friday five black women good news

Well Clutchettes the first month of the year has already flown by, but not without our fellow fabulous Black women making some amazing strides.  So has we head into February and Black History month, let’s take a moment to reflect on the amazing headlines made by Black women this week.

Alicia Keys Is Blackberry’s New Global Creative Director
As if churning out hit after hit wasn’t enough, R&B songstress Alicia Keys decided to step her business game up big time when she was named the Global Creative Director for Blackberry this week.  Alicia joins a long and distinguished list of entertainers who have taken on creative-director duties at various companies.  Girl on fire indeed! {BusinessWeek}

Kerry Washington to Receive President’s Award at the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards
There is no doubt that we love Kerry Washington’s Scandalous ways, but what we love even more is her dedication to the community and the NAACP agrees.  In honor of her dedication to furthering the cause of civil rights and public service through her work on President Barack Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and as an active member of the V-Counsel, an esteemed group of advisors to V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, the NAACP is presenting Kerry with their President’s Award at the organization’s 44th Annual Image Award ceremony.  Congrats! {NAACP}

Rashida Jones Inks 2-Year Deal With Warner Bros. TV
Looks like those creative Jones genes are paying off.  Rashida Jones, daughter of the legendary Quincy Jones, recently signed, along with her writing partner Will McCormack , a two-year pod deal with Warner Bros. Television. Under the deal the duo will develop, write and produce their own comedy and drama projects for both cable and network TV.  {Hollywood Reporter}

Jet Magazine Crowns Tamika Mallory Today’s Sojourner Truth
Tamika D. Mallory, the youngest executive director of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, has just been the “Sojourner Truth of Our Time” by Jet Magazine in their February 11th issue.  Mallory is an advocate known for her work against gun violence and misogynistic song lyrics in today’s music.

Rosa Parks Stamp to Be Unveiled on Her 100th Birthday
It wouldn’t be Black History month without a little Black History and for many when they think about Black women and history, they think of the late great Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks.  Ms. Parks, who famously sparked a movement to end legally sanctioned racial discrimination when she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Ala., bus, would have been 100 years old on Feb. 4. To celebrate her life the U.S. Postal Service will unveil a stamp honoring her legacy at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History in Detroit and the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich.  Happy Birthday Rosa Parks!

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  • isolde3

    @Val

    Right, because when I said that her album “really wasn’t selling,” I meant that it literally wasn’t selling any copies whatsoever (sarcasm). No one’s trying to change the debate. You brought up GOF’s debut chart position, and I explained to you why that didn’t refute my claim about Key’s relevancy. My saying that GOF “really isn’t selling,” implied that the album’s sales were lackluster, not that her album literally wasn’t selling any copies at all. I think you knew exactly what I was getting at and mentioned GOF’s #1 debut to try to play it off like it was some big commercial smash, or perhaps you were unaware of how few copies it did sell in its first week compared to her last era.

    Not every artist who sings the national anthem at the Superbowl does so at the height of their fame. I mean, if that were really the case then X-tina would have done it in like 99’ during her debut LP era or 02’ during “Stripped”, and I never said that AK was irrelevant. I said she’s not as relevant to popular culture as she used to be, because if she were really as relevant as you’d like to believe, then it stands to reason that her album would be selling better, and she wouldn’t have lost over half of her opening week sales from one album to the next.

  • Chelley5483

    Completely in love with what black women have been up to these days despite all the attacks, negative scientific theories and rhetoric about black women. Say whatever nonsense you want about black women, women like the ones listed above say otherwise.