“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!

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?

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!

Terrific Woman Tuesday: Michelle Obama

Don’t you miss Michelle Obama as our first lady?! I know I do! She has done so many wonderful things when she was living in the white house. She is our terrific woman this Tuesday!

Did you know that in 2010 Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! to address the challenge of childhood obesity. Then, she passed the School Lunch Program that provided at least 21 million low income students with free and reduced-priced meals.

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Michelle’s favorite hobby is exercising. That is why she is so passionate about making sure that childhood obesity decreases and that many families have access to healthy food.

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Michelle launched MyPlate and MiPlato, which is an easy to understand icon to help parents make healthier choices for their family!

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Lastly, did you know that Michelle Obama hosted a dinner at the White House to support mentoring programs for young girls. The purpose of the dinner was to encourage these girls to “break the glass ceiling.”download

 

Michelle Obama has constantly worked hard for the youth of today. She has been an inspiration to many girls and I must say she was the coolest First Lady ever! Michelle is definitely a girl with beauty and brains and continues to showcase that through her personality and her accomplishments. #terrificwomantuesday

Terrific Woman Tuesday

Hello Beauties! Every Tuesday I will be giving you facts about an inspiring woman! The series will be called #TerrificWomanTuesday, so tune in every Tuesday to get your weekly facts about an inspiring/powerful woman!

This Tuesday I’m giving you facts about the queen of all media!! This Beauty is Oprah Winfrey. I am sure you all know who she is, but did you know that in 1993 Bill Clinton honored Oprah by signing into the law that is now known as the “Oprah Bill.” This bill created a national database that allows people to search for child abusers. She also became the first African-American woman on Forbes magazine’s “World’s Richest People” list in 2003. Wow!! In 2007, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls opened in South Africa. The school houses 152 girls from different backgrounds and provides them with an education. Oprah Winfrey every year raises the bar for woman, showing us that with hard work anything is possible. At the Golden Globes last Sunday, Oprah became the first black woman to win the Cecil B. DeMille Award. She also gave a speech at the Golden Globes, which was absolutely iconic. Here is one of my favorite quotes from her unforgettable speech! “What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud, and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories.” Oprah Winfrey continues to inspire and give hope to women all over the world! Oprah Winfrey is a girl with beauty and brains.