We mourned, again. We voted, again. And black women had another week of violating barriers and doing the most in the best way.
This is the third edition of “This week in black females, ” a weekly column dedicated to signal-boosting the black women who make the world spin.
With elections across the country, the coming week was a big one. I’ve got shoutouts for a noteworthy artist, innovative entrepreneurs, and the black girls legislators getting it done at the state and local level. Let’s get to it.
“Taking care of business”: the new elected officials
Black females across the country cleaned up on election night. Vi Lyles became the first African-American woman to be voted mayor-elect of Charlotte, North Carolina. By six elections, Mary Parham-Copelan became the new mayor of Milledgeville, Georgia. Yvonne Spicer became the first mayorof the new city of Framingham, Massachusetts. The Boston City Council welcomed two new black girls to their ranks. Andrea Jenkins earned a place on the Minneapolis City Council, becoming the first out transgender black female elected to office in the U.S.( Just hours later, she was joined on the council by Phillipe Cunningham, also a transgender person of color. Go ‘head, Minneapolis .)
Black females are out here leading the way and making things happen at every level.
Andrea Jenkins, center, celebrates her city council win. Image by Carlos Gonzalez/ Associated Press.
“Go off, sis”: Lena Waithe and Gabrielle McCormick
Lena Waithe — star and novelist of Netflix’s “Master of None” — became the first black girl to earn an Emmy for slapstick writing earlier this year, rallying her LGBTQ family in her passionate acceptance speech. This week, as part of the Out 100( Out magazine’s annual listing of LGBTQ movers and shakers ), Waithe was selected as Artist of the Year. She will grace one of four covers of the publication, along with Chelsea Manning( Newsmaker of the Year ), Jonathan Groff( Entertainer of the Year ), and Shayne Oliver( Stylemaker of the Year ).
Gabrielle McCormick thought her athletic prowess would pay for college, but after suffering an injury in high school she had to get creative. By canvassing lesser-known and more creative awardings, like the $1,000 she received from her high school cafeteria, McCormick went on to earn more than $150,000 in different scholarships. Now 28, she’s working on a doctorate — her third degree — and will graduate without any debt. She also launched Scholarship Informer, a small business to help parents and students find scholarships and avoid crushing debt.
Apr 10, 2017 at 4:04 pm PDT