very quickly. My coconut macaroons were always a part of my offerings, but I noticed clients were ordering them as gifts for the holiday season. They appreciated the uniqueness of the product, flavors, and packaging. My event planning experience and relationships in that space definitely helped me. We now offer custom packaging due to an increase in the corporate space.

The idea of the CocoMallow Sandwiches came to me at home, I love the idea of taking something old, traditional, and making it new again with Caribbean flavors and unique pairings. People get really excited about them.

Did you test the market before delving into your business full time? If so, how?

Yes. Pop-up markets were definitely my testing ground. It’s a great way to get your name and product out there, and see how customers respond, what works, what doesn’t.

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How did you land an opportunity to sell your macaroons at Bloomingdales? 

Thank God for relationships, I’ve learned over the years the importance of maintaining them. I know someone that works for them, she started her career a few years ago and was promoted to food buyer. She was aware of my brand, loved the product, and invited me in to pitch the company.

What would you say were the top two deciding factors for Bloomingdale’s buyers to accept your product into stores? How did you prove that there was a demand for your product?

The presentation is everything and that’s what definitely drew them in, but they really appreciated the uniqueness of the product and the packaging, I even converted some folks to coconut lovers. The real test was the trunk shows. I sold the product in their 59th street location and did very well, they were very impressed with my numbers. I’ve since sold at both SoHo and 59th Street Bloomingdale locations and will increase over the next few months.

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This Woman Taught Herself to Code — And Earned $137,000 in One Year


Coding might be a computer language, but it’s behind almost everything we do in the digital age. This woman taught herself to code at age 11 and started her own business. She made over $ 137,000 last year — from home.

Kelly Vaughn has never taken a class in web development.

She’s never attended a coding bootcamp.

Amidst a sea of dudes and CompSci majors, she’s rare: a self-taught female developer.

At the age of 24, she quit her job to freelance full time — and in her first year, she earned $ 137,000. Here’s how she did it.

An Early Intro to Coding

Vaughn first started experimenting with programming when she was just 11.

She wanted to create her own community for the website Neopets, so her dad bought her an “HTML for Dummies” book.

Today, she says, there are many more resources for people who’d like to learn to code — including coding bootcamps and sites like Treehouse and Codecademy — but with her drive and curiosity, the book proved enough.

She continued to practice, and got her first paying gig at age 14, making a hunting supplies website for a friend of her father’s.

Her pay? One T-shirt.

Soon after, she began selling custom-designed MySpace themes for $ 15 each.

Taking a Different Path

Yet, when it came time for college, Vaughn chose not to major in computer science — she assumed working in the field would take the fun out of it.

Instead, she graduated with her bachelor’s in psychology and then pursued master’s degrees in social work and public health.

To help pay for tuition, she kept doing freelance work on the side — a move that eventually led to an aha moment.

“Halfway through grad school, I’m still coding, and I’m getting paid,” she says. “So it’s a job, and I don’t hate it. Maybe it’s something I could enjoy doing full time.”

Not wanting to be a quitter, she finished grad school, and accepted a job with the Centers for Disease Control. But after just nine months, she decided to take the leap to self-employment.

It was October 2015, and she was 24 years old.

Making It On Her Own

Despite her young age, Vaughn was prepared to leave her full-time job: She had an emergency fund, a husband with health insurance and a reliable income, as well as a contract for ongoing work with one company.

She focused her web development services around launching online stores for small and medium businesses — mostly using the Shopify platform.

During her first month as a freelancer, she tripled her income. During her first three months, she earned $ 28,000.

The following year, she grossed $ 137,000, with just $ 9,000 of overhead.

In Vaughn’s second full year, she began to scale: She built a team of contractors to help with design, search engine optimization, social media marketing and copywriting, and decided to rebrand as more than just a freelancer.

“If you want to grow, you need to separate yourself from the brand,” she says. “I could no longer be Kelly Vaughn Creative; I had to have a more established agency name.”

She launched The Taproom Agency in October 2017, and now has seven contractors working for her — all women, all remote.

“It’s a really special thing to be part of an all-female digital agency in a male-dominated industry,” says Gemma Haylett, a developer at The Taproom. “I think we are unique in that everyone is very supportive of each other… The only low is that I don’t get to hang out with my awesome coworkers since we live all over the world!”

How Her Biz Grew So Quickly

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It may seem like Vaughn’s success came out of nowhere, but the truth is she’s been working toward this moment for more than a decade.

“I spent a lot of time building up my customer base and my marketing — getting my name out there before I went full time” she says.

For years beforehand, she used social media to share her portfolio and interact with other people in her field. She also joined Facebook groups like Freelance to Freedom Project and Unstoppable ($ 97/year), and has seen a lot of people get their first clients that way.

“Someone will say ‘Send over your portfolio and I’ll pass on the names to my client,’” she explains. “It’s a really great resource for people who are just getting started.”

Another factor in her success was her highly-focused niche. Not only did branding herself as a Shopify expert amplify referrals, it also helped her portfolio stand out in search engines and among other developers in her community.

“The local component was very important,” she says. “Even today, a lot of the clients prefer to work with someone who’s local. Even if we never actually meet face-to-face, the option is there.”

On Imposter Syndrome and Success

More than 90% of developers are male, which has led to some difficult situations for Vaughn.

“When I was younger — 19, 20 — I would occasionally receive emails on my personal portfolio saying ‘You’re really cute for a developer,” she says. “I was like ‘Cool, how about my work?’”

A few years later, one potential customer even asked her: “How do I know you’re not going to run away with my money and have a baby?”

Luckily, as Vaughn grew more experienced, she faced less and less negativity about her gender — but still, she worries about her age.

“I don’t like telling [clients] how old I am, because there’s a level of judgment that comes with being so young,” she explains. “Imposter syndrome is almost an everyday battle — how am I qualified to be giving you advice on how to run your business?”

But, with the support of her family and friends, and the success of the sites and stores she’s launched, she’s been able to continually build her confidence.

“It’s the overall feeling of accomplishment that matters,” she says. “That people trust the Taproom; that we’re able to help businesses actually grow.”

Susan Shain is a freelance writer and digital nomad. She covers travel, food and personal finance (basically, how to save money so you can travel more and eat more). Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.

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The Week in Movie News: ‘Wonder Woman’ Sequel Teased a Mystery, ‘Dumbo’ and ‘The Nun’ Trailers and More

The Week in Movie News: 'Wonder Woman' Sequel Teased a Mystery, 'Dumbo' and 'The Nun' Trailers and More

Need a quick recap of the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:

 

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Wonder Woman sequel teases a surprising co-star: We learned Wonder Woman 2 is titled Wonder Woman 1984 and saw some new images from the '80s-set superhero movie, including one mysteriously featuring Chris Pine as the previously killed-off Steve Trevor. Read more here and check out more Gal Gadot news here.

 

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Is that man at it again?

Singer Chris Brown is facing legal trouble for allegedly hitting and stalking a woman, Page Six reports. 

A woman named Cassandra received a temporary protective order against the 29-year-old after she claimed that after she attended one of his parties, Brown began stalking and hitting her.

According to legal docs filed earlier this week, Cassandra alleged Chris never threatened her with a weapon but has been following her around and hitting her on different days.

The R&B star is ordered to stay 100 yards from the alleged victim. He is also forbidden from contacting her in any way.

Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos said to the site, “This is sad because it’s obviously the disjointed ranting of someone Chris doesn’t know who has mental health issues. This just creates celebrity meet and greets with deranged fans, and perhaps the Court may want to engage their Mental Health Department.”

A hearing for the case is set for July 3rd.

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‘Bachelorette’ contestant Lincoln Adim convicted of assault and battery after groping woman on cruise last year

One of the men vying for Becca Kufrin’s heart on “The Bachelorette” was convicted just days before the season began after he groped and assaulted a woman on a cruise ship.

Lincoln Adim, 26, was found guilty in Massachusetts of indecent assault and battery for a May 2016 attack on a cruise ship,…

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Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins Share First Looks at ‘Wonder Woman 1984’; Here’s Everything We Know

Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins Share First Looks at 'Wonder Woman 1984'; Here's Everything We Know

Gasps could be heard around the world this morning from Wonder Woman fans seeing Chris Pine in a tracksuit in a new image from the set of Wonder Woman 1984. Not only was it the sound of happiness of seeing Steve Trevor back and also wearing a very becoming outfit but it was also the sound of stunned amazement that Steve Trevor is somehow still alive and has not aged in the sequel. 

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Meet the Black Woman Behind the Video That Led to the Trump Clemency of Alice Johnson

You may not know the name Topeka Sam as well as you know Kim Kardashian, but you should. Sam, a prison reform activist, facilitated the viral Mic video that moved Kardashian to take a meeting with President Donald Trump to plead the case of Alice Johnson, a black woman who was granted clemency June 6 after serving 21 years for a nonviolent, drug-related crime. Though Kardashian helped put a worldwide spotlight on Johnson’s case, Sam was a major leader in a community of activists, legal professionals, and entrepreneurs who worked on her behalf for years before the day she was finally freed.

Sam, a formerly incarcerated woman herself, has advocated for female inmates’ rights, prison reform, and empowerment for women through spiritual renewal, education, and entrepreneurship since her own 2015 release. “My parents were franchise business owners for the first 20 years of my life,” Sam says. “They owned a Carvel franchise in Brooklyn, N.Y., and after that, they ran their own restaurant in Harlem until they retired. I’ve always been exposed to what [owning a business looked like]. I think it was just in my DNA, that I was going to be a business owner at some point.”

The founder of The Ladies of Hope Ministries and Hope House NYC, was bitten by the entrepreneurship bug in her youth, and she has since promoted the freedom and power of entrepreneurship as a viable and sustainable option for formerly incarcerated individuals.

“Prior to going to prison, I’d launched several small businesses, [from] a concierge service to throwing parties. I started a customized mobile-phone case boutique for brands with a friend of mine, who’s still an entrepreneur,” Sam recalls. “When I was inside, God gave me the name The Ladies of Hope Ministries and Hope House. I had a business plan and everything. …I wrote out what my ideas were, like the Bible says, ‘Write it down and make it clear, and at the appointed time, it will come to pass and will not tarry.’  That’s exactly what I did.”

In launching Hope House NYC, Sam has combined entrepreneurial knowledge with her personal experience of prison life for women, and she also uses knowledge she’s gained while serving as a Columbia University Beyond the Bars fellow, a Justice in Education Scholar, and director of dignity for the Van Jones-helmed Cut50 initiative to keep the Bronx-based facility going. At the home, women and girls affected by incarceration can get educational, vocational, spiritual, and entrepreneurial resources and housing, and find a safe space of support from other women.

“It’s everyday work, not only because you’re a social entrepreneur or systems entrepreneur, [but because] you have people’s lives in your hands,” Sam says. “You have to make sure the bills are paid so that women can remain safe [at Hope House NYC] and they can thrive in their lives. I have to make sure the resources we are providing are viable.”

She takes pride in the impact she can make through starting something she is in charge of, and knows how entrepreneurship or launching your own platform can have a positive effect on lives beyond that of the business owner.

“With entrepreneurship, it allows you to hire people who have been impacted by incarceration and give opportunities to people so that when they come home, they don’t have to worry about applying for a job and being told they’re being terminated because of a prison conviction,” Sam says. “When you think about entrepreneurship, it doesn’t mean you have to build an organization. Speaking about your experience, you get paid to speak, that’s a business. …I speak across the country. … Whatever you’re good at, you can make a business out of it. Every time a woman comes through my organization, the question I ask them is, ‘what do you want to be [moving forward]?”

