Amelia Boyton Robinson- Civil Rights Activist #TWT

It’s black history month beauties! So we are kicking the first Tuesday of February off right starting with Amelia Boyton Robinson!

Ms. Robinson was a civil rights activist. She helped lead the 1965 civil rights march and was brutally beaten while doing so. She worked really hard to get voting rights for African Americans and succeeded.

But her mark doesn’t stop there. Ms. Robinson was also the first black woman to run for Congress in Alabama and paved the way for many women in politics. Also, her along with Martin Luther King Jr. planned the infamous Selma to Montgomery March of March 7, 1965.

I can only imagine that it wasn’t easy to walk in the Selma March especially because police officers were brutally attacking protesters. Ms. Robinson especially was beaten and all bloody during the March. Ms. Robinson’s experiences and contributions to the 1965 marches and Civil Rights Movement, can be watched in the 2014 film Selma, at which she is portrayed by actress, Lorraine Toussant.

Ms. Robinson was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Medal Freedom and she was also serving as vice-chair of the Schiller Institute, which promoted civil and human rights, until 2009.

Ms. Robinson lived a long long life, passing away at 104 years old. After her death, Barack Obama recognized her legacy in an official statement. Amelia fought so hard for every African American and endured so much pain. She is a girl beauty and brains!

“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!

This Dynamic Sister Duo #TWF

This dynamic duo went from singing covers of Beyoncé songs on YouTube to being signed to Beyoncé’s label, Parkwood Entertainment. Our terrific women this Friday are Chloe and Halle Bailey.

They signed to Parkwood Entertainment in 2013 when their rendition of Beyoncé’s song “Pretty Hurts” went viral. Ever since then they have opened for Beyoncé on tour, booked acting jobs, performed at Coachella, and dropped an album.

Chloe x Halle’s music is very unique and always have a powerful message behind it. Their song, “Warrior,” which is featured in the Disney movie, Wrinkle of Time, was about the strong women in their life. It emphasized the importance of uplifting women and how we can be just as ‘strong’ as men.

Chloe x Halle are also series regulars on the Black-ish spin off, Grown-ish. They also wrote and sing the theme song of the show, “Grown.” Many believe these sisters are twins however, they are actually two years apart. Chloe is 20 years old and Halle is 18. On Grown-ish however, their characters are twins.

These girls are an inspiration and a great example of what hard work looks like. They recently were nominated for 2 Grammys and I couldn’t be more excited for them. I appreciate their music and what they stand for. Chloe x Halle are definitely girls 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.

1921 Tulsa Race Riot Survivor #TWF

In 1921 from May 31 to June 1, one of the worst incidents of racial violence in American history occurred. It is known as the Tulsa Race Riot and it was 18 hours full of violence. More than one thousand homes and businesses were destroyed and over 300 people were killed. The whole black community there was burned down to the ground. One of the last survivors of the riot, Dr. Olivia J. Hooker, has recently passed away at age 103. She is our terrific woman this Friday.

Dr. Hooker was only six years old when the Tulsa riot occurred. She said she remembered being woken up by thudding noises outside her window. Her mother made her look out her window and there she saw a machine gun not too far from her house. Her mother said, “That is a machine gun in the hill, and there’s an American Flag on it. That means that your country is shooting at you.”

Dr. Hooker has accomplished an abundance of things during her time her on earth. She graduated at Ohio State University and went on to teach third graders for seven years. After, she was a U.S. Coast Guard during World War II and was the first African American to serve on active duty in the Guard.

She attended Columbia University’s Teacher College to receive her Masters in Psychological Services and then received her doctorate from the University of Rochester. Dr. Hooker served as Director of Psychology and Association Administrator at New York’s Kennedy Child Study Center. While working there, she also taught at Fordham University in the school of Arts and Sciences.

Despite the horrific events she went through and the hundreds of people her and her community lost, Dr. Hooker has definitely made a positive impact towards this country. She was a determined lady who exemplified how strong black women are, and what they are capable of. Rest In Peace Dr. Olivia J. Hooker.

She was 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.

You Can Sit With Us #TWF

This beauty is using technology to better her community. If you are sitting alone during lunch in school, you can now use the app, Sit With Us, to find a welcoming table you can sit at. The beauty behind this brilliant app is Natalie Hampton, who is our terrific woman this Friday.

In junior high, Natalie, unfortunately, experienced some bullying and name-calling and found herself sitting alone during Lunch. All she wanted was for someone to reach out. But instead of waiting, she reached out to other kids sitting alone and invited them to sit with her. Most of them became her really close friends. Her own personal experience was the inspiration behind, Sit With Us.

“Even though just about every school has bullies, I believe each school has a larger number of upstanders who want to make their schools more inclusive and kind” Natalie noted in an interview.

Natalie is changing kids lives and school environments with this app. Natalie is a girl with beauty and brains!

The ‘We Call B.S.,’Game-Changing Teenager #TWF

This beauty is a teen activist and advocate for gun control. She is a survivor of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that happened earlier this year. Our terrific woman this Friday is Emma González.

After the shooting that happened at Emma’s school, she realized that it was important to take action so that nothing like that ever happens again. So in response to the situation, she co-founded the gun control advocacy group.

Emma has also helped organize the worldwide march, March for Our Lives . She has made many high profile media appearances and continues to speak for those who have lost their lives due to gun violence.

Emma is a beauty with a bright future ahead. Her actions are truly inspirational and she emphasizes how important it is for your voice to be heard. She is a girl with beauty and brains!

Lena Waithe #TWT

This beauty is an actress and screenwriter who is best known for her hit Netflix show, “Master of None,” for which she won an Emmy for in 2017. Our terrific woman this Tuesday is Lena Waithe, a beauty who is unapologetically herself and an inspiration to many.

Lena had her heart set on screenwriting since she was very young. She started from nothing and no connections but with determination she was able to reach success. Lena has assisted famous directors like, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Ava DuVernay.

Lena has also wrote for Fox and Nickelodeon and produced a variety of web series and short films as she was working her way up in the industry. Lena is best known for the Netflix series, “Master of None,” which she wrote the “Thanksgiving” episode for. That contribution won her an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, making her the first black female ever to have won that award. Her most recent project is The Chi, which airs on Showtime and also stars in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One.

Recently, Lena has chopped her hair, something that many people tried to define her with. At the Black Girls Rock! Awards she gave a beautiful speech when receiving her Shot Caller award.

“I was holding on to a piece of myself that felt feminine. And that piece of femininity made people feel comfortable,” Lena mentioned. “But then I came to the realization that that’s not my job. I don’t have to make people feel comfortable with the way I choose to walk through the world. So I decided to get free. For me, it was hair. For you, it might be something else. But whatever it is, I want to encourage you to stop letting it hold you captive…I want you to get free of your narrative.”

I was fortunate to be at the Black Girls Rock! Award show to see Lena recite her speech live, and it was so moving. Like she said, never let people’s opinions and desires prevent you from being yourself. Lena Waithe is a girls with beauty and brains.

August: My Fabulous Confabulation with Brazil Dowe

Another Fabulous Confabulation for the month of August! This young entrepreneur, Brazil Dowe, is doing her part to make the world a better place with a water brand she created with her twin brother named, Water 2 Kids. Its purpose is to save kids’ lives and restore them to healthy living. In this chat, she elaborates on what inspired her and her brother to create this water brand, as well as why it is important to give back to your community!

To learn more about them go on their Instagram and their Website