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positive election news: tammy duckworth won and will be the first thai-american senator

and kamala harris won and is going to be the first black female senator since 1999. she is also the first ever indian-american senator

oregon elected kate brown and she will be the first ever openly lgbtqa governor in us history

catherine cortez masto won and will be the first ever latina us senator

minnesota elected ilhan omar, a somali-muslim woman, to the house for the first time.

washington state elected pramila jayapal, an indian-american woman, to the house for the first time.

stephanie murphy was elected in florida and will be the first vietnamese-american female in congress

First female black student-president at nation’s most expensive prep school is forced to resign after ‘offensive’ photographs of her mocking 'typical white classmates’ emerge online

The former black student body president at a pricey New Jersey prep school was forced to resign from her leadership position earlier this year after she posted a series of photos on the Internet, in which she is seen dressed as what she describes to be the typical male, white student at the school.

In the photos, former Lawrenceville School Student Body President Maya Peterson is seen wearing L.L. Bean duck boots, a Yale University sweatshirt and is holding a hockey stick, which she says is representative of the typical 'Lawrenceville boi.’

In addition to the photos, she added hashtags like ’#romney2016,’ ’#confederate,’ and ’#peakedinhighschool.’


Peterson explains that the photos were meant as a joke in response to complaints made by students about her senior photos, in which she and 10 friends - all of whom were black - are seen raising their fists in a 'Black Power’ salute. 

'I understand why I hurt people’s feelings, but I didn’t become president to make sure rich white guys had more representation on campus,’ she told the website. 'Let’s be honest. They’re not the ones that feel uncomfortable here.’

Some of Peterson’s classmates, however, didn’t see the humor in her 'racist’ photos.

'You’re the student body president, and you’re mocking and blatantly insulting a large group of the school’s male population,’ one student commented on the photo.

Peterson’s response to the comment only made things worse.

'Yes, I am making a mockery of the right-wing, confederate-flag hanging, openly misogynistic Lawrentians,’ Peterson responded. 'If that’s a large portion of the school’s male population, then I think the issue is not with my bringing attention to it in a lighthearted way, but rather why no one has brought attention to it before…’

Both students and faculty members felt the images were offensive, and that 'it was not fitting of a student leader to make comments mocking members of the community,’ Dean of Students Nancy Thomas told the Lawrenceville student paper.

Peterson’s take on race has irritated her classmates in the past, as well.

In 2012, following the re-election of President Barack Obama, Peterson wrote on Facebook about how proud she was that an African-American was president - and threw in a sarcastic jab at white people.

'As a black and Latino, gay woman in the United States of America, today is a momentous day,’ she wrote. 'I’m sorry to all the rich white men who have failed to elect a president that endorses their greed.’

Some of her classmates felt the Facebook post was racist.

'I’m gonna have to assume from your political beliefs and what you’ve said that you do not pay for your Lawrenceville tuition in its entirety,’ one student wrote. 'But do you know who pays for that? Yeah, that would be all those greedy white men who actually worked for their fortune, not relied on the government to support them. Just saying.’

Peterson’s family paid full tuition at the school.

Peterson’s getting elected student body president worried many of her classmates, as they believed she was alienating a large portion of the student body with her controversial comments about white classmates

One former student said Peterson’s photos - and overall attitude, 'violated the spirit of the Lawrenceville community.’

'It was hateful. It wasn’t inclusive,’ the student, identified only as David, said. 'When I think of Maya Peterson, I don’t think of someone who is an avid proponent of progress or of inclusiveness. I think of someone who is hateful. She had a hateful spirit.



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I SUPPORT MAYA PETERSON!!!!

shoutout to my Auntie in islam for being the first female Black Muslim civil court judge in NYC! “First Muslim Women Judge Carolyn Walker sworn in as judge of the 7 Municipal District, Brooklyn by holding the Holy Quran at Brooklyn Boro hall on December 10, 2015, it was a Historic Day!!”

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MARVEL'S FIRST BLACK FEMALE WRITER ...IN 80 YEARS

Marvel has announced at San Diego Comic Con, that they will have their first black female comic book writer… ever!

Roxane Gay is currently writing a collection of Short Stories called Difficult Women, and has written several novels, including one called An Untamed State that will have a movie adaptation released in 2017. Regardless of the projects on her plate, she asserted that she could not turn down the opportunity to work on this book. She stated:

“The opportunity to write black women and queer black women into the Marvel universe, there’s no saying no to that.”

