“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!

Celebrity Kids Fashion Show + July’s Fabulous Confabulations

Hello, Beauties! This is a series of Fabulous Confabulations that I took at the Celebrity Kids Fashion Show when I was a red carpet correspondent! These chats are mostly on the fun side but they are also informative.

It was my first time being a red carpet correspondent so at first, I was kind of nervous. But, once I did the first interview, I realized that it is no different than doing my formal Fabulous Confabulations.

The people in this chat include Donshea Hopkins, the Dowe Twins, Madison Rosa, Brielle Whiting, Fatoumata Toure, Kaliyah Howard, Tasha Tahaj, Diansia, Taliah, Cool School of Performing Arts, and Pilar Scratch. All of their social media is listed in the video.

Enjoy and comment what your favorite part of the video is!!

This Young Feminist is Making Moves #TWT

You have probably heard all about this 12 year old girl, who founded her own book drive, #1000BlackGirlsBooks, which asked for novels featuring black girls as the protagonists. This girl has also appeared on The Ellen Show, and interviewed former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Our terrific woman this Tuesday is Marley Dias!

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I am so happy that there are intelligent girls making a difference at a young age. Marley Dias started her book drive when she was eleven years old. While in fifth grade, she realized black girls weren’t being represented in the books they would read in school. Marley wanted to make sure her fellow classmates were receiving the right resources and were exposed to books with diverse characters as the protagonists. After posting her book drive on Twitter, many people saw it and supported her. “Next thing I knew Fox 29 Philadelphia was calling, and then I got a laptop and $10,000 on The Ellen Show. The rest was history, as they say,” Marley stated in an interview with InStyle.

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Now at twelve years old, Marley landed a book deal with Scholastic and came out with her novel Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You!, in January. This guide is for ages 10 and up to take the things that they love to do and combine social media to help other people like them.

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Marley Dias shows that you can start changing the world at any age. She has inspired and motivated many people, younger and older, including myself. If you aren’t happy with your circumstances, then you should try to fix it. That is what Marley did; she wasn’t happy reading books about just “white boys and their dog,” so she created a book drive to collect books that are more diverse in characters and culture. Marley Dias is a girl with beauty and brains!

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April: My Fabulous Confabulation with Jennifer Tepper

Hello Beauties! For the month of April, I confabulated with Jennifer Tepper, who is a producer, theatre historian, and the creative and programming director for Feinstein’s/54 Below! If you love theatre then you should definitely watch!! In this chat, she talks about her responsibilities at 54 Below and how you can perform there! It was such a fun and informative chat!
To suggest a show idea or to request to be in a show, you can email booking@54below.com
Comment something you learned or a fact that you found interesting!

The Lady Behind One of the Most Popular Social Media Sites #TWT

Don’t underestimate women entrepreneurs. There are women behind almost every high power organization. Sheryl Sandberg is an example of a powerful business leader. She is the chief operating officer of Facebook and she is our terrific woman this Tuesday!

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Sheryl went to Harvard for her bachelor’s degree in economics and graduated summa cum laude. She then attended Harvard business school and immediately received a job in the U.S. Department of the Treasury during the Clinton administration.

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In 2000, Sheryl worked for Google for seven years. She was Google’s vice president of global online sales and operations. That means Sheryl was responsible for managing online sales of advertising and publishing products. She worked for Google until 2008 and was considered one of the top executives in the country. That recognition showed that she doesn’t work any less than a man. Sheryl works just as hard and proficient, and maybe a little better.

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After the Google chapter in her life came to an end, Sheryl joined Facebook as the company’s chief operating officer. She oversees Facebook’s business operation, sales management, business development, human resources, marketing, public policy, and communications. I find it so inspiring how she started off with a high position when entering Facebook, but it get better! In 2012 Sheryl became the first female member of the company’s board of directors. Wow!

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Sheryl is also the author of a bestseller, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, which has more than one million copies. Her book inspired what is now a global community group, LeanIn.org, which Sheryl founded to support women striving to reach their goals and ambitions. Sheryl is a wonderful role model to have, because although she is a powerful business leader, she also aims to help other women so they can be just as successful as her. Seriously, what is better than women supporting each other!?

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Terrific Woman Tuesday: Rosalind Franklin

Do you remember learning about DNA in your science class? Your teacher might’ve explained that James Watson and Francis Crick had uncovered the double helix structure of DNA. But did your teacher tell you that a woman helped them uncover that? Our terrific woman terrific woman this Tuesday is Rosalind Franklin!

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Rosalind is the woman behind the discovery yet no one gives her credit. She used her expertise in X-ray crystallography to obtain photographs of DNA diffraction patterns.

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Without Rosalind’s permission, her pictures were leaked and her science partner, Wilkins showed Watson. A light bulb turned on in Watson’s brain when he saw the pictures, and him and his science partner, Francis ended up taking all of the credit for Rosalind’s discovery.

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Rosalind didn’t know how significant her photographs of the DNA were and she died unacknowledged for her role in it. Thank you Rosalind for your studies and your work in science. She may not have been acknowledged when she was alive but she is definitely acknowledged today. So if DNA hasn’t been discussed in your biology class yet, be sure to mention Rosalind when this lesson is brought up! 🙂

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: Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Kung Fu Panda 2 and it’s sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 were two fantastic movies. Perhaps it was because they were directed by a woman! Jennifer Yuh Nelson is our terrific woman this Tuesday. Jennifer was the first woman to direct an animated feature from a major Hollywood studio.

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Jennifer was born in South Korea and then immigrated with her parents and sisters at the age of 4 to California. Jennifer’s childhood consists of watching martial arts and drawing. She went to college at California State University, where she received a BFA in Illustration. Jennifer then followed her sisters into the animation field and joined DreamWorks Animation as a storyboard artist. She got to work on films such as, Madagascar and Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. When Jennifer got the opportunity to direct Kung Fu Panda 2, it became the highest grossing film ever directer by a woman. That is such an amazing accomplishment!

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Jennifer became the first woman to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film and to win the Annie Award for Best Directing in a Feature Production. She broke many boundaries and showed that having hard work and dedication really pays off. Jennifer may have first been seen as just an immigrated woman from South Korea, but now she is seen as a successful South Korean woman who directs film for major companies!

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