Fan Catches Possum on a Power Trip at the Big Football Game and It Was Clearly a Good Luck Charm

As the Cleveland Browns stormed to their first win since 2016, one fan’s act of courage seemed to usher in a new era for the city’s long-suffering football team.

In the midst of the Browns’ 21–17 victory over the New York Jets on Thursday night, a possum was spotted wandering the stands at FirstEnergy Stadium. Security was quickly alerted to the situation and attempted to coral the wild marsupial. But it wasn’t until one daring Cleveland fan grabbed the animal by its tail and gently placed it in a box that the incident was resolved.

The Browns went on to snap their 635-day losing streak just a few hours later, a turn of events that instantly elevated the possum to good luck charm status. By Friday morning, the newly-nicknamed “Rally Possum” already had its own t-shirt.

And of course, Twitter was rife with on-point possum jokes, including some from an account posing as the possum itself.

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‘Power’ Recap Season 5, Episode 9: ‘Fathers And Sons’

Here we are still trying to get over the death of Kanan (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson), and two more bodies fall in this penultimate episode of season 5. One of them has been on the kill list for some time now so, we’re not too surprised by his death but, boy was it interesting to watch how it all went down.

Finally, the lines of communication are open and the right people are speaking to the right people to find out who the snitch is among us. So who’s the snitch? Well, the one who gets clipped at the end of this episode is Tony Teresi (Willam Sandler). But of course we know there’s way more snitching going on. Sadly, Tommy (Joseph Sikora) has to be the one to pull the trigger to exterminate the main rat.

A lot happens before we reach that point, so let’s talk about how we get here. Diego’s head was found in the freezer of the hotel that Dre (Rotimi) manages. Once Alicia (Ana de la Reguera) finds out, she’s pissed although she wanted her brother dead anyway. She goes off on Dre for his management skills or lack thereof, so she orders Cristobal (Matt Cedeno) to take over as head distro.

This doesn’t sit too well with Dre so when Angela (Lela Loren) approaches him to give up some dirt on Alicia, he’s all in. (Another snitch in the game)! He tells her where Alicia is scheduled to be later on that night, which just so happens to be in a hotel room getting real cozy with Cristobal.  Angela takes that information and runs with it, straight to Alicia’s hotel with the FBI in tow, and arrests her.

Angela is real ballsy now after making that arrest. She tells Alicia that the DEA agent Steve Tampio can’t save her this time. Then she gets real brolic with Mak (Sung Kang) and demands he identify his informant. Mak easily gives up Tony Teresi which should have been the clue he was setting her up but we’ll get to that in a second.

So what does Angela do? She runs straight to her Jaime (Omari Hardwick) to let him know there’s a snitch among us. She brings pictures and everything so he can handle the problem.

Meanwhile, Sammy thinks  Tommy is the snitch and tells Teresi that he should give him up to the Feds. Teresi tells him that this is exactly what he’s been planning all along. But plans change quickly when Sammy overhears Teresi on the phone with Saxe (Shane Johnson) saying he has nothing on Tommy but can give him everything they need on Ghost. The two argue and Tommy walks in unexpectedly. When Tommy asks what’s going on, Sammy looks angry enough to tell him the truth so – stab, twist, stab right in the gut. Was Teresi really coming around to some love for Tommy or was he just trying to save his own ass? Guess it’s up to us to figure that out, since Teresi won’t be talking.

With the new info on Teresi confirmed with pics, Ghost meets up with Vincent (Joe Perrino) to ask him to tell Tommy that Teresi’s a snitch. Vincent asks why can’t he handle it himself and Ghost tells him that Tommy won’t believe him. (TRUE) IVincent calls Tommy in for a meeting, pulls out the pictures and tells him that his father is a snitch and he has to handle it.

Poor Tommy. Just as he’s starting to get close to his father, he finds out he’s been betrayed.

 

Meanwhile, another father and son relationship that’s quickly unraveling is the one between Ghost and Tariq (Michael Rainey Jr.). Tariq is out of control. He really wants to be a drug dealer. He even tells his father straight to his face – “Teach me the MF’ing game Ghost.” (WOW!)

He admits to his father that it was his plan to frame Kanan (Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson) He tells Ghost, Tasha (Naturi Naughton) and his uncle Tommy that he knew Kanan wouldn’t go down without a fight. He expected him to be killed when the police pulled the car over. He thinks he fixed the problem. Now he’s walking around trying to be a baby Kanan with the drugs Kanan left behind, and setting up meetings with Vincent to get him to move the weight. He even gets a fake I.D. made. Not so he can get into the club or buy alcohol. No, this young stunna gets a fake I.D. so he can pose as Kanan’s relative to get his ashes. (This boy is all the way messed up.)

And speaking of all the way messed up. Let’s talk about how Mak and Saxe have Proctor (Jerry Ferrara) wearing a wire. (WTF)

They want him to get Ghost to confess on tape that he and Angela conspired to have her crooked former boss, Mike Sandavol, killed in prison.

Proctor has a plan,  though. He can’t do Ghost dirty that way despite the risk to his own family as Mak has threatened to help his daughter’s drug-addicted mother gain custody of their daughter. He writes on a napkin that he’s wearing a wire and gets Ghost to answer questions without implicating himself or Angela.  After he unplugs the wire, Ghost still almost throws Proctor off the club’s second floor.

Which brings us back to Angela. She’s about to go down.

Mak tells her that telling her Teresi was their CI was a setup. Once he gets killed, they knew she was the one leaking information.

So, Mak, Saxe, Tameika (Quincy Tyler Bernstine) and Blanca Rodriquez (Monique Gabriela Curnen) are cornering Angela into being the next snitch. They know she’s connected to their most wanted drug dealers –  they just need the proof.

So will she roll on the crew to save herself or will she try to find a way of the mess for everyone? She has 24 hours to figure it out.

We may soon see Angela curled up in the fetal position crying her eyes out just like we saw Tommy with his mother, who, despite all her issues, was on the money about Teresi from Day One.. He’s still a G though! (Thugs cry, too!)

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The father/son dynamic unfolds in curious ways, and Angela’s clock may have run out for real this time. Death, deceit and deals make the headlines in this week’s episode of Power.

The episode beings with a grizzly TV news obituary for fallen gangsta Kanan Stark, as reporters and the community try to make sense of the quadruple murder from a known felon. As Tariq watches the news, he can hear the commotion from the living room, where Tasha, Ghost and Tommy discuss how the Kanan setup unfolded.

Ghost is upset that Tasha went behind his back, and put Tariq in danger. Tasha is upset that Kanan wasn’t the main target to frame from the beginning. Tommy is there to provide peanut gallery level humor and ad-libs. Tariq interrupts the quarrel to take credit for Kanan’s murder. He didn’t divulge the true danger in the plan and knew the only way out was for Kanan to die. He remains indignant towards Ghost for lying about his past, and reiterates that he’s a real g now, a school won’t change him, and Ghost needs to put him on to game or get out of the way. Needless to say, Ghost didn’t oblige. Tariq ends up ditching school to meet with Vincent, accept condolences for Kanan’s death, and continue the drug business on a trail basis. Vincent agrees, and also puts Tariq in contact with a good fake ID connect who supplies Tariq with a new identity “Erick Stark” so he can pickup Kanan’s ashes from the police. The adventures of “Street Tariq” have just begun.

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Rest in Power: Paying Respect to Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul

“Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, is dead.”

That line plays in my mind like a badly scratched record, hiccupping at one point—is dead, is dead, is dead repeating itself over and over again.

Aretha Franklin performing in the East Room of the White House in 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Aretha’s death marks the passing of a generation of Boomers who grew up singing “Respect”—a song that celebrated women’s independence and became the secular theme song for the Civil Rights Movement—and crying to “Natural Woman,” “Never Loved a Man” and “Until You Come Back to Me.”

But even in the age of Beyoncé and Nikki Minaj, Aretha didn’t disappoint. Her lyrics and melodies were a respite from run-on sentences that didn’t rhyme or words with no cadence or imagery. Aretha reclaimed me with “Forgive but Can’t Forget” and “Wonderful.”

No more nostalgia. If Aretha can die, so can we. Facing mortality is something else. As long as Aretha was alive and crooning, I could ride the rhythms of her lyrics through memory lane, and let them take me back to places of hallway grinds and sweet young boy kisses, men who didn’t do right—people, places, spaces that tried to disrespect me. For every event or encounter, there was an Aretha song.

She was my—our—“Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

Seeing Aretha waste away was the first sign that all was not well with the Queen. She’d battled obesity for decades, along with smoking, and later complications from her illness reduced her to just a wisp of herself. Still, she garnered our “Respect.” Regardless of size, Aretha’s voice never faltered, and never failed her or us.

“[Aretha] was like a muse whose songs whispered the strength to continue on,” Rep. John Lewis, an iconic civil rights activist, wrote upon hearing of her death. “Her music gave us a greater sense of determination to never give up or give in, and to keep the faith.”

