#ICYMI: Week 1 of 2019 Is In the Books
One week in and Black women are already running sh*t. We’re gonna go ahead and call it early — this is our year.
Regina King won her first Golden Globe and delivered the speech of the night
“I’m going to use my platform right now to say, in the next two years everything that I produce ― I’m making a vow ― and it’s going to be tough to make sure that everything that I produce, that it’s 50 percent women.”
The 76th annual Golden Globes were Sunday night, and Regina King took home her first ever Golden Globe for best supporting actress for her performance in "If Beale Street Could Talk.” Before she left the stage, she vowed that every project she produces in the next two years will be 50% women. And it wasn’t just an empty promise — Regina says that work towards her vow has already begun. “As soon as I walked off that stage, you’d be amazed how many people came up to me and said whatever you need me to do to help you accomplish that, I’m here for you. So it’s already started, the seed’s been planted.”
Besides delivering the most passionate speech of the night, Regina also gave us one of the best lewks of the night. See our Golden Globes best dressed list here.
Texas county swore in 17 black female judges
"Today we usher in a new era of representative government and progressive leadership in Harris County."
Harris County, Texas brought in the new year by swearing in 17 Black female judges — the largest group of Black female judges to be elected at the same time in the county’s history. They ran on a campaign called “Black Girl Magic Texas,” including Judges Shannon Baldwin, Lucia Bates, Ronnisha Bowman, Sharon Burney, Lori Chambers Gray, Dedra Davis, Linda Dunson, Toria Finch, Ramona Franklin, Angela Graves-Harrington, Cassandra Holleman, Erica Hughes, Maria Jackson, Tonya Jones, Latosha Lewis Payne, Michelle Moore, Sandra Peake, Germaine Tanner, and LaShawn Williams.
Cyntonia brown was granted clemency
It’s about time, but we’ll take it! After serving 15 years of a life sentence in prison for killing a man that bought her for sex at only 16 years old, Cyntonia Brown was finally granted clemency on Monday. Cyntonia’s story gained widespread attention and support from celebrities, law makers, and rights activists who lobbied for Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee to grant the sex trafficking victim clemency before his term was up. Cyntonia will be released on supervised parole August 7.
Letitia Wright was the highest box office earning actor of 2018
Box office Queen! All in one year, Letitia starred in Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Ready Player One, and The Commuter for a grand total of $1.55 BILLION in domestic box office sales according to Fandango. Upon hearing the news, Letitia tweeted “dope dope. just deposit that amount into my bank account.” WELP. Cut sis her check!
NEW FENTY ALERT: Rihanna is dropping 50 shades of concealer
The bad gal woke us up on New Year’s Day and told us about ourselves like only she can — "Half of y'all looking busted. Fenty Beauty to the rescue." On January 11, she’s dropping Fenty Beauty’s first official concealer in 50 shades. The shade numbers will correspond, so if you already have your Fenty foundation shade, you’re good to go.
But Rih’s not done blessing us yet — 10 new shades will be added to the Pro Filt'r Foundation line, bringing its total from 40 to a grand total of 50. We’re also getting a new Pro Filt'r Retouch Setting Powder in eight shades. So what we’re saying is, gather your coins.