This is the eighth edition of “This week in black females, ” a weekly column dedicated to signal-boosting the black women who make the world spin .
This week, I’m wailing out some of Hollywood’s best and brightest, a few new elected officials, a family you need to know about, and more. Remember these women! Pay these women! Follow these women! Let’s do this.
“Taking care of business”: Adrienne Nelson, Tamaya Dennard, and Nikuyah Walker
With the new year comes new elected official. Here are three to celebrate this week:
1. Judge Adrienne Nelsonwas selected by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to serve on the Oregon Supreme Court. She’s only the second woman of coloring to serve on the state’s supreme court, and the first African-American to serve on an appellate court.
Great news! @OregonGovBrown makes an excellent Oregon Supreme Court appointment with Judge Nelson. Nelson has been a powerful leader in the fight for justice& equality. I’m thrilled she is bringing that leadership& view to Oregon’s highest court. https :// t.co/ Mx0V4kQIJc
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@ SenJeffMerkley) January 3, 2018
2. In her campaign for Cincinnati City Council, Tamaya Dennard often shared the Shirley Chisholm quote, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bringing a folding chair.” After carrying around the chair for much of her successful campaign, Dennard brought the folding chair with her while she was sworn in. Yes, ma’am!
“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bringing a folding chair.”
Yesterday, because of your all’s supporting, I was sworn in as a Cincinnati City Councilwoman and President Pro Tempore of Council.
Because of you, we’re bringing a folding chair to City Hall.
Thank you! pic.twitter.com/ o0IrgYO6jR
— Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard (@ tamayaforcincy) January 3, 2018
3. The city council of Charlottesville, Virginia( yes, that Charlottesville) merely selected Nikuyah Walker to be the city’s next mayor.( The city has a council-manager style of government, where the city council picks the mayor instead of a traditional election .) In this role, Walker, an Independent, charged with the responsibility of Charlottesville’s city council. She is the first black girl to hold the position.
“Go off, sis! “: Tiffany Haddish
The well-deserved rise of Tiffany Haddish continues in 2018. The comedic actress picked up the Best Supporting Actress honor at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Haddish delivered an honest, genuine, side-splittingly funny, 20 -minute acceptance speech worth watching in its entirety, especially for gems like this.
“Stop holding your truth. Speak your truth. Be yourself! It’s the healthiest way to be. Be who you are. Speak who you are. If don’t nobody like it? Fuck it, there’s 10 other people that do.”