Building a foundation of business smarts and tenacity helped Sam balance her process of transitioning into life after prison, sharing her story through panels and speaking engagements and fulfilling a vision to help others. She knew she had to strengthen herself through research and education in order to accomplish the freedom of running her own show.

“I think because I had the understanding of what it took to start a business, because of my past, I knew [I had to do my due diligence]. … We’re creating an entrepreneurial course and partnering with a large corporation to do it. I believe education is extremely important for people to change their lives. …Skills education leads to business, and business leads to entrepreneurship. [Through entrepreneurship], I have the freedom to do this as I want to, and I don’t have to worry about people putting [limitations] on me [as a formerly incarcerated woman.]”

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A video shows the owner of the Small Pharoah’s food truck, arguing with and throwing a bottle and hot sauce at a Black woman, who claims he called her the N-word after she tried to pay with quarters. The alleged victim Carlotta Washington recorded part of the altercation with her cellphone, reports Willamette Week. In […]

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The C-Word You Should Never Call a Woman

Social media once again proved their chief export was outrage this week when late night show host Samantha Bee told a joke about Ivanka Trump, calling her a “feckless ‘C-Word.’” (She has since apologized.)

It was no surprise that calls for the comedian to apologize split along party lines, with many conservatives demanding their pound of flesh in return for the canceling of Roseanne over racist tweets earlier in the week. (It’s a false equivalency, but nonetheless a useful tool for figuring out if someone is a racist—equating an abhorrent racial slur with a not-very-nice word.)

For years, the “C-word” has enjoyed the “we can use it, but you can’t” codicil in offensive language. But even in feminist circles, it is still very much another c-word—controversial.

As someone who founded and administers a pro-Hillary Facebook group, I’ve found myself in the middle of this discussion so many times, the other admins and I joke that our memoir will be called Parsing the Word C-nt. We have a no hate speech policy but the question remains, is the “C-word” hate speech?

I started employing the “C-word” in high school for a very simple reason: I wanted to shock. I was a teenager, I wanted to be different, I wanted to be edgy. If this was a word that was so bad you couldn’t use it, then I wanted to be the one to use it. I didn’t realize at the time that in my teen rebellion, I was inadvertently reclaiming the word.

I assume that a majority of the women of my generation and younger women have had a similar journey, judging by the way “C-words” rain down freely and peppers our conversations. You can be mad at someone and use it, but it’s lost a lot of its power, having all of the bite of calling someone a “bitch.” (Although admittedly, this word, too, remains charged based on context and personal interpretation.) For other women, it has evolved into being sensual and erotic—take C-nt: A Declaration of Independence by Inga Muscio, or The C-nt Coloring Book, for example.

Shortly before the election, I had another evolution in thinking about the “C-word.” After seeing a staggering amount of misogyny from folks across every aisle—all of who were using the “C-word,” and not “Clinton,” to describe the most qualified and accomplished modern candidate for the presidency, as well as any women who supported her, I realized that being a c-nt wasn’t such a bad thing. Women were being called c-nts for actually doing some really amazing and brave things.

If it makes you a “C-word” to stand up for yourself, to work hard, to speak truth to power, to not let a man take advantage of your body, to fight for the rights of marginalized voices—then yes, vagina, I was a cunt!

So I made a video about it.

There is one c-word I think is truly offensive to call a woman: crazy. “Crazy” is a tool that the patriarchy uses to dismiss the humanity of women. If a woman thinks she’s being sexually harassed, she’s crazy. If a woman raises her voice or is demanding like a man, she’s crazy. If a woman calls out discrimination, wants to be paid fairly, or says that your jokes are lazy and offensive, she’s crazy. Calling a woman “crazy” is how men say that a woman’s concerns and experiences aren’t real. It’s the permission they give themselves to keep doing what they’re doing, without confronting their own biases. It prevents one of my favorite c-words: change.

Looking back on the whole mess, what should concern Ivanka Trump the most is the “f-word” she was called, the one before the “C-word”—feckless. It means weak, ineffective, worthless. As a woman who builds her brand on the illusion that she works and a mother of a daughter, that should really sting her the most. You can call Hillary Clinton the “C-word” as much as you want, but you can never say she’s feckless. C-nts are never weak and often very effective.

That’s why they hate us.

Tess Rafferty is a writer, comedian and performer. Most recently, she developed Halfway House, an original half hour pilot at WBTV. Her original pilot, I Know Who You Really Are, Bitch, made the WeForShe 2017 WriteHer list. Tess has written for numerous shows, including @MIDNIGHT on Comedy Central and The Soup, and she currently produces and appears in the live comedy show, RESISTANCE AFTER DARK. As an author, Tess made her debut with her memoir Recipes for Disaster, published by St. Martin’s Press in 2012 and has written her first novel, Under the Tuscan Gun, currently under option with WBTV. You can read more at  or follow her @TessRafferty.

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Black Woman Amputee On Overcoming Adversity, and ‘Joy’ Versus ‘Happiness”

Donna Hopkins underwent surgery to remove fibroids but experienced a blood clot, and other surgical complications, which caused doctors to amputate her left leg. But despite the personal tragedy, the athlete and two-time breast cancer survivor found the courage to set goals from her hospital bed. Relying on her faith in God, family, friends and new found love for rowing, Hopkins turned her life-changing experience into a book about overcoming adversity, Getting to the Other Side of Victory. The autobiography is a story of hope and action to teach people how to hit the reset button, tap into their hidden strengths, and rebuild their lives after crisis and loss.

Today, the active competitor in track and field also runs Hopkins Breast Cancer Inc., an organization that financially helps people battling breast cancer in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and she works with prosthetic companies to help test new prosthetics for the amputation community. Hopkins spoke with Black Enterprise about her journey.

Let’s go back to that moment at the hospital when you learned doctors had to amputate your left leg.  What self-limiting beliefs, vulnerabilities, or insecurities did you have about your future?

When I was finally able to understand what happened, so many things were running through my head. I thought about what it would mean for me as an athlete to just work out. I thought about relationships, how people would see me, and mainly how men would look at me, and thinking what man would want me now with part of my left gone. I was anxious, worried, nervous in every aspect of my life, what this all meant looking forward. I thought about getting older with the amputation and concern arose, but through it all, even if I didn’t see the rainbow in my life as I looked to the future, God saw it for me.

When taking off my clothing, I saw my life’s battle scars, but the most revealing was the internal scars that weren’t showing on the surface. The first step was learning to love me all over again and accepting that person. I didn’t want other people treating me any differently, or looking at me any differently, yet I was doing just that. Despite what I looked like, I had to remember that I was still the same person, and a friend reminded me of it. He said that he wasn’t going to treat me any differently despite my amputation because I hadn’t changed behind all that had happened. Little did he know how much those words made me feel good; they did more than any natural medicine could do. It was healing to my spirit and soul.

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How long did it take you to bring joy back into your life after the tragedy?

When I was in the hospital, I was already setting a goal on how to get back up on my feet and move forward. In my book Getting to the Other Side of Victory, I talk about happiness and joy and the differences between the two. Happiness comes and goes, you can be happy one minute and sad the next, but if you have joy it’s always there, it will leap up at the most needed moment. So, the joy was never taken from my life; it is the thing that kept me going with every tragedy.

Despite the fact that you’re an amputee, you used rowing to aid in your recovery—yet you don’t know how to swim. What mindset shifts helped you to work through your fears and embrace your new reality?

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I was at a turning point in my life. I wasn’t going to allow people to put me in a box anymore and make me think or act like they thought I should after coming through 2010. The only opinion that mattered at this point was God’s.

It was also the competitive person in me. Despite not knowing how to swim, don’t tell me I can’t do something I will prove you wrong. Rowing was good because I didn’t have anything to measure it by. It became a source of therapy, treatment, and renewal to rebuilding. It took me to a place of victory in some areas that I needed.

I went back to what I knew, track and field, and I just missed out on making the Paralympic trials in the 100 by .33 seconds. However, it was a win for me still in so many ways. The amputation didn’t stop me. In fact, it allowed me to look at life and how we waste so many precious hours that we can never get back again by not just living life versus just existing.

I believe, no matter what happens to you, you can find something that inspires you to keep going. It is OK to cry about your circumstances, the devastation, destruction, and adversity, but don’t drown in your tears. Don’t allow them to be the anchor that keeps you from coming up again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Justice continues to close in on Harvey Weinstein, ever since he surrendered himself to the New York police on May 25 (before being released on bail). Now, one more survivor accusing him of rape is adding her story to the legal battle.

CNN reports that Melissa Thompson joined the three other women who filed a class-action lawsuit against the infamous, disgraced Hollywood producer. Before the new charges, he already stood accused of first and third degree rape, as well as first degree criminal sexual act. 

Though Thompson’s story sounds very similar to the litany of other allegations brought to light by women over the past seven months, it adds a fresh layer of (alleged) insidiousness from Weinstein’s lawyer.  Read more…

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Say What Now? New Jersey Police Officer Caught on Camera Violently Punching a 20-Year-Old Woman for Drinking Beer on the Beach [Video]

A New Jersey police officer is under investigation after a viral video showed him repeatedly hitting a underage woman caught with a beer on the beach during a Memorial Day weekend outing.

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What began as a day of fun in the sun Saturday turned into a beach blanket beatdown after a Wildwood police officer was caught on camera slugging a 20-year-old woman in the head at least three times while trying to handcuff her, according to video of the encounter.

The disturbing clash was caught on a cell phone camera by a woman who had been napping on the Jersey Shore beach before the commotion broke out just feet away. Her video showed the officer straddling the woman in the sand, and wailing away at her head as he ordered her to “stop resisting.”

The woman, who was arrested, and later identified by police as Emily Weinman, cried out, “You’re not allowed to hit me like that!

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” Weinman added, while struggling under the tight grip of two officers.

While KYW-TV in Philadelphia reports Weinman managed to kick an officer in the groin during the arrest, the video does not appear to show it.

Neither the officer who hit Weinman nor another cop that grabbed her legs or a third one who stood by has been identified.

The arrest took place on a beach in the resort city, about 30 miles south of Atlantic City.

Weinman, who lives in Philadelphia, was slapped with a slew of charges, including two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated assault by spitting bodily fluids at a police officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstruction and minor in possession of alcohol.

The footage was shared on Twitter on Saturday evening, and has since garnered more than 2.3 million views.

“I was sleeping on the beach and I woke up to this,” the video taker said in a post accompanying the footage. “I can’t believe it.”

Weinman, in a Facebook post that has since been removed, said she had been drinking a beer, according to NJ.com. The website said she was approached by officers on the beach around 4 p.m. Weinman said she passed a Breathalyzer test and that cops followed her when she went to make a phone call.

‘I asked them don’t they have something better to do as cops than to stop people for underage drinking on the beach,” the Facebook post said, and that’s when Weinman claims an officer said, “I was gonna let you go but now I’ll write you up.”Weinman said she refused to give the officer her name for the ticket. She said she tripped and fell as she was backing away, and that’s when the officer tackled her.

Weinman turns 21 in September, according to court records.

Weinman pleaded guilty to simple assault and reckless endangerment in November for a 2016 arrest in Philadelphia, records show.

Wildwood Police Chief Robert Regalbuto found the video upsetting, authorities said.

“Chief Regalbuto stated that while he finds this video to be alarming, he does not want to rush to any judgment until having the final results of the investigation,” the department said in a statement posted on Facebook.