And now she’s gone.

“The Weight” is upon us. Yes, we have all the songs she wrote and sang—thank God. And all the albums she recorded—hallelujah. And anyone in hearing distance of my house or car is gonna have to suck it up and listen to my Aretha marathon: “Don’t Play that Song Again,” “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,” especially “Respect” and so many more.

For now, just can’t get that scratch out of my head: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, is dead, is dead, is dead…

Gone? Yes. Forgotten? Never.

This piece originally appeared at Insight News. It was republished with author permission.

Irma McClaurin, PhD, is an anthropologist, consultant and freelance writer living in Raleigh, N.C. She is co-chair of the upcoming Seneca Falls Revisited: Women’s Equality Weekend, a prize-winning columnist and former Culture and Education editor for Insight News.

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Chief Diversity Officer of Paris-Based Publicis Groupe Maximizes ‘The Power of One’

For Sandra Sims-Williams, diversity and inclusion represent a deep professional and personal passion, helping to serve as “an active and action-oriented voice for the voiceless.” As chief diversity officer of Paris-based Publicis Groupe, Sims-Williams brings that level of commitment to the development and management of D&I initiatives that impact the 92-year-old company’s 77,000-plus employees worldwide.

The third-largest communications company in the world, Publicis has such iconic advertising firms as Leo Burnett Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Starcom Mediavest under its massive, multimedia umbrella. In today’s connected world in which it must rapidly serve multiple audiences across divergent cultures and demographics, the holding company, Sims-Williams says, is focused on “The Power of One—allowing people to utilize, think, and be free to put forth ideas, and let their creative juices flow.” Moreover, she adds that this time of great change will also be driven with the introduction of Marcel, an AI-based platform “built on the foundation of four key pillars: knowledge, connectivity, opportunity, and productivity.”

Under the corporate vision statement—“Viva la Difference!”—the 20-year-plus D&I veteran, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and a master’s from Hunter College, discussed her charge to execute a collective D&I strategy that creates a collaborative workforce to maximize the ideation process, advance client service and bolster global competitiveness. Here are edited excerpts of that conversation.

How do you infuse a diversity and inclusion philosophy and practice in such a sprawling organization as Publicis?

When the agency I was with was acquired by Publicis Groupe, the mantra was, “Viva la difference!” and I was like, “Hooray, this is it.” I don’t even have to create anything. You have said that you’re embracing difference. Let’s just build a strategy around [it], which is what I did.

The first thing I did was focus on retention and not recruitment. My idea was to actually measure the environment so that we knew whether people actually were having a decent and fair journey through these agencies. So we created a council where we had all the agencies represented to develop a strategy. Now they all weren’t in the same place with diversity. There were agencies that had a focus on diversity, some that had nothing, and some that were inching along. So as a holding company, we set the table around retention, recruitment, professional development, leadership, advocacy, commitment, and community.

So how did you get the agencies to focus on these areas?

We built the house. Some didn’t need the things we have because they were already there. They were already recruiting from HBCUs. There were workshops happening in some of the agencies. One agency that had nothing going on decided to flip this by creating a program called “The Multicultural Talent Pipeline.” The important part was that they knew what they were doing in terms of the environment.

When I think about the strategy we developed for Publicis Groupe in the US, it was about having high touch with people because that’s what we’re dealing with. We’re dealing with human beings; understanding and making it come to life with the audiences that we have was very important.

Bringing the agencies together was a really high point for us. In fact, we had the first CEO roundtable in the U.S. All of that is to say that bringing people together has maximized what we can do and the success that we’ve had.

Share with us the importance of the Business Resource Groups (BRGs).

We had two. We now have nine with 54 chapters. And that’s over a good five-year period. The most important part is that people raised their hands. They come and ask, “Can we do this?” So we have Men of Color Alliance – MOCA. We have Egalite [for the LGBT population] and VivaWomen! Out of VivaWomen, we now have VivaMama, VivaTech and VivaWomen of Color. The last two that came in was PubVets and GENNEXT for young professionals.

We ask each to have a mission. They can’t just up and get money and go about their business. There’s a charter for each group. There are co-leads, national co-leads, and regional leads. They are volunteering because they feel very strongly about their particular groups.

How has this practice been extend outside of the US?

We started in the US given that 53% of the business is here, however it is not ignored given we have spread the BRGs to other countries like Brazil, Singapore, the UK and France. There’s no formal strategy that has been planned for Europe and the UK, but I’m presenting that and saying we should pilot it in the UK so that they have the same kind of tools and opportunities people in the U.S. have had.

So how do you foster the cultural connections and understanding needed to create the sense of community that makes the company a dynamic whole?

I don’t believe in diversity training because you can’t train people to change their minds. What you can do is create experiences for them to feel a different way about a subject matter or a group. For example, I’ve taken white women to the BLACK ENTERPRISE Women of Power Summit (BEWPS). One. in particular. serves as the example. She was a recruiter out of Boston and kept telling me she was interested in diversity. She came in for the dinner, and we went around the table talking about what each had experienced after the first day. She sat there, started crying and then said, “I have to tell you, I was terrified to come here because I didn’t know whether I would be accepted or how would people react to me. This has been a turning point for me because I have never been so welcomed, so embraced and felt so at home with these women. And I didn’t expect that.” So I only had to bring one to actually affect others. She’s taken that back and understood how to recruit better. And she did.

After people come back from [BEWPS], I have managers ask “What the heck went on there?” I had two [participants] last year who gained the confidence and courage to ask for overseas opportunities, and both of them got it.

What have been some of the other transformative conferences and initiatives?

We have done the 3% Conference that was created by a woman who was in Creative and started it because 3% represented the percentage of senior women in Creative. It took about three years before that 3% went to 5% and then 11%. Egalite does Out and Equal. There’s 3,000 to 5000 people attending the conference. That BRG has raised over a half-million dollars for charity.

The strategy of the conferences, business resource groups and professional development workshops are very much on point. We do unconscious bias workshops with the leadership. We do efficacy for professional women, men, LGBTQ and people of color. Efficacy is actually a workshop where we help people learn how to navigate their career and strangely enough, women and people of color, are not good at this. They’re not good at it because they’ve already walked into the room with baggage and when you’re in white corporate America, they’re always suspect of someone calling you stupid or thinking that you’re stupid.

So what do you teach African American professionals to advance in corporate America?

We talk about the stages of your career. When you first come in, you are going to be “heads down” to show that you actually can do your job. Second level, you are using your skills but you also have to have influence, meaning that people will actually listen to you and follow you. And then the third level is developing the relationships because in order for you to get to that very senior level, somebody has to know you. You have to have mentors. You have to have sponsors. You got to have people who advocate for you.

We have talent reviews. In those talent reviews, you’re not present. The only people present is your manager or the person your manager reports to. Now, if the person your manager reports to is in there and they don’t have day-to-day with you, how well can they speak of you, right? That means you have to have a relationship with that person so they know that when they’re speaking, they’re speaking truth.

Do you address unconscious bias from a generational standpoint as well as related to race and gender?

Absolutely. We don’t have a problem with millennials. That’s more than 40% of our population. You may want to ask about the older generation. After 40 what? It’s like people suddenly think their brain cells are dying and we don’t really need them. And that’s not true.

You cannot just exclude an audience. One of our clients, L’Oréal, found that out. They started looking at the disposable income that senior women have, and they weren’t looking at what senior women needed in terms of cosmetics and makeup. The question on the table is who in that room in terms of L’Oréal would have said, “Oh! Well. Why don’t we talk to older women?” Right? Nobody would have said it. They’re all young. They wouldn’t have thought about it. We have to think about who it is we’re talking to.

How will you continue to keep this level of connection and communication throughout this vast, global organization?

The one piece that is high on our list is this platform called Marcel, which is like Alexa. We’re going to be able to manage all of our people across the globe. You can get assignments where they’re going to have a better idea and profile of the people that work for us. This is a platform that is going to be global and we’re going to have people maximizing our intellect and our creativity. That’s what Marcel’s set up to do. It’s actually in its pilot right now. They’ve talked about the diversity piece, “Big Town.” This is where you bring people together and cross-pollinate.

In order for us to work together, you’ve got to respect me. You got to respect my culture. You got to respect from [where] I’ve come. The best kind of collaboration is when we are open to doing that.

 

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‘Power’ Season 5, Episode 3 Recap: “The Lies You Tell”

The lies are starting to catch up with everyone who’s been telling them, and things are slowly unraveling for everyone involved. This is especially true for Tariq (Michael Rainey, Jr.) who’s been telling both his parents that he was no where around when his sister Raina (Donshea Hopkins) was murdered.

