There's no denying that many women are afraid of getting older — or at least looking it. In our State of Skin study, we asked over 1, women of all races and ethnicities about their feelings on aging and beauty. About half shared that anti-aging products are a necessity for them, with most beginning to use them around age And who can blame them when most beauty advertisements feature young faces, while women over 50 are generally ignored?
The best-selling author, columnist, podcaster, and veteran blogger behind Awesomely Luvvie serves up biting social commentary with a big side of humor. As the founder and executive director of The HistoryMakers, she he the largest national collection of African American video oral histories on record.
Like Burke, so many of them saw what was lacking in their communities or vowed to give black girls the precious resources that would have made a difference for them growing up and stepped up to fill the void. Purpose is a common denominator across the black women on our list.
There are, of course, some big names who are without a doubt changing the world. This prima ballerina, the first African American woman to become a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, has shattered barriers in the world of ballet and leapt off the stage to become her own brand. Primary Menu.
Sisterhood is another tie that binds. Reaching more than 2 million travelers a month, with more thanfollowers on Instagram alone, the boutique company was acquired by Blavity last year.
Search for: Search. You cannot speak of black women who are change-makers in this country without Oprah Winfreywhose contributions are too numerous to count but whose recent Times Up speech at the Golden Globes got the whole country talking and launched a million wishes for a presidential run.
This historian is making sure that blacks in America always have access to the rich stories of both well-known and unsung members of our community. And she started the hashtag GirlsLikeUs to foster a sense of community online for trans women.
Much has been written about being the year of the woman. Her accomplishments on the tennis court are unparalleled: 39 Grand Slam titles; consecutive weeks ranked No. The movement was an outgrowth of Just Be Inc. At the forefront of the Black Travel Movement, this creator of digital publishing brand Travel Noire wanted to make international jetsetting more relatable and accessible to people of color and to engage a community of black travelers who helped each other with tips, tools, and the discovery of new destinations.
Our cover subject Tarana Burke is a perfect example.
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Now in her second year as a U. She founded Black Girls Code in to expose girls of color ages 7 to 17 to STEM disciplines and give them opportunities to learn technology and coding skills at workshops and after-school programs. The president and CEO of the W. The actress, producer, and screenwriter made history last year as the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing for her work on Master of Nonefor an episode based on her own experience coming out as a lesbian.
And preparing the next generation to take on the mantle with their own kind of activism.
But what I am is a survivor and I have at least the knowledge of what I would have needed when I was that age. Black Women Are Change Agents in As executive director, she oversees the program—which had three fellows in its pilot year and four in its current cohort—which puts high school graduates through a gap year filled with tutoring, confidence building, and paid service to prepare them academically and socially for higher education.
But there are also countless women beyond the headlines doing the work every day without any of the fanfare.
And that stayed with me for a very long time. Recognizing the power of education to lift families out of poverty, she founded Leap Year, an Atlanta-based nonprofit with the mission of helping low-income and first-generation college students succeed. She has written two memoirs about her own experience; her first, a best-seller, was the first biography from the perspective of a young trans person.
She also founded Zyrobotics L. The award-winning Nigerian author is changing the conversation about feminism, especially as it relates to African women. The organization has since trained more than 8, girls and now has 13 chapters across the U.
Photo: Rayon Richards. And advocating.