The officers involved in the arrest were placed on desk duty pending the results of the internal probe, officials said.

Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. said the officers were wearing body cameras and when the footage is released, it will show Weinman insulting and spitting at the cops, according to Philly.com.

You can see the footage for yourself below. This is completely unacceptable.

 

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Say What Now? Woman Poops in a Coffee Shop and Throws It At Employees After Being Denied Restroom Access [Video]

A woman got so fed up at a Tim Horton’s coffee shop employee for denying her access to the restroom that she decided to take a dump in the middle of the floor.

Not only did she relieve herself in front of other patrons simply trying to enjoy their coffee and light bites, she then picked up her sh*t and threw it at the employees.

The entire incident was captured on video.

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A spokesperson for the Canadian coffee chain told BuzzFeed News that some of its restaurants have a “restricted access policy for restrooms to ensure the well-being of our guests.”

The spokesperson said that their current understanding of the incident is that the woman was denied access to the restroom based on her “past behavior.” This seemed to have sparked her rage.

The targeted employee called authorities, who continue to investigate the incident.

“We strive to create a welcoming environment for all of our guests and the communities we serve,” the coffee chain said in a statement. “We are deeply concerned by this video as the safety of our team members and guests is always a top priority for us.”

That’s what you call a sh*tty workday. Watch the footage below.

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The police department in Alpharetta, Georgia have suspended an officer and opened an internal investigation regarding a May 4 traffic stop where a 65-year-old grandmother was pulled from her car.

“I just panicked. I felt like my heart exploded,” Rose Campbell told WSB-TV. “I didn’t expect that in America. I didn’t expect that in Atlanta. I didn’t expect that especially in Alpharetta.”

In the full dash cam video posted by the police department on YouTube, Public Safety Chief John Robison begins by promising “a decisive and appropriate outcome.”

“There are aspects of this video that do not represent who we are as an organization,” Robison says.

According to the police, Campbell was pulled over by officer Michael Swerdlove after she swerved into a second lane while turning, almost causing a collision. Swerdlove is seen approaching the vehicle and then attempts to warrant a citation for the incident. Campbell refused to sign the ticket because she believed it would be an admission of guilt–and that is when things quickly escalated.

“He told me he was giving me a citation for failure to maintain lane.  I said for what?  Everybody does that when a cop gives you a ticket, unless you’re wrong, you’re gonna ask why,” she said.

Swerdlove told her that if she refused to sign the citation she would be arrested. Campbell then attempts to ask for a supervisor, but the officer demands that she gets out of the car to attempt an arrest. Swerdlove is then shown opening Campbell’s door and begins to pull her out.

“No sir, this is abusive behavior,” Campbell can be heard saying at one point in the video. “I’m being abused, I need the supervisor now!” she continues.

As a second cop approaches the car, Campbell continues asking for the supervisor. The cop continues to tug on her, while the second officer begins to attempt to pull her out of the car.

A third officer named James Legg approaches on the passenger’s side, but then walks around to the other two officers who are still pulling on Campbell to get out the car.

As Campbell agrees to get out of the car, Legg walks around to the driver’s side and begins cursing at the woman.

“Hey, you’re not in charge! Shut the f— up and get out the car!” Legg yells at Campbell. Campbell, who is diabetic says she was terrified as they attempted to arrest her.

Legg was suspended as a result of the investigation. Campbell has hired an attorney, but has yet to decide if she wants to take legal action. What she wants is an apology, she told WSB.

“They need to be put on suspension, disciplinary action without pay.  That normally works in the brain,” Campbell said.  “I don’t like the issue of firing people.  I think everyone has a space for redemption.”

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Say What Now? White Woman Calls the Cops on Black Yale Student Taking a Nap in Dorm Common Room [Video]

In today’s episode of ‘Living While Black,’ a white graduate student at Yale called the police on a Black student who fell asleep in the common area of their dorm.

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The white woman confronted Lolade Siyonbola, 34, after she fell asleep on the couch in the school’s Hall of Graduate Studies.

“I have every right to call the police. You cannot sleep in that room,” she said to Siyonbola.

When police arrived at the scene, they told Siyonbola “She called us [and] said there’s somebody who appeared they weren’t … where they were supposed to be.”  

The cops, who asked to see Siyonbola’s ID, proceeded to question her for more than 15 minutes before they confirmed she was a student at Yale.

They said the process was prolonged because her name was misspelled in a school database of student information.

During their interactions, Siyonbola unlocked the door to her dorm room to show them that she was a student and called the officers’ behavior “harassment.”

“I really don’t know if there’s a justification for you actually being in the building,” she said.

“I deserve to be here. I pay tuition like everybody else. I’m not going to justify my existence here.”

More than 350,000 people watched Siyonbola’s Facebook videos, with some commenters expressing their support while others commended her for remaining calm.

Lynn Cooley, the dean of Yale’s graduate school of arts and sciences, sent an email to graduate students addressing the situation on Tuesday.

“Incidents like that of last night remind us of the continued work needed to make Yale a truly inclusive place,” she wrote.

“I am committed to redoubling our efforts to build a supportive community in which all graduate students are empowered in their intellectual pursuits and professional goals within a welcoming environment.”

You can watch video of this infuriating incident below. We commend Lolade for handling this unnecessary encounter so calmly.

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Dr. Ken saves the day — for real.

Worlds collided for doctor-turned-actor Ken Jeong when a woman at his Saturday stand-up comedy show in Phoenix, Arizona, had a health scare.

According to TMZ, a woman in the third row suffered a seizure near the beginning of Jeong’s set. Although Jeong first thought the commotion was due to heckling from the crowd, he soon realized that it was a real emergency and dropped off the stage to help her, TMZ reported.

He couldn’t see what was going on with the lights,” audience member Heather Holmberg told USA Today. “He was playing with them from the stage for a second, and it was like, ‘No, no, no. We need you!’ He realized there was an issue, and he came over. It was a moment where time stands still. Someone was having a crisis. There was a hush over the room.”

The 48-year-old comedian assisted the woman until an ambulance arrived and took her to the hospital, the outlet reported. He then got back on stage to continue his routine, but not before the crowd thanked him with a round of applause.

Jeong’s rep also confirmed the incident to USA Today.

Holmberg also reflected on Jeong’s heroic act on Twitter.

“A woman had a medical emergency during the show. Ken thinks its heckling, when people are asking for his help. He jumps off stage to assist. An EMT helped, too,” she wrote. “Then on with the show! Great night! He is gracious and grateful…AND flipping funny!”

Jeong earned a medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and is still a licensed physician.

“I was so intense as a doctor, and I was always stressed out, patients were surprised I did stand-up comedy on the side,” told critics at ABC’s summer press tour in 2015.

His experience in the medical field has transitioned to some of his acting roles, starring in the short-lived ABC sitcom Dr. Ken and playing a doctor in the 2007 film Knocked Up.

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For most of us, predicting what we may need in our purse every day is impossible. With early coffee dates and quick lunch meetings to post-work plans and beyond, we’re all leading a packed calendar. Since life can be so unpredictable, there are a few items that we think are essential to balancing all the surprises that come up in a busy day. From an unexpected meeting to a bad hair day, we’ve got you covered with some items that can help.

We’ve gathered a few purse essentials we feel can be a lifesaver to have in your handbag.These universal items are a great investment for anyone on the go. From cosmetics to mints, we’ve included the essentials that are helpful to have on hand for any situation that may arise. Keep reading to find out which “things” you should always have with you and shop our favorite everyday bags.

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Dark circles are friends to no one. This product can remove dark circles in a matter of seconds by instantly illuminating skin with its Luminocaptide Complex inside.

No matter where you live, the dry winter months are sure to take a toll on your skin. Having this essential on hand will give your skin a constant glow. Avoid dry, cracked skin with our favorite Kai by Gaye Straza Hand Cream ($ 19).

A personal favorite of mine for any occasion, all natural Fresh products are perfect for protecting your skin and lips. Keep those lips soft with Fresh’s Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment ($ 25).

Perfect for on-the-go days when there’s no time to touch up your makeup, say goodbye to an oily forehead with Boscia Blotting Linens ($ 10).

This Marc Jacobs Beauty option comes in many colors and has amazing reviews, making it the perfect go-to lipstick.

Described as a “bold, addictive blend of violet, sensual sandalwood, and rich vanilla,” this scent is perfect to accent any look.

Even if you don’t need it, at least be the friend who always has a spare hair tie. Being one of Nordstrom’s highest-rated hair ties, this option causes less damage than standard hair ties. 

Perfect for driving or running around the city, these Le Specs glasses add an interesting twist to a classic look. 

There’s nothing worse than an unexpected jagged nail. This four-way nail file is perfect for any nail emergency. 

Sure, they might end up at the bottom of your purse, but they will come in handy when you need them most. 

Freshen up your face with a long-lasting sheer powder. Perfect to maintain a smooth foundation every day, we love Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder ($ 37). 

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Virginia Woman Gives Birth In Turkish Hotel Room Using Google To Help

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A Virginia woman used her motherly instincts to safely give birth alone in a hotel room in Istanbul, Turkey. In her now viral Twitter thread, Tia Freeman details she found out she was pregnant late in her third trimester after her birth control failed. By the time she discovered she was expecting, the mom-to-be had already booked a trip to the Middle East and decided to take the voyage anyway.

On the flight, Freeman started experiencing contractions, and had to endure the early pains of labor while shuffling through international customs.

Once Freeman arrived at her hotel, she began Googling and Youtubing videos on how to give birth. She filled a tub, got towels together, and managed to give birth to a baby boy. She ended up cutting the umbilical cord with knives and shoelaces.

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She Will Be The First Black Woman to Direct a ‘Star Wars’ Movie With Episode IX

Director J.J. Abrams has selected African American filmmaker Victoria Mahoney to serve as second unit director on the next Star Wars movie, reports Indiewire.

Ava DuVernay first shared the news on her Twitter feed:


Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for release in 2019. Abrams is already in pre-production. According to Indiewire, Mahoney will work on directing scenes that are “mostly dedicated to shooting essential pieces like establishing shots, stunts, inserts, and cutaways.”

Mahoney made her directorial debut in 2011 with her film Yelling to the Sky, starring Zoe Kravitz. She had director’s credits for several TV series including Grey’s Anatomy, Power, Claws, and Queen Sugar. Prior to her work as a director, she was an actress with bit roles in the film Legally Blonde and on the TV shows Seinfeld, Sliders, Brewster Place and others.


Despite a vast Star Wars universe featuring an array of aliens, robots, and humanoids of all different skin colors…the franchise has come under fire for a lack of diversity. Bustle.com recently wrote, “According to a study reported by Variety, 2015’s The Force Awakens, which stars Ridley and Fisher in leading roles, still only presented women speaking 27.8 percent of the dialogue. In that same film, white people spoke 62.5 percent of the dialogue, and there wasn’t nearly as much diversity as there was in Rogue One.”

Perhaps even more clamorous, are those protesting what they deem as Lucasfilm’s attempts to be “politically correct.” There was outrage over the casting of John Boyega, a black British actor as a Stormtrooper in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie. Some of the Twitter tears of outrage then included:

#BoycottStarWarsVII because it will be ghetto garbage.

Star Wars is “White Culture” just as much as Jazz is “Black Culture.”

So why is there a black storm trooper in the new Star Wars movie? They’re supposed [sic] be all white. I’m tired of this political correctness [expletive].