A surprise visit to the St. Patrick’s home from a detective who’s asking follow up questions on Tariq’s whereabouts the night of the murder are setting off red flags for Tasha (Naturi Naughton). She knows he’s not being honest but, then again, she hasn’t been completely honest with him about anything pertaining to their family business as drug dealers.

Their dishonesty with one another finally comes to an end during their trip to Choate. In the car they have an open, heart to heart conversation where Tasha tells him how rough it was growing up in Queens for she and Ghost (Omari Hardwick). Selling drugs was their only way out of the hood to provide a better life for their family.

She tells him that she and Ghost kept that part of their lives away from him and his sisters to protect them. Since she’s willing to open up to him, he finally opens up to her and tells her the truth. In a tearful confession, Tariq admits to being there when Ray Ray shot Raina.

He may have finally spoken the truth about the details from that night but that doesn’t stop the continuous damage control that needs to be done on his behalf. Angela Valdes (Lela Loren) seems to be doing her best in handling that. Especially when it comes to Internal Affairs officer Blanca Rodriguez (Monique Gabriella Curnen).

Rodriquez is getting way too close to figuring out there’s a connection between Valdes, Tariq, Ray Ray’s murder and Raina’s. She’s poking around asking way too many questions and finds that Valdes’ name keeps popping up in all of those answers. The pressure is on Valdes and she has to act fast. She issues a warrant to have Rodriquez’s investigation shut down. After all, she is calling the shots over at the AUSA’s office now, so she can do that!

Valdes and her AUSA cohorts are busy in other areas too. They finally put the pieces of the puzzle together to see the big picture and at the center of it all is not the Jiminez “brothers” but the Jiminez siblings – Diego and his sister Alicia.

The brother/sister pair are the big drug connects they’ve been searching for and they’ve finally figured out that they’ve been right there in their city this whole time. Valdes is ready to issue warrants to bring them both in Meanwhile, Mak (Sung Kang) and Saxe (Cooper Johnson) are on a private mission of their own to bring down Tommy (Joseph Sikora) and Ghost but they don’t have the information that they need to make that happen just yet. So, they arrange a visit with someone who may be able to provide them with some inside information – Tony Teresi (William Sadler), Tommy’s newfound father.

Mak and Saxe meet with Teresi in prison and offer him a deal for immediate, early release if he’s willing to play ball with them on gathering information to take down Tommy and Ghost. Ironically, Teresi tells them that this is the deal he’s been waiting for since he connected with Tommy.

 

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AfroPunk has gained worldwide popularity for its music festival that celebrates black alternative culture, music, and art across three continents and five cities. The annual concert features a collective of indie acts and headliners like Solange, Lenny Kravitz, Lauryn Hill, and funk legend George Clinton. Now, the global live events company is expanding into the black travel movement space thanks to a new partnership with The Runaway Experience, a black-owned travel company that specializes in curating cultural experiences, connections, and adventures.

The Runaway Experience

The Runaway Experience was created in 2015 by Jeff Belizaire and Kalisa Martin, a couple that met at church and started dating in 2013. At the time, Belizaire was a marketing executive who spearheaded campaigns for major brands like Boost Mobile, T.I.’s AKOO Clothing line, and McDonald’s. Meanwhile, Martin, a classically trained chef, was navigating a successful career in food science and media, making appearances on the Today show and Good Morning America. However, their lives took a drastic turn in March 2014 when they booked a last-minute getaway to the Caribbean to escape a harsh New York City snowstorm. “Have you ever gone on vacation and said to yourself, ‘I could live here?’ On a trip to Jamaica, Kalisa and I entertained that idea—and actually went through with it,” Belizaire told Black Enterprise in an email. “During the long weekend, the idea of [opening a bed and breakfast] came up and we thought, ‘Why not? It could happen, and it could happen right here in Jamaica.’”

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Jeff Belizaire and Kalisa Martin (Photo Credit: Sean Munro)

Four months later, the couple quit their jobs, relocated to Jamaica, and leaped head first into entrepreneurship in pursuit of their passion for food, culture, and travel. Together, they launched a Kickstarter campaign and raised nearly $ 47,000 as seed capital for their business idea. They then used the funding to launch their first outpost called The Runaway Jamaica, a community-oriented luxury bed and breakfast, in November 2015. “Kalisa and I made history by becoming the first successfully crowdfunded hospitality brand in the world,” says Belizaire.

The Runaway Jamaica brand became a huge success and eventually outgrew the four walls of the B&B. “In response to overwhelming demand, we were compelled to expand and host experiences all over the world,” he said. So, in 2017, they closed the B&B and launched The Runaway Experience, which hosts all-inclusive experiences for group travelers and partners with locally owned B&Bs and villas. The first pop-up destinations were in Cuba and Bali. The third will be in Brooklyn, New York, for the upcoming AfroPunk Festival in August.

The Runway AfroPunk Experience

“We’re excited to enhance AFROPUNK Brooklyn by creating a travel experience that connects festivalgoers with the community and highlights the most exciting black-owned galleries, boutiques, and restaurants,” says Belizaire. The five-day, four-night experience includes a pop-up dinner with Bravo TV’s Top Chef finalist Chris Scott, an art tour led by art critic Jessica Lynne, a boutique shopping tour featuring fashion designer Debbie Hardy, and VIP tickets to see all of the acts at AfroPunk Brooklyn. This year’s performers include Erykah Badu, Miguel, and Janelle Monae.

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Jeff Belizaire and Kalisa Martin (Photo Credit: Sean Munro)

Belizaire says the partnership between The Runway Experience and AfroPunk developed through his organic relationships with AfroPunk co-founders Matthew Morgan and Jocelyn Cooper. “Matthew and Jocelyn have been longtime supporters of The Runaway Experience since its successful crowdfunding campaign in 2014,” he said, adding that the two brands share common values. “Through the years, a mutual interest in collaboration formed. When The Runaway Experience decided to launch a domestic travel experience, it made sense to partner with AFROPUNK. Together we created The Runaway AFROPUNK Experience to spotlight Brooklyn’s diversity, encourage cultural exchange, and to give Brooklyn festivalgoers an opportunity to form meaningful connections with the community.”

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This first-of-its-kind partnership will enable festivalgoers to connect with local communities through meticulously curated events, unforgettable dining experiences, and more. Belizaire says the strategic partnership also “further signals the rising tide of the black travel movement, which combats the stereotype that black people don’t travel when indeed the sector comprises a $ 48 billion market.”

 

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Jessica Knoll talks the explosion of #MeToo, the dangers of performed girl power, and her page-turning new book The Favorite Sister

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Jessica Knoll talks the explosion of #MeToo, the dangers of performed girl power, and her page-turning new book <em>The Favorite Sister</em>

It would be tempting to call The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll a beach read. After all, it’s about a group of five women — Brett, Stephanie, Kelly, Lauren, and Jen — who are the stars of Goal Diggers, a reality TV show about young female entrepreneurs. It certainly has all the makings of a great beach read; the book opens with a murder and alternates between the past and the present, switching narrators as you slowly gather information and put the pieces together of what really happened. There are juicy secrets, dramatic catfights, and unexpected twists galore.

But while The Favorite Sister IS an A+ book to read on the beach, it provides so much more than just a few hours of entertainment. It’s a necessary commentary on the ways women can be emotionally abusive to each other. It will make you think twice about those people who rush to claim they support women in public, but act so differently in private. And that’s not to mention how it’ll make you rethink everything you thought you knew about reality TV.

In under 400 pages, Knoll tackles everything from money and ambition to race and sexuality. It’s a tall order, but she’s written an addicting novel about what happens when we want to celebrate women for being go-getters, yet punish them when they actually try to go and get.

I spoke with Knoll about The Favorite Sister and what it was like telling this story during the height of the #MeToo era. Don’t worry, there aren’t any spoilers ahead!

HelloGiggles: I’m sure you get this question a lot, but I have to ask: What’s your relationship with reality TV? Love it? Hate it? Fascinated by it? Somewhere in between?

Jessia Knoll: It’s a strong relationship. I’m not one of those people who thinks that reality TV is the death of intellectual culture, high art, or anything like that. [laughs] I think that we need to balance the light with the dark, and I don’t think anyone, particularly women, should ever feel guilty about consuming something that is maybe not the most thought-provoking material out there. I think we should feel free to enjoy what we enjoy and not feel like we have to apologize for that or make excuses for ourselves.

I’m a big fan of [reality TV], and I have been for some time. When I started working on my second book, I felt really tapped out in terms of material, because I had used so much of my own life in my first book. They were rerunning the first season of The Real Housewives of New York City, and I was watching it, and I was like, This is so rife with drama and tension. It occurred to me that this would be a great setting for my next novel, and that I know these women so well, and I know their relationships so well, that I could borrow a little bit from them.

HG: Reality TV is such a different viewing experience.

