This is the eighthedition of “This week in black women,” a weekly column dedicated to signal-boosting the black women who make the world spin.
This week, I’m shouting out some of Hollywood’s best and brightest, a few new elected officials, a family you need to know about, and more. Remember these women! Pay these women! Follow these women! Let’s do this.
“Taking care of business”: Adrienne Nelson, Tamaya Dennard, and Nikuyah Walker
With the new year comes new elected officials. Here are three to celebrate this week:
1. Judge Adrienne Nelson was selected by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to serve on the Oregon Supreme Court. She’s only the second woman of color to serve on the state’s supreme court, and the first African-American to serve on an appellate court.
Great news! @OregonGovBrown makes an excellent Oregon Supreme Court appointment with Judge Nelson. Nelson has been a powerful leader in the fight for justice & equality. I’m thrilled she is bringing that leadership & perspective to Oregon’s highest court. https://t.co/Mx0V4kQIJc
2. In her campaign for Cincinnati City Council, Tamaya Dennard often shared the Shirley Chisholm quote, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” After carrying around the chair for much of her successful campaign, Dennard brought the folding chair with her while she was sworn in. Yes, ma’am!
“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”
Yesterday, because of your all’s support, I was sworn in as a Cincinnati City Councilwoman and President Pro Tempore of Council.
Because of you, we’re bringing a folding chair to City Hall.
3. The city council of Charlottesville, Virginia (yes, that Charlottesville) just selected Nikuyah Walker to be the city’s next mayor. (The city has a council-manager style of government, where the city council picks the mayor instead of a traditional vote.) In this role, Walker, an Independent, will be in charge of Charlottesville’s city council. She is the first black woman to hold the position.
“Who run the world?”: the women of Essence magazine
After being bought by Richelieu Dennis from Time Inc., Essence, a lifestyle magazine for black women and popular music festival, is once-again black-owned. And the executive leadership team, which is entirely black women, will have an ownership stake in the new venture. Secure the bag, ladies.
Essence magazine’s editor-in-chief Vanessa K. De Luca and president of Essence Communications Michelle Ebanks, seen here at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards. Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Essence.
“Yessssssssssss”: A TGIT crossover we can get behind
Maybe it was the holidays. Perhaps it was because the family was black or because they were a loving same-sex couple. Maybe a combination of the three. But here, we will celebrate their lives and follow the case as perpetrators are brought to justice.