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Condoleezza Rice, the 66th United States Secretary of State. Image via Vogue

From the Archives: Political Powerhouses in Vogue
Three black women, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, First Lady Michelle Obama and Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice were all featured in Vogue’s Political Powerhouses article. All three were photographed by Annie Leibovitz. To read more at Vogue, click here

Mayor Mia Love,mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah and a candidate for the United States House of Representatives. Image via

Love wins 4th District nomination, will face Matheson
Mia Love pulled a major upset on Saturday, winning the Republican Party nomination in Utah’s 4th Congressional District, advancing to face U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson in November.”Today we have an opportunity to do something very special. Today we can start breaking a pattern,” Love exhorted delegates before the final vote. “Today we can start bringing Jim Matheson home. Elect one nominee today, so we can take this fight to Jim Matheson tomorrow.” To continue reading at the Salt Lake Tribune, click here.

Beverly Johnson Launches Beauty And Lifestyle Collection For Black Women …
She’s still got it! Beverly Johnson, who became an instant fashion icon after she was the first black woman to grace the cover of American Vogue in 1974, is making some major moves these days. Her new reality show “Beverly’s Full House” on the OWN network is a hit and she just launched a new collection of beauty products. Already a beauty business maven, Beverly spent the past 14 years as the face and name of Amekor Industries’ successful line of wigs, weaves and hair pieces. But this time around the fashion icon has stepped out on her own and was inspired by her daughter Anansa, who wears her hair natural-thus prompting the 59-year-old beauty to create a line of products for a wider range of women with varying hair needs. To continue reading at the Huffington Post, click here.

Fort Worth Episcopal Diocese to get first black female rector
FORT WORTH — The Rev. Carlye Hughes never dreamed that she would return to her hometown and become rector of one of the city’s most prominent Episcopal churches.Hughes was chosen from 28 applicants to become the 18th rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, just south of Texas Christian University. She has resigned as rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Peekskill, N.Y., and is expected to preach her first sermon at Trinity on June 2. “I’m very excited about coming back home, and especially to Trinity,” she said. Hughes and her family — including her father, legendary retired Dunbar High School basketball coach Robert Hughes; mother, Jacqueline; brother and current Dunbar coach, Robert Jr.; and sister, Robin Hughes — all attended St. Simon of Cyrene Episcopal Church in Fort Worth’s Stop Six neighborhood. To continue reading at the Star Telegram, click here.

Bola Agbaje, award-winning British playwright of Nigerian origin. Image via the Guardian

Bola Agbaje: the part-time hotshot
She won an award for her first play. And now, after a stream of hits, she has written her most ambitious drama yet. Is it time social housing officer Bola Agbaje gave up the day job? Bola Agbaje is remembering the time all her nieces and nephews came to see her first play, Gone Too Far!, a street-smart story of sibling rivalry that won her an Olivier award. “They didn’t really get it,” says the playwright, hat tipped across her glossy curls, smile playing across her glossy lips. “But they loved just being there. Since then, they’re always asking, ‘When are you going to write a play for us?’ So for my niece’s 10th birthday, I wrote a short play that they all performed at home. I had them all playing around with my things. We called the play Auntie Bola’s Makeup.” To continue reading at the Guardian click here.

ARTS: ‘City girl’ driven by her rural childhood
Young gallery owner Thandi Sibisi takes umbrage at suggestions that she is just a front for a businessman, writes Christina KennedySHE has gone from being a university dropout to the first black female gallery owner in SA at 25 – yet, frets Thandi Sibisi, “I don’t feel I’ve accomplished much. I feel I could do more.” Chic and immaculately groomed, the owner of the Sibisi gallery at Johannesburg’s Melrose Arch precinct looks as if she would be more at home in the pages of African Vogue (if there was one), but the creative spunk and imagination Sibisi has displayed in making her vision concrete would earn the respect of any artist — or businessman. To continue reading at Business Day click here.

Capitol Police Captains Yogananda Pittman and Monique Moore. Image via Bay 9 News.

Capitol Police promotes 1st black female captains
‎WASHINGTON (AP) — As Yogananda Pittman and Monique Moore climbed the ranks of the U.S. Capitol Police, they encountered no top-level supervisors who looked like them. No black women, from the chief down to the captains, were represented in the upper management of the federal law enforcement agency responsible for protecting lawmakers and congressional buildings. So it was more than a personal honor when the two became the first black women promoted to captain in the department, which in the past decade has been roiled by allegations from minority officers that they were passed over for promotions and subjected to racial intimidation and harassment. To continue reading at the Associated Press, click here.


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