JK: I think it’s very interesting that it’s so manipulated, and yet we still call it reality TV. That turned out to be a very prescient medium given where we find ourselves today with the first reality TV president; the way people are simply able to say, That’s not true, it’s fake news. Like if you say it, it just becomes true. Facts don’t matter. To me, that is very much playing off the reality TV culture.

HG: It’s a culture where every little thing, whether us viewers realize it or not, comes from a place of manipulation.

JK: Right. Yes. These are people’s real reactions to being put in these very highly-orchestrated and manipulated scenarios.

HG: The five Goal Diggers each see the world very differently. They have such different approaches to business and ambition and success and being a strong woman. Can you talk a little bit about forming their world views, and how you balanced such distinct opinions?

JK: The whole trick of it was, the show itself is purporting to be this new model of reality TV that’s the new guard of millennial women. It’s going to portray strong women, empowered women, women who support each other and build each other up. And it’s supposed to be the fresh take on reality TV that we’ve never seen before. Because mostly we’re seeing women who maybe have fabulous lives, but the only reason they have those fabulous lives is because they’re funded by men, and they’re conniving and backstabbing and all of these things. So Goal Diggers is like, We are gonna set the new tone for reality TV. The intentions are pure, and it turns out that people don’t want to consume that kind of content; it’s not interesting to the viewer. So they — when I say “they,” I mean Jesse the creator, the producers, the editors, everybody involved — start to go against the ideals they espouse at the beginning of the show.

For me, Brett represented the show in what it is on the surface, and Stephanie represented what was actually going on behind the scenes. Brett was the one who was drinking the Kool-aid, who was buying what Jesse was selling. So at first, you’re like, Okay, I’m on Brett’s side, this is great, she’s supportive of other women, she’s cool, she’s body positive. Stephanie is the one who is problematic here. I liked the idea that your perspective on each of them would shift midway through the book, and that you would start to see that Brett and the model of the show are really just a facade, and that Stephanie is the one who is the truth cannon and really shining a light on what’s going on, which is the complete opposite of what the show is espousing.

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HG: Do you think America actually wants to see women succeed and support each other?

JK: I don’t know. You know, we’ve never done it. [laughs] It could be like an experiment. Let’s air a show about women who really like each other and support each other! I mean, listen: Conflict is interesting. No matter who is behind the conflict, conflict is interesting on screen. You need it on scripted shows; you need it on unscripted shows. It provides that drama that you need. I don’t know. [Goal Diggers] is my response to seeing people that I know and that I’ve worked with in the past really glom onto the explosion of #MeToo. And knowing that behind the scenes, how they are in their private lives does not align with this public persona that they’re putting out there as someone who is supportive of women. That hypocrisy drives me crazy. The show is kind of like my invention that gets into that disconnect between the way people present themselves in their public lives vs. what’s really going on in their private lives.

HG: At the end of the book, Kelly makes a comment about how she’s pushing a narrative that serves her and the show better than the truth does. Do you think people are stuck in this area between what we present vs. what life is really like?

JK: Yeah, I do. I think that’s true in not just the performance of feminism. I think that’s a very timely disease of the social media generation. We’re all guilty of presenting this image of ourselves on Instagram or Twitter. And often times, what’s really going on that we’re not captioning, that we’re not taking pictures of, is less glamorous, less funny, less exciting. Everybody has these boring and excruciating Tuesdays where you just can’t bring yourself to do the work that you need to do to get through the day. You’re dragging, you got in a fight with your significant other — you’re not going to put any of that stuff on social media. I think we know the dangers of fully buying into the hype that people put out there, because then it makes you feel worse about your own life. That’s all well-documented.

I do think that something that has emerged over the last year that I noticed, that I respond to in this book that seems like a subculture of that — I was blown away by some of the women I saw posting these inspirational memes about sisterhood and feminism, knowing how they treat other women. It really blew me away. I’m like, Do they know they’re being hypocritical? Or do they not realize that they mistreat other women? I don’t know. Obviously, in the book, Jesse is somewhat aware of the fact that she’s mistreating these women and underpaying them and letting them hang out to dry when they reach their expiration date. But I do think on some level, she buys into her own hype. And I do think that’s what’s going on with some of the real life examples I can think of. I think people do start to buy into their own hype.

HG: Your dedication at the very beginning of the book is intriguing: “For women who know that feeling.” Who are those women?

JK: That is a nod to the section where Stephanie’s talking about why she even signed up for this reality show, and how Jesse seduced her into it. She was sucked in and didn’t know how to get out of it alive. She didn’t know how to get out of it without really hurting her brand, really hurting the identity she created on the show. She starts talking about how when Jesse is unhappy with you, or when Jesse makes up her mind about someone and she’s not shining her light on you anymore, it’s this awful feeling.

That was born from a conversation I was having with someone about the book and being like, I’m writing a book about the way women can be really emotionally abusive to other women, and I’m scared to publish it in this era. We started sharing war stories about our respective female bosses. She was describing a scenario where she was left out of a really key social gathering that happened after work, and she was like, You know that feeling, when a woman has turned her back on you? And I was like, Yes, it is the worst. Your stomach just drops. And the way she said it, I was like, Women know this feeling. So that’s where the dedication came from.

HG: Ugh. Yes. I know that feeling.

JK: I’ve known the feeling for a long time. I’ve known it since middle school. You know, when girls decide they’re going to ostracize you. I think it’s a more painful feeling than being broken up with, than a guy breaking your heart. There’s something so specific about feeling betrayed by another woman that just cuts me to the core.

HG: You mentioned you were nervous about publishing The Favorite Sister in this era. What has the reaction been like?

JK: I was worried about it, and then I started thinking about it more. I started thinking about how I was gonna position the book when it came out. Something that occurred to me, that I think has occurred to other people as well, is the culture that breeds these men who violate women in all of these abhorrent ways also breeds this mistrust and competition and posturing among women. I don’t think that is something we are born with, I don’t think it’s a question of nature. I think we are nurtured to be like that. I think men pit women against each other. I think the culture pits women against each other.

After I made that connection, I started seeing it everywhere. I started seeing it on my TV, I started seeing it in conversations I had with other men. And I realized this is something that if we want to change, we have to recognize it. Because now, when I recognize it, whenever that starts happening, I’m like, Oh, hell no, and I change the channel. If it’s happening in a conversation with a guy, I refuse to rise to it, or I call it out. So I’m glad I did a little soul searching about that and worked that out for myself. I always want to be part of the solution, not the problem.

HG: How can we own being ambitious women?

JK: During one of the awards shows this past winter, there was an actress who got up and gave a speech about the #TimesUp movement, saying all of these necessary and really raw truths. And I got a text message from a guy friend, commenting negatively on her appearance. In the past, even though it would have made me uncomfortable, I wouldn’t want to have made this guy feel uncomfortable, so I would have engaged with it. And I looked at [the text], and I’m like, She’s up here talking about all the fucking women in this room who have been sexually assaulted and harassed and belittled and undermined and underpaid by these rich white dudes, and all you have to say is that she doesn’t look good?

That is so fucked up! No! So I didn’t say anything. And 24 hours later, he followed up and was like, I guess you didn’t like that. And I was like, Well, actually, I don’t like talking about women’s appearances when they’re saying something important and thoughtful. The focus shouldn’t be on their appearance, good or bad. I hate that so much. Writing this book made me more aware of how much of a focus there is on women’s appearances and how it does play into ambition. It really is a distraction to think about all the energy we waste worrying about how we look, what we eat. Men don’t feel like they have to look a certain way in order to get everything they want out of life. I just want the same for women.

Now, the new pressure — Stephanie obviously takes issue with this — is to look like you’re not wearing makeup. To look like you haven’t had your hair done. To look like you haven’t put any effort into your outfit. And it’s so exhausting, because all of that takes so much work, so much money, so much time. Or, if you’re not born with those genes, if you want to try and achieve that effect, it does require all of those things. Again, it’s a distraction. It’s like, Why do I want to waste my brain power and my energy on my appearance, when it could be on something that’s so much bigger and more meaningful?

HG: You write bravely about sensitive topics in both The Favorite Sister and your first novel, Luckiest Girl Alive. How do you find the courage to write so openly?

JK: There’s so much solitude involved in the act of writing. It’s a long, drawn-out process. So when you’re working on it, there’s a part of you that intellectually and logically knows that people are actually going to read this. [laughs] People who know you, and people who might suspect you’re writing about them — all of that is present in the back of your mind. But when you’re by yourself for hours and hours on end, day in and day out, the focus is not on that. You’re alone with yourself, you’re able to be honest with yourself.

It’s only after you’ve written it where I feel like the bravery comes in. To be like, Okay, I’m actually going to allow this to be published. Okay, I’m actually going to allow this to go out. When you’re actually doing it, you don’t really need to be brave. You need to give yourself permission to just write. Because otherwise, you’ll never get it done. It’s so hard to do anyway, and if you’re putting extra shackles on yourself, forget it. It’s just impossible. But the fear of exposure and feeling very vulnerable and having to go through with it anyway, that comes in later. That comes in when you’re closer to the actual publish date.

