Cheryl Washington, Kevin Goins – Contributing Writers
Angelo Ellerbee – President/Founder, Double XXposure Media Relations
Susan Taylor, longtime editor in chief of Essence Magazine
Cathy Hughes, the founder of the Radio One and TV One networks.
Eugenia Foxworth, NYC realtor and first African American woman to lead the USA division of the International Real Estate Federatio.
Cheryl Washington – veteran news journalist/host for Good Day NY and worked for CNN
Carole Simpson – the first African American female journalist to anchor a major network newscast (ABC-TV)
Rashida Jones – the president of the cable news network MSNBC. Jones is the first Black woman to lead a cable news network.
Daisy Bates, founder of The Arkansas Weekly and leader of the Little Rock Nine, students who led school desegregation efforts in 1957.
Most of her career was spent in Europe where she was dubbed “Black Venus” and “Creole Goddess” for her erotic beauty as an actress, singer, and dancer in a short skirt of artificial bananas and a beaded necklace. Despite her creativity, Baker demonstrated controversy by refusing to perform before segregated audiences in the United States which is why she abandoned her American roots for a European lifestyle.
Quinta Brunson gained an instant following for her self-produced Instagram series, “Girl Who Has Never Been on a Nice Date.” Her vision ultimately led to her breakout TV comedy series, “Abbott Elementary”. The creative force behind the show was the first Black woman nominated three times in the comedy category at the 74th Primetime Emmys for which she won Outstanding Writer for a Comedy Series.
RUTH E. CARTER
She holds the historic distinction of being the first Black woman to win two Oscars in three years. In 2019, she won the Oscar for costume design for Marvel’s “Black Panther” and at this year’s Academy Awards, she won again for the film’s sequel, “Wakanda Forever.” In her acceptance speech, she thanked the Academy for recognizing the superhero that is a Black woman.
SIMONE BILES is one of the sports world’s greatest athletes. She is the most decorated American gymnast in history and has won a total of thirty-two medals; 19 of which are gold from the World Championship and seven medals from the Olympics, including four gold. She is also the first American woman to win seven national all-around titles and first female gymnast to earn three consecutive World All-Around titles.
ELANA MEYERS TAYLOR is an American Olympic bobsledder and World Champion who has competed since 2007. She was the most decorated Black athlete in the 2022 Winter Olympic games in Beijing as a two-time Olympic winner for bobsledding. She won a silver medal in women’s monobob and a bronze medal in women’s bobsled. Taylor has also been vocal against racism in the bobsledding community against manufacturers who refuse to sell bobsledding equipment to Blacks
ALICE COACHMAN was the first Black American woman to win an Olympic gold medal specializing in high jump. It wasn’t unusual for her to train shoeless near her rural home but it was unconscionable to be denied the use of equipment to practice because of her skin color. Coachman paved the way for future track and field stars Evelyn Ashford, Florence Griffith Joyner, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee to follow in her shoes, figuratively.
At nineteen, she is a professional tennis player with a career-high ranking of world No. 4 in singles and world No. 1 in doubles. Gauff was inspired to pick up a tennis racquet after watching Serena and Venus Williams play when she was younger. Gauff rose to prominence when she beat former World No. 1 and seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, in the opening round of 2019 Wimbledon.
AUTUMN LOCKWOOD made “herstory” as an Assistant Sports Performance coach for the Philadelphia Eagles when she became the first Black woman to coach in Super Bowl history. That momentous occasion at Super Bowl LVII (57) was predicated on her masterful experience as a strength coach. In that illustrious position, she numbered fourth behind three previous women coaches in Super Bowl exclusivity.
Barbara Jordan, a Democrat, she was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction and the first Southern African American woman elected to the United States House of Representatives.
Keechant Sewell, first African American woman appointed as Commissioner of the New York Police Department (NYPD)
Ketanji Brown Jackson, first African American woman appointed to the US Supreme Court.