It’s Friday, and you know what that means: Time to share this week’s FABULOUS news about black women. This week sistas are making moves in business, the creative sector, and in economic growth.

So without further adieu, here are 5 great things about black women this week!

Mellody Hobson is now Chairwoman of DreamWorks Animation. Mellody Hobson is a boss! Not only is she the president of Ariel Investments, LLC, one of the largest black-owned money management firms in the country with over $3 billion in assets, but she recently became the Chairman of the Board for DreamWorks Animation after it’s former Chairman, Roger Enrico, resigned. Hobson’s appointment makes her one of the few black women to helm a film studio. {Shadow & Act)

Danai Gurira and Sharifa Rhodes-Pitt win the Whiting Writers Award. Playwright Danai Gurira, best known for her role in AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ and Harvard grad Sharifa Rhodes-Pitt were among this year’s winners of the Whiting Writers Award which is given to ten emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and plays. Gurira and Rhoses-Pitt will take home $50,000 further their writing. Congrats ladies! {Whiting Foundation}

African Woman’s Development Fund releases book titled, “Woman Leading Africa.” There’s been a lot of talk about Africa’s economic resurgence as of late, but few are speaking about the role of women in that renaissance. According to the Ghana News Agency, the new book is “a collection of conservation and interviews of 18 inspirational African women leaders from Eastern, Western and Southern Africa. It was launched by the Africa Women Development Fund (AWDF).” Written by Nana Darkoa Sekyiama, reviewers have said the book “projects a sense of community that exists on the continent and avails support to those who might feel lost or alone in the struggle for gender equality.” {Ghana News Agency}

Alicia Keys launches storytelling app for kids. Since becoming a mama, AK has been taking it slow. She’s spent a few years being a hands-on mom rather than laying tracks, but now she back, and this time she’s incorporating her new role as a working mom. Keys recently released the The Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee, which follows a young girl from New York City and her relationship with her grandmother. So what made her launch an interactive children’s story? A. Keys told reporters, “I was just getting introduced to kind of the TV shows and DVDs and all the things you start kind of introducing your kids to, and I thought how cool it would be to be a part of something that really allows them to hear music from different places, different cultures, different sounds.” {Jet Magazine}

Oprah and HBO team up on new drama. Oprah and HBO are working on a new drama that centers on “a wealthy academic who has become the first black president of a prestigious liberal arts college. He and his family are thrust into national headlines, forcing them to present an idyllic public façade, all while engaging in agonizing personal battles and struggling with dark obsessions.” Sounds exciting! {the Hollywood Reporter}

Got a positive story about black women we didn’t cover? Share it! 

  • gmarie

    I wish Essence would consider putting women like Melody on their covers. Introduce us to moves and shakers outside of that 5 cover rotation of celebrities they already use.

  • African Mami

    Nana Darkoa Sekyiama,

    I hope you see this comment baby girl!!! So friggin PROUD of you mama!!! Yes JESUS!! I KNOW her!!!!!!!!!! *screaming*

  • Starla

    Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy for Black women doing it big.

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    A bright spot every week, the show sounds interesting…

  • Pink Lipstick

    Agreed!

  • http://gravatar.com/phylecia2 phylecia2

    Right!!! I’m currently an art student, and would like to work in the entertainment industry as a character/concept designer. I would love to see other artists and black business women on the cover of black magazines. I’m also getting tired of seeing Mary J Blige in almost every cover of Essence. JK, but she’s pretty much in all of them.

  • Barbara2

    Mellody Hobson is SUCH A CUTIE PIE!!!! I’ve always liked her looks. She’s smart too.

  • ?!?

    Cool news!

  • C

    I don’t have anything else to add, but all this is great news to hear. I especially was happy to read the first two. :)

  • lil ray

    yes more positive news about black women.

  • Najat

    Hey phylecia2! I am launching a children’s book and website and have had a HARD time finding illustrators. This is a project that spans a lifetime and will finally be brought to the forefront. In future I would like to offer a fully illustrated book, if sales pick up. Do you have a portfolio online? Do you do freelance work?

  • http://luckyij.blogspot.com isnwatuIjeoma

    I am a big fan of Mellody Hobson!

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