It’s Friday! And while many of you are preparing for the weekend, we here at CLUTCH are back to shine a spotlight on our sisters around the globe who are making news for all of the right reasons.

We aren’t waiting for the mainstream media to recognize our achievements, we’re doing it ourselves.

So here it is: 5 FABULOUS bits of news about black women this week!

#1 – Nicole Ari Parker lands lead in a new NBC drama pilot. Parker has been on a role lately. Fresh off her “Street Car Named Desire” stint on Broadway, the actress is heading to primetime in a Jerry Bruckheimer-produced show called, The Secret Lives Of Husbands And Wives. Kuddos to her! {Shadow & Act}

#2 – Black women are taking over Theater. The last few years have been a boon for black women on the Great White Way. From Suzan-Lori Parks and Katori Hall, to Lydia R. Diamond and the entire Street Car Names Desire cast, black folks, and particularly black women, have been leaving their mark. Up next, the annual Black Women: State of the Union production will be taking place in Los Angles from October 27 to November 18. The event will include  shot plays written by and about black women. {HuffPo}

#3 – 10 richest African women. Africa is on the rise, and African women are leading the way. From South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the first female head of the African Union, to Gambia’s Fatou Bensouda, the newest head of the International Criminal Court, African women are leading along side their counterparts in every aspect of society. Recently Forbes profiled 10 of Africa’s richest women. Check out the list. {Zimbabwe Independent}

#4 – Mickalene Thomas debuts new art collection at the Brooklyn Museum. Mickalene Thomas describes herself as a black woman who loves women, and it shows in her art. Her latest exhibit opening today at the Brooklyn Museum highlights her work which “examines interior and exterior environments in relation to the female figure. Their settings are often inspired by her 1970s childhood.” The striking images are colorful and exuberant. Her work will be on display from September 28 to January 20, 2013. {NY Times}

#5 –The Color Purple turns 30. It’s been 30 years since Alice Walker released her seminal novel, The Color Purple, which tackled race, class, friendship, and violence. The book went on to be a film and a musical, but according to Walker it’s still relevant today.   Check out her interview. {Truth Out}

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  • I love this idea! And that artwork. Please keep em coming

  • Love this new addition to the mag. Fast becoming my weekly delight!

  • Cee Jay

    can’t say enough about mickalene’s exhibition. totally amazing… if anyone goes, there is a surprise in one of the “living rooms”

    • I can’t wait to see it! She’s amazing.

  • Awesome!!!! Love reading things like this!!!

  • With so much news about black women focusing on the negative, it’s always refreshing to see good news about black women! And it’s also good to see the words “sisters around the globe who are making news” and the mention of Africa’s richest women. Focusing on the global, I would like to add that there are a number of black Brazilian women making news. As in the US, black women are usually on the bottom of society in Brazil as well. But Identification with being black continues to grow in Brazil, a nation that always discouraged persons of African descent to identify with blackness, natural afro textured hair, etc. Perhaps “THE” black woman of Brazil today would be actress Taís Araújo, a woman who has a number of “the first black woman to…” titles to her credit.