5 Empowering Things that Happened this Week

Primetime Emmy Awarded actress, Viola Davis has struck a deal with the ABC network to produce new projects. Davis and her husband, Julius Tennon decided to create projects through their personal production company, JuVee Productions.   “We started JuVee because we wanted to see narratives that reflected our multi-ethnic and multifaceted culture,” Davis said.
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Primetime Emmy Awarded actress, Viola Davis has struck a deal with the ABC network to produce new projects. Davis and her husband, Julius Tennon decided to create projects through their personal production company, JuVee Productions.   “We started JuVee because we wanted to see narratives that reflected our multi-ethnic and multifaceted culture,” Davis said.
5 Empowering Things that Happened this Week

Primetime Emmy Awarded actress, Viola Davis has struck a deal with the ABC network to produce new projects. Davis and her husband, Julius Tennon decided to create projects through their personal production company, JuVee Productions. “We started JuVee because we wanted to see narratives that reflected our multi-ethnic and multifaceted culture,” Davis said.

Wednesday evening, Yale University announced they would name a residential college after Dr. Anna Pauline Murray, making her the first African American and the first woman to receive this honor at the ivy-league university.   Dr. Murray was an activist and lawyer who blew everyone she came in contact with away. Among many accolades, Dr. Murray graduated from Howard Law School and was the only woman appointed by President John F. Kennedy to the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, became the first African American at Yale to receive doctor of juridical science degree, wrote about gender as racial discrimination eloquently and openly challenged gender identity.
5 Empowering Things that Happened this Week

Wednesday evening, Yale University announced they would name a residential college after Dr. Anna Pauline Murray, making her the first African American and the first woman to receive this honor at the ivy-league university. Dr. Murray was an activist and lawyer who blew everyone she came in contact with away. Among many accolades, Dr. Murray graduated from Howard Law School and was the only woman appointed by President John F. Kennedy to the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, became the first African American at Yale to receive doctor of juridical science degree, wrote about gender as racial discrimination eloquently and openly challenged gender identity.

President Obama will be paying a visit to Flint, Michigan to discuss the water crisis. Wonder what is getting him there…  “Little Miss Flint.” Mari Copeny (Little Miss Flint) is an 8-year-old activist who wrote a letter to President Obama speaking her truth of how she is one of the children effected by the water. Copeny also hoped to meet President and Mrs. Obama as she was headed to Washington, D.C to watch the congressional hearings on Governor Rick Snyder.   Obama wrote back to Copeny to let her know that he will be visiting May 4th and would like to meet her and her family.   “Like you, I’ll use my voice to call for change and help lift up your community,” President Obama wrote.
5 Empowering Things that Happened this Week

President Obama will be paying a visit to Flint, Michigan to discuss the water crisis. Wonder what is getting him there… “Little Miss Flint.” Mari Copeny (Little Miss Flint) is an 8-year-old activist who wrote a letter to President Obama speaking her truth of how she is one of the children effected by the water. Copeny also hoped to meet President and Mrs. Obama as she was headed to Washington, D.C to watch the congressional hearings on Governor Rick Snyder. Obama wrote back to Copeny to let her know that he will be visiting May 4th and would like to meet her and her family. “Like you, I’ll use my voice to call for change and help lift up your community,” President Obama wrote.

John F. Kennedy High School history teacher, Jahana Hayes was awarded the 2016 National Teacher of the Year.   Hayes’ teaching philosophy is rooted in community service. “We need to graduate people who care about their neighbors, who will be conscientious, productive members of society …  I think that so much has been given to me that I feel obligated to make that a part of who I am," Hayes said.   On CBS This Morning, Hayes discussed growing up in the same city she teaches in and how she was a young mom, surrounded by drugs, poverty and violence, however she rose above, empowered herself and is now empowering the young lives of her students everyday in the classroom and beyond.
5 Empowering Things that Happened this Week

John F. Kennedy High School history teacher, Jahana Hayes was awarded the 2016 National Teacher of the Year. Hayes’ teaching philosophy is rooted in community service. “We need to graduate people who care about their neighbors, who will be conscientious, productive members of society … I think that so much has been given to me that I feel obligated to make that a part of who I am," Hayes said. On CBS This Morning, Hayes discussed growing up in the same city she teaches in and how she was a young mom, surrounded by drugs, poverty and violence, however she rose above, empowered herself and is now empowering the young lives of her students everyday in the classroom and beyond.

Beyonce took the world by wind again with her surprise release of album, Lemonade.   Lemonade has already been said to be a source of inspiration, hope and empowerment to African American women. Beyonce gets up-close and personal on her marriage and her emotions, empowering herself and women around the world.   Pow! on ladies, go on and empower yourself and others!
5 Empowering Things that Happened this Week

Beyonce took the world by wind again with her surprise release of album, Lemonade. Lemonade has already been said to be a source of inspiration, hope and empowerment to African American women. Beyonce gets up-close and personal on her marriage and her emotions, empowering herself and women around the world. Pow! on ladies, go on and empower yourself and others!

Empower; to make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights. That’s what the dictionary constitutes as empower.

This week, women are empowering those around them beyond themselves for a better tomorrow.

Ashleigh Boisseau

Ashleigh Boisseau

Ashleigh Boisseau is a feminist with plans to use her passion for communications to advocate and empower anyone she can. She is alumna from VCU with degrees in Mass Communication and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies. She also is a former contributor to emPower and RVAMag/GayRVA. If she can inspire a few, she’s happy!

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