Hey Beautiful people! Happy International Women’s month (we are celebrating all month queen) to all my fellow women around the world! Like I said before, WE ARE TOP-TIER! ALWAYS REMEMBER that! Continuing with the list of dope Black women doing amazing things and unapologetically taking up space, here are 7 more you should know and check out!
1- Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Queen is the first woman to hold the position of Nigeria’s Finance Minister and foreign Minister. And this year, on March 1 2021 precisely, she has been unanimously chosen by World Trade Organization’s 164 members to be its new Director-general. Mama chose to challenge the status quo of her industry, time and generation and I am here for it!!
2- Danita Johnson
January of this year, this queen right here made history by becoming the first black president of a MLS Club and the third woman in the league’s history to hold such a role. As she took up her position as the president of D.C. United, she is on a mission to make sure that her “success can help create opportunities for others to have a successful opportunities as well.” She chose to challenge the status quo in sports and is braking barriers while paving the way for many others: A true queen!
3- Ruth E. Carter
This queen made history in 2019 when she took home the Best Costume design at the Oscars for her impeccable work on the blockbuster “Black Panther”. Well, this year, I am highlighting her because queen did NOT come to play as she killed it again with her costume designs for the cast members of “Coming 2 America”. The movie premiered on Amazon Prime and when I say I was in love with the costumes, I mean it: I was in LOVE!! She made sure to highlight AFRICAN FASHION to the fullest and I am INDEED here for it! Mama brought ZAMUNDA to life while highlighting more than “three dozen designers” from around the world! She will definitely be taking another Oscar home; you read it here first!
4- April Showers
Mama is making herstory through her line of apparel called AFRO UNICORN. I virtually met her a few years back and when I tell you this queen is a glass ceiling breaker, believe me! Queen wanted to “create a line of apparel to remind women of color how unique, divine and magical we truly are.” With the mission of providing “a platform to help uplift and promote other unique powerful women of color”, this queen is making sure to inspire, develop and uplift her fellow queen and I love to see it!
5- Sydney Barber
At just 21-year-old, queen will lead 4,500 midshipmen in the brigade’s daily activities and professional training until she graduates in May. Why? Well because she became the first Black, female brigade commander at the U.S. Naval Academy this year back in January. She wanted to “write her own path” but kept returning to her “drive for wanting to pursue a career of service, no matter what I did. I wanted to give back to the world.” And I cannot wait to see all the magic sis will be serving us while breaking barriers and making herstory!
6- Angelique Kidjo
This queen is a four-time Grammy Award winner and more than a singer, songwriter and actress, she is an activist. AND let me mention right here that she is from my home country Benin. Mama is also the founder of the Batonga Foundation whose goal is “transforming the potential of young women and girls in Africa into power” and whew, you can’t say that this is not some AH-mazing and admirable work! Since this Covid-19 pandemic, queen ensured that through her foundation mentorship program, that young women and girls in Batonga remain safe, educated AND supported. I command her work and think you should too!
7- Bozoma Saint John
Queen has been in the marketing executive position for a long time and is one of the highest-profile marketing executives in her industry. But I discovered her in June 2020 when she made history after she was hired as Netflix’s chief marketing officer, becoming the first Black C-suite executive at the company. Having always been an outspoken advocate for greater diversity and inclusion in the C-suite and beyond, mama is using her platform to call on more companies to go beyond lip service when it comes to diversifying their workforce. Thank you queen for serving black girl magic and making Herstory all at the same time!
Stay tuned for the last group of inspirational queens I’ll be sharing later this week and I hope you are making sure to appreciate yourself and the queens in your life extra hard this month. We as women are TOP TIER!