Gay will be teaming up with Ta-Nehisi Coates for a separate story in Marvel’s current Black Panther run.

This is huge and deeply important for crafting Radical Black Imaginations for youth as well as adults. Representation always matters. Shout out to Marvel for taking steps to diversify their staff as well as their heros. 

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Molly, by Golly!: The Legend of Molly Williams, America’s First Female Firefighter

Dianne Ochiltree

This legendary tale introduces young readers to Molly Williams, an African American cook for New York City’s Fire Company 11, who is considered to be the first known female firefighter in U.S. history. One winter day in 1818, when many of the firefighting volunteers are sick with influenza and a small wooden house is ablaze, Molly jumps into action and helps stop the blaze, proudly earning the nickname Volunteer Number 11. Relying on historic records and pictures and working closely with firefighting experts, Dianne Ochiltree and artist Kathleen Kemly not only bring this spunky and little-known heroine to life but also show how fires were fought in early America.

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This incredible woman is Claudia Gordon,

Claudia Gordon, the first Black deaf female attorney in the U.S., has been an advocate for people with disabilities since high school. It was her desire to address societal barriers faced by people with disabilities that motivated her to pursue a legal education and career. Since graduating from law school and being admitted to the Maryland Bar, Claudia has conducted numerous empowerment and legal education outreach and training to communities and organizations in both the U.S. and St. Thomas USVI.

Claudia has a longstanding association with the National Black Deaf Advocates Association (NBDA), having served since 1989, and is currently its Vice-President. She has also provided advocacy leadership at the National Association of the Deaf Law Center; the Civil Practice Clinic at the Washington College of Law, Washington, DC Public Defender Service-Mental Health Division; the Black Law Students Association; the National Black Deaf Advocates Association; and the Consumer Action Network. Currently, she is an independent consultant to the National Council on Disability (NCD).

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Simone Manuel becomes the first black female swimmer to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics.

Simone Manuel became the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal in an individual swimming event when she she pulled off a stunning upset victory in the women’s 100-meter freestyle race Thursday in Rio de Janeiro.

Twitter users were quick to applaud Manuel’s pioneering accomplishment. Of course, this wasn’t even her first big win of the week.

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MARTHA JONES APPRECIATION DAY, a day where we can celebrate Martha Jones (played by Freema Agyeman), the first black female companion on Doctor Who.

How to join:

Post something! Fanfic, fanart, gifs, graphics, meta, fanvid, cosplay… anything, really. Just make sure to tag your work with #martha jones appreciation day so other people can see it.

Please remember not to post any character bashing as it’s supposed to be a day of celebration.

I hope all of you can participate. See you then and have fun!

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The majority of the police force of a small Missouri town resigned last week after the municipality’s first black female mayor officially took office. Citing “safety concerns,” five of the six officers comprising the Parma, Mo. police force stepped down once Mayor Tyrus Byrd was sworn in on Tuesday. Tyrus beat incumbent Randall Ramsey, who served as mayor for 37 years and, according to KVFS, lost reelection by as many votes.

The majority of the Parma, Mo. police department rejected Mayor Tyrus Byrd, citing “safety concerns”

Black Women in Sequence: Re-inking Comics, Graphic Novels, and Anime ( 2015)

By Deborah Elizabeth Whaley

“Black Women in Sequence takes readers on a search for women of African descent in comics subculture. From the 1971 appearance of the Skywald Publications character “the Butterfly” - the first Black female superheroine in a comic book - to contemporary comic books, graphic novels, film, manga, and video gaming, a growing number of Black women are becoming producers, viewers, and subjects of sequential art.

As the first detailed investigation of Black women’s participation in comic art, Black Women in Sequence examines the representation, production, and transnational circulation of women of African descent in the sequential art world. In this groundbreaking study, which includes interviews with artists and writers, Deborah Whaley suggests that the treatment of the Black female subject in sequential art says much about the place of people of African descent in national ideology in the United States and abroad.”

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“Queen Latifah has long been considered one of hip-hop’s pioneer feminists. She is a rapper, songwriter, singer, actress, model, producer, comedienne, and talk show host. She has earned a Golden Globe, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Image Awards, a Grammy, seven Grammy nominations, an Emmy nomination and an Academy Award nomination. She most recently hosted her own talk show.”

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