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    Greetings!

    Who would you put in your top 10 influential Black women of modern our-story list?

    This could be anyone that influenced you in any way, personal or in activism.


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    By Modern, do you mean last century? {1900's}

    Harriet Tubman
    Ida B. Wells
    Angela Davis {BPP}
    Kathleen Cleaver {BPP}
    Mrs. D. Pearson
    Min. Ava Muhammad
    Dr. Frances Cress Welsing
    Mom {for bringing me into the world}
    Erykah Badu {for showing Afrikan beauty in her music videos}
    India Irie {for showing Afrikan beauty in her music videos}

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    Not in any particular order. I may have to come back and add some.

    1. Oprah Winfrey - for kicking tails and growing black enterprise
    2. Coretta Scott King - for her poise and class and her undying support of the CRMovement.
    3. Nina Simone - for singing and saying so politely what we needed to hear.
    4. Phylicia Rashad - for showing us that beautiful, successful good wives and mothers are black too!
    5. Betty Shabazz - for sticking by her husband and continuing on with his message of equality.
    6. Mahalia Jackson - for the voice of classic gospel.
    7. Leontyne Price - for being one of the first true black Divas.
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    my top influential black women are: ( no going in any particular order)

    Oprah Winfrey (she&#39;s been through a lot in her childhood, and she just represents a strong black woman)
    India Arie( she represent herself as not being ashamed of her hair and heritage) i love her since im from sierra leone personally
    My MOMMY- i love her!!! she is my hero times a million!!!
    Erykah badu- she represents her self has a phenomonal woman and doesn&#39;t care one bit about what people think of her
    Lauryn hill- she breaks of all chains to the steriotypical black women
    Tyra Banks- shes so DOWN-TO-EARTH just because she got where she is, she didn&#39;t leave anyone behind
    Mahalia Jackson- is the black soulful gospel voice of many black women EVERYWHERE
    Coretta Scott King- never gave up by her husband side to get the right that many black people have today

    I might have to come back to get more

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    1.Oprah Winfrey (Of course)
    2.The Williams Sisters( Opened Up Doors for women of color tennis players)
    3.Aaliyah
    4.Jada Pinkett Smith
    5.Jill Scoot
    6. Both the Chicks from FLoetry
    7.Mary Mcleoud- Bethune

    I&#39;m running out of names!

    8.Whitney Houston (Although under the influence she really showed us how to stand by her man no matter what! and, up until now!) Plus that Girl Can Sang!

    9. I can&#39;t forget about Mary J.

    10.Last But Not Least My Mother!

    I know I&#39;m missing someone!

    Although I finished my 10 I want to add Mrs. Condoleza Rice

    (Warning I may have mispelled a couple of names!)
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    1. My mom because she loves and supports me more than anyone in this world ever will.
    2. My auntie (although she’s only about 1/8th black :P ) because she took our entire family out of poverty.
    3. Oprah Winfrey, because she said f*** you to all those that said *black women can’t.*
    4. Deecoily because she loves her sisters so so so much, and is willing to put her money where her heart is.
    5. Rosa Parks, nuff said.
    6. Grace Jones who ‘went there’ before many of us dared to.
    7. Josephine Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday.
    8. Maya Angelou.
    9. Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson, hopefully the first of many.
    10. My little sister, because she loves her blackness and enjoys every part of it in a world that constantly tries to convince her to do otherwise.

    And dang there are so many more. It’s good to be a black woman, it really is. :wub: ^_^
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    In no particular order:

    Oprah Winfrey
    Condi Rice (regardless of my personal thoughts about her politically)
    Ellen Sirleaf Johnson
    Johnetta B. Cole
    Zora Neale Hurston
    Shonda Rhimes (creator of Grey&#39;s Anatomy)
    Alice Walker
    Toni Morrison
    Mary J. Blige (has she not created the soundtrack to many Black women&#39;s lives,lol)
    Mary Mcleod Bethune
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    Peace
    I knowledge that the Women who posted all had Oprah on their list. Yes, Oprah has a lot of money which has generated some power, however she has not made any significant mark on Afrikans life like the many great Women before her like Anna Julie Cooper, bell hooks, Afeni Shakur, Frances Ellen Watkins, and Audre Lorde. Honestly, what has Oprah done for Black people? I am not trying to down play what she has done for the children in Afrika, however how often does Oprah addresses problems of Afrikans in our society on her show? Just because someone is Black and making money, does not mean that one should be given prestige in the Black community.

    As far as my list...it would be unfair to make one, because some of the most influential Black Women in our society go unacknowledged. I remember reading this quote from Audre Lorde where she said that Black Women&#39;s very existence was an act of rebellion, because we were never meant to survive.

    I want to acknowledge all of the Black Women on Nappturality, in the projects, in the Suburbs, and in my hood---academia, that are holding their own and taking care of their business, because it is so hard!

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    Myself, My mother, My Sistahs (biological and in soul/spirit), Bell Hooks, Mary McLeod Bethune, Sojourner Truth, Angela Davis, Rosa Parks, Shirley Chisolm, Gwendolyn Brooks, Myrlie Evers, Hazel Johnson, there are so many wonderful sistahs who have contributed so much. Can&#39;t name just 10. :wub:

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    MY TOP TEN (in no particular order)

    My Gramma- For all encompassing purposes

    My Mama - For all encompassing purposes

    Civil Rights ActivistsAngela Davis, Betty Shabazz, Coretta Scott King, Afeni Shakur, Myrlie Evers Williams) For all encompassing purposes

    DeeCoily- For creating this site and keeping things running smoothly.

    Oprah- For creating the school in Africa for girls; always being about her business and for being a role model for women of color.

    Michelle Obama- For being the first (black) lady in the whitehouse. For showing the world it is possible to be a woman, black and successful.

    Authors: (Toni Morrison, Sapphire, Sista Souljah,etc.)- For writing some of the best books I've written and opening my mind.

    Artists: (Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, MaryMary,etc.)- For making music that has made me laugh, cry, dance and sometimes even move my soul!

    Actresses: (Pam Grier, Halle Berry, Whoopi Goldberg, Ruby Dee, Angela Basset, etc.) For taking roles that portrayed black women as strong, prudent and beautiful.

    SuperModels (yes I did add them to this list! Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell, Alek Wek,etc.)

    Tyra for being the some first black woman to appear on the covers of Sports Illustrated swim suit edition, GQ & V.S. (not the tv show..ugh)

    Naomi Campbell for still being the highest paid black supermodel of all time!

    Alek Wek for showing the world Black is beautiful

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