I thought I would have a little fun today by listing Essence’s 25 reasons we love being black women from 2012. We don’t get celebrated alot as demographic, let’s celebrate ourselves!
1. Four more years of Michelle Obama – yes! She and I share a birthday.
2. The year of the big chop – women cutting off their chemically treated hair all over the place and going natural. I didn’t chop, but I am transitioning!
3. Oprah Winfrey’s network finds its footing
4. Sabrina Fulton stood strong in the wake of her son’s, Trayvon Martin, violent shooting death for which George Zimmerman was found innocent.
5. Black female athletes rule at the 2012 Olympics
6. More black women partner with beauty brands.
7. Ava Duvernay seizes the opportunity by becoming the first black woman to win best director at the Sundance Film Festival for “Middle of Nowhere”.
8. Serena Williams stays on top by wining four Olympic Gold medals and 15 Grand Slam singles titles
9. Iyanla Vanzant is back on the OWN network with a hot show “Iyanla Fix My Life”.
10. Gabby Douglas soars to win Olympic Gold as the first black woman to win the individual all-around.
11. Portia Simpson becomes the first elected Prime Minister of Jamaica.
12. Vice Admiral Michelle Howard climbs the ranks, she is full of firsts – black woman to command a Navy warship, black woman to command an expeditionary strike force at sea (where she reported directly to POTUS Obama), and black woman to graduate from the Naval Academy to achieve the rank of Rear Admiral.
13. Emayatzy Corinealdi Shines in ‘Middle of Nowhere’ a film by Ava Duvernay (see #7).
14. Lianne la Havas Makes a Beautiful Debut with her album “Is Your Love Big Enough”.
15. Michelle Obama and Gabby Douglas co-star on Jay Leno show (see #1 and #10).
16. Joyce Banda Becomes the President of Malawi, she’s the first woman for Malawi and the second woman for an African nation.
17. Raven Magwood Graduates College at 19.
18. Kerry Washington stars as Olivia Pope on “Scandal”.
19. Robin Roberts shows unwavering courage as she underwent treatment for a rare blood disorder.
20. Ole Miss crowns first black Homecoming Queen.
21. Rosalind Brewer Climbs the Corporate Ladder as the first woman and the first African-American to head a Wal-Mart division as CEO of Sam’s Club.
22. Beyonce gets back to business.
23. Quvenzhane Wallis Steals the Scene in Ocscar-nominated “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
24. Jackie Lacey Leads the Los Angeles DA’s Office making her the first woman and first African-American.
25. Shonda Rhimes Creates Memorable TV with “Scandal” as her latest feat…next from Shondaland is Awkward Black Girl series starring creator Issa Rae.