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.

“A Man’s Game”

When many people think of football, guys in helmets and bulky gear is usually the first thing that comes to their minds.

On October 14th, I went to my little cousin’s football game and although the sport is interesting to me as it is, I was more intrigued when I found out the opposing team had a girl player. I knew that at the end of the game I had to meet her and hear her story!

This fierce and inspiring girl is Aubrey Skye Calo. She is only eight years old and the only girl of triplets. She is super excited as this is her first year playing football for the Toms River Indians with her triplet brothers. Aubrey told me, “in the beginning the boys on my team would give me a hard time because I was the only girl, but I made sure to put them in their place.”

Aubrey is incredible at football and will definitely be able to go far with it.

This young lady is already a role model to other girls! She is showing girls that they should play whatever sport their hearts are in regardless of society’s standards. Aubrey is definitely a girl with beauty and brains.

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?

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/

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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Terrific Woman Tuesday: Misty Copeland

This woman was the first African American performer to be appointed as an American Ballet Theatre principal dancer. Misty Copeland is our terrific woman this Tuesday!

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When Misty was little, she danced to cope with the problems occurring at home. She took dance classes at her local Boys and Girls Club and eventually started to train with the one and only, Debbie Allen. Misty had a lead role in Debbie Allen’s production, The Chocolate Nutcracker. She also continued performing at special events like charity events with Angela Basset.
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In 1999, Misty did a summer intensive at American Ballet Theatre (ABT), and she then joined the company the next year. June 2015 is when Misty made history in classical ballet by becoming the first African American performer to be a principal dancer in ABT’s 75 year old company. Misty was also a member of Barack Obama’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.
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Misty is an inspiration for many young girls who aspire to be a professional ballet dancer! This Black History Month, we honor Misty!

My Experience at the 2018 Women’s March in NYC

I was so excited to attend the Women’s March last week in NYC! This was the 2nd Women’s March but it was my first time going! I went because I wanted to be able to stand up against inequality and let my voice be heard! 

The march started at 11am and we were going to march from 72nd street to 42nd street- Bryant Park. My mom and I took the the path train to 33rd street because we came from New Jersey, and then we caught the R train to 42nd street so we can transfer to the #1 train. Going on the train from 42nd street to the upper west side of New York City was an event itself! I saw nothing but women, men, and children with pink hats, pink apparel, and creative posters. We were packed like sardines in the train station and pink took over the whole area. When the #1 train came, it was already packed with people who were also attending the march, but more people insisted on squeezing on the train anyway. My mom and I decided to wait for the next one. The next #1 train came, it was still packed and crowded, but this time my mom and I, along with other people, insisted on getting onto this train. On the train, there was no room to move. It was also hard to get off the train once you were on and stuck in the middle, surrounded by multiple bodies on every side of you. Because there were so many people, my mom and I decided that we were just going to get off on 66th street instead of 72nd street and just walk up.

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Once the train reached reached 66th street, my mom and I had to push our way through just to get off the train. Clearly, we weren’t the only women march attendees who decided to get off at 66th street because many other people in their pink apparel rushed off the train as well. Getting out of the train station was a breath of fresh air, literally. It was beautiful weather for a march, it didn’t feel like winter at all. There was already a crowd on 66th street and Broadway walking to 72nd street and Central Park West, so my mom and I went behind them. Even if we wanted to, we wouldn’t have been able to go around the crowd because the police blocked off many streets, which made it difficult to get to the entrance of the march. IMG_8433

In the beginning of the march, it was a lot of waiting. We didn’t move for the first 2 hours. It was still fun because the crowd shouted chants and right where I was standing there was a band. They made a variety of different beats and we turned our chants into songs and we danced. It was truly a moment of being united. There were women there, men and children there, and even dogs were there! It didn’t matter what your race or your sex was, everyone was there to stand up for something.

As we started moving, the band and the chants continued. There were people in buildings that shouted and cheered us on from their windows. Posters were raised high for everyone to see. People walked proudly with their heads high and their friends/ family members by their side. We marched as a community!

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Some of my favorite posters were the following:

 

I want to give a big thanks to the ladies behind the Women’s March, Teresa Shook, Vanessa Wruble, Tamika D. Mallory, Carmen Perez, Bob Bland, and Linda Sansour. They took the initiative to fight and made this march a nationwide event. I marched for racial equality, women’s rights, immigration reform, and more! I look forward to going again next year and I hope you Beauties decide to go to!!

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