This is the ninth edition of “This week in black females, ” a weekly column dedicated to signal-boosting the black women who build the world spin .
This week, I’m screaming out Vogue’s youngest cover model, a much-needed resource to assist black women get credit, a warm reception for our future chairman, a photo series to celebrate, and more.
Remember these women! Pay these women! Foster these women!
Let’s do this.
“Yes, young queen! “: Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. and her mom, Serena Williams
The adorable first child of Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian, Sr. graced the encompas of Vogue magazine with her mother. Merely the three months old during the shoot, she’s the youngest cover star in the history of the magazine.
The cover story, however, leaned a bit heavier on new mom Williams and her transition from greatest athlete of all time to greatest athlete of all time/ mom. Williams shared the harrowing moments following Olympia’s birth when she developed blood clots and had to be her own fierce medical proponent to get the lifesaving care she required.
When a superstar of Serena Williams’ caliber has to fight for her own life, it’s no wonder black girls are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy or delivery complications than white females. This is a well-documented, dangerous issue that demands our full attention.
“We’ve got your back”: Cite Black Women
I talk a lot in this space about the need to somewhat compensate black women for their hour and talent. One style to make sure this happens is to give black women the credit they deserve by accurately citing them as sources in syllabi or research.
The Twitter account @citeblackwomen fosters academics to share the literature and research they’re teaching and referencing. Not only does this give black women their shine, it may inspire others to incorporate the content into their syllabi as well. Win-win.
And even if your school days are long-gone, follow the account anyway to bolster your reading listing. There’s some great stuff on there.
“Speak on it, madame chairperson! “: Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey became the first black girls to receive the Cecil B. deMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for her contributions to the entertainment industry. Her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes a much-needed jolt of inspiration and hope in the means and political scenery starved for both.
Social media jumped on the Winfrey wagon with a chorus of tweets indicating Oprah run for president in 2020, followed by even more tweets suggesting she’s not qualified.( The internet will find a way to ruin everything you love .)
Whether she hurls her own hat into the ring or actively supports another candidate, it’s great to assure people get excited and optimistic about the state of the country again — something that seemed impossible for so long.
What can’t black women do?
“Go off, sis! ” Erin Jackson
Erin Jackson of Ocala, Florida induced the U.S. Winter Olympic team in long track speed skating after on ice full-time for simply four months. FOUR Month!
“I’ve been an inline speed skater for 15 years, ” Jackson told Team USA. “I came out to Salt Lake City for the first time … in the end of February into March. Then I went back to inline for the summer and is coming to Salt Lake in September, so it’s been about four months combined.”
Final Thought: Shonda Rhimes
Eating with my sister. We hear a gasp: “Girl, that is Shonda Rhimes.” Her friend doesn’t look up from her plate: ”Fool, that ain’t Shonda Rhimes. What the hell would Shonda Rhimes be doing in Chili’s? ” You can take a girl out of the Midwest but don’t come for her newborn back ribs.
— shonda rhimes (@ shondarhimes) January 5, 2018
And don’t forget the barbecue sauce !
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