Hey Beautiful people! First things, first: Happy New Month! I hope you’ve had a great Black History Month and that your Women’s History Month is off to a great start. Over the next 2 weeks, I want to highlight 21 (since we are in 2021) Black women who are doing amazing things and unapologetically taking up space! To be honest, this was planned for Black History Month but I had some impromptus that prevented the posts to go live. I almost pushed it back to next year but then I thought to myself: “It’s women’s History Month! You can STILL celebrate these black queens doing their thing!” I will be sharing 7 women per post until we highlight the 21; so, here we go!
1- Amanda S. C. Gorman
She is a talented poet, writer, and activist. Though some did not know about her until the presidential inauguration, Amanda has been writing since she was only eight. Already the author of two books–Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem and The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough, this queen has been killing it and I am so proud to be living in the same era as her and see her bloom.
2- Achieng Agutu
This queen right here is the “Tantalizing Confidence Queen”! Born and raised in Kenya, Achieng is a queen you should check out for all your fashion inspiration but more importantly, for your daily dose of confidence boost. She oozes so much light and positive energy that I always get hyped when she pops on my feed. She created her platform, to hype herself up and while doing so she is also hyping us up!
3- Fade Ogunro
She is pioneering digital work in Africa. That’s it; THAT is WHAT you need to know! She is shattering glass ceilings and making sure to unlock and monetize the latent skillset of the younger generation in Africa and I am loving it! Bookings Africa is her weapon; it is a pan-African marketplace that leverages technology to revolutionize talents sourcing across the motherland.
4- Marsai Martin
This young queen is taking up space in Hollywood with her talent and the black girl magic she exudes is absolutely mesmerizing. At only 14, she became Hollywood’s youngest executive producer for her breakout film “Little”. So, not only is sis an actress, she is also an executive producer! Put some R-E-S-P-E-C-T on her name, please and thank you!
You already know that Riri is killing the game but I wanted to highlight her as well because she is “boss babe” in every sense! Though she has not given her fans any music for a looong time, she has been on her ish and it is paying off. She is officially the world’s richest female musician, valued at $600 million. While sis is securing the bag, she is also ensuring all women are feeling beautiful rocking her Fenty Lingerie line or wearing her make up line. Sis is a queen and I want to be her when I grow up.
6- London Breed
This queen right here is shattering glass ceilings and I absolutely love it. She is the first black woman mayor in San-Francisco and has been fulfilling her duties rightfully since 2018. One of this queen’s top agenda items has been reforming the San Francisco Police Department, which, according to the ACLU, “has consistently singled out Black people for enforcement of criminal laws.”
7- Kimberly Bryant
Beauty and Brain personified through this queen right here! She is an engineer and the founder of Black Girls Code. Black Girls Code is a non-profit organization dedicated to “changing the face of technology” by introducing girls of color (ages 7-17) to the field of technology and computer science with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts. I mean, mama did NOT come to play with you all! Kimberly Bryant is a thought leader in the area of tech inclusion and so far has impacted over 3000 students through her organization.
Stay tuned for more inspirational queens you should know about and make sure to appreciate yourself and the queens in your life extra hard this month. We as women are TOP TIER!