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BlackHer Shero of the Week

Our BlackHer Shero of the Week is Ida B. Wells who was also known as The Princess of the Press.

She was born on July 16, 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi.

Wells led an extraordinary life. 

After the deaths of her mother and father, she became a surrogate parent to her 5 siblings at age 16.

After the brutal murder of her friend, Thomas Moss, she began to speak and write about the horrors of lynching in the United States.

Wells, the Princess of the Press, reminds us that our voices are our power.  We must say what we see.

Check her out!

Did Mueller's Testimony Matter?

Speaking of giving testimony...

Unless you're hiding under a rock (we don't blame you, if you are), you heard former special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony to the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees this week.  It's been all over the news!

He answered questions about Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Trump administration's attempt to obstruct his investigation. 

Here are the highlights:

"Mr. Mueller, did you exonerate the President?"

"No."

"Will Russia try to interfere in our elections again?"

"Yes."

It is SO DAMN OBVIOUS to us that Congress must DO SOMETHING to hold the President accountable and keep the Russians from hijacking future elections.  Sadly, we're not in charge.

In her piece this week, Angela asks "did Mueller's testimony matter?"

Read it.

This is What Happens When Black Folks Are at the Table.

In great news this week, Elizabeth Alexander, president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Darren Walker, president of The Ford Foundation, led the effort to save the Ebony and Jet photos, which have been up for auction, for ALL OF US.

The leaders came together with the J. Paul Getty Trust and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to purchase the historic archive for $30 million. The photos will now be donated to various museums, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

This is a stellar example of what happens when Black folks are at the table and have access to resources.  

"What it means to be in a position to be able to be helpful in safeguarding this treasure and our shared history overwhelms me with joy," Alexander said. "It is very significant."

Learn more.

"Bring Her Back, Bring Her Back!"

Congratulations Michelle Obama for being named the MOST ADMIRED WOMAN in the world and for continuing to model how to live with beauty, brilliance, bravery, and big bucks!

Cue chant: "Bring her back, bring her back, bring her back!"

Learn more.

Need More Inspiration?

Check out these ADORABLE photos by Nikki Cee. 

Stay cool!

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