“There’s a Glitch in our Online Communities” #TWT

In 2017, a brilliant organization named Glitch was created. Seyi Akiwowo, who is 28 years old, is the one behind the organization and designed it to end online abuse.

Did you know that women are 27 times more likely to be harassed online than men, and if you’re a women of color it is a lot worse?

Seyi Akiwowo experienced online abuse herself and felt that there wasn’t much guidance or anyone to help her. She decided to take matters into her own hands and started Glitch to support women and girls who are victims of online abuse as well as help them stand up for their rights. Through many online campaigns and media coverage, Glitch was finally able to get social media platforms to take action.

Aside from Glitch, Seyi was elected as the youngest black female councillor in east London in 2014 and last year, she was named Amnesty international’s Human Rights Defender.

It is so inspiring for Seyi to rise from her trauma and create a platform to help prevent girls from online harassment, especially because social media is prominent in our generation. I admire her strength and her ability to be an advocate for all women. Seyi Akiwowo is a girl with beauty and brains!

Award-Winning Actress #TWF

Cicely Tyson is a legend to many! She’s an award winning actress seen in ‘The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,’ ‘The Help,’ and Broadway’s ‘The Trip to Bountiful.’ She is our terrific woman this Friday!

Cicely was very secretive with her personal life. But she was very involved in her community. After the assassination of Martin Luther King, she co-founded the Dance Theater of Harlem. She would also teach master classes at a performing arts school in East Orange, which was actually named after her.

She has won many awards such as 2013 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress. In 1977 she was added to the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame and was honored by the congress of Racial Equality. Cicely was also awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama.

Cicely is 93 years old and is still acting and setting the bar high for aspiring actresses. She is a girl with beauty and brains.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

 

Hello, Beauties! Breast cancer awareness is coming to an end, but I wanted to share my Fabulous Confabulation with Dawn Hughes. She is a breast cancer survivor and a baker. Get ready to be moved by her inspiring story!

Dawn also has a baking business with her cousins called, Indulge LLC.

Check out their delicious treats on Instagram and Facebook !!

U.S. State Legislature’s first openly transgender woman #TWT

This beauty is the first openly transgender person to be seated in a U.S. state legislature. Our terrific woman this Tuesday is Danica Roem!

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She first started as a journalist for the Gainesville Times, writing on stories about Virginia’s Prince William County. Now she is serving her community in another way, as a lawmaker in the Virginia House of Delegates.

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Danica entered politics because there were still 9 anti-LGBTQ bills that she wanted to change, and she also wanted to fix route 28 which always caused long traffic for people.

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She doesn’t want people to just see her as a transgender, because she’s also human and likes to listen to music and play guitar. Danica wants people to say, “yeah she’s transgender, and she’s a really really good policy wonk.” To Danica, “it’s not trans but. It’s trans and.” Because trans is not something to look down upon.

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Thank you, Danica, for showing beauties that they are able to accomplish anything, no matter who they are or what they look like. There is a first for everything! Be bold and just be you. Danica Roem is a girl with beauty and brains!

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: Jane Bolin

Happy Terrific Woman Tuesday! Women are so powerful and sometimes they go unnoticed which is why I think it is important for us Beauties to take some time out of our day to recognize and learn about a woman with many accomplishments. This educates us, but also can motivate and inspire us to continue reaching our goals and dreams.

This Tuesday we are shining some light on Jane Bolin. She became the first black female judge in the United States and served for New York’s Family Court for four decades. Jane advocated for children and families even outside institutions as well. She also became the first black woman to serve as an assistant corporate counsel for New York City.

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Jane graduated from Wellesley College where she received her Bachelor Arts degree and was recognized as one of the top students in her class. She then went to Yale Law School and became the first black woman to earn a law degree in that institution. Through her time in college, Jane faced a lot of racism and social isolation, but that didn’t stop her from pursuing her education and achieving what was seen to be impossible at that time.

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Jane set a pathway for the girls who want to be judges and aspire to work in law. She showed girls that if you really want to achieve something you can’t back down, and you can’t let people’s negativity make you wanna give up. Instead, their negativity should be your fuel to push harder. She unfortunately passed away at age 98, but we continue to acknowledge her accomplishments. Thank you Jane for breaking boundaries. This Black History Month we honor you! #TerrificWomanTuesday