This May, eight Black women will be walking the stage to receive their PhDs in Education from Indiana University. These women did not all start the program together, however they found each other during their academic journey and created these strong relationships that helped them achieve their goals, and this May they are making history.
It’s only March, but so far it’s been a good year for continuing the conversation of the representation of Black women in the media. For a quick recap, Mya Taylor was the first transgender woman to win a major award. Then, a misinformed and unwoke writer tried to come for #Blackgirlmagic, but no one was having it. We’re not even half way through the year and the celebration of Black women is in full swing, and in one week, the Black Girls Rock! Annual Awards Show returns with Tracee Ellis Ross as host.
I have a confession for you and I hope that the Beyhive won’t come for me: During the era of Destiny’s Child, Kelly Rowland was my favorite. This week, my adoration for her has only grown after the announcement that her and her makeup artist, Sheika Daley, are launching a makeup line aimed at customers who are blessed with a lot of melanin. It’s about time.
Even though How to Get Away with Murder (HTGAWM) is a brilliant show in terms of its character development, casting, and plot structure, it still has fewer viewers than Scandal, a show that’s been on its last leg for the past couple of seasons. HTGAWM, unlike Scandal, is unflinching in its complex representation of Blackness.
While Sam Smith was busy trying to claim that he was the first openly gay man to win an Oscar, at another award show, there was actual history being made.
At the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Mya Taylor, the actress best known for her breakout role in Tangerine, became the first out transgender actress to win a Film Independent Spirit Award in the category of best supporting actress.
**Update: This story is from 2010. This story has been edited to reflect the correct year.**
Katie Washington, who is from Gary, Indiana, is a biological science major at the University of Notre Dame. She was the University’s first Black valedictorian.
At the beginning of Black History Month, a group of Black girls at the School for Creative Studies in Durham, North Carolina wanted to wear “geles”, also known as head wraps, in order to celebrate their African heritage. How did the school administration respond to this celebration of Black culture? Negatively and without any consideration for what the head wraps could have meant for the young women.
The former Oklahoma City police officer, Daniel Holtzclaw, has been sentenced to 263 years in prison on Thursday, which was a month after he was convicted of rapes and other sexual offenses that occurred while he was working.
What does it mean to have Amandla Stenberg, a 17-year-old Black girl, come out as bisexual on Snapchat? Or continually speak up in Hollywood for blackness? For Stenberg it means she’s no longer trying to conform into categories that don’t fit her. For the rest of us, it means we might be able to do the same thing.
Women in the United States Marines will now have the ability to wear twisted and locked hairstyles during their service.