Dear friend,

It's a new week.  We're so glad you're here! 

Power.  That's the word that's on my heart and mind this week. 

What does it mean to have it, take it, and give it to others?

As I watch the President and his amigos engage in criminality in plain sight to advance their own interests, I'm wondering why we are often reluctant to name and claim our own power. 

This week, we're highlighting Black women and men (and supersheroes!) who aren't settling for the status quo.  From holding companies accountable for creating truly diverse and equitable workplaces, to fighting to restore the Voting Rights Act, these folks are using their power to fight for justice and reimagine our systems. 

Let's follow their lead.

~Jocelyn

BlackHer Shero(s) of the Week

Our BlackHer Sheroes of the Week are Mandy Price, chief executive officer, and Star Carter, chief operating officer of Kanarys, a new online platform that “empowers individuals to speak up and organizations to build more inclusive work cultures.” 

I talked to the law school friends about their journey to entrepreneurship and their ambitious platform to make workplaces work for more people. 

Check them out!

A Supershero for Our Times

Speaking of Superwomen who are kicking ass and taking names, in her piece this week, Angela encourages us to watch Regina King in Watchmen a remake of the comic book series on HBO.

"They say that you get the superhero that aligns with your times.  Superman emerged to beat the Nazis. Angela Abar/Sister Night is fighting our fight for justice and equality, and against white supremacist terrorism." 

While we may not have the badass capes, "many of us are “Watchmen” of sorts today, fighting hate through our actions." 

Learn more.

"We're not going back, we're going forward."

Last week, the House passed H.R.4 - Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019.  The bill would restore parts of the Voting Rights Act that were gutted in the Shelby vs. Holder ruling by the Supreme Court.  The bill was sponsored by Selma native, U.S. Representative, and shero Terri Sewell.

Talking about the bill's passage, Congressman John Lewis said this: 

"There are forces in America today that are trying to take us back to another time and another place.  But with the passage of this bill today, we're saying 'we're not going back, we're going forward.'"

It remains to be seen if the Senate will do its job and bring the bill to the floor for a vote. That said, we're proud to see our lawmakers making good on their promise to make democracy work for all Americans. 

We also loved seeing our BlackHer Shero Judith Browne Dianis of Advancement Project and shero Kristen Clarke of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law on the dais.

Learn more.

#ShopBlack

One way to build economic power is to spend your money on products and services created by Black women.  

That's why we created the BlackHer Holiday Guide.

Shop gifts and books (like the ones below) created by Black women and girls. 

Take a look!

Need Inspiration

Charlotte Nebres will perform as the first Black Marie in The Nutcracker at the New York City Ballet. 

When asked why she likes to dance she said this: 

"To me, it just feels like when I dance I feel free and I feel empowered. I feel like I can do anything when I dance. It makes me happy, and I’m going to do what makes me happy. You don’t need to think about anything else." (The New York Times)

In love and solidarity,

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