This Week’s Fabulous News About Black Women

by Evette Dionne

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It’s been a turbulent week for women of color. We were excluded from the “new golden age” of magazine publishing and called street walkers by a congressional leader, but still we rise. Here are some of the amazing things black women accomplished this week.

First African-American Woman Sworn in to the New York Court of Appeals

Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam was officially sworn in June 20 to begin her term on the New York State Court of Appeals. She was unanimously confirmed by the New York State Senate in May and will be the first African-American woman to serve in the position. Gov. Andrew Cuomo heralded the magistrate, saying she “brings a valuable voice to the bench.” [Metro]

Ava DuVernay Nabs Spot on IndieWire’s Inaugural Influencers List

The accomplishments keep pouring in for film director Ava DuVernay. The first black woman to win the best director award at the Sundance Film Festival has been named to IndieWire’s first-ever influencers list. DuVernay was dubbed “the influence” for directing five films and distributing six. She told IndieWire she’s committed to ending the stigma against black films being marketable and successful. DuVernay said this belief “is deeply rooted. We’re taking about representations that have been ingrained for centuries — presumptions and assumptions on both sides. Black artists bring their sensibility — the edit, the dialogue. All we can continue to do as artists is our work. Other than that it becomes convoluted and empty chatter.” Her latest documentary, “Venus Vs.” debuted at the Los Angeles Film Festival on May 22 and will air on ESPN on July 2. [IndieWire]

African-American Woman Becomes First to Serve as Tuscaloosa, Ala. Postmaster

Sherrill Palmer became the first African-American woman to serve as postmaster for the city of Tuscaloosa, Ala. June 14. The 16-year United States Postal Service worker was sworn in on a porch of a mansion in Jemison, Ala. in the presence of Walt Maddox, Tuscaloosa’s mayor and other prominent officials. “It is truly a pleasure and an honor to stand here today for this wonderful and historical occasion and take the oath of office as the first African-American female postmaster for the city of Tuscaloosa,” Palmer said. “Truly this a moment that is far greater than I ever imagined.” [All Alabama]

Whoopi Goldberg and Terry McMillian Bring A Day Late and a Dollar Short to Lifetime

A Day Late and a Dollar Short is one of several of Terry McMillian’s best-selling novels and it is the latest to be adapted for film. Whoopi Goldberg will serve as the executive producer of the adaptation and will also star as the lead character, Viola Price. Price is the matriarch of the family and is suffering through a life-threatening bout of asthma as she attempts to mend her family’s wounds. Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Lifetime, said in a press release, ““Terry McMillan is one of America’s most beloved writers and A Day Late and a Dollar Short combines her signature emotional storytelling with the complex characters viewers identify with and love.  We are thrilled to be working again with Whoopi Goldberg, who will be emptying her enormous talents both in front of and behind the camera.” No release date has been set. [Shadow & Act]

dream hampton and Natasha Miller launch Kickstarter to bring “TransParent” to Life

Shelly “Treasure” Hilliard, a 19-year-old transgender woman was subjected to a hate crime and killed in Detroit. dream hampton and Natasha Miller want to bring Hilliard’s story to the world’s attention with the film “TransParent.” The filmmakers have launched a Kickstarter to raise $30,000. [Kickstarter]

  • http://gravatar.com/jadenoellesblog JN

    So proud of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam! She is from my alma mater and I had the pleasure of meeting her! She is a awesome woman, and I am proud of the work she is doing.

  • Say

    Thank you for this.

  • Esined

    Can’t wait for ‘A Day Late . . .’ to hit the screen!! Hope the movie is a good as the book. Kudos to Whoopi and Terry!! And to all the Sistahs in this article.

  • Chacha

    Thanks Clutch! I always enjoy these spotlights. Keep it coming, please.

  • Candace

    I love, love, love….did I mention LOVE?…anything Whoopi puts her hands on. I’m proud and inspired by what our beautiful sisters are doing in this country, things I’d never hear about in mainstream media. Thanks Clutch!

  • Me

    Great article!

  • ziggy

    Fantastic!

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