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Tarana Burke on the TIME 100 Most Influential People 2018 Cover

TIME just announced their list of the 100 Most Influential People in the world, and MeToo founder, Tarana Burke is one of them.

Tarana started the “Me Too” movement in 2006 and it has since blossomed into a world-wide campaign to raise awareness about sexual harassment, abuse, and assault in society.

In this issue of TIME, actress Gabrielle Union wrote about Tarana, saying,

“When I first met Tarana Burke, I found a kindred spirit, somebody else who’s been screaming into the hurricane. Somebody else who’s been advocating for survivors of rape and sexual assault, and specifically young black women, whose voices have been silenced at best and completely erased from the national dialogue at worst.

She was kind enough to film a guest spot for the upcoming finale of Being Mary Jane. Between takes, it was both of us talking and strategizing, venting and celebrating. You want a leader who truly believes in inclusivity. For Tarana, it’s not about personal gain or attention but doing the work in a way that makes people feel like they can join in.

When you’ve been sidelined for so long, it’s exhilarating to know that such a powerful voice is finally breaking through. Tarana will continue to do this work, but the stage will be bigger and the microphone turned all the way up. She will inspire legislation and new crops of voters.

She will sway old voters. She will open eyes. She’s not even going to bring more seats to the table—she’s going to turn the table over and build a new one.”

TIME describes their annual list of the world’s most influential people as “a designation of individuals whose time, in our estimation, is now.”

Tarana’s time is definitely now 🙂


-Tony Oluwatoyin Lawson (IG @thebusyafrican)



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

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 doctor to receive a medical patent. She invented the Laserphaco Probe for cataract treatment in 1986.

Ursula Burns, the former CEO of Xerox, was the first African-American woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 company.

Mo’Ne Davis First was the first girl to pitch a shutout and win a game in a Little League World Series.

Gabby Douglas is the first American gymnast to win solo and team all-around gold medals at one Olympics.

Ava DuVernay is the first Black woman to direct a film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

Carla Haden is the first woman and first African American to be Librarian of Congress.

Loretta Lynch is the first Black woman to become U.S. Attorney General.

Ilhan Omar is the first Somali-American Muslim person to become a legislator.

Issa Rae is the first Black woman to create and star in a premium cable series.

Shonda Rhimes is the first woman to create three hit shows with more than 100 episodes each.


Serena Williams is the first tennis player to win 23 Grand Slam singles titles in the open era.

Oprah Winfrey is the first woman to own and produce her own talk show.

Rita Dove is the first Black U.S. poet laureate.


See the Full list here