BOTWC - Weekly Roundup https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com/blogs/newsletter BOTWC Weekly Roundup Mon, 21 Jan 2019 13:03:27 GMT Meet Alexander Twilight - The First Black Person To Earn A Bachelor’s Degree In The United States https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/botwc-firsts/vermont-honors-alexander-twilight-the-first-black-person-to-earn-a-bachelor-s-degree-in-the-united-states https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/botwc-firsts/vermont-honors-alexander-twilight-the-first-black-person-to-earn-a-bachelor-s-degree-in-the-united-states Mon, 21 Sep 2020 20:16:01 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com This is long overdue. The state of Vermont is honoring Alexander Twilight, the first Black person to earn a Bachelor's degree from an American college or university, WCAX reports.  Twilight was a Vermont native, born in Bradford to a biracial father and white mother, which may have kept his real racial identity hidden during the time. The scholar became the first person to receive a bachelor's degree, graduating with a bachelor of arts... This is long overdue. The state of Vermont is honoring Alexander Twilight, the first Black person to earn a Bachelor's degree from an American college or university, WCAX reports.  Twilight was a Vermont native, born in Bradford to a biracial father and white mother, which may have kept his real racial identity hidden during the time. The scholar became the first person to receive a bachelor's degree, graduating with a bachelor of arts from Middlebury College in 1823.  An initiative has been created in his honor to preserve his legacy and acknowledge his African ancestry. Rep. Peter Welch presented the Congressional Record to the Old Stone House Museum, which houses the initiative.  "His legacy as an educator lives on through the museum, where his ideals are reflected in the museum's educational programs," Welch said.  Old Stone House Museum Board of Trustees, President Carmen Jackson, said the museum and acknowledgment would help educate people about Twilight's rich legacy. "We've called it the Alexander Twilight initiative...the idea being to acknowledge his [Black] heritage but also to just let people know about him and his times," Jackson said. "One of our main missions [is] education and this is a way of educating people,"  Twilight would become the first Black person elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in 1836, the only Black person elected to a state legislature before the civil war.  Thank you for your work, Mr. Twilight. Photo Courtesy of WCAX Meet The Black Woman Who Just Became The First Muslim Elected to Office in Delaware's 233-Year History https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/botwc-firsts/madinah-wilson-anton-just-became-the-first-muslim-woman-elected-to-office-in-delaware-in-the-state-s-233-year-history https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/botwc-firsts/madinah-wilson-anton-just-became-the-first-muslim-woman-elected-to-office-in-delaware-in-the-state-s-233-year-history Thu, 17 Sep 2020 14:49:59 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com Talk about historical! Madinah Wilson-Anton became the first Muslim woman to be elected to office in Delaware in the state’s 233-year history, the Newark Post reports. Wilson-Anton is a 27-year-old Democrat who ran against 70-year-old incumbent John Viola for the 26th District seat - a seat Viola had occupied since 1998. A native of the district, Wilson-Anton grew up in Newark, utilizing her lived experience to run a campaign rooted in real... Talk about historical! Madinah Wilson-Anton became the first Muslim woman to be elected to office in Delaware in the state’s 233-year history, the Newark Post reports. Wilson-Anton is a 27-year-old Democrat who ran against 70-year-old incumbent John Viola for the 26th District seat - a seat Viola had occupied since 1998. A native of the district, Wilson-Anton grew up in Newark, utilizing her lived experience to run a campaign rooted in real change for the community. She currently works as a policy analyst at the University of Delaware’s Biden Institute, getting her start in politics as a legislative aid for Viola, something she called “an eye-opening experience.”  During her campaign, Wilson-Anton focused on the issues she felt mattered most to her constituents. She advocated for an improved education system, reforming the education funding model in Delaware, stable housing for renters, and economic justice reform.  “Our legislators are so used to how things are that they lost the imagination for what’s possible. It’s the people that are within the system now that’s not going to fix it, so we need to elect people who will," Wilson-Anton told the Newark Post earlier in her campaign. "A lot of things seem controversial in the legislative hall, but it’s not controversial at all when you talk to people in the community...Frustration really inspired me to run, because I’m tired of complaining, and I want to make a difference.”  Grateful. pic.twitter.com/RMBU2HKhzm— Madinah Wilson-Anton (@MadinahForDE) September 20, 2020 Her ideals and platform struck a clear chord with voters, who elected Wilson-Anton as the 26th district representative, winning by just 43 votes. Wilson-Anton shared her excitement after the victory, tweeting out her thanks to everyone who voted. “We won by 43 votes. 43 VOTES! Every. Single. Vote. Matter. THANK YOU! I am humbled by the trust that the voters have placed in me. Now, it’s time to win in November and get to work implementing our people-powered agenda. I’m proud to be on the side of the people,” she said.  Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib also tweeted in support of the new Delaware Rep, writing, “Tears of joy.” Tlaib is a member of the Justice Democrats, a progressive political action committee (PAC) aimed at transforming the Democratic Party from the inside out by “running primary challengers against out-of-touch Democratic incumbents” to harness real independent power. Black Lives Matter activist, Cori Bush, was recently endorsed by the PAC, successfully defeating a 20 year Missouri Incumbent.  First Muslim woman elected to office in Delaware! Tears of joy. https://t.co/J5feuiBTM3 — Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) September 17, 2020 “The establishment wants us to wait in line for the changes we deserve, and our campaign has shown people are sick of waiting and are ready for change," Wilson-Anton said. "I think it’s really important that the person representing our community - which is actually a majority-minority district, very young compared to other districts in the state and also very, very progressive - is someone who is fighting for the issues that are important to us and not just getting in line with the caucus.”    Congratulations, State Representative Madinah Wilson-Anton! Photo Courtesy of Madinah Wilson-Anton/Newark Post Remembering Revolutionary Poet and Abolitionist Frances Ellen Watkins https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/news/remembering-revolutionary-poet-abolitionist-frances-ellen-watkins Wed, 23 Sep 2020 21:30:43 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com May we never forget those who paved the way! Frances Ellen Watkins was a poet, abolitionist, orator and conductor on the Underground Railroad, according to BlackPast.org. She was born Sep. 24, 1825, in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of free Black parents. Orphaned at a young age, Watkins eventually went to live with her uncle. She attended the school he built for Black children, growing up to serve as a teacher and... May we never forget those who paved the way! Frances Ellen Watkins was a poet, abolitionist, orator and conductor on the Underground Railroad, according to BlackPast.org. She was born Sep. 24, 1825, in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of free Black parents. Orphaned at a young age, Watkins eventually went to live with her uncle. She attended the school he built for Black children, growing up to serve as a teacher and administrator at Watkins Academy. After working in a domestic position as a nursemaid, Watkins began writing poetry, publishing her first essays during the 1830s in antislavery journals, Literary Ladies Guide reports. Her first collection, Forest Leaves, was published in 1845 with close friends and abolitionists William Lloyd Garrison and William Still helping to circulate her work. After the Fugitive Slave Act passed, Watkins began traveling as an orator, speaking about antislavery and women’s rights, sending money from her work back to her uncle to assist with the Underground Railroad. Photo Courtesy of Literary Ladies Guide In 1860, Watkins married Fenton Harper, also going by the name Frances E.W. Harper, settling in Ohio and suspending her lectures to focus on her husband and children. Four years later, Fenton would pass, and Watkins resumed lecturing, teaching and writing poetry and novels. She amassed great fame and became a champion for justice, becoming the first Black author to have a short story published and one of the first to publish a novel. In 1892, she published Lola Leroy, one of her last literary works. She passed away on February 20, 1911. In honor of her grand legacy, we’ve compiled a few of her most inspirational quotes: National Women’s Rights Convention, 1866 “We are all bound up together in one great bundle of humanity, and society