On today’s International #DayOfTheGirl, I’m reminded of all the phenomenal women who shaped me into who I am today simply by being an example of strength, courage and resilience in the face of often dire circumstances and challenges. From the famous to the obscure, they left an indelible mark on my life. You have a chance to be the role model you wish you had growing up - inspire the upcoming #GenerationEquality. There’s a girl out there looking up to you. Image via UN Women
A small intervention in infrastructure can make a big difference for women’s empowerment, which will make a big difference for the entire society. International #WomensDay via UN Women

How do you honor a king? Reeling from the loss of my colleague, my friend, my brother. Struggling for words. Nothing feels adequate. I always marveled at how special Chadwick Boseman was. Such a pure hearted, profoundly generous, regal, fun guy. My entire job as Okoye was to respect and protect a king. Honor his leadership. Chadwick made that job profoundly easy. He was the epitome of kindness, elegance, diligence and grace. On many an occasion I would think how thankful I that he was the leading man I was working closely with. A true class act. And so perfectly equipped to take on the responsibility of leading the franchise that changed everything for Black representation.

He made everyone feel loved, heard and seen. He played great, iconic roles because he possessed inside of himself that connection to greatness to be able to so richly bring them to life. He had a heroic spirit, and marched to the beat of his own drum; hence his excellence as an artist and the incredible courage and determination as he faced life’s challenges; while still guiding us all.

He was zen and sweet and funny (with the very best laugh), attentive, and truly, truly, good. I can’t even wrap my mind around this loss. A loss resonating in my own heart as well as around the globe. The children he inspired, my heart aches for them, to lose their hero just as they finally found him. I am so thankful to have taken the Black Panther journey with him. To have known him, spent time in his light and leadership and to call him forever a friend.

Lala Ngoxolo Kumkani.

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It’s been 160 days since Breonna Taylor was murdered in her sleep by Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove—and her killers have not been charged. Too often Black women who die from police violence are forgotten. Let’s stay loud, keep demanding justice for Breonna and her family, and SAY HER NAME. This campaign and t-shirt was created by Phenomenal in partnership with the Breonna Taylor Foundation, to which all profits will be donated. (Art by Arlyn Garcia.)

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