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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  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com Val

    Go, AK!

  • Misshightower

    Love these, Clutch!

  • Mademoiselle

    Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa! She’s a DIRECTOR? In charge of what exactly? So Alicia’s going to be showing up at 8AM, working until 8-10PM, and managing several marketing teams 5-6 days a week?

    This kind of thing unnerves me. You have professionals, who have worked their asses off for years/decades in their field, only to be outshined by a celebrity for no other reason than they have a recognizable face/name? What the hell could possibly be on Alicia’s resume that qualifies her to be a Director? I seriously want to know.

    This isn’t about me knocking her success, but this shit has to stop. It insults and degrades the people who spend their lives working for these kinds of achievements to throw cutesy titles at celebrities who don’t do any work relevant to the title. Blackberry’s brand better run laps around Apple’s, Samsung’s, and Google’s market presence now that AK is GCD. For all the millions I’m sure they paid her to wear that title, she MUST have better skills than Joe Schmoe with 15 years experience in rebranding global images of multinational companies. Girl on fire just prevented some deserving employee from getting ahead despite her lack of qualifications. Unbelievable!

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    Wow, so proud of these sistas! As for the Alicia Keys’ story I don’t know why some people are so peeved, “Global Creative Director” is probably another way of saying endorser, I ‘am sure she is going to put in work and help the company but with the aid of the workers. I don’t think she (or other celebrities with the same title) are knocking or replacing individuals who have merit and credentials from these jobs.

  • isolde3

    Sis, she’s a figure head or a mascot. Calm down. Think of her as like a pitch girl more so than an exec. It’s like how Gaga is creative director at Polaroid. Having said that, AK for Blackberry makes no sense whatsoever to me. Her album really isn’t selling, and she isn’t as relevant to popular culture as she used to be. So, I’m wondering how does she fit into the brand? The products that Gaga “helped develop” for Polaroid were actually kind of slick and made a lot of sense. It was believable that Gaga would use them, like the pocket sized Polaroid printer that you could use to print your cell phone pics. I don’t know if the device ever made it to market, but having Lady Gaga attached to the brand got people talking about Polaroid again.

  • ChaCha1

    I understand your point and it is a good one, but working in an environment where you are surrounded by creativity of all kinds, maybe you gain that type experience that qualifies you for the job just as much as someone who has been working in the field for 5 or 10 years. I do not know Alicia Keys’ resume (maybe she has done some type of work to prepare herself for this type of thing), so I can’t speak on what she has done and what she has learned. Of course her name plays a huge part in her new position, but maybe she is deserving of the title.

  • ChaCha1

    That ^ comment was supposed to be a reply to Mademoiselle.

  • Mademoiselle

    I hear what you’re saying, but it’s still under my skin. If she’s signing up to be their official spokesperson, then she should be given the spokesperson title. In the corporate environment, though, a Director is at a level just below the C-level suites. I’m sure AK is good at many things, but to give her a title that basically says she’s next in line to become Chief [functional area] Officer just because it sounds nice dilutes the value of a Director title. To say this is just a fancy way to call her a mascot, as you say, puts the Finance Director, the Technology Director, the Operations Director, etc. etc. all on the same level as a mascot. That’s almost infuriating when you consider the body of work these people would have had to put forth in order to get to those positions. It’s a small thing, but it’s a big thing. Titles matter, and I’m not feeling her new title. Same goes for Gaga (although I read she actually had some experience in the field prior to her career), and Will.I.Am for the same reasons. These starstruck corporations need to get it together.

  • http://valsotherblog.wordpress.com commentarybyvalentina

    Plenty of celebs work with corporations to develop promotional strategies. And AK already has this kind of experience developing her own jewelry line and she’s developed a few phone apps already. Not to mention the obvious, her name brings recognition.

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com Val

    @isolde3

    “Her album really isn’t selling, and she isn’t as relevant to popular culture as she used to be.”


    “Girl on Fire” debuted at number 1 on the charts. You may not like AK’s music but she’s one of the most successful singers in the business.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girl_on_Fire_%28album%29

  • Mademoiselle

    I’ll run with your hypothetical, and ask you this. Even if she has experience that would qualify her to be a director, do you really believe she’s going to be pulling 60+ hours a week at BB like the other directors there? That would require her to put her music/arts career on hold, no? Let’s say she has a deal that allows her to work much fewer hours than the rest of the directors so she can simultaneously pursue other endeavors, do you think she’d be able to contribute the same value in an abbreviated workweek that other directors take 60-70 hours a week to deliver?

  • Tara

    Congrats Alicia Keys. Although both are biracial, Alicia Keys loves the rest of us and Rhasida Jones could care less about me or you or being on a black blog. Stop trying to claim people who dont claim you.

  • ChaCha1

    To the first question: No, of course not. To the second question: Yes. To the third question, no, but she isn’t working alone, I’m sure.

    I’m still happy for her.

  • isolde3

    “Girl on Fire” debuted at number 1 on the charts.
    _________________________________________

    @Val

    Yes, #1 for all of one week, swiftly out of the top five the next week, and out of the top ten the next. Click on your wiki link and go to AK’s “The Element of Freedom” page. Check the stats. “Girl on Fire” may have debuted at #1, but it did so with 159K copies sold. To put things into perspective, AK’s last album (Element of Freedom) also debuted at #1 but with 417K albums sold. Now, album sales definitely aren’t what they used to be, but it’s not like AK can really blame piracy because she’s not exactly Rihanna, who’s one of the most illegally downloaded artists out today. AK albums have never struggled to go platinum before, and yet, platinum status is a long-shot for her this go round. Even with an R&B album like 4, Beyonce sold over 250K copies US in her debut week, and AK used to always outsell her. Needless to say, that’s not going to happen this time.

    GOF will be lucky to achieve a third of Element’s WW sales (4M+). Her base is dwindling, and she isn’t as relevant as she once was.

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com Val

    @isolde3

    Lol. Okay, now you’re changing the debate. You said her album isn’t selling. Yet, it debuted at #1. So you change the debate by arguing specific numbers and weeks.

    Like I said, if you don’t like AK, that’s cool, but that does not mean she’s irrelevant.

    Oh and don’t miss her tomorrow, she’ll be singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl!

  • 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.

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