“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.

She is a role model to all in the modeling industry #TWT

This beauty was the first woman to compete for Miss Minnesota USA in a hijab and a burkini. But before that, she lived at a refugee camp in Kenya. Our terrific woman this Tuesday is Halima Aden.

Halima moved to Missouri through a refugee Resettlement program when she was seven years old. With a serious work ethic and of course her beauty, she was handed a modeling contract with IMG.

But Halima didn’t become just an ordinary model, she also became a role model to others. She remained true to herself by not changing just to fit society’s definition of a “beautiful.” She continues to walk international runways in a hijab and has modeled for some of the most biggest names in the industry, including Fenty Beauty.

Besides modeling, Halima always takes time out of her busy schedule to assist the UNICEF in their work with refugees around the world. She also talks to colleges and universities about diversity in fashion and the power of representation. It is an important conversation that helps young adults understand that they don’t need to be like everyone else, they can be original and confident, and still succeed (probably even more).

Halima said she never felt beautiful when she was younger because she never saw someone that looked like her on TV or on billboards. Now she is making sure that no kid ever feels the way she felt by being that figure who is Muslim and black in the modeling industry, which is something you don’t see.

Thank you Halima for staying grounded in your culture, embracing who you are, and inspiring women to just be themselves. Halima Aden is a girls with beauty and brains.

Wangari Maathai #TWT

This beauty was a Kenyan political and environmental activist and her country’s assistant minister of environment, natural resources, and wildlife. This Tuesday’s terrific woman is Wangari Maathai.

Wangari is the first women in Central Africa to earn a doctorate. Education was important to her and in 2002 she was elected to Kenya’s National Assembly. Wangari has written several books and scholarly articles which led her to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She won it for her “holistic approach to sustainable development that embraces democracy, human rights, and women’s rights.”

Wangari passed away in 2011 but her legacy still continues. She is the woman behind the Green Belt Movement, which helps to reforest Kenya’s land and provide women with more opportunities. With this movement, Wangari was able to plant more than 30 million trees in Kenya and supplied about 30,000 women with new skills.

“Women needed income and they needed resources because theirs were being depleted. So we decided to solve both problems together,” Wangari told people magazine once.

Thank you Wangari for making your mark on this world and showing how powerful women can be. Wangari is a girl with beauty and brains.

Kate Spade #TWT

This beauty was one of the most successful fashion designers in the 1990s. This Tuesday’s terrific woman is Kate Spade.

She started the launch of her Kate Spade bags in 1993 and opened a small boutique in SOHO, Manhattan shortly after. These modern, sleek, and vibrant bags were then featured in high-end stores like Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus. Kate was always thinking outside the box and branched out of just selling bags. She sold all kinds of merchandise from eyewear to shoes to paper goods. Kate also wrote three books named  MannersOccasion, and Style, which shared her personal style and philosophies.

 Although Kate Spade has passed away, her legacy and contribution to fashion will last forever. Kate was a girl with beauty and brains; may she rest in peace.

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!

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!

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/

January: My Fabulous Confabulation with Rachel Reiss

Hello Beauties!

This is my Fabulous Confabulation with Rachel Reiss! In this chat, she talks about what it is like to be a casting director, and she also explains the do’s and don’ts all actors should know before coming into an audition. This Fabulous Confabulation was so informative and if you are an aspiring actor, then you should definitely watch this!

 

What have you learned from this Fabulous Confabulation?

Like, comment, and subscribe if you haven’t already!

17 Fun Facts About Me

Because today is my 17th birthday, here are 17 fun facts about me! I am the beauty behind Girls With Beauty & Brains, but what don’t you know about me? I think it is important for you guys to get to know me better.

  1. Jamilah means beautiful in Arabic. I loveeeee my name, it is so unique. But the cons of an unique name is that everyone has a hard time pronouncing it and even spelling it. I personally don’t think it is that hard, but I have gotten all types of pronunciations before. I’ve even gotten a JAMAL!! What? Lol! CA3C6A8C-AEA6-483A-AE2C-7196ADA964F5
  2.  I love to sing. I have been singing since I was very little. My mom has so many old pictures and videos of me singing.

    IMG_6051

    I was having my own little concert! 😂

  3. I am part of the Beyhive. I am a big fan of Beyonce!! I have seen her 4 times in concert, I own Beyonce merchandise, and in the 6th grade I dressed as her for Halloween. LOL! Also, Blue Ivy and I share the same birthday. How crazy is that?!
  4. I love dogs. I have a dog named Cupcake. She is a Shih Tzu and she’s really cute, but she can be really mean. She’s like one of those Sour Patch Kids. First they’re sour, then they’re sweet!IMG_0172
  5. I am an excellent barker. Wow, I laughed as I was typing that. Sometimes when my dog is barking at me, I bark back just to annoy her. My mom usually thinks that it’s just my dog barking. Hahaha 😂[wpvideo CZ4XZvMN]
  6. I have 2 siblings. I have a 25 year old brother and a 7 year old sister. I am 9 years apart from both of them. I love them dearly.IMG_5938[wpvideo 60Lvp6MZ]
  7. My favorite sport is basketball. I love going to basketball games, professional and high school games. They are super fun and exciting! I also played basketball in the 9th grade.
  8. I wear braces. You guys have probably noticed that already, but I want to briefly explain why I have them. I have had braces for 3 years now. One of my adult tooth is still in my gums, but instead of coming straight down to replace my baby tooth it was moving sideways. That was damaging the bone structure of the tooth beside it. In these three years, the orthodontist have been trying to redirect the stubborn tooth to come straight down so it doesn’t damage my other tooth. I have gotten two surgeries done and what they did is cut my gums open and attached a gold chain to my stubborn tooth. So, at every orthodontist visit they attach a string to the gold chain and tie it to my wire to guide the tooth down.  On the bright side, after the 2nd surgery there has been a lot of progress and the tooth has been coming down. I hope I didn’t confuse you guys too much! Hopefully I get my braces off before I graduate high school.
  9. When I was 2 years old I locked my nanny outside. My mom tells me this story all the time. The nanny went to take the garbage out and I locked her out.  The neighbor had to bribe me with cookies to get me to open the door.IMG_6052
  10. My favorite color is purple. My whole website is purple, so I bet it wasn’t too hard to guess that. I also like blue and pink.
  11. I bite my nails. I have been working on it though. It’s something I do subconsciously.[wpvideo 4AxbQqZ7]
  12. My biggest pet peeve is when people don’t say excuse me. I think it is very rude to push someone instead of just saying excuse me. Manners are very important and I believe that everyone should remember them at all times! 
  13. I love laughing. Who doesn’t though?! Especially with my friends, we can laugh for hours about the silliest stuff.[wpvideo jMc59rzG]
  14. I love sour candies. War Heads, Sour Patch Kids, Haribo Sour Spaghetti, I love them all.candy
  15. I love to travel. I want to be able to travel the world one day. So far, I’ve been to Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. I love learning about new cultures as I travel. I also love when the plane is taking off and when it is landing.

    SONY DSC

    When I was in the Dominican Republic. I was 6 years old, I think.

  16. I’m left handed. People are always surprised when I tell them I am a lefty.
  17. I never ate beef or pork. But I love chicken!

Bonus: My middle name is Nadege. It means hope and it is of French origin. It was my aunt’s name who unfortunately passed away. That is all for the 17 fun facts about me! Let me know what fun fact surprised you or if we have something in common!