Black women make significant gains as entrepreneurs

“Black-owned businesses make up the fastest-growing segment of women-owned businesses in America, according to the report. Plus, black women are starting businesses at a rate that is six-times that of the general population.

“Half of all African-American-owned businesses are owned by women, and among businesses owned by women of color, 42 percent are owned by African-American women,” wrote Farah Ahmad of the Center for American Progress. “Businesses owned by African-American women have doubled their sales over the past decade and just this year have grossed revenues estimated to be around $45 billion. These successes have benefited not just African-American women and their families but also their communities and the U.S. economy as a whole.” – The Grio

Exercise protects against aggressive breast cancer in black women

A nearly 20-year observational study involving more than 44,700 black women nationwide found that regular vigorous exercise offers significant protection against development of an aggressive subtype of breast cancer. The findings from the Black Women’s Health Study were presented at the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, December 10-14, 2013.”

Laverne Cox flawlessly shuts down Katie Couric’s invasive questions about transgender people

Laverne Cox, “I do feel there is a preoccupation with that. The preoccupation with transition and surgery objectifies trans people. And then we don’t get to really deal with the real lived experiences. The reality of trans people’s lives is that so often we are targets of violence. We experience discrimination disproportionately to the rest of the community. Our unemployment rate is twice the national average; if you are a trans person of color, that rate is four times the national average. The homicide rate is highest among trans women. If we focus on transition, we don’t actually get to talk about those things.” – Salon