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Kerry Washington Built An Estimated $50M Fortune, But Her Husband And 3 Kids Are 'Proof Of God' To Her

When Shonda Rhimes gave us the critically acclaimed “Scandal,” Thursday nights were never the same. The brilliance of the show’s characters kept viewers captivated, all led by Olivia Pope, as portrayed by Kerry Washington. Washington made the world feel like Olivia Pope could do just about anything. She was the proverbial cousin in most people’s heads and the “fixer” many people wish they had in real life. Although Washington’s role in “Scandal” was noteworthy, it wasn’t the first nor would it be the last time she’d make her mark on the culture. Kerry Washington is a New York native with early roots in the acting industry. During her early teen years, she was a part of New York’s TADA! Youth Theater. Her work with the theater would prove beneficial as Washington went on to appear in hit television shows and films including “Ray” and “Little Fires Everywhere.” The 46-year-old actress is also known for her work behind the camera as a producer and director for shows such as the hit HBO...

Josh Rodgers

Apr 19, 2023

Serena Williams And Kerry Washington Have Some Advice For Achieving Financial Freedom

Serena Williams and Kerry Washington are sharing their insight on equity and ownership for free.99. According to Essence, the two have partnered with Carta, an ownership and equity management platform, for its campaign — Equity 101. The launch includes ten fintech lessons focused on equity and investing, as well as videos from Williams, Washington, Alex Rodriguez, Ashley Graham, Tan France, and Steve Nash, in which they “help debunk major concepts that have stood in the way of achieving financial freedom. ” Each of the celebrities involved in the campaign own equity as investors or venture capitalists. As previously reported by AfroTech, Williams founded her VC firm Serena Ventures in 2014 to provide opportunities to women and underrepresented founders and it has since gone on to invest in 43 companies , 25 marked as “diversity investments.” AfroTech has also reported on Washington continuously having her hands in the startup world including her investments in brands such as Aurate,...

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 6, 2022

Get to Know Hollywood's Highest-Paid Black Actresses

Black Hollywood actresses have been making waves in the entertainment industry for decades. This was a notable year for many Black women entertainers — both veterans and those new in the game. Though oftentimes their contribution to the culture is not reflected in their salaries. For example, Viola Davis was the only Black woman featured on Forbes’ list of the Top 10 highest-paid actresses of 2020. Davis earned $15.5 million thanks to her legendary performance in the role of Annalise Keating in the show “ How to Get Away With Murder” and “ Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” on Netflix. Despite this, Black actresses have been able to break through glass ceilings in the face of a global pandemic and continue to build impressive discographies and net worths. Check out some of the most popular Black actresses along with their net worths below. 1. Kerry Washington ($50 million) Photo Credit: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for AFI) According to Forbes, Kerry Washington was the only Black woman to...

Abriana Walton

Dec 10, 2020

Actress Kerry Washington Joins Jewelry Brand Aurate As Investor, Designer, and Women's Activist

To Hollywood, Kerry Washington is an award-winning actress and producer, but to the startup world she’s turning into a hands-on investor. According to Fast Company , Washington recently made a substantial investment in DTC sustainable women’s jewelry startup Aurate , and has taken an active role is designing a capsule collection to champion sisterhood among women. The four-piece Lioness collection is a project Washington worked on closely with Aurate co-founders Sophie Kahn and Bouchra Ezzahraoui. The meaning behind the collection is symbolic of the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet who often took the form of a lion, Fast Company reports . The outlet went on to share the collection features the brand’s two best-selling gold chains joined together connected by a lion pendant, which is meant to represent the way in which women come together to form tribes, according to Washington.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Kerry Washington (@kerrywashington) “The collection is all about...

Njera Perkins

Nov 23, 2020

Kerry Washington Joins Forces With Wes Moore To Launch $10M Racial Justice Fund

Actress Kerry Washington and author Wes Moore have joined forces to help support Black leaders in their fight to build an equitable, anti-racist, fair America. According to Black Enterprise , The Black Voices for Black Justice Fund was launched with an initial $2 million investment and now has a goal of raising over $10 million to support Black leaders as they work to advance racial justice. Per the foundation’s website : “The Fund was established to amplify clarion voices about racial justice; connect new and established Black leaders to one another; and support Black-led efforts to build meaningful economic and political power for their communities in the context of police brutality and the disproportionate impact of the pandemic along racial lines – including disparities in access to healthcare, jobs, education, justice and the right to vote.” The fund is currently being co-chaired by Washington, Robin Hood CEO, Moore; CEO of New Leaders, Jean Desravines; President and Executive...

Shanique Yates

Oct 9, 2020

Meet Hollywood's Highest-Paid Black Actors and Actresses

Black Hollywood has historically made major contributions to the TV and film industries. However, many Black actors and actresses don’t get their proper shine or pay for their work. Here, we are spotlighting some of the highest-paid Black actors and actresses who’ve reaped the benefits from their fruitful careers. Halle Berry ($90 million) Photo Credit: ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images) Halle Berry’s acting career is highly regarded in the entertainment industry. She became the first Black woman to win an Academy Award for “Best Actress” and has starred in classic films like “Boomerang,” “Monster’s Ball,” “X-Men” and more. Berry has opened doors for many Black actresses and her efforts continue to set the standard for Black Hollywood. Queen Latifah ($70 million) Photo Credit: Bennett Raglin/Getty Images Queen Latifah has had a very rewarding acting career. Even though she began with music, the Oscar-nominated, Grammy and Emmy award-winning actress ventured off to Hollywood starring...

Njera Perkins

Apr 10, 2020

Michelle Obama Starts #PromChallenge to Encourage Students to Vote

On Tuesday, Michelle Obama, took to her Twitter to post a throwback photo of her prom night challenging individuals to join in on the #PromChallenge, an effort centered around encouraging others to post their prom photos and spreading the word to teachers and students to register to vote. Throwing it back to my 1982 prom night and this pink satin, polka-dotted dress. Join the #PromChallenge with @WhenWeAllVote and @MTV and tell us what your school is doing to register students to vote. You could get a free prom for your school! Learn more: — Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) February 18, 2020 The Prom Challenge is a part of Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote campaign, a nonprofit centered around increasing voter participation and closing the race and age voting gap by changing the culture around voting. The former First Lady serves as co-chair alongside Janelle Monáe, Chris Paul, Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington, and Tracee Ellis Ross....

Devin Crudup

Feb 20, 2020

8 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts For Daily Motivation

Let’s face it, we may all have the same 24-hours in a day, but staying motivated can be hard. Sometimes there’s going to be days when you have to operate on three hours of sleep and have a to-do list that seems a mile long, but there’s hope. We’ve put together a list of some of the most encouraging Black Twitter accounts that will get you out of those low spirit ruts. Whether you’re a one (wo)man show or you head a team of 50 or more employees, these motivational Twitter accounts may give you the boost you need to keep going. Gucci Mane If you don’t want to trip going forwards stop looking backwards! — Gucci Mane (@gucci1017) January 24, 2020 Representing East Atlanta, the legendary rapper not only gives us trap music hits, but his Twitter is full of encouragement. Gucci reminds us not to dwell on past failures and to keep looking forward. Who cares if your last startup didn’t go so well–start another! A scroll through Gucci’s page will instantly put you in hustler mode. Let’s not...

Devin Crudup

Feb 7, 2020