Black women are everything.
I say it without reservation or hesitation. I say it with personal experience and anecdotal knowledge. We. Are. Everything.
Need someone to replace your contaminated water pipes? We can do that. Need someone to tell off Paul Ryan? We can do that. Need someone to help you master a skateboard trick? We can do that too. Try to keep up.
Our talent, know-how, grace, and grit is unparalleled. There's only one problem: No one seems to care.
At least not visibly — not when it matters. In the spirit of intersectionality, black women cape for black men, we support women, other POC, people with disabilities, and our LGBTQ family. But who is championing, listening to, trusting, and promoting us? Fine, we can do that too.
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- Kitti Jones shared her gut-wrenching story of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse at the hands of R&B legend R. Kelly in Rolling Stone. Kelly's reps deny the claims, but Jones' account reads like many of the women who've come before her. Will it finally be enough for Kelly to lose credibility with his fans?
"Go off, sis": Ava DuVernay
Ava DuVernay recently accepted Smithsonian magazine's American Ingenuity Award. The award honors great talents and contributions in eight categories: technology, performing arts, visual arts, life sciences, physical sciences, history, social progress, and youth. DuVernay picked up the honor for visual arts for her work in TV and film. And if that's not enough, check out this clip from "Finding Your Roots" when she discovers her genetic makeup is majority African. Her smile is like standing in a sunbeam.
When @HenryLouisGates confirms you're Black! Loved discovering my roots. Watch my journey plus @tanehisicoates +… https://t.co/Soe48c5s8P— Ava DuVernay (@Ava DuVernay)1508883638.0
Final thoughts: Robin Thede
Robin Thede, host of "The Rundown with Robin Thede" will deliver this week's final thoughts:
Career tip: it’s hard to lean in when you’re being pushed out— Robin Thede (@Robin Thede)1508977432.0
I'll be here next week with more women to celebrate, support, and signal boost. If you know a black woman that I should feature, send me some links.