The most recent Star Wars movie was also lambasted (likely by the same fringe group and members of the alt-right) for pushing a “feminist agenda.” Trolls flocked to movie review site Rotten Tomatoes’ forums to unleash their fury. The Telegraph reported at the time, “The comments are littered with one-star reviews that read, “Politically correct to the point of boredom”; “SJW propaganda” and “I’m frustrated that feminism and diversity have made their way into this film. This has ruined Star Wars for me as well as my kids. Keep liberalism out of it and stop ruining once good things.”

 

 

 

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Marine Corps Promotes Lorna Mahlock To Become Its First Black Woman Brigadier General

On Tuesday, the Marine Corps’ Office of Public Affairs announced the nomination of Colonel Lorna Mahlock by President Donald Trump to serve as brigadier general in the United States military. If she is confirmed, Mahlock will move up to the rank of Lieutenant General, take over the assignment as director of the Marine Corps Staff, and become the first black woman to serve in that role.

Brigadier General Hazel W. Johnson-Brown was the first black woman general officer and the first black chief of the Army Nurse Corps.

The United States Marine Corps, which has long been dominated by white men, launched a marketing campaign in 2012 in an effort to diversify its ranks. They ran television ads during college and professional football games, placed ads in sports magazines, and uploaded a series of online videos, which senior officers told the New York Times would “resonate with young people in general, but women and blacks in particular.” 

Mahlock is currently the deputy director of operations, plans, policies and operations directorate at the Marine Corps’ headquarters in Washington, D.C.


She has previously served as the Commanding Officer of Marine Air Control Group 18 (MACG18) in Okinawa, Japan, overseeing 1,300 military and civilian personnel and was responsible for equipment and infrastructure worth $ 250 million. She also leads, maintains, and operates a unit with 400 marines, and $ 60 million in commercial network and satellite equipment in over 15 sovereign countries.

Mahlock also has experience working with lawmakers and private industry professionals. Before her stint with MACG 18, Mahlock worked with lawmakers as the Chief Information Officer of G6, engaging members in support of key Department of Defense legislation in the 2014 National Defense Authorization Bill. She also coordinated with industry leaders like Sheryl Sandberg and Simon Sinek on human capital and talent management strategies.

For a year, she worked at the Office of Legislative Affairs, managing the Marines’ manpower legislative portfolio for the Chief Executive Officer of the Marine Corps. For three years, between 2010 and 2013, Mahlock served in the European Command in Germany, coordinating the activities of several arms of the military and Special Operations activities across 50 countries, including Turkey and Israel.

Mahlock earned a broadcast journalism degree from Marquette University in 1991 and a graduate degree in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Oklahoma. She also earned a master’s degree in Military Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2010, according to her LinkedIn page.

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Desiree Linden Just Became the First American Woman to Win the Boston Marathon in Three Decades

The drought is over for American women at the Boston Marathon. Desiree “Desi” Linden became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in more than three decades after pulling away from a competitive field and battling unusually cold, wet and windy conditions.

The win marked redemption for Linden, who performed in the elite field at Boston throughout her career and lost the 2011 Boston Marathon title by just six seconds. Linden, a two-time Olympian, came out on top Monday when she pulled away from the chase pack and took the lead from Ethiopian runner Mamitu Daska toward the end of the race. For the final five miles of the race, Linden expanded her lead and crossed the finish line, drenched from the rain and with no other runners in sight. Linden crossed the Boston Marathon finish line with an unofficial time 2:39.54 — more than 10 minutes off the her personal record but a substantial effort amid Boston’s harsh weather conditions on Monday.

“It’s storybook,” Linden told NBC Sports of her win. “I’m thrilled to be here and get it done.”

“Even on a day like today where it’s pretty miserable out,” she added, “people show up and they embrace the race.”

Linden’s victory answered months of speculation as to whether a U.S. woman could win due to a talented American field in this year’s race. Professional distance runners Shalane Flanagan, Molly Huddle and Sara Sellers, among several others, joined Linden in the women’s race, and Americans filled six of the top eight finishers. Flanagan, one of the favorites among the Americans, came in seventh with an unofficial time of 2:46.31. In November 2017, Flanagan won the TCS New York City Marathon — similarly becoming the first American woman to do so since 1977.

Sportsmanship among the Americans was on full display during the race, particularly when Linden held back toward the beginning of the race to help Flanagan catch up to the pack after stopping at a port-a-potty. In an interview after the race, Linden said she wasn’t feeling well, considered dropping out mid-race and chose to instead try to help Flanagan, a Massachusetts native who was vying for a Boston title.

“When you work together, you never know what’s going to happen,” Linden told NBC Sports. “Helping her helped me.”

Flanagan and Linden have represented the U.S. together throughout their careers, including at the Olympic marathon in 2012 and 2016.

The last American woman to win the Boston Marathon was Lisa Larsen Weidenback in 1985.

History was also made this year on the men’s side when Yuki Kawauchi became the first Japanese man to win the race since Toshihiko Seko won in 1987.

Linden and Kawauchi’s new titles also come with a big pay day. The two Boston Marathon winners will each receive $ 150,000 prize, provided by John Hancock Financial, the largest sponsor of the Boston Marathon. The top 15 winners on the men’s and women’s sides will also receive financial prizes, with second-place finishers winning $ 75,000 and third-place finishers winning $ 40,000 each.

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Millennial Moves: Woman Startup Founder Building Platform to Help Other Women Founders

Roshawnna Novellus founded EnrichHER to empower female founders with the capital needed to build their businesses. Her platform leverages crowdfunding to source funding opportunities for women-led businesses. In addition to the funding platform, Novellus hosts EnrichHER Spark events around the nation; gathering female founders and investors.

Black Enterprise contributor Brandon Andrews spoke with Novellus about EnrichHER and her plans to get more resources into the hands of female founders.

Brandon Andrews: Every entrepreneur has a point at which the problem they see motivates them to create a solution and build a business around it. What was that point for you?

Roshawnna Novellus: Numerous people asked me this question either through consultations or my speaking engagements. As such, I knew it was a huge problem. A few years ago, I decided to take on researching why women-led businesses receive less funding than male-led businesses.

VC firm First Round Capital found that teams in its portfolio with at least one woman outperform all-male teams by 63%. I set off to gain as much insight as possible by attending angel investing groups and business competitions. I noticed that 99% of the investment decision makers are older white males. In a time where it is known that investors will only consider founders that they know, like, and trust it was more evident than ever that one of the reasons that women are underfunded is that they rarely have a seat at the table. As a result, I took action and created programming that would connect entrepreneurs of color and women with investors who have an interest in investing in them.

Every time I can help a women-led business succeed, I believe that I’m fulfilling my purpose. I believe that providing capital for women-led businesses provides economic empowerment, inclusive economic growth, and overall gender equality. As the number of sustainable women-led businesses increases, society as a whole will benefit from inclusive job growth, as well as products and services that better reflect the input of women. Once women have a larger role in the economies of our communities, we will be able to build a society that is more reflective of our needs, desires, and aspirations

You want to bring more resources to female entrepreneurs. Why don’t resources—capital, connections, and information—get to female founders?

The biggest problem is access and inclusion. It’s one thing to let a woman into a room, but it’s another to give her a voice at the table. Many of the programs that exist are not set up a way that women deem accessible. Women typically have many commitments in their daily schedule. As such, we need more planning and flexibly to commit fully to resources that can help us grow. Also, often, women need to feel more prepared than our male counterparts. All of the women who are in my Halcyon Cohort are older than all of the men. One simple fact is that we don’t apply to opportunities until we feel like we’ve worked hard enough to deserve these opportunities. The bar women set for ourselves tends to be much higher than our male counterparts.

 Beyond the programs that EnrichHER provides female entrepreneurs, is a larger societal shift needed to ensure female founders have access to resources?

A platform like EnrichHER focusing on women-led businesses would mean many things including that women receive the same opportunities for funding as men. This issue is urgent because women deserve to grow their economic independence and power. Women can no longer wait for the existing set of politicians, tech companies, and development agencies to advocate on our behalf to make this change. Millions of women every day find it difficult to pursue their dreams because of limited access to capital. The time is now for EnrichHER to help those women.

 Access to capital is the  No. 1 need articulated by entrepreneurs. EnrichHER is addressing this for female entrepreneurs by building a debt crowdfunding platform. Why was it important for you to build a platform in this nascent space?

Most of the media hype focuses on venture investment. We know that less than 1% of all companies receive equity investment and less than 8% of that number is allocated toward women-led ventures. EnrichHER simply wants to focus on the 99% of women-led ventures who need financing. As such, we’ve decided to focus on a debt financing platform as studies have shown that debt financing is 75% of the financing market. Furthermore, the other significant women-concentrated platforms focus on equity or debt. As such, we believe we are delivering something that the market needs.

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EnrichHER CEO Dr. Roshawnna Novellus with attendees at the EnrichHER Spark Conference (enrichher.com)

Andrews: In 2017, Nielsen released a study entitled “African-American Women: Our Science, Her Magic.” The report lauds black women as entrepreneurs and trendsetters who control the majority of the over $ 1T in black buying power. Why is equity crowdfunding important for black women in particular?

Dr. Novellus: Studies have shown that 50% of all crowdfunding campaigns are women-led. As such, crowdfunding is the most efficient way for women to receive capital. We’re leveraging these statistics to help the highest number of women.

Although black women often don’t receive the credit, we are the international trendsetters across most industries. If black women show the world that we can break through the roadblocks set in place for our economic independence, we can show the world that we can create a society that is more reflective of our dreams, goals, and worldview. By doing this, we can capture more of the economic power that is often taken from us.

Andrews: How will the crowdfunding platform work, and what is the timeline for launch?

Dr. Novellus: The Funding platform allows women in the EnrichHER community to connect directly to investors who can help them grow. It will allow everyone to participate whether they have $ 100 or $ 100,000 to lend. We expect to launch the EnrichHER Funding Platform in April 2018. The platform will be open to unaccredited and accredited investors.

You were recently awarded the Halcyon Incubator Fellowship. The program is for social entrepreneurs. How are you integrating social good into your business?

Dr. Novellus: Non-financial success for us will ultimately be measured by the number of women who use EnrichHER as the inspiration to start and sustain their businesses. We have already achieved a measure of non-financial success in the form of positive comments and feedback from the entrepreneurs who have already become a part of the EnrichHER movement. In one instance, a woman founder stated that her participation in the first EnrichHER conference was the reason that she finally publicly announced her business and put it in a position to thrive. So many other women have personally thanked us for the valuable information shared at the EnrichHER conferences. The impact will continue to be measured by inspiration, feedback, and change in mindset.

How do you plan to grow your business in 2018?

Dr. Novellus: Our growth happens through partnerships. We’re looking for financial institutions, investment funds, entrepreneurship groups and other partners who share our vision. We believe that by working together, we can help women win nationwide.

 

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – With her arms crossed and poised for action, “Wonder Woman” television actress Lynda Carter was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday as her most famous superhero character enjoys a big-screen revival.
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Who was Linda Brown? The woman at the center of the Brown v. Board of Education case helped change history

Who was Linda Brown? The woman at the center of the Brown v. Board of Education case helped change history


Who was Linda Brown? The woman at the center of the Brown v. Board of Education case helped change history

In the current movement for gun control, there is a special focus on young people who are fighting for their rights and yearning for schools to become safe spaces. These young people’s desires to facilitate changes on their campuses echo another era that transformed the American school system.

