LIZZIE VELASQUEZ

Named the ugliest woman in the world by some cyber-bully, she decided to take such a hurtful title and turn it into a purpose. 

 
Born with a condition so rare not only does it not have a name and there are only 3 people known to have it.
 
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Lupita Shuts Down Haters … Again

byKrisB.:

On The Couch Today The gracious, beautiful and vibrant Lupita Nyong’o. Courtesy of Ms. BM.

Originally posted on Black Millennial Musings:

Lupita Nyong’o put her haters to shame (once again) when she announced that she will be cast in the upcoming Star Wars film. This news is a welcome addition to spectators who were unsure what the mainstream media would do with the woman who is singlehandedly revolutionizing beauty standards in Hollywood.

Ever since co-starring in the highly acclaimed 12 Years a Slave, critics opined that Lupita would be cast aside as an anomaly; a one-hit wonder who would fade into obscurity after a specious 15-minutes.

But Lupita is back and stronger than ever, landing a coveted role in a blockbuster series.

It begs the question … why were some so willing to downplay Lupita’s career trajectory? Why were some so quick to smear her accomplishments in pessimism?

It’s understandable why some were cautious; Hollywood is notorious for hastily sidestepping women of color. And Lupita was never positioned to become the media darling…

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Upon the sudden passing of Ms. Angelou at the age of 86 in her home in North Carolina, I pushed the posting of her feature up to today:
April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014
April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014

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When we think of big names affiliated with Facebook, we generally think of Mark Zuckerberg (The list stops there). But have you ever heard the name Sheryl Sandberg?
She was a huge part of the #BanBossy movement launched a couple of months ago with Beyoncé, Arne Duncan, Condoleezza Rice, Diane von Furstenberg, Jennifer Garner and more.
 
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I love emotion provoking speeches! When a woman makes a speech or says something that makes you think, want to change, or feel better than before she spoke, she should be celebrated. She deserves to sit on the couch today. She = Gabourey Sidibe.
 
May 1, 2014, Gabourey Sidibe gave a long and beautiful speech at Gloria Awards and Gala. She is radiantly beautiful and for a person to have half of her confidence…they should be so lucky. I posted about her a while back, and she still stands for the same beautiful thing, strength and self-love. Continue reading for excerpts from her beautiful speech.
 

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#Held back-Malala
There is this compelling young woman who has been making headlines for some time now, and the more I’ve seen her, the more I wanted to know about her. So, I’m offering her a seat, comfortably, on the couch today. Since I mentioned her in last weeks post, it only seems right that I get her acquainted with you guys.
 

On The Couch Today – FIRST ONE!

P!nk at Billboard's Women in Music 2013 event at Capitale in New York City. Michael Seto Photography

P!nk at Billboard’s Women in Music 2013 event at Capitale in New York City.
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We have Mrs. Alecia Beth Moore Hart aka P!nk. In December of 2013 my personal favorite bad-ass, punk-rock artist accepted Billboard’s Woman of the Year award at their annual Women in Music luncheon in New York City. We can bring to light the fact that Billboard celebrates women every year in the first place. But it was P!nk’s acceptance speech that brings me to (figuratively) sit her on PL’s couch today.