For the next post in my End of the Year Lineup, I wanted to do another edition of "20 Black Women Who Did That." I feel as though it's especially important to highlight some of the Black women who have made an impact in music, TV/Film, politics and activism, tech, and other arenas of life. Check out the gallery below to see this year's picks (click on each photo to read an article about the dope things these women did in 2017), and click 'Read More' to find out how you can add to the list and participate in my End of the Year giveaway!
Like many other people in the age of Netflix and other streaming services, I never was a fan of waiting every week to watch a new episode of a TV show. I hated being left for seven whole days to deal with cliffhangers from the previous episode, let alone the last season. I spent the majority of this summer binge-watching various shows, including two of my all-time favorites Scandal and Being Mary Jane.
When Scandal first aired, I distinctly remember my family discuss the infamous "Earn me" line which definitely peaked my interest, but I didn't start actually watching the show until it entered it's second or third season. When I did finally give in, I set up my laptop in my bathroom and tried to stay attentive as I retwisted my locs. From that moment, I fell in love with Kerry Washington's Olivia Pope and the Scandal universe.
I don't remember exactly when I started watching Being Mary Jane, but I also remember being similarly captivated by Gabrielle Union and her portrayal of the titular character Mary Jane (or MJ).
What I love about both of these characters, besides the fact that they are played by two of my favorite actresses, is that they gave me images of successful Black women who were where I wanted to be. I started watching Scandal around the same time I decided I would attend Howard, so of course I practiced my "It's handled" and imagined myself doing the Olivia Pope Strut™ in the streets of Washington D.C.
In honor of today's national holiday, I wanted to show Queen Bey some love for her birthday (and continue the joke about how much I write about her on my blog) by putting together a list of all the posts I've written about her or mentioned her in. Hope you guys enjoy <3:
In honor of Black History Month, I thought I'd dedicate my first ever Twitter Moment to showcasing just how magical Black kids really are. Check it out below or on Twitter.
If you are unaware of the news, Beyoncé recently announced on Instagram that she and husband Jay-z are expecting twins. The following day she posted more pictures photographed by Awol Erizku and included a poem titled "I Have Three Hearts" by Warsun Shire, whose work is also in Lemonade, on her website (Check them out they're amazing. Seriously). Of course the internet acted as they would with any other piece of news regarding Beyoncé. Her name and moniker "Queen Bey" were at the top of Twitter's trend list within 30 minutes of her announcement. What came as a surprise to me, however, was the amount of tweets that included negative sentiments about not only Beyoncé's social media announcement, but the fact that people were so happy for her. Today, I read an article by Man Repeller's Leandra Medine which perfectly summarized these tweets, and made me wonder: Why are y'all hating?
So if anyone read my last post "Solange, Beyoncé, and Creating Your Brand as a Black Woman" , it was definitely one of my favorite to write so far. Anyways, today I was in a lowkey, stay-in-bed-and-do-work-all-day type of mood, but I randomly saw on Twitter that Solange was going to be at a Black-owned bookstore about 10 minutes from my campus *insert eye emoji*. At first I was planning on staying in my bed where I was but I thought "Hey, I might see Solange Knowles so why not?"