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BlackHer Shero of the Week

Our BlackHer Shero of the Week is Irene Gandy, an African-American pioneer, and an American original!  Gandy has worked on more than one hundred Broadway shows. In 2012, she was the first Black woman to win a Tony Award for Producer for a revival of “Porgy and Bess,” starring Audra McDonald. Gandy has worked with legendary artists like Lena Horne, Bob Fosse, David Mamet, The Jackson Five, LaBellePhylicia Rashad and more!  In 2018, Gandy was a producer of American Son, starring Kerry Washington. At the age of 70, she launched her own line of furs designed by Mr. Pete.  

Check her out!

Let's Take a Ride on Ida B. Wells Drive

Chicagoans made history and made us happy this week when they unveiled Ida B. Wells Drive, the first major Chicago street to carry the name of an African-American woman!

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Ida B. Wells led an extraordinary, courageous life as an investigative journalist, suffragist, and advocate for human rights. Here at BlackHer, we have been deeply inspired by her witness.

Learn more.

Speaking of Black Women Who Speak the Truth...

Stacey Abrams spoke this week, about the perils of voter suppression, at a sold-out event at Brookings, a think tank in Washington, DC.

In this short video, she breaks down how voter suppression works.

This is important information, ladies!  We have to fight against voter suppression if we want to win in 2020.

Watch it.

BlackHer Fact

According to the American Society of News Editors, Black women comprise 2.5% of the overall workforce in U.S. newsrooms.  #ThumbsDown

If we want to increase coverage of stories by and for us, we've got to increase our representation in media! 

To learn more, download The Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2017 by the Women's Media Center.

Need Inspiration?

Check out Mira Gandy's art!  She's Irene Gandy's daughter.  Clearly, creative genius runs in the family!

Her painting below, "And this I can no longer accept,” was inspired by the three amazing women who launched Black Lives Matter - Alicia Garza, Opel Tometi, and Patrisse Cullors.

Go to her website, you can also follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @miragandy.


In love and solidarity,

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