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“And we have a right to have our stories told.” By Lilly Workneh Janelle Monae is having a banner year and she’s making sure to pay tribute to the black women who have inspired her to get to where she is now. Monae, who starred in two blockbuster films “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures,” was honored with the Breakthrough award at Essence’s tenth annual Black Women in Hollywood event on Feb. 22nd. The event, which aired on OWN on March 5, recognized Monae as a trailblazer for her remarkable success in the entertainment industry. Monae, in turn, made sure to uplift and…

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By Danielle Kwateng-Clark Ten years ago Robin Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer. Having been in broadcast for over twenty years prior, she was familiar with the intensity of being a black woman in a white male-dominated field, but fighting cancer was a whole different ballgame. In her new five-part web series with WebMD titled Advanced Breast Cancer: Courage, Comfort and Care with Robin Roberts, the breast cancer survivor intends to shed light on the importance of early detection, support and treatment options for those diagnosed. “We completed several series for WebMD on a variety of health subjects but this series represented a chance…

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In this Aug. 3, 2017, image provided by the U.S. Army, West Point Cadet Simone Askew poses for a photo. Askew is making history as the first black woman to lead the Long Grey Line at the U.S. Military Academy. She will be responsible for the overall performance of the roughly 4,400 cadets at West Point. (Austin Lachance/U.S. Army via AP) Simone Askew marched into history Monday as the first black woman to lead the Long Gray Line at the U.S. Military Academy. After an early-morning 12-mile march back to the gray stone academic complex with 1,200 new cadets she…

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Is it really true that women don’t have a healthy relationship with money? Not all women of course but for most of us, results prove we’ve got a lot of work to do. Depending on where and when you were raised, you have absorbed lessons about money. Almost all women in their 20’s and 30’s are now very familiar with the idea that we can have it all if we want it badly enough. We’re are also the generation of women that’s starting to get more accustomed to the belief that we deserve to have it all. Although old paradigms…

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By Rachel Hosie @rachel_hosie In Saudi Arabia, women are forbidden to drive – it damages our ovaries, apparently. But one woman is fighting to change that, and that woman is 38-year-old Manal al-Sharif. One evening six years ago, al-Sharif was on her way home from a doctor’s appointment and was struggling to find a taxi. Men in cars kept driving past, jeering at, harassing and following her – she was terrified. espite having a driving licence and owning a car, she wasn’t allowed to drive due to Saudi law (she’d bought the car when she was married and could afford a driver). “Why…

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Dennis Leupold/Clara Lionel Foundation Rihanna is continuing her philanthropic endeavors, and this time she’s helping girls in Malawi get to school. In a partnership with bike-sharing organization Ofo, Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation will fund scholarships for girls in Malawi through the foundation’s Global Scholarship Program, and donate bikes to students who need transportation to classes. “I’m so happy about the Clara Lionel Foundation’s new partnership with Ofo because it will help so many young people around the world receive a quality education, and also help the young girls of Malawi get to school safely, cutting down those very long…

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By Natasha Hinde, Lifestyle writer at HuffPost UK British model Leomie Anderson is most definitely a force of nature. When the 24-year-old isn’t walking the Victoria Secret’s catwalk or starring in campaigns for Nike, she’s using her platform to address issues and injustices facing women today. Anderson has spoken out about the lack of diversity in the fashion industry, calling for brands and media to include more women of colour. Most recently she’s launched her own brand, LAPP, which stands for ‘Leomie Anderson the Project the Purpose’.  The products, and the accompanying website which welcomes female contributors, is “all about empowering women and promoting confidence, positivity and unity through fashion…

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Facebook COO says equal numbers of men and women should apply for jobs and run for political positions to address gender gap Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg has called for public policy changes to help improve women’s pay and claimed that women underestimate their worth, which prevents them from asking for wage rises. Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, told BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs on Sunday she believed job openings should be contested by equal numbers of women and men. “We need to start paying women well and we need the public and the corporate policy to get there,” she said. “Certainly,…

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“I surrounded them with African art and images of beautiful women that they can relate to,” she said. By Lilly Workneh, Black Voice Senior Editor,HuffPost. There’s no doubt about it: Beyoncé and Solange got it from their mama. Tina Knowles-Lawson spoke on the Beauty and Style stage at the Essence Festival on Friday in New Orleans, and she exemplified style, grace and poise. Rocking a stunning yellow dress, she discussed the need for young children to understand their history and remain “culturally connected.” She shared some key ways that she’d taught her daughters to embrace all of who they are…

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The news of youths in northern Nigeria providing an ultimatum and establishing a deadline for all Igbos in Northern Nigeria to vacate the region, came to me as a big shock and prompted this article. The past 2 years living and working in Nigeria, yet travelling the world, opened up my ability to brainstorm on some of the challenges that have plagued and continue to plague the growth of this great nation. From leadership, to education, to lost time that we will never get back, to segregation. The prior mentioned issues are massively of more importance but right now, we…

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