Dear Friend,

Happy Monday!  We're so glad you're here. 

BlackHer Shero of the Week

Our BlackHer Shero of the Week is Chelsea Brown, a graduate student at The University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and the logistics manager for The Young, Black & Giving Back Institute. Brown created The Chelsea Brown Scholarship at Winthrop University, her alma mater and became the youngest person to serve on the board of directors of the Winthrop University Foundation. 

Check her out!

August 28

August 28 is an important date in African American history.  It's the day that Dr. King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech and Barack Obama received the Democratic nomination for president!

That's why, August 28, 2019, is the second annual Give Black Day!

Mark your calendar, save your pennies, and please join us (and Issa Rae!) in donating to Black-led and Black-benefiting organizations.

Watch the video to learn more.

Should Black Women Ditch the Democrats?

"For the last two weeks, media attention has been hyper-focused on The Squad, four first-year progressive women of color in Congress—Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna PressleyRashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar.

Donald Trump has been using The Squad to whip his base into a xenophobic frenzy, attacking them for their outspoken critiques of his policies, calling them Socialists and telling them that if they don’t like America they can “go back where they came from.”

But before Trump weighed in, The Squad [and other Black female leaders] were under attack by Democrats."

Does it make sense for Black women to keep showing up for a political party that doesn't show up for us?

This is the question that Kelly asks and answers in her column this week.

Read it.

Rest in Peace Heydi Gámez García.

We haven't written yet about the crisis at the U.S. border and the abominable way children and families are being treated because it's difficult to confront this tragedy.

But we had to share this story from The New York Times. 

Please join us in praying for the repose of the soul of Heydi Gámez García, her father, and her family.

Next, donate to critical organizations helping migrants at our border.

Need Inspiration? The Black Woman With the Billion Dollar Checkbook

We learned this week that Mellody Hobson was promoted to co-chief executive of Ariel Investments, the largest minority-owned investment firm.  Ariel has over $13 billion in assets under management. 

This makes Hobson one of the most powerful Black women in finance.  Did we mention that she also serves on the boards of JPMorgan Chase and Starbucks? 

But perhaps what we like most about Hobson is that she did not grow up with a silver spoon in her mouth.  Like so many Black women, she hustled for success!

Check her out! 

In love and solidarity,

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