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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!
According to Vogue Magazine, “There’s only on September issue, and there’s only one Beyoncé.” So it makes sense that the fashion bible of style and sartorial enthusiasts snagged the leader of the Beyhive to grace their popular September issue. A historical moment in itself as Beyoncé is the third Black woman to cover their September issue, following Naomi Campbell in 1989 and Halle Berry in 2010.
Amongst the trio, there have been a handful of other Black beauties spreading their #BlackGirlMagic on the cover of Vogue and it’s various international editions.
Continue clicking to check out 15 sistas that have graced the cover of the highly coveted, Vogue Magazine
This promises to be a big year for Black autobiographies. With Issa Rae’s book of short essays in stores everywhere, Amber Rose preparing her scandalous tell-all, and the announcements of memoirs coming from Shonda Rhimes and Gabourey Sidibe, we are hype. But we would be even more excited if the following stars shared their stories. Here are 15 celebs who need to write tell-all books!
Michelle Obama has placed in the number 10 spot on the Forbes list of 25 Most Powerful Women in the World, the highest position for a Black woman on the list. The list, which includes women in politics, media, entertainment and more, is assessed based on financial resources, media mentions around the global and “sphere of influence,” which includes pop culture sway, philanthropy and other areas of influence.
“The concept of power can be nebulous — especially when it comes to gender,” the magazine writes, noting that as of January 2015, there were only 10 women serving as heads of state, 23 female CEOs at the S&P 500 companies and 197 women on the list of international billionaires.
“But there’s hardly a void of powerful women – and the numbers are growing. That is, if we enlarge our focus from just who owns the greatest wealth or the heaviest corporate hammer to include the women whose influence and impact may be greater than the sum of their title,” Forbes continues.
But in terms of cold-hard cash, Oprah comes in first, the top–ranking billionaire on the list at number 12. And Beyonce comes in at number 21.
The top three women on the list are, in order, German Chancellor Angela Merkel; former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton; and Melinda Gates, the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
For the full list of all 100 most powerful women, click here.
Bruce Jenner is not the person educating the world and giving voice to an often ignored and misunderstood community. Janet Mock, the former website editor for People turned author and activist, is sitting down with Oprah for an episode of Super Soul Sunday this weekend to talk about her own personal journey.
For those of you who may not know Mock’s story, she was living in New York City, working her dream job. She kept the truth of her past life private. Then in 2011, Mock shared her story with Marie Claire magazine. Though she later took issue with the piece, specifically the title “I Was Born A Boy,” the story opened up a world of possibilities for her.
She quickly became one of the most visible and influential trans women in the world. Today, she hosts a show on MSNBC and has written a memoir called Redefining Realness.
During her sit down with Oprah, Mock will discuss knowing at as early as five-years-old, that she was a girl. She says:
“As a young person, you don’t have much agency or decision-making. And so you just go wherever people pick you up and take you, and say that this is the way the world is,” she says. “And something internal inside of me told me constantly that what they’re saying is wrong. And so it creates this dissonance with who can you trust if you know that inside, as a 5-year-old, that this is how you know yourself to be.”
Check out the clips from the upcoming interview in the videos below.
You can catch Mock’s interview on OWN at Sunday, May 3 at 11 am ET/PT.
If you are Black and claim yourself to be a champion for Black people, and yet the only enemy you can see are Black gay men and Black women in general, you don’t really give a damn about black people.
Hell, let me be even more brazen to suggest that not only do you not care about the general welfare of Black folks, but you, my friend, are nothing more than a willing tool for the very system that oppresses us all.
What I mean is that all weekend, while the mostly Black citizenry of Baltimore protested and burned their city; while the mainstream media, the supposed fourth estate charged with being watchdogs over the other three estates, dined and cracked jokes at the White House-sponsored Correspondents’ Dinner; and while newly elected Attorney General Loretta Lynch finalized her summer tour of law enforcement to help improve “police morale,” a good sum of us were sharing statuses on social media and passing around this essay about how the Black male image is supposedly being destroyed by The Prancing Elite. That’s right, a show about a J-setting group of gay men from Alabama will supposedly be the downfall of the black man.
