Beyoncé, the Queen of Pop #FWF

Hello Beauties! I apologize for not posting a terrific woman on Tuesday, so as a result I’m going to do it today. This will be called a Fantastic Women Friday post! This will not be a daily thing. I will continue to post terrific women on Tuesdays!

It is only right for my terrific woman this Friday to be Beyoncé since she made history last weekend and the weekend before that at Coachella!

Beyoncé is a multi platinum, Grammy Award-winning recording artist who is also considered the queen of pop. She has won 22 Grammys…which makes her the 2nd most award winning female. She is unstoppable!

Beyoncé has broken records and made history plenty of times. She is the definition of a walking legend. Beyonce is the first artist to have all of her albums debut at number 1. She is the most-nominated woman in Grammy history and she is the first to win six Grammys in one night! Beyoncé is also the first black female artist to cover Vogue’s September issue, and to top it off she is the world’s highest paid recording artist.

There is nothing this woman can’t do. She is a role model to many people including myself! She has shown women that nothing is impossible if you are determined and hard working. She continues to amaze the world with her creativity and her passion for performing. She continues to change the world with her powerful songs and her history making moments. Thank you Beyoncé for being a role model and an inspiration. Beyoncé is a girl with beauty and brains!

This Young Feminist is Making Moves #TWT

You have probably heard all about this 12 year old girl, who founded her own book drive, #1000BlackGirlsBooks, which asked for novels featuring black girls as the protagonists. This girl has also appeared on The Ellen Show, and interviewed former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Our terrific woman this Tuesday is Marley Dias!

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I am so happy that there are intelligent girls making a difference at a young age. Marley Dias started her book drive when she was eleven years old. While in fifth grade, she realized black girls weren’t being represented in the books they would read in school. Marley wanted to make sure her fellow classmates were receiving the right resources and were exposed to books with diverse characters as the protagonists. After posting her book drive on Twitter, many people saw it and supported her. “Next thing I knew Fox 29 Philadelphia was calling, and then I got a laptop and $10,000 on The Ellen Show. The rest was history, as they say,” Marley stated in an interview with InStyle.

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Now at twelve years old, Marley landed a book deal with Scholastic and came out with her novel Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You!, in January. This guide is for ages 10 and up to take the things that they love to do and combine social media to help other people like them.

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Marley Dias shows that you can start changing the world at any age. She has inspired and motivated many people, younger and older, including myself. If you aren’t happy with your circumstances, then you should try to fix it. That is what Marley did; she wasn’t happy reading books about just “white boys and their dog,” so she created a book drive to collect books that are more diverse in characters and culture. Marley Dias is a girl with beauty and brains!

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Beyoncé Made History at Coachella! ***Beychella

There’s no question that Beyoncé slayed at Coachella Saturday night. Her quick changes, her own band, her dancers, her voice and most importantly HER STAGE PRESENCE.

When Beyoncé performs there is always a theme/message behind her show. Beyonce is the first African American woman to headline Coachella; she made history! So what better way to perform at Coachella than by representing black women and women in general.

To start, Beyoncé was giving HBCU (Historical Black College or University) vibes with the band, the step team, the dance girls and Greek life. HBCUs are known for their lit and soulful marching bands, as well as their pride in black culture. Beyoncé showed her pride in black culture and her empowerment of black women just by setting that theme to the show. It was a very clear visual and I absolutely loved that she decided to do that! She also sang the Black American National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” before performing some of her own hits.

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Beyoncé showed a subtle message of body positivity. She had girls of all sizes dancing for her. She was representing women of all sizes, showing that anyone is capable to dance and express themselves. “Fit” girls aren’t the only ones who can dance for Beyoncé, let alone dance well.

Beyoncé had a whole section of female violinist and she had 2 amazing female guitarist as well. There was a female in almost every section of her band. Talk about girl power!

Beyoncé’s songs alone were empowering. From “Who Run the World (Girls)” to “Diva” to “Sorry” to “Formation.” They all imply that women are strong, smart, powerful, and fierce. You should never let a man control you nor do you need a man to survive because “you slay, all day.”

Thank you Beyoncé for continuing to set the bar for women in the industry, for inspiring girls all over, and for being a great example of a hardworking women. She never tends to disappoint her fans and always continues to empower women around her.

What did you think of her performance and what other messages did you get out of it?

She was YouTube’s Biggest Star #TWT

YouTube is a great platform when used the right way, to make videos on what you have a passion for. People use YouTube to give tutorials, vlog about their life, or share a talent they have, like singing. YouTube simply gives viewers an opportunity to escape from the real world. Our terrific woman this Tuesday is Michelle Phan, who is a beauty pioneer and vlogger. She was one of YouTube’s biggest stars. She was also the co-founder of Ipsy, a $500 million beauty company.

For those who don’t know Ipsy is a $10 monthly subscription for a “glam bag” that gives you samples of beauty products. The products that aren’t sold are donated to charity. I use to get my monthly “glam bags” every month and I loved it! It was something to look forward to at the beginning of every month.

Michelle is considered the first YouTuber who received a large mass of subscribers. Like I mentioned, she was first working on Ipsy but decided to leave and partner with L’Oréal on Em Cosmetics. Em did end up failing the first time but with a break from social media for a whole year, Michelle came back and relaunched it without L’Oréal in April 2017. Michelle decided she wanted to stay behind the scenes, instead of being a YouTube star.

The rebirth of Em was successful because Michelle made products more affordable for people. She is considered a powerful leader and entrepreneur, and I would agree. She has inspired many girls of our generation to use YouTube as a platform to express themselves and showcase their talents. She also impacts many girls’ lives with Ipsy glam bags and Em Cosmetics. Michelle Phan is a girl with beauty and brains!

