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Essence Highlights 100 Woke Women In Special Empowerment Issue

This past weekend ESSENCE announced an honorable list of 100 “woke” women who are contributing to the betterment of our society. These women are trailblazers for and spokeswomen for equal rights and inclusion for Black people in America.

This issue of ESSENCE is a special anniversary issue that is 100 percent focused on sisterhood and empowerment. ESSENCE magazine believes that Black women will save the world and we are all here for it!

“Advocacy is a part of Essence’s DNA ever since, for 47 years, ever since its inception. So we understand the role that we play in the community and making sure that our voices, especially the voices of women of color, are not squashed down, that they’re given a platform.” De Luca via MSNBC

The full list was released on Monday (April 17th), and it includes some of our favorites like Shonda Rhimes, Angela Rye, Joy-Ann Reid, Tamika Mallory, April Reign, Luvvie Ajayi, and many more. These hand-selected women talk about how they rise up, speak up, and push the movement forward.

The special empowerment issue will hit newsstands this Friday, April 21st!

Check out the video below and be sure to STAY WOKE!

Michelle Obama Wrote A College Letter of Recommendation For ‘Black-ish’ Star Yara Shahidi

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How many people can say they got a recommendation letter from a former first lady? So far, Yara Shahidi makes one.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama gave Black-ish star, Yara Shahidi, a top-of-the-line co-sign for college. Though she hasn’t publicly settled on a number one choice, the 17-year-old will certainly have her choice of acceptance letters with Michelle’s support (hopefully one being from Michelle’s alma mater, Harvard University). The young actress humbly stated to W Magazine:

“She is very amazing and such a supporter, which is something very surreal to say.”

Being on a hit TV show and her academic success aren’t the only things Yara can be proud of. She is also a very active player in the community with the creation of her mentoring foundation, Yara’s Club, which she is working on launching.

#BlackGirlMagic continues to rise. We wish you “Good luck,” Yara!

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Serena Williams Sets Record With 307th Grand Slam Win

A huge congratulations is in order for the legendary Serena Williams with her latest Grand Slam victory.

The tennis champion faced off with Johanna Larsson in the single match. Her 6-2 win against the Swedish athlete made her a leader within women ahead of Martina Navratilova and tied up with Roger Federer. Now, she’s ready for her next round against Yaroslava Shvedova with or without a shoulder injury from Wimbeldon.

Serena admitted about her competitor:
“It was a really good match for me, because she played a different kind of game,” Williams said. “It was really good for me to have a different type of rhythm and just move the ball around. So overall it was pretty good.”

How humble is she? Good luck, Serena!

Liberian Civil War Refugee Becomes Successful IHOP Business Woman & Real Estate Developer

When the owner of this IHOP in Irvington says finish all of your food because there are starving people in Africa, Adenah Bayoh knows first hand.

As a teenager, she escaped the civil war in her native country of Liberia, and immigrated to the U.S. Now she is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in New Jersey, owning two restaurants.

According to Bossip, by the age 27, Bayoh was once the youngest IHOP franchisee. That first restaurant was the fastest-growing IHOP in the northeast.

My story could not be possible anywhere else except for America,” the entrepreneur says. “For someone to escape civil war, come here and be given the opportunity [to] start her own business, employ and rebuild [is amazing].”

At just 35-years-old, the mother of two has been appointed to the prestigious Federal Reserve Bank of New York Advisory Council on Small Business and Agriculture and earned a spot of Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 list.

Talk about Black Girl Magic at its finest!

Get to know more about Adenah Bayoh and her inspiring story by clicking here.

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Gymnast Simone Biles Becomes First Woman in 40 Years to Win 4 Straight Titles

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There’s no stopping Simone Biles.

According to the USA Today, the star gymnast has just made history becoming the first woman in over 40 years to win four straight U.S. gymnastics championships. She won her fourth consecutive this past Sunday night.

The star scored a total of 62.1, which was roughly four points better than the 2nd place finisher Aly Raisman; if you don’t know, in the gymnastics world, four points is a landslide. “Even when the coaches talk to us, they’re like, ‘Don’t even count Simone. She’s just in her own league,’” Raisman admits.

Simone continues to show us what #BlackExcellence truly is, and more specifically #BlackGirlMagic. Congrats to the gymnast for her amazing achievement!

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Miss District of Columbia Dominates Miss USA 2016 Pageant

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Deshauna Barber, is the latest beauty to win the coveted Miss USA crown.

The live evening show is notorious for recognizing true beauty inside and out to determine who will get the honor of representing the United States. Miss District of Columbia shined just as bright as the diamonds in her tiara as 2015’s Miss Oklahoma dubbed her the winner.

The 26-year-old army officer delivered an inspiring answer regarding gender equality in the military. Deshauna, who stated “women are just a tough as men,” grabbed the attention of judges and viewers. Enough to make sure she was the last lady standing to take over the title.

Congratulations, Deshauna Barber! Let’s keep the #BlackGirlMagic gleaming.