More specifically, alleged academic and theologian Dr. Rick Wallace writes:
There has been an ongoing debate concerning whether the presentation of effeminate black men on TV has any type of influence on those who watch it. Despite a significant amount of documented and published data that provides pragmatic and empirical evidence that substantiates the fact that any mental stimuli that enters the human subconscious via sight or hearing has the capacity to impact the perceptual mechanisms of the human psyche, subsequently conditioning or brainwashing the thought processes, there is a consistent consensus by blacks that TV programming cannot possibly have an impact on human behavior.
In other words, “Y’all mythological ni**as is comical. My astronomical is coming through like the flu, bombing you ….” Or in layman’s terms, some dumb Keith Murray-inspired psychobabble. Seriously, someone needs to let some folks know that a string of big words doesn’t necessarily make you sound smart. But getting to his point:
It is no coincidence that the black male image is under assault from two different extremes in the media. There is one extreme that is presenting an image that portrays black males as violent thugs, which enforces the perceived image that black men are born with a proclivity to behave violently and to live a life of crime. The other end of the spectrum presents a nonthreatening effeminate black men who lack any threatening characteristics. Although the purpose behind these two different approaches have different secondary motives, the primary motive is the same — to destroy the image of the black man. Although how we are perceived by the masses directly impacts how non-blacks and non-Americans will contextually frame the slaughter and mass incarceration of black men, my primary concern is the lack of positive role models in the media for our young black boys. This would not be such an issue if media programming wasn’t glorified so much by black adults.
If that is not ridiculous enough, he adds:
We shouldn’t be surprised that Oprah is selling a warped image of black men to America. Oprah, 61, was raped at age nine and pregnant by age 14. She repeatedly reminds us that she was sexually abused by men, and even claimed that Bill Cosby tried to rape her.Oprah and the media would like nothing more than to present The Prancing Elites as the perfect role models for young black boys.
Black men are slowly marching towards extinction. The pool of available black men is shrinking. For every 100 black women in America there are only 83 black men — and roughly half of those men are gay or bisexual (down low). The NY Times recently conducted a study that shows 1.5 million black men are missing. The single largest gap of missing black men in America is in Ferguson, MO.
First off, Oprah doesn’t have anything to do with Oxygen. She has a network called the Oprah Winfrey Network, or OWN for short. Secondly, bringing up the fact that Oprah was molested as a child to use it in a half-baked theory about an alleged vendetta she has against all Black men is just plain tackle and offensive (and shows how little one cares about sexual abuse of children to begin with). Not to mention, I have never once heard or read anything about her allegedly accusing Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her. You would think that someone who proudly claims to have a Ph.D. would be more adept at research and fact-checking.
It would be easy to brush off this essay, with its glaring mistakes and wild conspiracy theories, as just the hare-brained thoughts of someone who likely needs to get his meds adjusted. But the problem is that too many of us, who are supposed to be sane and rational people, buy into it. Too many of us are passing around this essay, or worse, writing similar sentiments of concern about how Black gay men and Black women like Oprah, whose only fault is that she is successful, are hurting the image of black men. And too many of us, who should be worried about real threats to the community, particularly our sons, are taking this snake oil as the gospel, or worse, as legitimate discourse.
And it is all dangerous. First of all, it is victim blaming. These sentiments expressed by Dr. Wallace and others of his ilk give us nothing but false impressions that there is something within us that needs to be corrected in order for whatever aggression, which is happening to us, to cease. If only we would pull up our pants. If only we would embrace our African roots. If only women would return to the kitchen and stop putting weaves in their heads. If only we would stop being Black gay men and become “real men.” If only we would stop rioting and resisting. If only, if only, if only…
Yet all the adherence to social order and the status quo – to the point that we have more college graduates, black professionals, and a thriving black middle class than ever before – has done little to stem the tide of the school-to-prison pipeline, which has not only criminalized our young men, but is now targeting our young women and painting them as aggressive and unfeminine. Nor has our adherence to social order, including gender and sexual roles, acted as a shield against killer cops, who have killed just as many straight fathers and husbands as they have gay ones.
