Former Somali refugee makes history as the first Somali-American Muslim woman elected to a state legislature in Minnesota.
Her victory is our victory! "I think I bring the voice of young people," Omar says. "I think I bring the voice of women in the East African community. I bring the voice of Muslims. I bring the voice of young mothers looking for opportunities."
Read her story on Huffington Post
Co-founder and CEO of Silicon Valley startup Blavity
Inspired from her days at Danforth University and the daily meet ups with other black students to discuss anything and everything. Every day it was an opportunity to be connected and feel like your part of a community. Which was referred to "blavity" or "black gravity"
Blavity is building a community for black voices to be heard and shared. Breaking down the stereotype of black culture in mainstream media.
“Often, when you think about black culture, a few things come to mind: music, hip-hop, activism, community growth and economic power. Unfortunately, a lot of mainstream media companies haven’t taken the incredible diversity of the black diaspora to heart and they often just focus on that hip-hop/pop culture audience and that’s not necessarily accurate.” says DeBaun.
Actress, writer, director, and producer Issa is inspiring many African-American women and girls to just be themselves. How? By simply being herself in everything she does. She is most popular for her HBO original series Insecure but it all started from her YouTube series The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl, where she shines the spotlight regular black people living life.
"Often times, black woman are asked to tone it down or to stop being everything we are able to be. Issa Rae, in one sweeping motion, captured her audience with YouTube videos; created, directed and starred in a HBO hit comedy; and was nominated for one of the most prestigious awards in her field. If that isn’t Black Girl Magic, I don’t know what is."
The first African-American woman to create and executive produce a Top 10 network series with hit prime time show Grey's Anatomy.
27-year-old poet and activist born in Kenya, raised in London. She is the woman who gave poetry to Beyonce's Lemonade.
Shire’s poems connect gender, war, sex, and cultural assumptions; in her work, poetry is a healing agent for the trauma of exile and suffering.
Read her full story on The New Yorker