It’s been a long week, Clutchettes, and I’ve been looking forward to this feature all week. Between the tragic death of Kasandra Michelle Perkins to yet another article questioning black women’s abilities to “keep” a man, it’s been a tough week.

But we’re still here and sistas all over the globe are putting in WORK! As we do every Friday, we’re here to shine a light on the positive news about black women.

So without further adieu, here are 5 fabulous news stories about black women this week!

Folorunsho Alakija is now the richest black woman in the world. Move over Oprah, there’s a new woman at the top of the list. Nigerian oil magnate, fashion designer, and philanthropist Folorunsho Alakija was recently heralded as the wealthiest black woman in the world. Born into the lap of luxury, Alakija’s fortune is estimated at $3.3 billion.  {AfricanGlobe}

Anita Hill documentary to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. It’s been 20 years Anita Hill vaulted to the national spotlight due to her claims that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her. Back then Hill was both celebrated and vilified for coming forward. Since the hearings rocked Capital Hill, Anita Hill has continued her life in academia, and is currently teaching law and women’s studies at Brandeis University.  The film, directed by Academy-Award-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock, has been described as a series of events that “[brought] sexual politics into the national consciousness and [fueled] 20 years of international debate on the issues.” It will premiere in January. {theGrio}

Holly Mitchell to chair California’s legislative black caucus. Assemblywoman Holly Mitchel has been chosen by her colleagues to chair California’s legislative black caucus for 2013-2014 season. Assemblywoman Mitchel, who represents the 54th district in South Los Angeles, was previously the vice president of the Black Women Organized for Political Action a group aimed at advocating for African American women. Speaking of her new appointment, Assemblywoman Mitchel said: “I am honored to be chosen chair by my peers and excited about the opportunity to lead the Black Caucus. We will speak out on issues and pursue solutions to problems, which disproportionately impact African Americans, poverty, the education deficit, the need for jobs and barriers to opportunity.” {The Post News Group}

Forbes names 20 of Africa’s youngest power women. By now you’re familiar with Africa’s resurgence on the world’s stage. Between its booming economies and wealth of resources, many countries in Africa are primed to become major international power players and women are at the forefront of the boom. Forbes recently compiled a list of the continent’s most powerful up-and-coming women under 45, and from the looks of things, Africa’s future is amazingly bright.  {Forbes}

Jackie Lacey takes office as county’s first black D.A. After sweeping into office last month on election night, Los Angeles’ newest district attorney, Jackie Lacey, was sworn into office today. Lacey, 55, is not only the first African American D.A. the city has seen, but she’s also the first woman. After she was sworn in, Lacey told the audience: “I will start my day as I have done for many years, asking God to use me as his servant and make me the type of leader that others will want to follow.” As the Los Angeles County D.A., Lacey will oversee the nation’s largest local prosecutorial office, which responsible for prosecuting about 60,000 felony cases a year. {LA Times}

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

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  • http://valsotherblog.wordpress.com Val

    Congratulations to Jackie Lacey. That’s great for her and the people of L.A.. And, it’s about time L.A. had a Black D.A..

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  • Pearlsrevealed

    Good news at the end of a long week. Priceless.

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    • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

      This!

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  • Misshightower

    Fascinating how few comments on such an uplifting and wonderful article about us! No controversial issues here about hair, relationships, color, RHOA, Rihanna, Beyonce, etc. just good news. The silence is deafening. Hmmmmm…..

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  • a.c.

    i know clutch is all about highlighting wonderful black women, but there is nothing wonderful about Folorunsho Alakija. She is an oil magnate in a country where 99.9% of the people don’t even have access to electricity when they need it. She is an oil magnate in the a country that is one of the highest producers of oil yet consumes so little of it because of greed. I’m not here for this. So while she flying back and forth between the US, London, and Nigeria spending “her” richest, her people are still using kerosene lamps. Shame Shame Shame. Comparing her to Oprah is beyond disrespectful.

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