If you’ve gone to school in the United States in the past few decades, you have heard of the Brown v. Board of Education case. The lawsuit was taken to the Supreme Court after 9-year-old Linda Brown was denied enrollment in an all-white elementary school. Her father refused to allow this injustice to go unchallenged. He spent years fighting for not only his daughter’s rights, but the rights of children everywhere. In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled that segregated schools were unfair. Thus the work to give all children a just opportunity to learn began.

The little girl at the center of the case, Linda Brown, passed away on Sunday March 25th, at the age of 76.

But beyond the child we see standing in front of her segregated school in black and white news photographs, who was Linda Brown?

Linda was born to Oliver and Leola Brown in 1942. The family lived in Topeka, Kansas, and although it was not exactly the Deep South, the instances of racism were just as horrible. When Linda began school, the Browns were living within walking distance of Sumner Elementary School, an all-white campus.

Oliver was upset because his daughter could not attend the school that was nearest to them. Instead, Linda and her sisters trekked two miles to get to the bus stop that would take them to a faraway all-Black school.

Linda described the experience on Eyes on the Prize, the PBS documentary series:

“And then when wintertime came, it was a very cold walk. I remember that. I remember walking, tears freezing up on my face because I began to cry because it was so cold, and many times I had to turn around and run back home.”

Linda Brown walking with her sister to the bus
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After Linda was denied entry into Sumner, her father (along with the NAACP and other families whose children had been rejected from segregated schools) filed a lawsuit. They won the case unanimously. Linda Brown was in junior high school by the time the ruling was made.

Following a brief relocation to Missouri and the death of her father, Linda’s family found themselves back in Topeka, Kansas. Brown attended both Washburn University and Kansas State University. Throughout her life, she worked both as a public speaker and an education consultant. Brown also married twice — she and her first husband divorced, and her second husband sadly passed away.

Brown’s feelings about her childhood role as a symbol of the Civil Rights Movement were rightfully complex.

She eventually expressed disdain for the amount of attention the case had received. Linda felt as if people paid less attention to her as a human, and more attention to her as a concept signifying equality. It is difficult to find information about her life beyond the Supreme Court case, which makes her feelings that much easier to understand. After Linda’s passing, longtime friend Carolyn Campbell told The Topeka Capital-Journal, “It was difficult for Linda to be pushed into the spotlight at a young age.”

Despite the landmark victory, Linda knew that we still had work to do to achieve equality and desegregation in schools. Years later, the Topeka case was revitalized due to claims that the school system was continuing to segregate students. It took several years for a concrete ruling to be made. Following a federal decision that was overturned, there was a plan to truly integrate schools in 1993.

During this revisit of Brown v. Board of Education, Linda and one of her siblings started the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research in the late 1980s. The foundation awards scholarships to POC pursuing teaching degrees, holding conferences, and working to preserve the rights won by the Brown v. Board of Education case.

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Linda Brown’s death is a reminder that many of those who participated in the Civil Rights Movement (such as Rosa Parks, Recy Taylor, and Fannie Lou Hamer) are no longer on this earth with us. But their stories of resilience live on through us. It is our duty to ensure that they are never forgotten.

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Now a disturbing video has emerged which appears to show him hitting a woman in the back of the head.

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(HOUSTON) — Authorities issued a warrant Friday for the arrest of Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett, accused of injuring a paraplegic woman as he tried get onto the field at last year’s Super Bowl to celebrate with his brother.

The Harris County district attorney’s office said the warrant was issued after a grand jury indicted Bennett on a felony count of injury to the elderly.

Bennett was a spectator at the game at NRG Stadium in Houston in February 2017 when he tried to get onto the field immediately afterward to see his brother, Martellus Bennett, a tight end for the Patriots at the time, officials said in a statement. Prosecutors allege he pushed through security personnel, including a 66-year-old disabled woman who had told him to use a different entrance to access the field.

The charge of injury to the elderly can be filed if a person intentionally or knowingly causes injury to a person 65 or older. It carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $ 10,000 fine.

Harris County authorities say they’re talking with Bennett’s legal team about surrendering on the charge.

The Philadelphia Eagles earlier this month acquired Bennett from the Seattle Seahawks, where he became one of the dominant defensive linemen in the game. The Eagles and Bennett’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment Friday.

Bennett had 8 ½ sacks last season and has 54 in his nine-year career. The 32-year-old Bennett has three years remaining on his contract, with a base salary of just $ 1.65 million in 2018. That number jumps to $ 6 million in 2019 and $ 7.5 million in 2020.

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This Woman Wanted More Time Off — Here’s How She Negotiated With Her Boss


Want more vacation days? (Who doesn’t?)

Then make yourself irreplaceable.

That’s the advice of Amanda Basse, and she should know.

She negotiated for nine extra vacation days during her employee review as outreach coordinator for Alan David Custom in New York City.

Actually, Basse negotiated for nine additional vacation days, plus her birthday off, plus work-from-home flexibility when her kids get sick or a snow storm hits.

So how’d she do it? And how can you?

Know What’s Negotiable

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Basse notes that because she worked for a smaller business, there was more flexibility when negotiating and that her boss, as the owner, had the authority to make this kind of decision.

Depending on the company you work for, your ability to negotiate could initially be limited, explains career coach Loren Margolis, CEO of Training & Leadership Success.

Smaller, more nimble companies can be more flexible in terms of certain perks,” Margolis says. “For structured, more established companies, you need to know their policies.”

But policies aren’t necessarily written in stone.

“Talk to HR, knowledgeable colleagues who’ve done something similar and read the employee handbook,” Margolis advises about making your case that your company should change a policy. “Do some research.

Prove Your Worth

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Don’t start planning that extended European vacation just yet.  

Basse says it took her a year of documenting concrete examples of her accomplishments on a Google doc.

“Start by writing down your wins,” Basse says. “Document everything, even if it’s small. Little things amount to big things.”

Next, she assigned a monetary value to each accomplishment, from the extra hours she put in on the weekends to her assistance on projects that fell outside her assigned duties.

She totaled those numbers and compared it to what she expected to get for a raise that year.

Then she considered how much that money was really worth to her.

I was expecting a 4% to 5% pay raise, which turns out to be only a few hundred bucks — I would pay for that just in childcare,” Basse says. “I could make more money elsewhere, but I also wanted to be present in my children’s lives.”

Money is only part of the equation, Margolis agrees, noting that you should also request a breakdown of all your benefits and add it into your total compensation.

“Know their value as you prepare your case,” Margolis says. “The better armed you are with facts, the better you can make the case with your boss.”

Get Your Boss on Board

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You don’t know what you got ’till it’s gone.

Let your boss ponder the wisdom of Joni Mitchell when you present your case for more vacation.

“Companies are competitive with each other,” Margolis says. “When you’re in there, weave in what competitors are doing.”

Basse says she completed a competitive analysis of what her company’s competitors were paying before she went into her negotiation.

“I didn’t have any intention of leaving, but I started fishing for other opportunities,” Basse says. “I looked elsewhere so I could see what others are making to know what I’m worth financially in the marketplace.”

To find out what you’re worth, check out salary comparison calculators on sites like Glassdoor and search for jobs similar to your current position in your area for a salary comparison.  

How to Haggle

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You’ve prepared your spreadsheet of accomplishments, you’ve figured out your position’s market value and you’ve found three competitors who pay a higher salary for your position.

Now how much paid time off should you ask for?

Basse’s advice: Aim high.

“I’ve never gotten everything on my first ask,” she says. “I went in asking for 40% to 50% higher, then worked my way down.”

Her boss’ reaction?

“He was a little shocked I didn’t ask for a raise, but for days off,” Basse says. “He had to think about it, and it took a little back and forth.”

Margolis advises that if and when you reach this point, the next step is crucial: Make it clear your boss’ opinion matters.

Ask your boss their thoughts — ‘Do you have any reservations?’ ” Margolis suggests asking. “Make it a two-way conversation so your boss can address concerns.

Basse adds that it’s also essential to get everything in writing.

“Right after the meeting, I emailed a follow-up,” Basse says. “I wanted to be clear what I was communicating.”

Close the Deal

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Basse notes that by going into the negotiation knowing what she was willing to accept, she could clearly communicate her needs to her employer — as well as herself.

For Basse, that meant trading more money for spending her vacation with her family doing things she loved instead of having to squirrel away days to care for a sick child or for a snow day.

“I had to think of ways to feel compensated other than monetarily,” she says. “I realized I wanted time to enjoy my time off.”

Margolis also notes that what’s important to you at one point in your career (and life) could change over the years.

You may even end up realizing more paid time off isn’t what you really want.

“As you get along in your career, you may ask if I want to get more professional development, tuition reimbursement,” Margolis says. “That can be worth thousands of dollars.”

Another Benefit: Sharpening Your Negotiating Skills

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Basse notes that asking for extra paid time off could have potentially hurt her career, but she ultimately decided it was worth the risk.

“There was some fear since women with young children can be considered a liability,” Basse says. “I decided that more time to travel and volunteer at my children’s school is more important.”

And if her boss had ultimately said no deal?

“I would have stayed, but I think long-term, it would have been a deal breaker,” Basse says.

If your boss says no to more vacation time, it’s not necessarily the end of the discussion, Margolis points out, but it’s up to you to keep the dialogue going.

“Who knows, it could be the timing of your request, and you may be able to expand your vacation time after the company’s busy season,” Margolis notes. “Or it could be that your manager or peers might see your longer vacations as you not pulling your weight.

“But you won’t know that you have to move on to negotiating something different unless you ask.”

No matter what the outcome, the knowledge and experience you gain translates to a valuable skill, Margolis says.

And that skill could come in handy the next time you ask for those extra vacation days.

Tiffany Wendeln Connors is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She could always use more time.

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Learning to love my freckles as an Asian woman

Learning to love my freckles as an Asian woman


Learning to love my freckles as an Asian woman

“What are you going to do about those?” my aunt asked me. She pointed to the clusters of freckles perched on the peaks of my cheekbones. The last time we were together, I was a toddler with a light brown sprinkling around my nose. Now I am in my mid-twenties, and the spots that once peppered my skin have evolved into colonies of hyperpigmentation across my face. No amount of daily sunblock and whitening creams forced on me by my mother could stop the epidemic.

I stood before my aunt as a grown woman, but immediately channeled the same slew of excuses that I had been reciting since I was nine years old: Yes, I wear sunscreen every day; yes, I went to a dermatologist; no, I can’t laser them off because they’re genetic; no, the doctor said there’s nothing I can do.

“Ruined,” my mother used to say. “The freckles ruin your face.”

To her, every freckle is a flaw. She has always hated her own freckles, which have blurred into a mix of the natural spots she inherited from my grandmother and damage from growing up under Thailand’s blazing sun.

When I was a child, I spent mornings seated next to my mother’s feet, gazing up at her with a daughter’s fascination as she applied globs of skin-lightening creams. The lotions promised to wipe the color away and reveal a blank white canvas underneath.

She was repentant for a childhood spent outdoors near the equator, and her vanity table always reminded me of the luxurious makeup counters at high-end department stores. In first grade, she gave me my first bottle of sunscreen and instructed me to apply it every morning before I left the house. Wow, I thought. My very own cream to apply every morning. So I did, without question.

For years of my childhood, we lived in a predominantly white suburb outside of Washington D.C., where I was worried about more than a few light spots on my face. Instead, I spent my school days wondering why my classmates wholeheartedly enjoyed calling me Chinese at recess even when I told them I was Thai.

I never really noticed my own freckles until I was 9 years old and we moved to Thailand — which is where I also learned that my mother’s aversion to freckles is typical in the culture.

