Black History Bold: 5 Media Mavens Changing the Game

January 31, 2012  |  

We salute the following women because they are dominating the education, advertising and media space with projects, stories, and their bold personalities. We admire these women because they are beautiful inside and out and the style they possess is intoxicating. From the way they embrace their natural and textured hair, including all the unique styles that make them so different, to the way they stand for issues affecting Blacks in America, it is an honor to recognize a new breed of power players intersecting womanhood with business and activism. As we salute Black History Month, Madamenoire is happy to pump a fist for these beauties who are setting the stage and clearing the way for future leaders.

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Full of youth, full of life, Yara Shahidi, the shining starlet of the award-winning sitcoms Black-ish and Grown-ish is a true millennial on the move. Known for her stellar acting and her passion for activism, Yara has penned essays and has had open conversations about the importance of supporting women and incorporating diversity in the creative space. Beyond a face on your screen, did you know that Yara Shahidi was accepted to Harvard University in Boston, MA last year? The proof is in the pudding. Young black women are shaping society by taking a stand on issues that were once taboo. Yara Shahidi gets our nod as a woman who is making history because she is more than an act on TV, she is actually active in making the world a better place.

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Writer, producer, and director, Issa Rae has taken her highly viewed YouTube web series Awkward Black Girl to great heights.She has taken things so far that powerhouse HBO aligned with her to co-create Insecure, a series partially based on her web show. A native of Los Angeles and Stanford University graduate, Issa Rae, who was raised in affluent spaces across LA and Maryland, was destined for stardom. She paid her dues by opting out of business and law school so she could create stories around her struggles with her identity. The decision paid off well. Issa Rae, who used to be the Awkward girl, now owns the room in Hollywood. A humorous story-teller who tackles a variety of stories affecting black culture, this stunning beauty with the most amazing natural hairstyles is evolving into a media mogul right before our eyes.

#1000BlackGirlsBooks is the brainchild of Marley Dias. Her mission, to help improve the identity of black girls in the publishing space. Standing sound at only 13 years-old, Marley has been featured in Forbes magazine and on Ellen’s widely popular talk show. The young entrepreneur and activist have been received so favorably for her initiatives that Scholastic, the global children’s education, and media company will publish her first book around her activism efforts. At her age, Marley’s portfolio is impressive and inspiring. As she evolves and takes on larger projects we expect her to go down in the history books with educators such as Bethune Cookman. Keep your eye on her.

She’s everywhere lately – kicking down walls in the media sphere with her baby, ADCOLOR, which is a premier organization in the advertising sphere that celebrates and promotes professionals of color and diversity in the creative industries. A native of Boston, Massachusetts who ended up in the Big Apple – this black girl who rocks is changing the way society sees and feels messages. She’s making history as she reshapes the advertising arena. Recently, Warren was named to EBONY’s 100 Power-ranking because of her commitment to advancing diversity.

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She’s judging you and for all the right reasons. Motivational speaker and award-winning author Luuvie Ajayi who penned I’m Judging You – The Do Better Manual – is every girl’s best friend. She’s bold, she’s determined, and she’s truly unapologetic. A natural comedian with a mix of activism who has mastered new media, Luuvie proves that you can be multi-layered while championing for major causes such as decreasing the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS. We need a woman like Luuvie who own their voice. With her style and grace, people are listening and following her lead.

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