Every February, in recognition of Black History Month, we’re reintroduced to influential people in our history who have left marks in their respective industries. These people were great. Their courage surpassed their fear and they held steadfast in their fight for justice and equality for the human race.
Black History Month is also about commemorating the culture and contributions of African Americans, including their contributions to art, music, literature, poetry, inventions, intellectual contributions, political accomplishments and fashion.
HERE ARE A FEW AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN WHO HAVE LEFT INDELIBLE LEGACIES AND CHANGED THE WORLD WITH THEIR TALENTS!
Developing a love of truth, standing for civil rights, enjoying life itself, and recording the experience, Maya Angelou’s words always promoted self-examination, equality and friendship. She is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. Holding over 50 honorary doctorate degrees she is recognized as a poet, memoirist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist. I can’t get enough of her infectious smile and wisdom!
Dr. Mae Jemison became the first African American woman in space when she thrust into orbit on the shuttle Endeavour in 1992. She has worked in the areas of computer programming, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, computer magnetic disc production, and reproductive biology. She is a doctor and a dancer in addition to being an astronaut, and holds nine doctorate degrees in the humanities, science, and engineering. I love that she represents both beauty and brains!
Tai Beauchamp is a veteran journalist and editor known for her savvy sense of style, and ability to deliver inspiring and aspirational insights for women of all ages. She is also a social entrepreneur and champion for causes aimed toward youth, education and empowering women through fashion and beauty. I love that she is forging a path and setting an example for up-and-coming women in the fashion industry!
Soul and R&B singer-songwriter, composer, and producer, Janelle Monae has a fearless style she shares in the form of her signature tuxedos and dashing pompadour hairstyles. A self-proclaimed CoverGirl, afro-futurist, renaissance woman and CEO of Wondaland Records, she embraces her uniqueness and encourages other women to do the same. I love her bold style and bold music!
Entrepreneur, innovator and creator of beauty brand, Carol’s Daughter, Lisa Price is one of the forces behind a natural hair care movement that is rocking the beauty industry. From a kitchen hobby to a multi-million dollar empire, she attributes her success to listening to her inner voice over always following other people’s advice. She believes women should express themselves and to embrace the different cultures around them. I wholeheartedly agree!
As one of the hottest television producers and writers in Hollywood, Shonda Rhimes is best known as the creator, head writer, executive producer and show runner of the medical drama television series Grey’s Anatomy, its spin-off Private Practice and the political thriller series Scandal. She has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 People Who Help Shape The World and has won a Golden Globe. She is a master storyteller and an advocate of strong women, which I fully support!
Robin Roberts is co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and under her leadership; the broadcast has won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning Program. She has met with the Pope, Presidents, celebrities and conducted interviews with a diverse group of newsmakers. She is a cancer survivor, a style icon, a respected commentator and author. She embodies strength, faith, and hope. To me she is living proof of the mantra, carpe diem!
Mellody Hobson is an American businesswoman who is the president of Ariel Investments, a board member of Estée Lauder, and the Chair of the Board of Directors of Dreamworks Animation. Her commitment to work is one of her signature traits and her lifelong goal has been to be surrounded by interesting people. She is married to George Lucas, has tea with Oprah and President Obama. I love that she is unapologetically black and unapologetically a woman.
A Tony Award and Emmy winning actress, Viola Davis has enjoyed success on film, TV and the stage. In 2015, she became the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. As an African-American actress and role model, she always looks for meaningful roles in her drive to bring forth a more diverse creative industry. Her style and strength are an inspiration for all women!
To keep the celebration going, take a few moments to listen to some fascinating TED talks that offer fresh perspectives on black identity and insights on how to finally defeat racism.
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