Freckles are considered “dirty” on a face that should be flawless, silky smooth, and preferably white. For every shelf lined with self-tanners at Target and CVS in the United States, there are aisles of whitening lotions at every drugstore in Bangkok, selling shades of white I had only ever seen in the paint department at Home Depot. The commercials on Thai television for these skin-lightening lotion brands almost always star a biracial actress (half Thai, half Caucasian is the standard) and a color gradient of her skin tone, from darkest to lightest.

Although I ‘d moved to Thailand with three years of daily sunscreen application already under my belt, I kept developing freckles. It wasn’t long before I too succumbed to the marketing ploys of skin-lightening creams; my mother, alarmed, took matters into her own spotted hands and bought a bottle for me at the supermarket.

The instructions, as my mother translated them to me, said to lather the cream all over my face and body twice a day. So I did, without question. But the freckles kept coming, along with the barrage of inquiries from my mother’s friends and other Asian moms in the P.T.A.

“What are you going to do?” “You’ve tried the creams?” “The freckles are going to ruin her face.” “She has to be careful or they will get worse.”

White skin was clean. Beautiful. Pristine. Suddenly, my tan and freckled skin wasn’t good enough. It wasn’t beautiful under any circumstance.

* * *

These days I wake up to my boyfriend. “Good morning, freckles,” he says. He covers my brown polka dots in kisses before rolling out of bed to greet the sun and his espresso maker. He tells me often that my freckles are his favorite thing about me. I remind him that I also have a great personality, to which he replies, “Oh, that too.”

I am now the proud aunt to two half-Thai, half-white nieces: three-year-old Amaya and one-year-old Adriana. Neither of the girls shows signs of freckling yet. Their mother is my cousin, and she enforces a strict ban on negative body image talk under their roof. Grandma is not allowed to tease the girls about their weight or features, and my cousin’s determination to raise strong women with positive body images is already paying off: I have only ever heard Amaya call someone “ugly” once, and “someone” happened to be a lizard crossing Dora the Explorer’s path on TV. She loves fair-skinned Ariel and Cinderella as much as she loves princesses of color like Tiana and Jasmine.

Most importantly, she is more concerned with catching the grasshoppers hiding out in the basement than fussing about her looks.

These days, I think about how many grasshoppers I could have caught in the years I lost lamenting my freckles.

I think about my mother and the many vacations we spent in Hawaii and on the sunny shores of southern Thailand. She spent them ducking in the shade with a visor on and shielding her face with a magazine, no matter how persistently my brothers and I begged for her to jump in the water with us. My dad always joined in on the fun, crashing into the waves for hours until he was sunburned to a crisp. He has fewer sun spots than my mother. He does not call them “sun damage.” In fact, he does not call them anything.

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A few years ago, I saw a dermatologist who closed the case of my unstoppable freckling — he explained that my freckles are not sun damage but hereditary, and quite a unique feature for Asian skin.

There is nothing that can be done to mitigate the appearance of hereditary freckles, and to me, this called for celebration. It meant the end of an expensive, fruitless journey down countless skincare aisles. I couldn’t wait to share the news with my mother when I got home that evening.

“Ma! Guess what? Our freckles aren’t from sun damage. They’re hereditary,” I said, warming up for my victory lap around the living room.

Her face fell. “What do you mean?” she asked.

“It means you can’t do anything to get rid of them,” I replied. “That’s why none of those creams ever worked.”

She paused. “Not even the laser?”

There was no celebration that followed. Victory lap cancelled. My mother sat back in her chair, defeated. The idea of resigning herself to a life with freckles was not something she would ease in to — maybe not ever.

As for me, I try to remember that I am not damaged. I am unique, without question.

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BUSY GAL: Reebok has recruited “Wonder Woman” actress Gal Gadot for a new partnership.
In an assortment of images, the “Wonder Woman” actress shows off her strength wearing items from the brand’s training collection. Working out is fundamental for her. Aside from having a mother who worked as a physical education teacher, the Israeli-born, 32-year-old served for two years as a combat instructor in the Israel Defense Forces. The mother of two has opted for some physically demanding roles too such as “Fast & Furious” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Gadot’s strength training will presumably be ramping up in the months ahead, since “Wonder Woman 2” is slated to hit theaters in November 2019.
As for her own workout regime, “my trainer and I make sure to keep our training regime as diverse as possible so it keeps it different and fun. I lift weights, cardio and boxing. We also focus on flexibility,” she said via e-mail.
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Demi Moore Honored as a Visionary Woman at L.A. Gala

Demi Moore got her moment in the spotlight on International Women’s Day when Visionary Women, an L.A.-based nonprofit organization focused female empowerment and advancement, honored the actress and activist with its inaugural Visionary Woman Award for her work to combat human trafficking. Moore, cofounder of the nonprofit organization THORN, picked up her award at Spago Beverly Hills on Thursday night.
Moore’s friends Adam Sandler and his wife Jackie, Shepard Fairey, Eric Buterbaugh, Soleil Moon Frye, Maye Musk and others were on hand to support her, along with her daughters Scout and Tallulah.
“Demi’s strength and dedication in her career and charitable endeavors are what make her the epitome of a visionary woman,” said Angella Nazarian, cofounder of Visionary Women. To date, THORN’s work has led to the arrest of 6,500 child sex traffickers.
“We don’t have to fight much, we just need to unite,” said Moore. “The power of our collective is only going to bring the light and the success to an even greater level.”
The affair, sponsored by Cartier, was one of several events with a fashion tie-in taking place to celebrate International Women’s Day. Jonathan Simkhai teamed up with activist Janet Mock at The Standard Hollywood to promote Ring

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Woman Celebrates Her 109th Birthday By Partying With the Harlem Globetrotters

Virginia McLaurin just celebrated her 109th birthday by hanging out with the Harlem Globetrotters, proving that having a rollicking good time definitely has no age limit.

McLaurin may be best known to the world as the woman who went viral for having a dance party with the Obamas during a visit to the White House on her 106th birthday. For this birthday, however, she chose to celebrate at Brightwood Elementary in Washington D.C.. According to the Huffington Post, the Globetrotters gave her a pretty sweet birthday gift: a basketball jersey numbered 109 and a donation of 109 tickets to Globetrotter games given in her name to local underprivileged youth.

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‘Catfish’ Finale Recap: Woman Falsely Confesses To Being a Catfish

Ending with a bang! The Wednesday, March 7, season finale of Catfish turned one of the most perplexing and twists yet into what was, quite possibly, the happiest ending in the show’s history.

When Catfish producers first heard from Savenia from Rochester, it was in the form of an email. The then 17-year-old had reached out to the show about a guy she’d been dating online for five years, Dylan. In a cryptic email message she confessed, “I’m not the person he thinks I am. I guess this makes me a Catfish.” Unbeknownst to Savenia, her online beau of five years also reached out to the show some months later asking for help identifying Savenia.

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Host Nev Schulman immediately decided to fly Dylan out to Los Angeles. After meeting the 18-year-old aspiring wedding cake designer, Nev and co-host Max Josephs were convinced he was the victim of a Catfishing scheme. Considering his girlfriend Savenia refused to video chat, would never meet up in person and had a slew of overly staged modeling shots on her Facebook profile, all signs pointed to her being a bonafide Catfish.

When Savenia agreed to meet Dylan in L.A., she admitted over the phone, “I’m not really who I say I am.” Obviously the last thing anyone expected was for Savenia to show up looking exactly like her photos, but that’s precisely what happened. The tall, attractive young woman excitedly bounded out of a producer’s car and into Dylan’s arms, hugging him emotionally. So, why did she claim to be a Catfish?

Savenia revealed that she assumed she was a Catfish because she “posted a lot of photos of me looking really good, like photoshopped.” She added, “I feel like I was Catfishing him. My boobs were photoshopped. My butt was photoshopped.” Max flatly called her out explaining that in today’s world, it is assumed that everyone posts edited photos. Nev agreed, saying, “You don’t look that different.”

Aside from her misinterpretation of the true meaning of being a Catfish, Nev and Max were thrilled for this love story to reach a happy ending. Nev exclaimed, “I’m overjoyed. This very rarely happens for us.” Three months later, the duo had plans to move in together and appeared madly in love.

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Bringing Your Authentic Self to Work As a Black Woman — Unpacked

So you want to be your authentic self in your corporate job. You have a photo of Bozoma Saint John as your screensaver. She is #goals. But the data about how to break through like the chief brand officer of Uber is daunting, to say the least.

Late last year, McKinsey & Co., along with LeanIn.Org released their annual Women in the Workplace study, and there seemed to be a collective rejoicing and simultaneous sigh from women of color across the country. Finally, there was data to back what many already knew: that women of color—especially black women—have more challenges in the corporate environment than most as they attempt to climb the ladder into the C-suite. The report shares that the complexity of gender and color actually do matter when it comes to filling the pipeline to leadership, and in many cases, women and women of color—again, especially black women—are left behind due to lack of access to senior leadership and other factors.

The report shows that at some point many black women simply opt out to start their own companies. Consider that there are currently no black women CEOs at Fortune 500 companies. Ursula Burns, former CEO at Xerox was the most recent, but she retired in 2016.   Fortune’s Ellen McGirt unpacked many of the reasons in a compelling article called The Black Ceiling: Why African-American Women aren’t Making it to the Top in Corporate America. The article calls black women “double outsiders,” being neither white nor men. That means black women are different right down to their DNA and chromosomes, which means they are largely foreign to a corporate culture that is used to having the exact opposite of black women in the ranks, especially in leadership. The people in the company may expect to see black women in support roles if they are in the environment at all. If this is true, the friction is not only natural, it is nearly unavoidable.

So what do black women need to actually do in order to bring their most authentic selves to work and succeed knowing all this? Understanding that the deck seems to be organically stacked against who they truly are? Women’s conferences typically have panels and speakers on the topic, but what does it actually mean to bring your #blackgirlmagic to work and still ascend into leadership? Is it even possible?

It Can Be Done

The good news is that Ursula Burns and others have done it. So I contacted more of corporate America’s power players, all of them currently or previously in the C-suite or officers in Fortune 500s. One of them is an executive coach and past executive leader. I asked them to give their take on whether it really is possible to walk tall in “the skin you’re in” at work as a black woman and what it actually takes.

Why did I turn to these ladies? Their résumés and credentials alone qualify them, but each of them has had an incredible impact on my career over the past decade, and I know from personal experience that these women are genuinely who they are at work as well as in their daily lives. They are indeed authentic. Part one of my conversations with these extraordinary women follow. It should also be noted that each of these game changers is a member of the Executive Leadership Council of which I am a Fellow, having had the awesome opportunity to complete their Strategic Pathways leadership training and their annual Leadership Summit.

What it Means to be Authentic

Image: Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks

When the new interim CEO of the Dallas Mavericks and retired AT&T Human Resources SVP and Chief Diversity Officer Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall started her first job after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley more than 36 years ago, she was met with a superior who challenged her church clothes, braids, and “red-hooker shoes” on her first day. After plenty of tears and navigating that trying time at the impressionable age of 21, she said that by the time she was promoted to the officer ranks some 20 years later, she was far more comfortable in her skin. She said mostly, it was because she had a better idea of who she was at that point, which is crucial to walking tall in your own skin.