And our meekness has not aided us when dealing with the racist justice system, which can’t seem to convict a corrupt killer cop, even if they are on camera killing our black a**es, but has no problem locking up your cousins and brothers in the millions for crimes as trivial as a few traffic violations. Nor has it helped us receive equal treatment in the medical community, or equal funding for public schools predominated by Black and brown children, or equal pay for Black women, who earn less than just about every other ethnic group in this country. Being a Black straight man has not been the answer to the growing opposition to affirmative action or support for racial profiling. Being Black straight males and Black women who are not Oprah hasn’t done anything to cure the effects of institutional racism. Heck, even in spite of the widespread belief that there is a gay agenda, none of that alleged covert planning has done anything to help our gay, bisexual, and trans men and women who too find themselves routinely harassed by the police at rates much higher than their white counterparts.
Our salvation will only come from unity. The kind of unity that includes people holding each other’s hands while we look our enemy in the eyes and call it a liar. The kind that recognizes that while we fight and divide among ourselves, there are forces out here capitalizing, commercializing, stealing and killing us. The kind that knows that regardless of our gender and sexual orientation or what tribe/ethnic group we originate from (yeah, I’m talking to you xenophobic folks in South Africa), we are all brothers and sisters in the same struggle. And any conversation, which seeks to place the burden and blame on one segment of us, is not only counterproductive, but shows that the person who started that conversation (and those who buy into this divisive hogwash) was emasculated a long time ago.
In short, we’ve got to do better.
The quote “no man is an island” rings so true when you see how these famous mentors went over and beyond for their young mentee.
All images courtesy of WENN
Teach The Babies: 15 Famous Mentors & Mentees We Love
While we highly doubt that Raven Symone is from “every continent in Africa and every continent in Europe except one”, we are curious as to the DNA roots of some of today’s top stars. We did notice a trend of many of them having roots from the Mende tribe in Sierra Leone.
All images courtesy of WENN
15 Stars Who Traced Their DNA Roots
With controversial artist M.I.A. accusing Oprah of calling her a ‘crazy terrorist’, the Ferguson protestors pissed off with her and Chris Brown threatening to take legal action against her network if his ex-girl Karrueche Tran says something out of pocket about him on Fix My Life, we’d say Oprah Winfrey’s got a lot going on these days.
All images courtesy of WENN except where noted
Oprah Winfrey: 16 of Her Biggest Blunders & Battles
“And you don’t get a job, and you don’t get a job! Nobody gets a job!” Oprah Winfrey, the talk show host legend, is laying off 200 employees as she shuts down the iconic Harpo Studios in Chicago and moves to Los Angeles, The Hollywood Reporter said.
This isn’t the end of Winfrey’s empire, though; it’s the beginning. Winfrey, creator of the OWN network, is expanding to newer horizons in a newly-constructed three-floor locale in West Hollywood.
“The time had come to downsize this part of the business and to move forward. It will be sad to say goodbye, but I look ahead with such a knowing that what the future holds is even more than I can see,” Winfrey told THR.
The Harpo offices in Chicago stopped shooting shows for OWN on Tuesday.
“Though the Chicago lease continues through April 2016, Winfrey and her key executives intend to stop the back-and-forth routine they’ve been balancing for nearly half a decade sooner than that,” THR added.
Two hundred employees will be left behind and a small number of Chicago-based Harpo staffers will join a team of 140 OWN members in Los Angeles.
The expansion to Los Angeles is a bittersweet moment for 61-year-old Winfrey. Chicago was, after all, Harpo Studios’ home for almost three decades:
“[Chicago has] been everything for me. I’ve spent more hours in this building than I have any other building on Earth. …We were here when there was nothing but hoes and rats on the street, and now it’s one of the hottest neighborhoods [in Chicago],” Winfrey said.
The 26-year-old multimedia production company sold its four-building campus to real estate developer Sterling Bay Cos. for $30.5 million.
Winfrey doesn’t have much time for tears, though; the talk show titan has a plethora of upcoming projects on her plate. The talk show titan plans to move in front of the camera as an actress for OWN’s Queen Sugar, which is written, directed, and produced by Selma‘s Ava DuVernay.
“At OWN, Queen Sugar will join a quartet of Tyler Perry-scripted series — all of which recently secured additional episode orders — as well as the upcoming two-night Octavia Spencer–led miniseries, Tulsa, already in development,” THR said.
Outside of OWN, Winfrey is slated to play Richard Pryor’s grandmother in Lee Daniels’ upcoming Pryor biopic.
“I love telling the real stories of peoples’ lives, and now we get to create them, make them up, and I get to be part of them as an actor…” Winfrey said.