April: My Fabulous Confabulation with Jennifer Tepper

Hello Beauties! For the month of April, I confabulated with Jennifer Tepper, who is a producer, theatre historian, and the creative and programming director for Feinstein’s/54 Below! If you love theatre then you should definitely watch!! In this chat, she talks about her responsibilities at 54 Below and how you can perform there! It was such a fun and informative chat!
To suggest a show idea or to request to be in a show, you can email booking@54below.com
Comment something you learned or a fact that you found interesting!

The First Woman to be Elected President of an African Country #TWT

Today’s terrific woman this Tuesday is Ellen Johnson Sirleaf! She was the first woman to be elected head of state of an African country. Ellen was president of Liberia from 2006-2018.

She was also one of three recipients of the 2011 Nobel Prize for Peace for her efforts to further women’s rights.

During her presidency she made many positive changes. Liberia had more than 15,000 United Nations peacekeepers in the country and the unemployment was running at 80 percent; the debt was high. By 2010, Ellen had erased all of Liberia’s debt. So who runs the world? Oh yeah, girls!!

Ellen also established a Truth and Reconciliation Committee in 2006 to investigate corruption and heal ethnic tensions, which eventually led to the Anti-Corruption Commission in 2008.

Due to all of her hard work, she was awarded the 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. This award provided her with $5 million disbursed over 10 years. There are so many woman who are powerful leaders changing the world and breaking gender stereotypes, and Ellen Johnson is definitely one of them!

March: My Fabulous Confabulation with Kakila Hunter

Hello Beauties! This is my Fabulous Confabulation with Kakila Hunter! In this chat, she explains what domestic violence is and how you can help someone who is currently in an abusive relationship.

Domestic Violence helpline and website:

1-800-799-7233

www.Ncadv.com

To contact Kakila:

Cell: 718-253-3997

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/1162273973

The Dressing Room – https://www.facebook.com/TheDressingRoomNJ/

The Lady Behind One of the Most Popular Social Media Sites #TWT

Don’t underestimate women entrepreneurs. There are women behind almost every high power organization. Sheryl Sandberg is an example of a powerful business leader. She is the chief operating officer of Facebook and she is our terrific woman this Tuesday!

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Sheryl went to Harvard for her bachelor’s degree in economics and graduated summa cum laude. She then attended Harvard business school and immediately received a job in the U.S. Department of the Treasury during the Clinton administration.

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In 2000, Sheryl worked for Google for seven years. She was Google’s vice president of global online sales and operations. That means Sheryl was responsible for managing online sales of advertising and publishing products. She worked for Google until 2008 and was considered one of the top executives in the country. That recognition showed that she doesn’t work any less than a man. Sheryl works just as hard and proficient, and maybe a little better.

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After the Google chapter in her life came to an end, Sheryl joined Facebook as the company’s chief operating officer. She oversees Facebook’s business operation, sales management, business development, human resources, marketing, public policy, and communications. I find it so inspiring how she started off with a high position when entering Facebook, but it get better! In 2012 Sheryl became the first female member of the company’s board of directors. Wow!

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Sheryl is also the author of a bestseller, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, which has more than one million copies. Her book inspired what is now a global community group, LeanIn.org, which Sheryl founded to support women striving to reach their goals and ambitions. Sheryl is a wonderful role model to have, because although she is a powerful business leader, she also aims to help other women so they can be just as successful as her. Seriously, what is better than women supporting each other!?

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Terrific Woman Tuesday: Rosalind Franklin

Do you remember learning about DNA in your science class? Your teacher might’ve explained that James Watson and Francis Crick had uncovered the double helix structure of DNA. But did your teacher tell you that a woman helped them uncover that? Our terrific woman terrific woman this Tuesday is Rosalind Franklin!

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Rosalind is the woman behind the discovery yet no one gives her credit. She used her expertise in X-ray crystallography to obtain photographs of DNA diffraction patterns.

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Without Rosalind’s permission, her pictures were leaked and her science partner, Wilkins showed Watson. A light bulb turned on in Watson’s brain when he saw the pictures, and him and his science partner, Francis ended up taking all of the credit for Rosalind’s discovery.

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Rosalind didn’t know how significant her photographs of the DNA were and she died unacknowledged for her role in it. Thank you Rosalind for your studies and your work in science. She may not have been acknowledged when she was alive but she is definitely acknowledged today. So if DNA hasn’t been discussed in your biology class yet, be sure to mention Rosalind when this lesson is brought up! 🙂

Terrific Woman Tuesday: Malala Yousafzai

When I first read this young lady’s book and learned about her story, I was completely in awe of her bravery and her dedication. This girl is a Pakistani school pupil and spokesperson for women’s right to education. Our terrific woman this Tuesday is, Malala Yousafzai.

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Malala lived in Mingora, the Swat District of north-west Pakistan. She had a blog on BBC and would write about the cruel actions of the Talibans. After ending her blog, she was in a documentary made by New York Times, which brought a lot of publicity to her name. In 2011, Malala received Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize, and she was nominated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu for the International Children’s Peace Prize. The Talibans had noticed her strident criticism of them, and planned to kill her in 2012.

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On October 9, 2012 as Malala was on the bus on her way to school, a masked gunman came on looking for Malala. When they found her they shot her and the bullet went through her head, neck, and shoulder. It was  a miracle that she survived, she was in such critical condition her family was planning her funeral at the time.

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When Malala recovered, she wrote a book named, “I am Malala,” to bring awareness to her story. It was such a moving story and a well written book that by 2014 she won the Noble Peace Prize. Malala continues to fight for women’s rights, specifically in Pakistan where girls are prohibited to go to school and get an education. I admire her bravery and persistence, and I thank her for continuing to fight for what is right and allowing her voice to be heard.

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