Powerful And Fabulous Women We Wish We Could Add To Our Friend Circle
We all have a group of friends we love to hang out and share our lives with. Whether it’s the friend you go to for advice or the friend who will turn up with you anywhere at any time, Black women build long-lasting friendships and cherish the memories we create with our BFFs. And from time to time, you come to admire women who, if you were very lucky, could be a great addition to your circle of friends. Here are some notable and admirable Black women I would definitely want to call a friend.
“The Unfu*kwitable Friend”
Some of our friends can’t be touched. No matter the obstacle, they are prepared. That’s totally Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. Most of us got to know her during her televised announcement of her decision to indict the six officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray. She tactfully read the charges and compassionately addressed the youth of Baltimore with a word of hope and promise that she was working hard on their behalf to seek justice. After the press conference, she was criticized, and naysayers wanted her taken off the case, but the detractors couldn’t have their way. Don’t mess with her!
“The Grounded-In-Faith Friend”
Life can be tumultuous and discouraging at times. In those times it’s important to have a friend who will remind you that the best is yet to come and to hold on to your faith. Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie would be the perfect friend to give you the reminder you need. Bishop McKenzie is the first woman elected as bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She was also appointed by President Obama to serve on the Advisory Council of the White House Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Who doesn’t want to be surrounded by friends who always have a word of encouragement?
“The Game-Changer Friend”
These three ladies propelled the Black Lives Matter movement forward after the not-guilty verdict was announced in the State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman case. Garza tweeted the words “Black Lives Matter,” Cullors shared in her sentiment, tweeting the words through the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, and Tometi followed up by pushing the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag and mantra through social media, blogs, and various other media outlets. Today, #BlackLivesMatter is now known globally. Fearlessly fighting against the police brutality upon unarmed Black men and women, the ladies have made a difference and reminded the world that our lives have meaning.
“The Comedian Friend”
Laughing so hard with friends until the tears roll down your face and your stomach goes numb will always make you happy. There must be a comical friend in your circle to get the laughter going. If not, in another life, Quinta Brunson could be that girl. She is the creator of the web series “The Girl Who Has Never Been On A Date Before.” She also can be seen making us laugh in many of BuzzFeed’s video comedy sketches. Brunson creates comedic pieces out of everyday stressful situations, reminding us that laughter eases the soul.
“The Philanthropist Friend”
We all need a friend like Oprah. A friend who is selfless in giving back and serving her community. A friend who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty and work hard to make sure those in need are supported. Oprah’s historic mark in TV journalism and as a businesswoman is respected and honored globally. However, it’s her passion for serving communities at home and abroad that’s most encouraging. She has done everything from providing scholarships to college-bound students to building a school in South Africa. Spending the weekend with friends serving a meal at a soup kitchen or heading abroad to volunteer at an orphanage, she is the friend who can aid you in seeing the joy in helping others.
“The Turn-Up Friend”
A friend who is always ready to go out, have a few drinks, and dance the night way. A friend who lives life the way she chooses and couldn’t care less about what people think or say about her. Her love for having a great time is contagious. No one fits this description better than Rihanna. The Bajan beauty has free-spirited island girl flowing through her veins. She’s bold and fun in both fashion and music and is the life of the party that every friend circle needs.
It’s always nice to have a fashionista in the group. The one who spends hours in the mall with you, shopping ‘til you drop. A friend who isn’t afraid to start their own fashion trends because she is bored with the same ole look. She loves your idea to put that streak of blue in your hair or to rock those graffiti heels and leather pants. June Ambrose fits that description perfectly. This celebrity stylist has styled everyone from Jay Z to stars on primetime TV shows like The X Factor. Her creativity matches her vibrant personality.
Everyone isn’t equipped with the talent to read a person. I’m talking an epic read that will make someone question his or her purpose here on earth. Think a street fight with only words exchanged. A friend who has the talent of being a champion with words is a crucial member to have in your circle of friends. Crissle is that friend. Crissle is the co-host of the uproarious podcast The Read. Every week Crissle and fellow host Kid Fury go in on pop culture and celebrities alike. Crissle is known for reading the kids for filth over everything from racial inequality to disrespectful public service workers.
“The Cool, Calm, Collected Friend”
A friend who’s mellow and cool yet has her sh*t together is a perfect fit for any friendship circle. She is the voice of reason. She has thought-provoking and challenging conversations with you without getting agitated. Her energy can be intense but never offensive. Listen closely to what she has to say over an evening of cocktails because she will drop words of wisdom without the normal antics. Jilly from Philly is this friend. She exudes positive energy in her music and her interviews. She’s maintained composure and smiled when talking about everything from past relationships and Bill Cosby, to social injustice. Even when she had to come out of herself in “Gettin’ In the Way” and tell sister girl, “Imma pull you in the middle of the street and whip your a** for all it’s worth, $5.99 or something like that” she never once broke a sweat. Scott is effortlessly a cool, calm, and collected friend.
Sometimes we need our friends to give us a reality check. To tell us the truth even when we don’t want to hear it. When we are debating on whether or not to get back with our no-good ex, we need that tell-it-like-it-is friend to set us straight like only she can. Angela Yee most definitely is that person. The only estrogen voice of reason on The Breakfast Club, Yee is known to give callers realistic advice when they phone her with their dilemmas. Yee always gives a listening ear but never sugarcoats her responses. We all need that type of friend.
“The Adventurous Friend”
Soaking in a hot spring in Iceland and zip lining in Thailand are worthy adventures to add to your bucket list. Yes, you can do it alone, but it’s always nice to have a friend to share your journey with. Zim Ugochukwu is the perfect candidate. An award-winning entrepreneur, Ugochukwu is the founder of Travel Noire, the go-to resource for travelers of color. Ugochukwu herself has traveled through 90 percent of Asia and has lived all over the world. I’m sure an excursion overseas would be a blast with someone like Ugochukwu traveling alongside you.