💋A young Afroitalian woman takes center stage in the Vogue February edition. Maya Fall Didba was born in Senegal and brought up in Italy, where she became a model. This month, she was the cover girl
for the “Italian Beauty” issue.
🎤Narration is as important as the writing when it comes to audiobooks–and here are 20 must-read audiobooks
narrated by Black women who make the listening experience all the more magical.
Black women who are making history in 2020.
🎥In honour of Black History Month, Google creates video
with the icons and moments that have been searched more than any others. To create the video, data was gathered by identifying Black achievements that were most searched between January 1, 2004 and July 1, 2019. The final clip includes Beyoncé’s Coachella show (the most searched performance), Maya Angelou (the most searched female poet), Serena Williams (the most searched tennis player), and many more.
🎨Some of the best exhibitions
to catch during Black History Month across the US.
🎾Sports Illustrated celebrates Black History Month by spotlighting a different iconic athlete or group of athletes every day. Fascinating among these stories is that of Ora Washington, the tennis player
who was so good that white champions refused to play her.
🧗"Brown Girls Climb” is an awesome community that aims to promote and increase visibility of diversity in climbing
by establishing a community of climbers of colour, encouraging leadership opportunities for self-identified women climbers of colour, and by creating inclusive opportunities to climb and explore for underrepresented communities.
💡And speaking of inspiring new communities… Meet Erika Hairston, a groundbreaking developer and creator in the world of apps and games. Hairston is the founder and designer of Zimela
, an app that encourages underrepresented groups to enter tech by connecting women—particularly black women—with mentors, career placement opportunities, and internships. “You never know whose life you could change by sharing an opportunity,” says Hairston, 23. “Every day I try to create an opportunity for someone to reach their goals.”
🍳Culinary heroes of the past who paved the way for Black cooks
(spoiler: most of them were women).
💃The dance troupe setting a national trend in America: What started off as an innovative way to break free from traditional baton twirling has turned into a dance phenomenon, inspiring artists like Beyoncé. J-setting
is a unique form of dance, originating in the 1970s when the ladies of the Jackson State University band traded their batons for a creative dance style that would not limit them physically. Today, J-setting has become a national sensation, making its way into pop culture and finding legions of fans.
🎸Need to add some more badass music to your showers, workouts, commutes, cooking?? Here is a playlist
full of Black female artists to channel your inner SuperWoman with pretty much anything you do.
🧠Brain food: One of my favourite authors of all time is Jamaican-British author Zadie Smith
, who is best known for her treatment of race, religion, and cultural identity. Her life is inspiring, her books are inspiring, but what has stuck with me the most, and what I hope will give you much food for thought this Sunday, is one of her quotes on identity: “The world does not deliver meaning to you.You have to make it meaningful...and decide what you want and need and must do. It’s a tough, unimaginably lonely and complicated way to be in the world. But that’s the deal: you have to live; you can’t live by slogans, dead ideas, clichés, or national flags. Finding an identity is easy. It’s the easy way out.”