MARSHALL: The person who gets out of bed in the morning is the person that walks into the building. So it’s the beliefs you have, the values you have, the problems you have…all of that gets out of bed with you. You don’t go into a phone booth and come out with a cape on and a logo of your company, like somebody else, some superhero. That person actually walks into the building. So what you have to try to create, especially as leaders, try to create a culture—you want a culture where that person who gets up out of the bed in the morning walks into the door and you meet them where they live. It needs to be an environment where it is OK for them to be them. Marshall says what she wishes she knew on her first day what she knows now: that it is important to do your homework on the company culture before you enter it. She also pointed to performance as a factor. Over a period of time, she said, the company will get to know your stellar performance, and your personal nuances will matter less and less.

Marshall is now the first woman CEO in the National Basketball Association.

(Image: Cheryl Grace, SVP of U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement at Nielsen Inc.).

Cheryl Grace, senior vice president of U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement at Nielsen Inc., added that one’s most authentic self is the gateway to adding value. Grace said it was sometimes challenging initially to balance her outgoing and outspoken nature with the corporate environment, and eventually learned when to tone it down and when to turn up the volume. She said there is a time and a place for everything you bring to the table, but ultimately, mimicking other people isn’t an option.

GRACE: I think it means that you shouldn’t have to pretend that you’re someone else to be successful. I think this is relatively unique to women, particularly women of color because historically we’ve either tried to run the gamut of trying to dress like men and talk like men in business situations. But it is when you are your most natural self, and it is important because you are more likely to be comfortable in your skin and thereby provide suggestions, recommendations, and solutions from that unique perspective than if you are trying to think like everyone else in the room thinks. Ideally, when a company has several unique ways of looking at a situation or a business issue, they are more likely to land on the one solution that works for the broader universe or for their broader market, rather than a more narrowly defined one when they have more authentic people bringing those views to the table.

(Image: Trudy Bourgeois, founder/CEO of the Center for Workforce Excellence)

Trudy Bourgeois is an executive coach and the founder and CEO of the Center for Workforce Excellence. She is also the author of the new book EQUALITY: Courageous Conversations About Women, Men, and Race to Spark a Diversity and Inclusion Breakthrough. She also is a presenter at the Executive Leadership Council’s Leadership Week for high-achieving black executives who are looking to break into the C-suite. In those sessions, she reminds professionals to know their proud history as black people in America, and to know that they are “daughters (and sons) of God.” It’s a call to action to know one’s self-worth and not to accept anything but the best in their careers and lives.

She said that part of the issue is that most people don’t know what “authenticity” or “authentic behavior” even looks like. Bourgeois says it is far more than whether you wear your hair natural or not, or even simply about what you wear.

BOURGEOIS: They say that they want to be authentic, but they haven’t defined who they really are, and as a result, they have not developed the courage to maximize what they bring to the table. We have to “get” who we are. We have to understand what value that we bring, and that sweet spot is when our passions and our capabilities align with an organization’s needs because when we are in a position to demonstrate our brilliance, people will accept us for who we are.

(Image: Mary Kay Chief Marketing Officer of Sheryl Adkins Green)

Mary Kay Chief Marketing Officer Sheryl Adkins Green has had an extremely successful track record in the beauty business but says the same rules apply in any industry. It didn’t take long for her to move from vice president of Marketing to CMO at the company after joining in 2009. The Harvard Business School alumna believes black women have to be smart about the company culture they choose to work in then deliver that magic in doses, choosing the time and place to shine. Stellar performance, however, is key.

ADKINS GREEN: Bringing your “authentic self” means confidently bringing all of your talent, interests, and perspective to your role vs. just a portion. Some worry that their strengths and talents might intimidate or threaten their relationship with their manager and/or team members, and this can be a risk. But playing “small,” playing not-to-lose versus playing to win is an even riskier career strategy. If you want to be seen as the “best,” you need to bring your best to your role—every day. The key is to be savvy about how and when you “show your stuff,” and you need to align your efforts to the goals of the enterprise.


In Part 2 of this series, we’ll dive deeper with these extraordinary women and ask them what advice they have for women, especially black women, on how to successfully bring one’s authentic self to work. We will also go in-depth with Bourgeois on what black women in the workforce can do to leverage a concept she calls “creating your own equality.”

 

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Kristen Wiig in Talks to Play Cheetah in 'Wonder Woman' Sequel

UPDATE: Sorry, Sarah Paulson fans! Kristen Wiig (above in Ghosbusters) is now in talks for the role of the villainous Cheetah in Wonder Woman 2, according to Deadline. Read on to learn more about the Cheetah character and why Paulson wanted to play her.

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Kristen Wiig might be Wonder Woman's next adversary: Cheetah is expected to be the villain in Wonder Woman 2, and SNL vet Kristen Wiig is the choice to play against Gal Gadot's superhero in the role in the sequel. Read more here and see an artist's interpretation of the casting here.

 

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How This Woman Brought South African Flavor to New York Fashion Week

Nandi Madida is a South African actress, media personality, and fashion designer behind the clothing line Colour—a ready-to-wear label that offers Afrocentric inspired bespoke power suits for women. The aesthetic of the suits are inspired by the rainbow nation, a term describing South Africa and its multicultural diversity. Recently, Madida debuted her collection at New York Fashion Week. So in the midst of the NYFW frenzy, we caught up with Madida to talk about her how she included this year’s theme of ” a celebration of female power” into the design aesthetic.

What inspired your career in fashion design?

What inspired me to enter into the fashion world is the continent of Africa, there are amazing esthetics and very high quality in terms of textiles/fabrics, we have inspired the world with so many of our colors, fabrics, tribal prints, and our culture.

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As an African designer, why was it important for you to debut your line at NYFW?

New York is the fashion capital of the world, and what’s paramount for us is to make sure that we are on par with what the world is doing and having our hand on the pulse on what the fashion industry is doing from a global standpoint. An opportunity to show at NYFW is not one we would pass up; how could you? Showing at NYFW is a great way for you as a designer to see where you stand in the industry amongst your peers.

This year, the theme for your collection was a celebration of female power.  How did you showcase this theme through your designs? 

Now more than ever, especially in the US, with the “Me Too” movement and narrative, I wanted to include power suits in the collection—it’s about how the woman wears the suits, which is representative of them being independent, having a voice, taking on whatever they want to in this very patriarchal society that we live in.

You’re also a mom, wife, and media personality, what’s your best advice for making it work on a day-to-day basis? 

I wish that I had the formula to how I “do it all,” but I don’t. You have to take everything as it comes and live your life day by day and stay positive.

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Yes, it’s possible for a transgender woman to breastfeed

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To me, the ability to produce food that’s perfectly tailored to an infant’s nutritional needs is endlessly fascinating — the mechanics behind it, that is. Did you know that adoptive mothers can induce lactation? Yep.

Even cooler? Lactation can be induced in transgender women. And the first-ever case to be documented in academic literature has arrived.

A 30-year-old transgender woman was able to successfully breastfeed her baby, according to a case study published in Transgender Health. “Transgender medicine is becoming part of mainstream medicine. We’re getting more evidence-based data, we’re getting more standardized care, we’re getting more reproductive options,” said Tamar Reisman of Mount Sinai hospital in New York, one of the doctors involved in the case.

The transgender woman approached doctors about breastfeeding after her 5-months-pregnant partner had expressed that she didn’t want to nurse their baby, The Guardian reported. According to the study, the patient had been taking hormone therapy for six years, but had not undergone gender reassignment or breast augmentation. To induce lactation, the transgender woman started a regimen of female hormones — progesterone and estradiol — was instructed to stimulate her chest with a breast pump and took domperidone to increase milk production.

A month later, the patient was producing droplets of milk, The Washington Post reported. And three months into her treatment plan, she could produce roughly 8 ounces of milk each day. What’s more is the patient was able to exclusively breastfeed for the first six weeks, and “the child’s growth, feeding, and bowel habits were developmentally appropriate,” according to the child’s pediatrician. The patient later ended up supplementing with formula because she wasn’t producing enough milk. But still! Pretty cool stuff.

Joshua Safer, an endocrinologist at Boston Medical Center — who wasn’t involved in the case — told the New Scientist the report is “a very big deal.” Safer added, “Many transgender women are looking to have as many of the experiences of non-transgender women as they can, so I can see this will be extremely popular,”

Honestly, I think this is freaking awesome. The benefits of breastfeeding aren’t exactly a secret these days. So if transgender women are willing and able to breastfeed, then why not? It’s a win-win situation.

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From Blog to Film: This Woman is Telling the Story of Successful Black Women Entrepreneurs

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s an increasing number of black women blazing trails in social change and entrepreneurship. In fact, a 2017 Nielsen report shows that black women are not only the fastest growing group of female entrepreneurs, but they’re also increasingly influencing the economy, media, and politics. So, who are these new age pioneers unapologetically breaking barriers? What propelled them to turn their obstacles into opportunities and passions into profit? Well, meet Renae Bluitt, the founder of Crush Media and creator and executive producer behind the film: She Did That, a cinematic project, featuring the story behind New York Times best-selling author, Luvvie Ajayi; the founder of Carols Daughter, Lisa Price; Tonya Rapley, a millennial entrepreneur and financial educator; and Melissa Butler, founder of the beauty startup The Lip Bar. To bring the project to light, Bluitt has partnered with General Motors, the world’s third-largest automaker.

On what inspired the film.

Believe it or not, the idea for the film derived from her award-winning blog ‘In Her Shoes.’ “I’ve been creating content centered around black women entrepreneurs on In Her Shoes for nine years now, said Bluitt. On a personal level, I was ready for a new challenge. It was time to dig deeper and explore a different medium to elevate the conversation. Capturing these women on film, in their homes, in their workspaces, and having people close to them weigh in on their stories is so much more impactful.”

On the biggest lesson Bluitt wants viewers to take away from the film:

 She Did That was created to inspire our peers and offer jewels of wisdom for the next generation of change agents—but anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit will be able to see themselves in the women on screen. I want the men in our community—and everyone, for that matter—to be inspired and see what’s possible when you’re committed to excellence. The path to personal success looks different for everyone. Your journey won’t look like anyone else’s, but the beauty of your story is what makes you, you. It’s your special sauce and no one can duplicate that.
On the importance of receiving support from General Motors. 
My grandfather worked on the assembly line for General Motors back in the 70s while building his business and my dad did the same until he also became an entrepreneur in the 80s. As a little brown girl growing up in Indiana, I learned so much about the importance of working hard and having a strong work ethic, no matter what position you’re in. These men took pride in their jobs and built their personal brands long before becoming their own bosses. I carry this lesson with me every single day so when the opportunity to partner with General Motors was presented, it was truly a no-brainer for me.
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Woman Pleads Guilty to 1998 Abduction of Kamiyah Mobley

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The Florida woman who kidnapped a newborn baby from a hospital pleaded guilty to abducting and raising Kamiyah Mobley as her ownon Monday according to People.

In 1998, Gloria Williams pretended to be a nurse at the University Medical Center in Jacksonville when she kidnapped Mobley. At the time, the infant was just eight-hours-old. Since then, Williams, 52, has been raising the 19-year-old in South Carolina under the name Alexis Manigo.

After receiving two anonymous tips regarding Mobley’s abduction, Jacksonville police arrived to Williams home in Walterboro, SC and arrested her last January. They discovered Mobley’s birth certificate and social security number were phony. When being interviewed by police, Mobley admitted Williams informed her she’d been abducted as a baby. She reportedly told investigators: “We knew this day was coming. We just didn’t think this soon.”

During Monday’s disposition hearing, Williams pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping and interfering with custody. She’s facing up to 22 years in prison. Her sentencing hearing will be held in May.

