30 New Notches To Add To (Black) Women's History Month This Year
1. Tracee Ellis Ross playfully dismissing respectability politics.
2. Black women on the front lines of civil rights activism involving race, specifically, Synead Nichols, 23, and, Eve's very own little sister, Umaara Elliott, 19, who both organized and created the space for 40,000 to 60,000 people to march for police reform and the lives of black people; Millions March NYC. Both have Caribbean roots and are dancers. Synead is also a singer.
3. Lupita Nyong'o gained the rights to 'Americanah' to create a film and will also star in the next installment of Star Wars.
4. Crissle and Kid Fury's podcast, 'The Read' had itsfirst international show and was the #1 podcast in their category.
5. We had a black Annie, y'all. Thanks Quvenzhane Wallis!
6. Black women creating therir own and breaking into certain media spaces. Just look at the likes of Ava Duvernay, Regina King, Mara Brock Akil, Gabrielle Union, Lena Waithe, Issa Rae. Let's not forget to mention they're creating characters that are complex and flawed.
7. Jessica Williams. Everything she says. The topics she brings up and her wittiness when explaining them and clapping back.
8. Karen Civil changing the landscape of social media and digital technology to reach and connect celebrities, up and coming entertainers, andaudiences.
9. The embracing of and celebration of BlackHERstory Month.
10. Increased representation of black characters on television. Characters like Olivia Pope, Annalise Keating, Mary Jane Paul, Michaela Pratt, Fish Mooney, Stephanie Phillips, Cookie Lyon, Rainbow Johnson. that aren't one-dimensional.
11. Unapologetically black women on the red carpet. Embrace that melanin and those creative gowns girl!
12. Loretta Lynch's Attorney General nomination.
13. Mo'ne Davis: one of two girls who played in the 2014 Little League World Series and the first girl to earn a win and to pitch a shutout in Little League World Series history. Mo'ne is also an author, shoe designer, and will have a Disney movie made about her life.
14. Young black girls protesting the firing of their professors on Howard University's campus.
15. Janelle Monae's label Wondaland.
16. Tracee Ellis Ross' NAACP Acceptance Speech.
17. Kerry Washington's GLAAD speech.
18. Rihanna becoming the first black female spokesperson for Dior.
19. Nicki Minaj made history as the first female artist to chart four songs simultaneously in the top 10 of Billboard's Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart.
20. Kamala Harris running for Senate in 2016.
18. Serena Williams's 19th Grand Slam title.
21. Solange Knowles wedding. Oh, black girl magic!
22. Solange DJ-ing an Oscar party.
23. Va$htie's growing global influence.
24. Myleik Teele successfully celebrating Curlbox's 3 years in business, including the launch of products for kids, men, and the body.
25. Debbie Allen and Regina King directing for Shonda Rhimes and Mara Brock Akil.
26. Ava Duvernay's "Selma"
27.Issa Rae's book and HBO deal.
28. Shonda Rhimes's Shondaland - 3 successful shows on the same night. Also, with complex, multi-dimensional POC characters.
29. Lauryn Hill's "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" gets archived into the Library of Congress.
30. Cecile Emeke, a black female video producer, creates videos showcasing the perspectives and interests of black people in the European area of the black diaspora, and the viral video "fake deep." Check out Cecile's youtube channel and how closely related black Europeans are to black's living in America: watch now.