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13 Black Women Who Were The “FIRST” To Do It

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Time Magazine recently launched “Firsts”, a celebration of women who broke ground in their fields — from the arts and politics to the world of science and the military. Check out the Black women who were recognized: Patricia Bath is the first African American to complete a residency in ophthalmology and the first African-American female…

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Forgotten Black Women of Early Hollywood On Display at CAAM

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Hollywood has long had a problem with representation and diversity, especially concerning anyone female and nonwhite. In the first half of the 20th century, black women were largely relegated to playing mammy and jezebel roles. D.W. Griffith’s 1915 classic “Birth of a Nation” even depicted African Americans as rapists and imbeciles, leading to a resurgence…

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Some of the Dopest Black Women You’ve Never Heard Of

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“In search of my mother’s garden, I found my own” wrote Alice Walker in her seminal essay about artistic Black women who graced this Earth with very little, if any, fanfare. Their works were often forgotten, their voices muted, their styles co-opted, and in the case of Zora Neale Hurston, their bodies were buried without…

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How GirlTrek Inspired a Love Letter to Black Women

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My interview with GirlTrek is one that has been in the making for a while now—I just didn’t realize it.  My first encounter with them was last year. I was in New Orleans, spending Christmas and ushering in 2016 at the home of my future parents in-law.  I came across GirlTrek’s website while doing research…

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