Imagine having the words "business woman", "entrepreneur", or "CEO" on your resumè. Well, Raven Robinson, PR2Politics CEO, sure can. Robinson is an ideal role model for young African American women who dare to prove that the sky is the limit. This young black entrepreneur shows through her work that you don't have to wait to start your own business. Having established her own PR firm, which serves as effective representation for her clients, Robinson is a prime example that dreams are possible to achieve just as long as you're willing to work in order to bring them into perspective.
Here's Raven's piece of the pie:
The phrase "thank you" surely isn't enough to express our gratitude for Doreen Spicer-Dannelly's contributions to television. After seeing images of strong women working in entertainment (like Oprah and Debbie Allen) Doreen was inspired to venture from Brooklyn to Hollywood and help fill the void by creating diverse content.
Upon graduating from Morgan State University, Doreen began her career as an intern on the popular ABC show, Hanging With Mr. Cooper. Before you knew it she went onto contribute to programs like Martin, The Jamie Foxx Show and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. However these accomplished proved to be a mere glimpse into the pinnacle of her success. In the early 2000's she helped give life to Penny Proud on The Proud Family and later penned the Disney Channel original film, Jump In. In 2010 her television series, The Wannabes debuted in Australia and has been licensed internationally in over 100 countries.
It was truly an honor to have at our dinner table and share her experience. Here's her piece of the pie:
Nickecia Alder, also known as the mastermind creator behind the popular online nexus, Black Girl Fly Mag, is a role model for young black women who aspire to become entrepreneurs. Alder emits her multidimensionalism not only by running her own business but also balancing graduate school at Loyola University.
Through the creation of BGF, Nickecia has made it her duty to highlight the beauty, magic and joy of black girls and women by bringing them to the spotlight, demonstrating to the world what makes black girls unstoppable and let's not forget fly.
Andrea Lewis is more than just an actress, she’s a director, producer and true creative revolutionary. Many of you may know her as “Hazel” from Degrassi, however that’s just one of the beautiful characters that Lewis has brought to life.
Her mockumentary web series, Black Actress follows Kori Bailey, a retired actress on the journey to her next big gig. The premiere episode debuted in 2013 on Issa Rae’s YouTube channel and has gathered an audience of around 98k viewers since. Here at The Dinner Table, we’re all about sharing stories of multidimensional black women so we knew that Andrea’s seat at our table was long overdue.
We were honored to have Andrea share with us her inspirations, aspirations and what dish she would "chef up" and bring to our dinner party. See what she had to say below:
Becky Farmer is a talented woman with an impressive passion for fashion. Her love of what she does led her from becoming the National Winner of Dancing with the Stars Costume Design Contest to the sets of Glee and American Horror Story and, now, The Real. Her amazing talent and personality shines bright. She owns a confident approach that can serve as an inspiration to us all.
Farmer did not get to where she is today, overnight. Her story teaches us a lesson of staying true to ourselves and our beliefs, because perseverance and self-love are the keys to achieving anything we put our minds to. Strength and determination brought her a far way and it still has many more places to take her.
Woods said, from a Ladies European Tour stop in Dubai, "If the last name of Woods brings new fans or new players to the game of golf, I love that.” She has always been a proud fan of her uncle, and having the opportunity to continue the family name in the sport that she had grown to appreciate has especially been a fulfilling experience for her.
"It feels so good to know it has all paid off, that it was not given to me, nothing was handed to me, It was me working every day, the hours I put in on the golf course. It wasn't a connection or someone I knew that got me in."
By: Sierra Walton
Back in September, New York Times TV critic, Alessandra Stanley wrote a review about Shonda Rhimes and her television productions. Despite Stanley's labeling of Rhimes, calling her an "angry black woman", what really caught my attention (and the world's attention) was her statement about How To Get Away With Murder star, Viola Davis. The NYT critic used the phrase "less classically beautiful" to describe the talented, gorgeous, multidimensional and two-time Oscar Award Winning Actress.
It was almost impossible for me to remain calm after reading her review. The classification of women of color was starting to become irritating. When is it going to stop, I thought as I scrolled through backlash tweets of several black actresses such as, and other black women. The most beautiful and inspiring thing happened on Twitter. Beautiful women that were different hues of brown began to retaliate by posting pictures of themselves with challenging tweets using hashtags like #lessclassicallybeautiful and #classicallybeautiful.
The beauty of all these gorgeous, brown women coming together to the defense of Viola Davis and themselves, made me realize the importance of knowing one's beauty. It is tiring to see that black women are continually being labeled by society, which has it's own standardized views of beauty in comparison to that of European connotations we've been born into. Enough is enough. Women of color obtain different dimensions of beauty, rather than just physical appearance. We are multidimensional. We craft things from the remnants of what the rest of the world thinks is useless, and we turn it into treasures that the world then tries to mimic, because we make it pop culture. We are pop culture. IT is time for us to reclaim what's been renamed, and redistributed to make it seem like it's original, but has really been derived from us.
No longer will women of color ignore phrases like "less classically beautiful." I would not expect someone as simple-minded as Alessandra Stanley to understand the complexity of the different dimensions of beauty of black women. It's something that most cannot grasp, and those that cannot fathom it tend to copy.