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!

A Women Behind The Haitian Revolution #TWT

Haiti’s Independence day was January 1 and I wanted to acknowledge one of the many women warriors that fought in the Haitian Revolution. As some don’t know I am half Haitian and I’m always interested in learning about my culture and the powerful women in my history.

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Victoria Montou was a soldier and healer in the army during the Haitian Revolution. Before the revolution, she was a slave from the Kingdom of Dahomey, currently Benin. Then she was abducted and brought to Haiti. In 1971 her and other women created revolutions to help get rid of the Europeans and their slavery. The revolt of the Africans eventually led to the abolition of slavery, it ended forced assimilation, direct colonialism, and the Triangular Trade.

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During the Haitian Revolution, Victoria taught many troops how to defend themselves. She trained them on how to conduct hand to hand combat, shoot,  use weapons, and throw knives. Her duty was also to supervise a group of captives working on the field. But regardless of her power she showed compassion and did everything she could to help her black brother and sisters.

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Victoria Montou fought until she couldn’t anymore and fortunately, she was able to witness the proclamation of the independence of Haiti. Then she passed away in 1805. Women like her should be in the history books and should be spoken about more often. From what we know about Victoria, she has been through many tribulations but fought back every time and always looked after others. Her resilience and strength are empowering.

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Victoria Montou is a girl with beauty and brains!

Who is one woman from your culture or in the world who had such a large impact in a country that you’re from? Look it up and you might be surprised by what you find. 💜

 

“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!

Actress by day, activist by night #TWT

This beauty is known for major role in Black-ish and Grown-ish. Yup, our terrific woman this Tuesday is Yara Shahidi. 

Not only is Yara a talented and successful actress, she is also a social activist and a role model to others. Between filming episodes of Black-ish, attending award shows, and taking classes, Yara still continued to stay active and excel in high school. In school, she started Yara’s Club, an extension membership program partnered with the Young Women’s Leadership Network, which focused on “empowering the youth to defeat poverty through education.” That’s amazing how she was about to use her resources to benefit the school and her community. 

Yara has also partnered with Always on the #LikeAGirl campaign. She has always loved mathematics and the sciences so partnering with them was just another platform for her to tell her story and motivate other girls to focus on STEM subjects. 

Yara has participated in many women marches, spoke about difficult topics, inspired others, and have received awards regarding the service and work she has done. 

Yara is currently attending Harvard University while still filming for her show Grown-ish. Yara exemplifies someone of many talents. She stands for more than just an actress, she is an intelligent black young woman who is leading the younger generation into the right direction. Yara is a girl with beauty and brains! 

Duchess Meghan Markle #TWT

Before becoming the Duchess of Sussex, this beauty was a screen actress in California. Yes, our terrific woman this Tuesday is Meghan Markle. She is best known for her recurring role as Rachel on Suits, but she has also appeared on General HospitalCSI: NY, 90210, and more.

Meghan has always given back. She was appointed a U.N. Women’s Advocate and worked with the World Vision Clean Water Campaign. At a young age, she stood up for women equality. At 11 years old, she wrote a letter to many significant figures such as former First Lady, Hilary Clinton, because she was disturbed by a commercial that glorified the idea of women only being useful in the kitchen. She was hurt by the jokes her male classmates would make about the ad as well, which is why she decided to take matters into her own hands. Fortunately, with her persistence, the language of the ad was changed. She showed that making your voice heard can be effective and can make a difference.

Meghan also had a passion for writing. She was an essayist and has written for Elle UK.  She was also a lifestyle blogger.

Last weekend we celebrated Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry’s wedding. It was significant because their marriage proved that “love is love” no matter what race a person is. Meghan is biracial, and she made it very clear that she was proud of her black culture at the wedding. She included a black choir, black musicians, and more during the ceremony. This is very meaningful because women of color have gone from being the outsiders to having a seat at the royal table. Meghan Markle is a girl with beauty and brains and shows that she is capable of making a difference in this world!