Dear friend,

Happy Holidays!  We're so glad you are here.

This week, we are celebrating Black women who are leading with power and purpose. 

Whether it's amplifying our leadership through journalism, spirituality, legislation, or charitable giving, we're so blessed to learn from our sisters who are using their gifts to build a better world.

We're also dying of cuteness as we celebrate three-year-old Avon McCloud.  She already knows the powerful feeling that comes from sharing with others.

XOXO

~Jocelyn

BlackHer Shero of the Week

Our BlackHer Shero of the Week is Sandra Stevenson, an award-winning picture editor.  For the past 15 years, she’s been a member of The New York Times news team.  Stevenson and her team members use powerful images to capture real people’s stories.

Angela spoke to Stevenson about her work on #thisis18, a stunning interactive book she helped create to celebrate 18-year-old girls around the world. 

Check her out!

Thank you for your leadership, Auntie Maxine!

ICYMI, Donald J. Trump was impeached by the United States House of Representatives on December 18, 2019.  

We are grateful for all the legislators who said, "No More" to 45's corrupt behavior.  But we want to give a special shout out to Auntie Maxine, who called for the president's ouster early on.

"Yes, I called for Trump’s impeachment early. This is our country. Our foremothers and forefathers shed their blood to defend this democracy. I refuse to have it undermined. I wholeheartedly support this resolution and am proud in the final analysis justice will have served in America and Donald Trump will have been impeached.”

Watch her powerful 3-minute speech on the House floor!

#BlackWomenLead #BlackWomenSpeakTruthtoPower

Happy Kwanzaa!

This week, Dominique shares what she learned about Kwanzaa from her grandmother, Gloria Campher.  

"Recognizing the need for Black people to have a connection to our heritage and to receive positive messages that affirm us, she thought that young children could especially benefit from the holiday."

Learn more.

Listen to The Black Woman's Guide to Philanthropy

We're so pleased to share The Black Woman's Guide to Philanthropy podcast with (from left to right) BlackHer Sheroes Ashindi Maxton, me, Lisa Green Hall, and Lisa Hamilton.

Listen now to learn more about:

  • How Black women do philanthropy and impact investing differently
  • What's it's like to be a Black woman in philanthropy
  • Why all philanthropists need to support nonprofits led by Black women and other people of color

Many thanks to The Nonprofit Quarterly for hosting this beautiful conversation.

You can also check out the full guide here.

Putting Little Black Girls in the Center of the Miracle

On Saturday, December 21, three-year-old Avon McCloud donated 500 dolls to girls in Newark, NJ. with a little help from her mom, Shennell McCloud.

Learn more about Avon's first (but certainly not last) act of giving!

In love and solidarity,

P.S. Which BlackHer Shero are You?

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