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HG: What are you reading right now? And what’s your favorite book that you’ve read this year?

JK: Right now I’m reading The Outsider by Stephen King. But my favorite book I’ve read this year is Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. I just loved that. It was the first time in a while that I had read something about a horrific crime, but there was still so much compassion in how she wrote. I found that to be such a refreshing combination. It really made me think, as a writer, about the kind of writer that I want to be. I love books that simultaneously entertain me and inspire me to be better.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Wednesday vowed to hold a vote on Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s successor this fall, setting up a contentious political battle ahead of the critical midterm elections.

But while Democrats insisted that Kennedy’s replacement should not be considered until after voters have their say in November, many members of the party acknowledged the ominous political reality they now confront. Democrats are powerless to stop President Donald Trump from getting his second justice on the nation’s highest court.

“They hold all the cards,” said Jim Manley, a top aide to former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). “There’s not really anything left to say.”

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In 2016 Kaiser Permanente launched Find Your Words, a public health awareness effort focused on reducing the stigma around mental health and encouraging people to create a culture of acceptance and support by talking about it.

One way to do that is through the healing power of art.

Three cities across Colorado are displaying murals to encourage people to think, talk and speak up. In downtown Denver, bold messages remind passerby’s that “You Matter,” “You Are Brave” and “You Are Enough.”

A Colorado Springs mural carries an equally powerful message that “We Are In This Together.” That mural and the one in Denver were originally unveiled in October 2017.

More recently, Kaiser Permanente unveiled a third mural in the state along the scenic Pueblo Riverwalk in downtown Pueblo.

The massive 300-foot mural was designed by local artists Mike Fudge and members of the Creature’s Crew. Fudge and Creature’s Crew worked with local youth from the Pueblo Boys and Girls Club and the Daisy Club-Pueblo Pro Bono Mental Health Program, who pitched in to paint a 100-foot section of the mural.

Like in Colorado Springs, the third mural features the affirmation “We Are In This Together,” to assure those seeking help — either for themselves or a loved one — that they’re not alone.

For more information on mental health, depression and how to talk about it, please visit FindYourWords.org.

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Puma is back in the basketball business. The company has announced the signings of top draft prospects Deandre Ayton (Arizona), Marvin Bagley III (Duke), and Zhaire Smith (Texas Tech).

The Ayton signing was announced this week. The projected No. 1 pick in this week’s NBA draft signed a four-year, multimillion-dollar footwear and apparel endorsement deal. Ayton, a native of the Bahamas, shares a Caribbean connection to two of Puma’s biggest ambassadors in Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt of Jamaica and pop star Rihanna of Barbados.

“Puma is pretty popular in the Bahamas,” Ayton said. “I’ve always seen the brand growing up. [Bolt] is one of the first people I saw with the brand. It’s important to me that someone I identify with and admire as an athlete is with the same brand.”

In case competitors in the lucrative athletic shoe and apparel industry didn’t take Puma’s re-emergence into the basketball space seriously, they’ve taken immediate notice now that Jay-Z has joined as the company’s president of basketball operations. “We’ve been working with Roc Nation for quite some time. They’ve been great partners to us for several years. We’ve done many different deals with many different ambassadors,” Adam Petrick, Puma’s global director of brand and marketing, told Complex. When Puma approached him about this opportunity, Jay-Z felt it “was something he wanted to be a part of,” according to Petrick.

 

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jay-Z and Beyonce are keeping up a family tradition, dropping a surprise album before anyone knew it was coming.

The couple released a joint album that touches on the rapper’s disgust at this year’s Grammy Awards and features a shout out from their daughter Blue Ivy to her siblings.

The nine-track album “Everything Is Love” dropped Saturday on the Tidal music streaming service that Jay-Z partially owns.

The album features Beyonce rapping on songs more than she has done on previous releases.

One song that has a profanity in its title includes Jay-Z lashing out at the Grammys. He was the top nominee at February’s awards show, but left empty-handed.

The rapper also says he turned down the NFL Super Bowl halftime show, rapping that the league needs him more than he needs them.

Blue Ivy ends the song “BOSS” with a shout-out to her 1-year-old brother and sister, Rumi and Sir.

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Super Bowl Winner: Top NFL Prospect Lamar Jackson Could Change Football’s Power Structure

If we have learned anything about the NFL and its surrogates in the media lately, it’s that athletes who feel empowered to speak for themselves — without prior approval — will either be mitigated or punished. That’s part of why I’ve been following the story of Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson — and the young quarterback’s fiercest advocate, mother and sports representative, Felicia Jones — as he bucks the status quo by declining to hire a traditional sports agent. Heading into the NFL draft, which begins on April 26, Jackson is poised to change both his personal and family’s realities, as it seems he will sign a first-round draft pick contract. He also stands to make a sizable contribution to the ongoing and much-needed reformation of the NFL’s inequitable power dynamics and economic engine.

Take, for instance, Jackson’s decision to decline to run the 40-meter dash for NFL scouts. Jackson is the fastest quarterback the NFL has seen in a long while. It’s obvious. And yet you can almost hear the collective dismay of league officials and team decision-makers, flabbergasted at the audacity of a player and his mother who might just understand the business side of his talent better than those who designed the system. They made an intentional, strategic decision custom-tailored to Jackson’s individual abilities and contract desires. The fact that a conventional sports agent would have rarely advised a client to do anything as off-script offers rich insight into why the one-size-fits-all approach to sports representation that the NFL tries to demand can potentially result in the athlete’s own best interest not even being the highest priority.

When I announced plans to represent myself in July 2015, I remember the experience that followed for a year and a half. I was constantly maneuvering and positioning myself in a way to establish credibility among the NFL powers that be. That was what I signed up for by declining to hire an insider who was already familiar with the front-office staff of teams throughout the league.

The beginning of my self-representation journey was rough, and despite now being satisfied with the end result, I certainly learned some valuable lessons along the way. Overall, I was most struck by how threatening my desire for self-representation was received by some, and how some of the tactics ended up discouraging other players from attempting to be self-directed free agents. I hope Jackson helps change that.

There is an unmistakable implication in the other assertion that teams are struggling to get ahold of the quarterback: that Jackson and Jones don’t know what they’re doing. This framing reinforces the coercive narrative that younger athletes who are weighing their options should depend on the professional sports agent industry to decide what is best for them. This has become an insidious grooming technique that follows the athlete throughout their professional sports career.

As someone quite familiar with the workings of the NFL, I see a different way of interpreting the storyline that organizations are unable to reach Jackson: that the teams don’t know what they’re doing or are pushing a narrative that benefits them. If teams can send out private investigators and scouts to record, follow and document the character of a player they are interested in drafting, I don’t see how they are unable to get in touch with Jackson. The man’s DMs are open. And maybe Jackson just doesn’t want to talk with the teams complaining.

I recognize that the industry of professional sports agents has some redeemable elements. In fact, I believe that the scarcity of player self-representation actually prevents some of the best sports agents from proactively adapting to these changing realities. Imagine what it could look like for an agency to actually encourage some hybrid form of self-representation, following the lead of other industry pioneers and implementing thoughtful solutions for entrepreneur minded-athletes — or just those of us with subtle elements to our game underserved by the one-size-fits-all approach. More and more of us are finding our voice and discovering ways to exchange notes. This is a necessary evolution as the status quo begins to expire.

Self-representation isn’t for everyone. But we need to normalize it, because the system as it exists now reinforces the disempowerment of athletes, which itself is fueled by a narrative that suggests we couldn’t possibly understand what’s in our own self-interest. This has negative downstream ramifications, as people generally expect athletes to remain in their proverbial box and stick to the script. They are content with us performing on the field, yet struggle to accept the fact that we are more than just jocks. Just ask Colin Kaepernick or Eric Reid. We are allowed to play, providing fans an entertaining escape from their “real world,” while we are prevented from making society confront ours. Lamar Jackson is representing a world in which his assertion matters.

In case this finds him, here are some of the things that I learned from my own experience and that I wish I would have known (and that I personally assume Felicia Jones is already aware of) as a self-representing athlete:

  1. The most important part of any first-round rookie NFL contract is how much of the deal is guaranteed (cue the Internet commenters talking about my Broncos contract). Many if not all players in the earlier part of the first round have four years fully guaranteed, while the latter half of picks of the first round have the first three years guaranteed and only a portion of the fourth year. In the 2nd round, many contracts have the first two years guaranteed. If you happen to fall to the second round, understand the amount that has historically been guaranteed at that pick — then get more.
  2. Aside from guaranteed money, cash flow is one of your most important considerations. Get as much of your money as possible paid in guaranteed roster bonuses at the beginning of training camp (instead of earned over the 17-week regular season via salary).
  3. Refuse any offset language. Teams will try to add this into your contract to rid themselves of future obligation. If you are drafted to be a franchise quarterback, the language in the deal should reflect a committed and reciprocal relationship.
  4. Rely on the NFL Players Association. As a member of the executive committee, I want to emphasize that we have the staff in place to go over any language in your contract and make sure it is right. It’s our job.
  5. And since you’re a quarterback, you should know: The concept of a “QB Premium” is not limited to veteran contracts, no matter what they tell you. Especially in structuring contracts, teams overplay the “precedent” argument in negotiations. Teams have proven time and time again that they will go against precedent for QBs (see Johnny Manziel’s contract). Get that QB Premium!

