Are you an aspiring filmmaker? Maybe you are just a budding academic who can appreciate cool things. In any case, the Whitehouse is hosting the first ever student film festival for K-12 students. Finalists could have their three-minute long videos screened at the Whitehouse and posted on the Whitehouse’s website. It’s a great opportunity for young people to make something that they can be proud of. [Read more…]
On Sunday, BET aired the annual Black Girls Rock! awards show. Each year, Beverly Bond takes her nonprofit to the stage to give shine to black girls who rock. Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King, the entire show is dedicated to honoring black women in entertainment and in local communities who are setting good examples for young black girls. The show has never been meant to produce negative social commentary or to denigrate any other ethnic group. Instead, its only purpose is to uplift. Sadly, uneducated haters on Twitter felt threatened by the popularity of the show and created the hashtag #WhiteGirlsRock in response. The ignorance which ensued is a great lesson in understanding one’s own self-worth independent of others who might want to bring you down no matter the cost. [Read more…]
There are quite a few worthy causes out there for women of color. Two in particular are the Black & Missing Foundation and Black Girls Rock! Inc.. On May 25th, Black & Missing sponsored a 5k walk/run called, “Hope Without Boundaries.” And, many prominent figures in the black community were there including Michael Baisden, Jacque Reid, our own “Shining” inductee, Michaela Angela Davis, and Beverly Bond. The event, though it saw little widespread press, was meant to give back to the black community. So, we are featuring it here to spotlight “Giving” opportunities, organizations, and events for women of color. [Read more…]
Recently, we learned of a new documentary targeting young black women called “Imagine a Future: My Black Is Beautiful.” Sponsored by the big name consumer products company, Proctor & Gamble, the documentary seeks to investigate the issues young black women face with insecurities and self-worth. Working in concert with Beverly Bond and her nonprofit Black Girls Rock!, an organization dedicated to uplifting young black girls in the Brooklyn area, P&G’s My Black is Beautiful (MBIB) campaign has taken on the daunting task of reaching girls nationwide with their message of empowerment. [Read more…]
On this Mother’s Day, we want to recognize a very special mom, the very first woman of color to hold the title of First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. Mother of two and mother figure for many, she continues to radiate positivity, ambition, and steadfastness in the face of criticism and the harsh realities of the political limelight.
Michelle Obama is, by far, one of the most poised, radiant, and elegant women of color to have ever graced the covers of magazines, television screens, and social media timelines. Not only is she a shining example to young black women, she inspires women everywhere to embrace their uniqueness and authenticity. So, not only is she the highlight of this spotlight on women “Giving” to their community, she is also a highlight for our “Shining” gallery of beautiful and accomplished women of color.
You may know her as “MAD Free.” You may know her simply as Michaela. But, regardless of how you have come to know her, Michaela Angela Davis’ influence and efforts to better the images of women of color is well worth noting. She is the foremost image activist and public speaker on all things Black women. And, in December 2012, we learned of a new initiative she is spearheading called “Bury the Ratchet.” The campaign targets negative images of Black women in the media specifically those depicting Black women in Atlanta as “ratchet” and uncouth. But, the effort means so much more than that. [Read more…]