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African Politician Awut Deng Acuil Makes History As First Woman to Lead a South Sudan University

For the first time ever, a South Sudan university’s governing body will be led by a woman. Awut Deng Acuil — who is currently the Minister of General Education and Instructions for the Government of South Sudan — will serve as the head of the council at the University of Bahr El-Ghazal, Face2Face Africa shares from a BBC report. News of Achuil’s appointment was reportedly announced during a presidential decree that was read on the South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation, the national broadcaster. Acuil, who is no stranger to making history in her country, also previously became the first woman to serve as South Sudan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, according to Face2Face Africa . A report from PaanLuel Wël shared that from 2005 to August 2019, Acuil held several high positions in the country’s government including Presidential Advisor on Gender and Human Rights, Minister of Labor, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Minister of Humanitarian and...

Njera Perkins

Nov 24, 2020

Monica R. Lawson Makes History as First Black Woman to Rise From Chaplain to Colonel in the U.S. Army

The U.S. Army just promoted its first active-duty Black woman chaplain to the rank of colonel, according to the Richmond Free Press . Chaplain Monica R. Lawson makes history as the first active-duty Black female chaplain to rise up to the rank of colonel. Lawson is an African Methodist Episcopal minister, chief of recruiting and accessions for the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps, and a Spelman alum. “As an African-American woman who has always been proud of the skin that I’m in, in this time, this is a bright spot in a sea of what seems to be darkness never-ending. In a time when we are faced with political polarization, racial unrest, a pandemic, and economic uncertainty, it’s good to have something to celebrate and to take our minds off of what is going on, if only for a moment,” Lawson said. Lawson has served as a family life chaplain at Fort Bliss, Texas, a deputy Pentagon chaplain, battalion chaplain at Fort Story, VA, and Fort Jackson, deputy cadet command chaplain at Fort Knox, KY,...

Shanique Yates

Sep 30, 2020

Pinterest Responds to Discrimination Claims by Appointing its First Black Board Member

Image sharing and social media platform, Pinterest, appointed Andrea Wishom to their Board of Directors, making her the first Black person ever appointed to the company’s board. The move to appoint Wishom, who serves as president at Skywalker Holdings, comes after Pinterest received allegations of racism and poor pay by former employees back in June and July of this year. After the social media platform claimed to stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, Ifeoma Ozoma, Aerica Shimizu Banks, and other unidentified individuals told Washington Post that they had been mistreated by their white peers. The allegations were followed by a campaign that called for Pinterest to increase pay for Black employees. A website and arranged walkout emerged to support Ozoma and Banks. Ben Silbermann, the company’s CEO and co-founder, guaranteed that a person of color would soon be hired and that his company “needs to be better.” He followed through on his promise and says that Wishom is “a...

Shanique Yates

Aug 20, 2020

This 20-Year-Old Black Woman Entrepreneur Just Made Over $1M in 8 Minutes Online

MoonXCosmetics , a handmade vegan skincare line specializing in all skin types, just experienced major success online, but not without the vision of its 20-year-old founder. MoonXCosmetics offers an assortment of products ranging from natural hydrating oils, cleansers, body conditioners, masks, and more — some of which were restocked on its virtual shelves on Thursday. Mariee Revere, CEO and founder, took to Twitter to announce that she made $1 million in eight minutes off of what she said would be a “million-dollar restock.” She called it the million dollar restock, and got it. I’m proud. Keep doing your thing. #SupportBlackBusiness — Big Mama✨👑. (@whoisyanna) May 1, 2020 “1 million in 8 minutes! thank you god and thank you to everyone who supported me! i had to cut the site 26 minutes due to me reaching 20k + orders! thank you so much!” Revere said via Twitter . Based on her company’s Instagram, MoonXCosmetics seems to have gained the approval of various...

Micah Kimberley

May 1, 2020