Good luck in the draft, Lamar. I’m available if you need me. My DMs are open, too.

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The upcoming world premiere of ‘Soft Power’ by David Henry Hwang play and lyrics and Jeanine Tesorimusic and additional lyrics will be produced by Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson Theatre from May 3 through June 10, 2018. Directed by Leigh Silverman and choreographed by Sam Pinkleton, the opening of ‘Soft Power’ is set for May 16. Following its run at the Ahmanson, ‘Soft Power’ will play San Francisco’s Curran from June 20 through July 8, 2018.
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I, too, am a ‘power user of the internet’ – and that’s not enough to protect my privacy

I Am A Power User of the Internet

Hello, my name is Chris, and I have a problem. I am a “power user of the internet,” and I finally know what to call it, thanks to the brave sacrifice of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. But just because Zuckerberg coined a catchy turn of phrase, it doesn’t help address the problem that Facebook is currently facing: None of its users, from the most power-usery to the most inept, have any real idea how to stop their data being scraped.

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Yara Shahidi Ushers In Springtime At The Power Stylists Dinner

Yara Shahidi has become one to watch with her fashion and beauty trends. The Grown-ish star is often seen on the red carpet looking stunning and is often styled by Jason Bolden. On Tuesday evening, she attended The Hollywood Reporter and Jimmy Choo Power Stylists Dinner, in honor of some of the top stylists in the industry.

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The 18-year-old beauty wore a drawstring crop top and printed skirt by Rosie Assoulin from the Spring/Summer 2018 collection. She paired the look with beige suede pumps and a $ 2,350.00 Cartoon-Print Saffiano Frame Shoulder Bag by Prada.

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Shahidi consistently plays up her eyes with bright colors. This yellow cat-eye liner against a neutral and dewy face looks absolutely gorgeous. She wore her curly hair in an effortless top bun.

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Rest in Power: Rep. Louise Slaughter Was a Trailblazer and a Fierce Feminist

In 1991, Rep. Louise Slaughter marched to the Senate alongside six other female members of Congress to demand a delay in Clarence Thomas’ confirmation to the Supreme Court in response to Anita Hill’s testimony. In 1994, she co-authored the Violence Against Women Act, and she continued to fight against sexual assault in all fields—authoring several amendments over the years to the annual National Defense Authorization Act to address what she called a “destructive culture of sexual violence.” In 2010, she led the push to pass the Affordable Care Act—defying numerous death threats in the process. And just last September, Slaughter sponsored the Patsy T. Mink Gender Equity in Education Act of 2017, which would work to fully implement gender equality through Title IX in schools of all levels, in the House.

On March 16, Slaughter died at 88 years old in Washington, D.C. In her 16th term, she was the oldest sitting member of the House of Representatives.

“I am devastated over the loss of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, an incredible feminist leader and a dear friend,” Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal said on Twitter. “I have worked with Congresswoman Slaughter for decades furthering the rights of women. She ran for the New York State Assembly, and later the U.S. Congress, to fight for women’s reproductive rights. As co-chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus, she worked tirelessly to defend and advance a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions. Louise was always proud to represent Rochester, the home of Susan B. Anthony. When she became the first women chair of the House Rules Committee, she hung Anthony’s photograph in front of her on the committee room wall, the only woman pictured among a sea of men. Today, appropriately, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter’s portrait hangs in the committee room, reminding everyone of her legacy. I will miss her greatly.”

In the early 1950s, Slaughter graduated from her home state’s University of Kentucky with a degree in microbiology and a master’s in public health—despite neither fields being very welcoming to women. Afterward, Slaughter moved to New York found herself increasingly active in local government after she fought to preserve a beech-maple forest in the Rochester area in the 1970s. In 1982, she successfully won a spot in the New York State Assembly. Four years later, she was elected to the House of Representatives—and became the first and only microbiologist in the chamber.

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Even though she was initially just one of 29 women in the House, Slaughter did not shy away from speaking up—and claiming seats at the table. She gained a reputation for her thick Southern accent and blunt manner of speaking, and she stuck to her values, even when that meant breaking with party lines. Honored by her opportunity to represent Susan B. Anthony’s district in the state of New York, Slaughter once hung a photo of the iconic suffrage leader among the all-male portraits in the chambers of the Rules Committee, a powerful force in Congress which she was the first woman to lead as Chair. Having once denounced the “men in blue suits” debating abortion, she also went on during her tenure to found the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus.

Through her charisma and persistence, Slaughter inspired many female leaders, both in and out of government, and her death has sent shock waves throughout the country. Smeal described her as “one of the most powerful women to have ever served in the House of Representatives.”

“Louise was a trailblazer,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. “Her strong example inspired countless young women to know their power.”

Maura Turcotte is an editorial intern at Ms.

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Power of Walking Away: Tamron Hall Talks Life after ‘Today’

When Tamron Hall walked away from the Today show early last year, fans were shocked, appalled, and disappointed that the first black woman to hold an anchor seat on the show would be leaving. There were reports that she was blindsided by news that her 9 a.m. slot would be given to Fox’s Megyn Kelly, and NABJ got involved, citing the decision as a measure of “whitewashing” NBC News’s offerings. (Forbes even reported that Kelly would get close to a whopping to $ 20 million—a heftier salary than Hall’s, whose earnings disqualified her from the magazine’s 2016 list of highest-paid show hosts.)

Her social media posts thereafter reflected her journey into me-time: vacations, charity, and red-carpet sightings. But what about her passion and career? What about the newly landed Weinstein Television deal for a new talk show? How would she surpass the win of landing one of the most-coveted seats on TV?

Yesterday, the award-winning journalist made a stop in Norfolk, Virginia, at Old Dominion University and talked about just that, setting the record straight. “I knew I had worked hard. I would do the Today show for three hours, 45 minutes in between, go to MSNBC, and every weekend I’d tape Deadline Crime,” Hall said. “I don’t begrudge anyone for taking a job offered to them. That’s not my journey. For me, [it’s] a universal feeling: We all want to feel appreciated—at work, in our lives, in relationships—and so that’s just what I felt. I didn’t have a chip on my shoulder. There were reports that I abruptly left, and that’s a lie.”

The award-winning journalist, who hosted MSNBC Live with Tamron Hall, and Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall, also spoke candidly about her journey in choosing her next best boss move, revving up her advocacy for domestic violence victims, and how being “unapologetically black” is non-negotiable:

On rebounding after the Harvey Weinstein scandal and deciding her next career steps:
[The offer for a new TV talk show] came last summer, and at the time, I’d never met Harvey Weinstein. Of course, I knew who he was…and he came to me and my team with a great idea—something that was already in the works…. People have asked me why don’t you [think] about it? I say, “Listen, I think good common sense leads the day.” My record standing for women speaks for itself. … In reality, the Harvey Weinstein situation, thankfully, did not have an impact on my ability to return to TV and I’m very grateful for that.

I’ve been offered a lot of jobs that I don’t want and that I can turn down because when I come back I really want y’all to be proud of me. I want you to be proud of what I do next, so I’m trying to thoughtfully make that transition to where I feel I need to be.

On what keeps her passion strong in domestic violence awareness and victim advocacy:
Ten to 11 years ago, I was invited to MC an event because the original person who was supposed to MC canceled. The organization was called Day One, and they teach domestic violence awareness in public schools in New York. … One young lady after the next started telling their story about being a domestic violence survivor… I’m standing there hearing all these stories knowing that my sister was murdered. … Finally, I just blurted it out, when I got up to the podium, I said, ‘My sister was murdered.’ I knew that there were signs of domestic violence in the home. I lived in Chicago, [and it was] specifically this moment [that] I knew: I heard a commotion in my house. I ran downstairs and my sister and a significant other was there. She had a huge knot on her head, the table had been knocked over—it was just a horrible scene. I said, “What’s going on here!” And he said, “Oh she fell over the table.” I knew that was a lie. I grabbed her, and I got a broom and started to threaten him, like, Get out of my house. … I went upstairs and nursed my sister, put her to bed… I woke up the next morning and he was back in my house, in bed with my sister. I kicked them both out.

