Foremothers | The Victory Lap

We did it! We just wrapped up #BlackHistoryBootcamp. It’s been 21-days of life transforming lessons and walks courtesy of our foremothers. Over 100,000+ Black women and allies made a real change this month. Congratulations! Right now, all of the ancestors are standing together – cosmically cheering for you. So, let’s celebrate. It’s time to take […]

Foremothers | Day 21 | Octavia Butler

As we close out this 21-day series, and prepare for the next (yes, there is more of this goodness to come) we end not by looking back, but by looking forward as we examine the life and legacy of the extraordinary writer, Octavia Butler, a Black woman who dared to imagine a future that centered […]

Foremothers | Day 20 | Ruby Dee

Ruby Dee was the zeitgeist of Black womanhood. She was our Ruth in Raisin in the Sun, our Queen in Roots, our Mother-Sister in Do the Right Thing, our Mama Lucas in American Gangster. Ruby Dee’s face, her soulful voice, her spirited laughter is the very epitome of Black cinema. Her Hollywood career was phenomenal […]

Foremothers | Day 19 | Mamie Till-Mobley

“Let the people see what I have seen.” Mamie Till-Mobley launched a movement with those words, insisting on an open casket funeral for her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till, who was brutally murdered by two white men in Mississippi. That strategic decision, and the decision to publish graphic photos from the funeral in Jet magazine, galvanized […]

Foremothers | Day 18 | Dovey Johnson Roundtree

No Black women were in the military? She changed that. No Black women were in law school at Howard? Bam. Now there are. Black women everywhere were forced to give up their seats on buses? Before the Freedom Rides or RFK could call a press conference, it was her landmark case that waged the first […]

Foremothers | Day 17 | Rosetta Tharpe

It makes sense to us that God would plant the blueprint of rock ‘n’ roll into the soul of a little Black girl born in a town called Cotton Plant. Sister Rosetta Tharpe sang music that was infused with the melodies of Black folks who understood loss and survival. A child prodigy who was touring […]

Foremothers | Day 16 | Stagecoach Mary

If John Henry has a folk song this woman needs one too! Introducing Stagecoach Mary a.k.a. Mary Fields a.k.a. Black Mary. At 60-years old she was the fastest person – man or woman – in the state of Montana to hitch a team of six horses to a coach. She was the first Black woman […]

Foremothers | Day 15 | Ida B. Wells

Born to enslaved parents, one year before the Emancipation Proclamation, Ida B. Wells was once considered the most famous Black woman in the United States. As a journalist, she spent her entire life tirelessly fighting to tell the truth and shame the devil – to their face. She wasn’t afraid to pick a fight and […]

Foremothers | Day 14 | Angela X

Why hasn’t someone made this into a movie!? Angola is the huge country below the equator on the west coast of Africa. That’s where it all started. …ground zero for the transatlantic slave trade.  White missionaries, greed, exploitative trade, tech advances that made exploration by sea possible, a massive need for labor and yes, tribal wars.  […]

Foremothers | Day 13 | Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton was the GOAT. The fact that we are not all walking around quoting her like we do Jay-Z or Drake is beyond understanding. She could have stepped into a booth with either of them, holding a cup of chamomile tea, and whispered two bars (because she liked to get to the point), drop […]