Viola Davis, Imeime Umana and all the “First Ladies” we love


There is just something so powerfully compelling about women who lead! It’s everything!  Still in the season of celebrating women all around the world, we acknowledge 5 amazing black women who have recorded a ‘first’ in their chosen fields within this first quarter of the year 2017.


Serena Williams

Serena is such a winner, it just seems to be the only thing she knows how to do. On January 28, she made news as a 23 grand slam singles champion after defeating her sister Venus at the Australian Open at Melbourne Park. The victory set her apart as the only player to have won a 23 grand slam title at age 35. We love Serena and can’t get enough of this timeless winning quote of hers “I’m really exciting. I smile a lot, I win a lot, and I’m really sexy”.

THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4319 -- Pictured: Actress Viola Davis during an interview on September 20, 2012 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

She will never cease to amaze us. She is strong, fierce and so accomplishing. At the much talked about 2017 Oscars, our dear Viola made history as the first black actress to win an Oscars, an Emmy and a Tony award. She just keeps paving the way for others, doesn’t she?


Imeime Umana

Imeime makes the black community so proud! She set an outstanding record on January 29, by becoming Harvard Law Review’s 131st president and the first black female president at that.  What do we say to this? Keep it coming girl!


Mary Pat Hector

19 year-old Mary is no doubt every black teenager’s muse at the moment. She made news in February by being the youngest aspirant to run for public office in Georgia State. Come March 21, if the odds fall in her favour, Mary will make history as one of the world’s youngest political office holders. We can’t wait!


Yemisi Aribisala

Our very own phenomenal writer and author of the highly regarded ‘long throat memoirs’, Yemisi, makes our heads swell. On January, she paved the way for budding African writers by becoming the 1st African female author to win the coveted John Avery award. We long for more of this!

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