For me, it was a very selfish thing. I alienated my sister. We reconciled… we just pretended it never happened. … I’ve met a lot of families who experienced that same thing where you just say, “We’re just going to pretend it didn’t happen. It’ll get better. And it won’t happen again.” Well, it did. And it cost us her. … It is why I’ve dedicated my life to sharing that very painful story as much as I can, because if I can find the courage to share it, then maybe someone else can be helped from it.

On handling naysayers and being fearless:
I try never to get into Twitter fights—-I just don’t have the temperament for them… but I said the other day in an interview that I am unapologetically black. I’m not anti-anyone but I am certainly proud of the Southern black people who raised me. So on Twitter… this white male writer…someone I don’t know… says ‘Oh why’d you have to say that?’ … I said to him on Twitter, “First of all, why did that bother you?”

It should never bother someone that you are unapologetically who you are. I am unapologetically Texan, Southern, a black woman—I come from my culture, but I am inclusive.

When I look back on my life at 48, and the thing I’m trying my best to hold on to—not my youth…it’s that I was fearlessness. I think we all go through that where we take on more responsibilities—life, the savings account—we lose some of that fearlessness that allows you to take those leaps of faith. My spirituality means the world to me, but God is not going to help me unless I help myself. Having that fearless energy going in and shaking hands, meeting people and asking for the job. When you don’t get it, ask again, and again because no is nothing. No is a yes waiting.

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We’re big proponents of “power dressing“—whatever that means to you, whether it be a confidence-boosting LBD or a strong suit. If it’s the latter, behold some serious inspiration by way of Lupita Nyong’o. The Black Panther actress recently stepped out in a printed two-piece combo that could own any room.

While the ever-classic black blazer-and-trousers look will always be de rigueur, we’re loving more daring takes on the timeless silhouette. A fun print and pop of color elevate the expected—not to mention look great when worn as a pair, or styled independently with more casual separates like denim, tees, etc. Got an important event on the horizon? Consider re-creating Lupita’s stylish suit look for yourself.

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Client Success Video: How Horizon Solar Power Learned to Love Lead Generation

What is your role with Horizon Solar Power?

“My name is Ruben Ugarte, and I’m the Business Development Director for Horizon Solar Power. We’re a residential Solar installer out of Southern California, but we’re serving states nationwide.We’re one of the largest installers in the United States of rooftop and commercial Solar.My goal is to bring quality lead gen to our sales team as well as other partnership opportunities to allow us to continue to grow and install more solar”

What is your goal in working with Modernize?

“In any relationship or partnership, it has to be a win/win for both organizations. I see that as the key to what we’ve done with Modernize as a whole and the relationship we’ve had with our Account Manager.The main goal is to find homeowners who want solar, who are interested in talking about it, who would like to have a proposal presented, and ultimately decide to go solar. I think another goal is being able to work with a company who you know is doing things the right way and delivering quality leads and homeowners who actually want to talk to you about solar – which is easier said than done in the lead business. Modernize has gone from being a small vendor where we do 3-5 sales to last month where we completed over 50 projects through Modernize. It’s amazing to have a relationship with one of the biggest home improvement lead generation companies in the nation and to be able to call them and have things happen – not even in a full day – but in a few hours, is empowering and something that makes me, as a business development director, proud to say that I have these types of relationships and I can make something happen when asked by my leadership team.”

How has your relationship with Modernize evolved?

“We originally used Modernize in 2014, and had a 3-month pilot that didn’t go very well. We were quite upset. We felt that, at the time, Modernize had sent us bad leads… That was our mindset. What’s funny is, after looking back six months down the road, we noticed that our COA (cost of acquisition) was in line and was actually pretty good! So, what do I do? I made a call to Modernize and we started the relationship back up about 6-8 months later, and the relationship has been going strong ever since.We’ve gone from testing small volume – a couple thousand dollars – to, now, purchasing leads nationwide in multiple states. We haven’t limited ourselves to just web leads; We’ve also purchased other kinds of traffic. The relationship has developed to a point where we come to Modernize first for a lot of priorities and opportunities we have on our side to grow.”

What is your advice for companies looking to grow through digital marketing?

“I think number one, working only with companies who are doing the right thing.Number two, working with companies who don’t look at the relationship on an insertion order basis but looking at it more as a long-term relationship. Thinking more like ‘where can we go from here? Where can we go the year after together?’ vs. ‘Send me the money for this order, I’ll send you 100 leads, and what happens, happens!’ I think a lot of times that’s the relationship that many construction companies have with their lead gen provider, and that’s not a bridge towards prosperity or future growth together.Finally, get to know your lead gen provider, come and visit them on-site, visit their call center. Understand who they are and what they want to be, and in turn, you can figure out fairly quickly if they are aligned with who you are and what you are trying to do.”

In one word, describe your relationship with Modernize.

“Robust. We’ve faced challenges as a team and as our organizations aligned. Certainly, we will continue to have challenges on our side, and on your side, and together. But, I think as partners, we understand each other’s goals and what we are trying to do for each other. Because we have that kind of communication and transparency, we work in good faith together, and I would say that our relationship is robust. It’s something that continues to grow, and I’m excited to work hand-in-hand with you guys. It’s been an amazing experience”

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Pussy Power: Can a porn star be a feminist? Playboy photographer Suze Randall schools YOU

Thought being a porn star couldn’t be a feminist? Think again as Josh Newis-Smith meets the first female porn director, Suze Randall and her daugher, Holly who followed her mother into the controversial industry…

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Judging women who work in the porn industry is anti-feminist. Fact. I personally, knowing a handful of glamour models, have entered into many debates with women and men as to whether a page three girl can be a feminist. Many fellow women have said, “no it’s impossible as they are completely at service to men,’ or a argument along those lines.

However every woman I know who works in said industry feels empowered under the lens of the adult entertainment and personally control their own careers. So if a woman wants to take such a path, in light of feminism’s retrograde positioning in 2018, how can any one judge them?

The first female to ever shoot a nude for Playboy, Suze Randall who has spent 50 years in the adult entertainment industry and allowed her daughter to follow suit, thinks that anyone proclaiming the porn industry is anti-feminist is, “talking a load of sh*t!”

Whilst her daughter, Holly now named as one of the most influential female directors in porn by AVN Magazine, sees such a statement as, “inherently sexist in itself. When you say that you’re applying this framework that women are always victims; that they can’t make decisions for themselves and that sexuality can’t be empowering.”

My thoughts are that we have always associated sexuality with exploitation and that is why we don’t remark about men undertaking such careers but apply an innate, culturally built judgment system onto women who do so. After all isn’t the Time’s Up movement all about giving women the power to use their voices and themselves as they damn well like?

I have interviewed a lot of women of varying fortunes and fame but no one has offered a fresher take on the female empowerment than 71 year-old Suze, a porn star who went behind the lens to become one of the first female porn directors. A process that she claims made her, “intrinsically understand what it’s like to be a woman.”

Love these old articles about my mom from the 70s. 💕 #suzerandall

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The larger than life character certainly has a great many tales to tell. As the self proclaimed party starter at the Playboy mansion, Suze garnered attention in the 1970s with her unique take on entertaining, “I got everyone partying by not wearing panties, flashing and dancing.” Suze quickly interjects to say, “the mansion wasn’t actually that wild so I ruled the roost. I even embarrassed Larry Flynn and that was quite a feat!” Don’t worry, it didn’t stop there and if you are the bashful type I would skip to the next paragraph now, “then I’d lead them to the Jacuzzi and they’d say, ‘oh don’t make me come, I’ve got another date!’” That’s enough to make even the most erect bunny ears flop.

Warren Beatty and Jim Brown also fell for her irregular hosting techniques as her husband (sitting in on this interview), Humphry Knipe confirms. The pair have been together since the 1960s and Suze claims having this life long support has enabled her to be a stronger woman, “I had this strong man behind me and that was a double whammy – he was brave enough to let me be in the forefront but he was always there when I was scared.”

#TBT (yes I’m a couple of hours early) w/ my mom #SuzeRandall 😊🇬🇧

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With such anecdotes its no surprise Suze’s life has been transferred onto screen, with the somewhat controversial TV show, The Deuce starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal taking inspiration from Randall. However the zero filter Suzie, “thought it was sh*t! I worked my way down and Maggie works her way up from the bottom so it’s a total different aspect from my point of view.” Suze will not be watching the show on box set, then.

It’s a rather foreign concept for some that a woman can learn much about herself and feel empowered as a female whilst being in front of the adult entertainment industry’s lens or directing the action. But Suze sees her career as one of the greatest examples of the much hashtaged term, girl boss, “I got into it because I could shoot, I could sell and I could be my own boss rather than being turned down and humiliated. When I did it, no nice girls did it too so I was king of the castle.” Many women I know who have taken more conventional career paths would be hard pushed to say that themselves.