Since Williams has been in jail, she and Mobley have been exchanging letters.

“I love you no matter what,” Mobley said in one of the letters. “There is nothing or no one who can change that.”

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Beyoncé Becomes The First Woman To Have Three Albums Surpass One Billion Streams On Spotify

Ever since her husband, Jay Z, has launched his own streaming service, TIDAL, Beyoncé has remained loyal and only had her full discography available via that service. That hasn’t stopped her albums from gaining more listens than those whose albums …

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Say What?! Woman Claims She’s Married to Tyler Perry

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Okay, we need Nev from Catfish on this situation stat!

Dr. Phil is known for having guests who are in some pretty bizarre predicaments, but even for him this takes the cake.

One woman claims that she is married to Tyler Perry, but has never met him. She started chatting with him online, but has not physically seen or heard his voice.

“I don’t believe I’m being scammed,” she said.

Wow. So many questions … Peep the clip below.

 

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From Garage to HGTV: How This Woman Grew a Successful Home-Staging Business

Kristy Anderson spent most of her childhood on the move.

She and her mother, Bridget, would often change apartments. And Anderson, in an attempt to make each place feel more like home, would spruce it up with some amateur decorating.

She would rearrange some pillows. Or maybe she’d take some bedsheets and turn them into curtains.

“My mom always welcomed it,” Anderson said. “She was very encouraging.”

Nobody knew it at the time, but what she was doing was making her way toward building her own business.

A New Path

A resident of South Tampa, Anderson, 41, is the founder and executive director of Dwell Home Staging, which specializes in getting homes ready to hit the open market. She employs a staff of eight, including her husband, Marc, the company’s operations manager. Four months ago, she sold the business to appliance chain Happy’s Home Centers.

Dwell has been featured on HGTV and is repeatedly ranked among the top home-staging businesses in the country.

“Never in a million years did I ever imagine this,” Anderson said.

Anderson took a stab at acting before landing a teaching position 12 years ago at Academy Prep of Tampa, a non-profit school for middle school students. Eventually, she was named the assistant head of school. Anderson had an apartment on scenic Davis Island, located right near downtown Tampa, and was pulling a solid salary.

“I thought I was going to be in education forever,” she said.

On the side, however, Anderson was still dabbling in decorating. She worked 10 hours a day at Academy Prep of Tampa and then spent the night staging homes for her friends. It was fun. But she figured it was just a side gig.

“It was a real small-time,” Anderson said. “I would just go into people’s homes, re-design or revamp it, and maybe bring a few new pieces in.”

Starting Her Own Business

Kristy Anderson, of Dwell Home Staging

Kristy Anderson adds foliage elements to style her staged home kitchen. Carmen Mandato/The Penny Hoarder

One day, Anderson decided she no longer wanted to work in education. She took $ 3,000 out of her savings account and created an office out of her garage — from there, Dwell Staging was born.

Anderson’s aspirations were modest — she never thought staging homes would match the $ 65,000 a year she was making as an assistant head of school. So she planned on making a living as a real estate agent.

But Dwell continued to grow.

Anderson built her client base through word of mouth and friendly referrals, as well as through Google Adwords, an online advertising site. She created a Facebook page, which she routinely updates with videos of homes she has recently staged, and a Twitter account. She joined local associations for homebuilders, investors and realtors and visited realtors to give in-person presentations.

Anderson also hosted broker’s opens, which are strictly for real estate agents and not for the public, in homes she had staged.

The ad campaign worked — Anderson became so busy running Dwell that she no longer had time to pursue her real estate license.

“That’s when I said, ‘I guess this is what I’m doing,’” she said.

Purchasing her inventory wholesale from furniture and accessory vendors from across the United States, Anderson needed just six months to take Dwell from her garage to a storage facility. A year later, it moved into a 2,000-square-foot office and warehouse; the company now operates out of a 9,000-square-foot facility.

Staging a Home

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Malaika Hollist and Brittney Davis work simultaneously to complete the living area and patio .Carmen Mandato/ The Penny Hoarder

When she’s staging a home, Anderson considers her true clients to be the home’s potential buyers, not the current owners.

“We always design for the target demographic of the expected buyer,” Anderson said. “This is the first indicator for our design.  Then we look at the home’s architecture and design, and select pieces that highlight that.  If it’s occupied, we try to use as much of what the seller has as possible, while using our inventory to supplement in order to pull together a cohesive look.”

Dwell will keep a home staged for 30 days (at a cost of between $ 1,500 and $ 2,880) or 60 days ($ 2,010 and $ 3,968) and offers additional monthly packages after the initial contract has expired. Dwell also offers free real estate photos for vacant homes with four rooms or more.

It’s a process that seems to be working. Dwell has had an increase in revenue each year, bringing in $ 180,000 during its first year and close to $ 500,000 last year.

Though Happy’s Home Centers now owns Dwell, Anderson still runs the daily operations and hopes to branch out into other markets such as Orlando and Sarasota.

“That’s the ultimate vision,” she said. “But we still want to be the top staging business in the Tampa Bay area and do things more efficient [sic] and better than anyone else.”

Anderson always dreamed on landing on HGTV — that dream came to fruition when Dwell designed a space for the show “Container Homes” with the help of artists from the Tampa Bay community.

“I’d watch all those shows on HGTV and would dream —‘Wouldn’t that be great?’” she said.

And Anderson knows who to thank for success — her mother Bridget, who passed away last May.

“She was always saying, ‘Just say yes,’ and, ‘Why not you?’” Anderson said. “She kind of ingrained it in me to take big risks. Why couldn’t it be me?”

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Kristy Anderson makes an adjustment to the bedding in an upstairs bedroom of the stage house Carmen Mandato/ The Penny Hoarder

John Lembo lives in St. Petersburg and often “dwells” on his lack of decorative skills.

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Woman of Power Alicia Boler Davis Named Black Engineer of the Year

Along with 40 other honorees, General Motor’s Alicia Boler Davis, will be celebrated as the Black Engineer of the Year next weekend by US Black Engineer (USBE) magazine at its annual BEYA STEM Conference in Washington, DC.

The award will make Boler-Davis the sixth woman recipient of the award in the scientific and technical magazine’s 32-year history.

Her historic rise through the ranks at GM has been well chronicled and celebrated since she joined the company in 1994—serving in various engineering and manufacturing leadership positions.

She had been with the company for a couple years when she became fascinated by assembly plants’ complexity and challenges, Davis told The Detroit Free Press.

“No one said ‘We don’t have women running our manufacturing plants,’ even though at the time, we didn’t,” she said. “I said, ‘You know what? I think I want to run this place. At the time, it wasn’t like I saw women doing it. I just felt like it could happen.”

She said she mentioned it to her manager at the time, he made some phone calls and the rest was history.

History was what she made when she became the first African American female plant manager in 2007. She went on to serve as GM’s vehicle line director and vehicle chief engineer for small cars, and plant manager for Lansing’s Consolidated Operations and Arlington Assembly. Her efforts helped the automotive giant earn top spot among major automakers with the best quality, according to J.D. Power and Associates 2013 Initial Quality Study, which measures quality problems reported during the first 90 days of ownership.

“I was the first African American woman to run a GM assembly plant, and it was no big deal. It didn’t feel like something odd,” Boler-Davis told The Detroit Free Press. “I’d had the (right) assignments and experiences. I had demonstrated my ability to get things done, work with a team, and work with the union.”

She received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University and a master’s in engineering science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

“Throughout my career, I was pushed to try new things—things that I hadn’t done before, and things that I couldn’t have imagined doing,” Davis said when she was honored with the 2016 Corporate Executive of the Year at the 2016 Trumpet Awards. “I truly believe that each of us can put our talents to use to change the world if we are willing to be bold, to take risks, and to write the books that need to be written.”
Davis is also a member of the Northwestern University McCormick Advisory Council, a board trustee of the Care House of Oakland County, a member of the OnStar/Shanghai Board of Directors, and Executive Liaison for the GM WOMEN leadership board.

The 2018 BEYA nominees are:

Black Engineer of the Year
Mrs. Alicia Boler Davis
Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing
General Motors

 

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Mr. Darryl Farrow
Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion
The Boeing Company

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Mr. Drew Valentine
Vice President, People & Culture
IBM

Career Achievement – Government

Mr. Timothy Bridges
Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection
U.S. Air Force

Career Achievement – Industry

Dr. Charles Johnson-Bey
Cyber Solutions Engineering and Technology Director
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Community Service – Industry

Mr. Steven Brown
President of Dreams, Imagination & Gift Development Program (DIG)
Gas Turbine Controls Engineer
General Electric

The Dean’s Award

Mr. Derek McGowan
Diversity Outreach Program Manager
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Education Leadership – K-12 Promotion of Education

Ms. Tokiwa Smith
Executive Director
Science, Education, Mathematics Link Inc.

Education Leadership – K-12 Promotion of Education

Mr. Gregory Chappelle
Michigan DoD STEM Coordinator and HBCU/MI Liaison Officer
U.S. Army TARDEC

Educational Leadership – College-Level Promotion of Education

Dr. Terri Norton
Associate Professor
University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Most Promising Engineer – Government

Captain Jason Fischbach
Lead Engineer – Power, Space, and Cooling
U.S. Air Force

Most Promising Engineer – Government

Ms. LaAndrea McDonald
BMDS Test Data Manager
Missile Defense Agency

Most Promising Engineer – Industry

Mr. Hamza Syed
Lead Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer
The MITRE Corporation

Most Promising Engineer – Industry

Ms. Chandria Poole
Deputy Program Manager
Northrop Grumman Corporation

Outstanding Technical Contribution – Government

Mr. Reginald Williams
THAAD Post-Production and Sustainment Lead
Missile Defense Agency

Outstanding Technical Contribution – Industry

Mr. Kent Etienne
Technical Lead Engineer, Senior Mechanical Design Engineer
The Boeing Company

Outstanding Technical Contribution – Industry

Mrs. Arissa Hodges
Group Leader/Lead Communications Engineer
The MITRE Corporation

Professional Achievement – Government

Mr. Byron Williams
Programs and Project management Branch Chief
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Professional Achievement – Industry

Mrs. Kathryn Hamilton
Engineering Program Manager
Northrop Grumman Corporation

Professional Achievement – Industry

Mr. Eric Biribuze
Product Line Lead
Corning Incorporated

Research Leadership

Mr. Andrew Adams
Acting Assistant Section Supervisor
The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Senior Technology Fellow

Dr. Jon Goldsby
Materials Research Engineer
NASA Glenn Research Center

Senior Technology Fellow

Mr. Nathan Brooks
Associate Technical Fellow, Technical Lead Engineer
The Boeing Company

Student Leadership – Undergraduate Level

Mr. David Hill
Worldwide Sales Engineer Intern
Cisco Systems

Student Leadership – Undergraduate Level

Mr. Bright Tsagli
College Assistant
Bronx Community College

Technical Sales and Marketing

Mr. Karoom Brown
Senior Vice President, Business Development & Strategy
Leidos

The 2018 BEYA Gala will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC on Saturday, Feb. 10.

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Following the matinee performance of Broadway’s The Parisian Woman this Saturday February 3, Uma Thurman and cast members will be joined on stage for a QampA moderated by Ilana Levine, host of the popular podcast, Little Known Facts. Ms. Thurman was recently a guest on the podcast.LISTEN HERE. Ticketed audience members only are invited to stay for the QampA, which will begin shortly after the matinee ends.
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