At a time where power struggles between the sexes are rife it’s equally shocking to think of porn, an industry traditionally perceived as operating solely for men’s pleasure, as a platform women can use to gain an equal footing with men or even rise above them. “You have great power as a woman – you have a total advantage over those silly boys. It’s great if you’re strong, brave and don’t put up with any bullies. I mean if you’re young and attractive everybody wants you,” Suze exclaims.

One’s body is the most powerful tool of all according to the director who certainly made the most of the decade of discovery, “I came out of a free love sixties thing so I mean I was fucking everybody. I was out doing the guys and embarrassing them, it was great. I also got the jobs over them and they knew it. If you know your power you can really take advantage of those boys.”

“Those boys” as she continuously calls them, were intimidated by a woman so in control and conscious of her body, “I was bullied. When I went to Playboy the assistants refused to help me and tell me to load my own bloody film. Everybody was very envious of me because I was the party girl at the mansion too and they tried to send me home.” But that didn’t stop Hugh Heffner falling for her charms and flying her around the world to shoot his latest fancy.

Nymph Fest #80s #suzerandall #photography #femalegaze

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You would think Suze’s daughter Holly suffered as a child in light of her parent’s career. But the opposite is true, she has been empowered by the teachings of her mother, “I was encouraged by my parents not to be bullied, not to take authority seriously and to just generally break the rules, it is a tradition amongst our family.”

When most children come to their parents to offer their career aspirations it’s unlikely they will want to be a porn director, too. But Holly couldn’t resist being her own boss, owning a shoot space without men in the room and creating a level of intimacy her mother calls, “the sexual Olympics.” In case you haven’t realized yet Suzie didn’t run a highly conventional house, either.

At times Suze would shoot Playgirl in the back garden but, “there was never that epiphany that my mother shot porn,” Holly confides. “My parents didn’t really keep secrets. I knew that my parents had a job that involved producing content that was only for adults and that was the extent of it. We had a very normal family life aside from that.”

Schools love a project, especially, “come in an tell us about your parents career.” Imagine the sticky situation Holly was placed in when faced with the ‘show and tell’ theme as old as time. “I remember being in class, thinking, ‘sh*t,’ and coming home with the assignment and waving it in Dad’s face saying, ‘what am I supposed to do?’ So Dad sat down with me and we carefully crafted an essay… calling Mum a glamour photographer.”

It didn’t take long for Holly’s fellow pupils to find out the truth, “one kid brought in a Penthouse magazine that had my mother’s layout in it. It got confiscated in class so I got called into the office because they thought that I brought it in. My mum got called in and she told the teacher that it was good reading material.” Suze is sass on toast.

Given the time that has passed and the slow awakening to equal rights since the 1970s Holly views the porn industry today as more supportive of women than ever before and that’s largely down to our dear friend, the Internet. “I came along in a moment when technology allowed you to take more personal control over your career. Now – especially for the performers –now they have a direct connection to their fans and they have the ability to really be more of an entrepreneur.”

I honestly have never thought of an adult performer being a solo entrepreneur, it’s a label I usually reserve for candidates vying for attention on The Apprentice. I certainly have never thought of the porn as a democratic organization, either but I am firmly schooled in Randall view of the world now, “girls can create their own website with little clips for sale in stores. You can sell yourself and promote yourself on social media without ever working work for another company – that is empowering in itself.” Is there really any difference between that and a fashion influencer who poses for pictures, posts them on Instagram and generates profits from the likes?

Whilst the mother daughter duo have a shared stance on pornography being liberating for women their opinions on defending oneself in the face of sexual discrimination is however startlingly different. Suze steps in to offer a more hands on approach, “my only recommendation is to any woman that gets taken advantage of is grab them by the balls, they’ll run off screaming. It’s not a problem!”

Holly disagrees, suggesting her mother’s method wouldn’t achieve anything, instead stating that, “there needs to be better education for women coming into the industry. A lot of girls come in it not knowing what they’re getting into, not really thinking it through and not really realizing the lifelong repercussions that getting into the adult industry is going to have. Your friends are going to find out, your grandma is going to find out and it might cause some conflict in your personal life too.”

Her practical recommendations? “I think it would be an idea to raise the age of entry to 21 years old because when you’re 18 years old you don’t have that life perspective. Then again, that’s also a tough thing to say because you can go to war and you can die for your country at 18 so to say that people cant go and shoot porn at 18 seems a little ridiculous.”

Returning to the question you are no doubt asking yourselves right now, are they REALLY feminists deep down? Suze steps in with a final passing shot, “no, I’m a chauvinist! The thing is we’re not complaining feminists; we are feminists who take advantage. Women have so many advantages over men and you should use your sexuality as a weapon!”

Feminism in 2018 is about owning the term for yourself and the bare bones of equality is that everyone should have the right to be who they want to be without judgment or prejudice. If these women are in control of their own careers and if you regard yourself as a feminist then you must see women in the porn industry as feminists, too.

 

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Black Dollars Matter: The Power of African American Consumers

Black consumers currently wield unprecedented power over brands, according to a new report from Nielsen.

The seismic shift in how important black dollars have become is credited to social media and the vocal and voluminous online entity known as Black Twitter. More African American consumers are demanding products and marketing that embrace diversity without pandering and that are culturally relevant.

The report reveals that black spending power has reached $ 1.2 trillion. In some markets, black consumers have a considerable spending footprint. Although African Americans make up only 14% of the U.S. population, they spend $ 573 million on personal hygiene items; $ 810 million on bottled water; and $ 151 million in the luxury non-essential products market (which includes items such as watches and fragrances).

“Our research shows that Black consumer choices have a ‘cool factor,’” said Cheryl Grace, senior vice president of U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement, Nielsen, in a released statement.

“These figures show that investment by multinational conglomerates in R&D to develop products and marketing that appeal to diverse consumers is, indeed, paying off handsomely.”

Smart companies will purposefully target African American customers, it says in the Nielsen study. Black consumer choices are increasingly becoming mainstream.

The study also found that black consumer brand loyalty is based on a brand’s perception as authentic, culturally relevant, socially conscious, and responsible. Thirty-eight percent of African Americans ages 18–34, say they expect the brands they purchase to support social causes. Forty-one percent of those African Americans over age 35 expect the same.

“When it comes to African American consumer spend there are millions, sometimes billions of dollars in revenue at stake,” said Andrew McCaskill, senior vice president, Global Communications and Multicultural Marketing.

“With 43% of the 75 million millennials in the U.S. identifying as African American, Hispanic, or Asian, if a brand doesn’t have a multicultural strategy, it doesn’t have a growth strategy.”

 

 

 

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Tiffany Haddish won’t be the only African American starring in Super Bowl commercials airing on Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles take on the New England Patriots.

PepsiCo, revered for its viral and entertaining Super Bowl commercials, is stepping up its game this year by bringing together Hollywood veteran Morgan Freeman and hip-hop legends Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes to feature in a joint ad campaign for Mountain Dew and Doritos. And, former American Idol star Todrick Hall will appear in an ad for M&M’s alongside actor Danny DeVito.

In a 30-second teaser uploaded on YouTube by Doritos on Jan. 17, Freeman can be seen facing off against Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage in a rap battle. Another video uploaded a week later shows Elliott and Busta Rhymes coaching Freeman and Dinklage as they prepare for their cameos.

This won’t be Elliott’s first time in the Super Bowl spotlight. In 2015, she thrilled fans with her surprise half-time performance alongside Katy Perry at Super Bowl XLIX.

“First of all, when you got [Peter Dinklage] and [Morgan Freeman] with [Busta Rhymes] who is turning that down?,” Elliot, 46, told Billboard. “I wanted to be a part of this history right here. That was an epic moment, hearing those names together.”

Other companies, including M&M’s, have released their commercials on social media ahead of the Super Bowl LII game to connect with new generations of fans. M&M’s decision to tap Hall for a Super Bowl ad was based on his huge social media following.

Hall gained global attention competing on American Idol in 2010, reaching the semi-finals. He has since gone on to become a YouTube personality and has appeared as a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

“We often collaborate with social influencers to create and share branded M&M’s content in their own colorful and fun way,” M&M’s spokesperson Allison Miazga-Bedrick said in a statement. “This time, we flipped our approach and surprised Todrick Hall’s fans with an unexpected appearance in our Super Bowl LII commercial.”

For the first time in seven years, Groupon will be airing its own Super Bowl commercial after tapping Haddish to be their spokesperson. She came about the gig after she shared her personal Groupon story on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

While it was a major win for Haddish, it’s also a major move for the discount e-commerce marketplace. A 2015 study released by Nielsen reported that African American households earning $ 75,000 or more are growing rapidly. The report also said black America might be represented by 75 million people in the United States, about 20% of the U.S. population.

Super Bowl LII will take place at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, Feb. 4. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET.

 

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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

 

Dave Barclay Affirmative Action

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

Dave Barclay Affirmative Action

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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