cannot trample on the weakest and feeblest of its members without receiving the curse in its own soul. You tried that in the case of the Negro...You white women speak here of rights. I speak of wrongs. I, as a colored woman, have had in this country an education which has made me feel as if I were in the situation of Ishmael, my hand against every man, and every man’s hand against me...I tell you that if there is any class of people who need to be lifted out of their airy nothings and selfishness, it is the white women of America.” “Woman’s Political Future,” Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893 “The tendency of the present age, with its restlessness, religious upheavals, failures, blunders, and crimes, is toward broader freedom, an increase of knowledge, the emancipation of thought, and a recognition of the brotherhood of man; in this movement woman, as the companion of man, must be a sharer...so close is the bond between man and woman that you can not raise one without lifting the other. The world can not move without woman’s sharing in the movement, and to help give a right impetus to that movement is woman’s highest privilege.” National Council of Women, February 23, 1891 “There are some rights more precious than the rights of property or the claims of superior intelligence: they are the rights of life and liberty, and to these, the poorest and humblest man has just as much right as the richest and most influential man in the country. Ignorance and poverty are conditions which men outgrow.” Photo Courtesy of Literary Ladies Guide Thank you for your sacrifice Ms. Watkins! We salute you! Photo Courtesy of Literary Ladies Guide U.S. House of Representatives Passes The Crown Act Aimed At Ending Natural Hair Discrimination Nationwide https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/news/u-s-house-of-representatives-passes-the-crown-act-aimed-at-ending-natural-hair-discrimination-nationwide Tue, 22 Sep 2020 19:05:34 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com One step closer to an equitable world! The United States House of Representatives just passed The Crown Act, a bill aimed at ending natural hair discrimination across the country, Refinery 29 reports. In 2019, a Black beauty alliance formed between several companies, including Dove, the National Urban League, Western Center on Law & Poverty, and Color of Change. The alliance focuses on creating and supporting a bill that would legally ban discrimination... One step closer to an equitable world! The United States House of Representatives just passed The Crown Act, a bill aimed at ending natural hair discrimination across the country, Refinery 29 reports. In 2019, a Black beauty alliance formed between several companies, including Dove, the National Urban League, Western Center on Law & Poverty, and Color of Change. The alliance focuses on creating and supporting a bill that would legally ban discrimination based on a person’s hairstyle or texture in jobs and schools.  The CROWN Coalition “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural hair,” joined with other organizations like NAACP to promote the bill, with seven states and two municipalities adopting it as law. This year, the coalition announced its plans to expand its focus to ending all forms of racial discrimination, celebrating the 1st annual National Crown Day.  This week, the House Judiciary Committee announced the passing of the bill via Twitter, writing, “The #CROWNAct will explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of natural hair as a form of race or national origin discrimination.”  FACT: The #CROWNAct will explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of natural hair as a form of race or national origin discrimination. pic.twitter.com/pS0Pu2Cp9P — House Judiciary Dems (@HouseJudiciary) September 21, 2020 Rep. Cedric Richmond (Louisiana), Rep. Barbara Lee (California), Rep. Marcia Fudge (Ohio), and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (Massachusetts) all introduced the bill to the House, where it successfully passed. The historic bill is now heading to the Senate. Seven states have adopted it as law, including California, New York, Washington, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and Colorado. A majority of the 100 U.S. Senate representatives will have to approve the legislation for it to be signed into law.   The people’s House just passed the #CROWNAct. I’m proud to have introduced this legislation and thank my colleagues @RepBarbaraLee @RepMarciaFudge @RepPressley for their contributions to this bill and for wearing their own crowns with pride and dignity. pic.twitter.com/NE89Ws65eH — Rep Cedric Richmond (@RepRichmond) September 21, 2020 Rep. Lee shared the exciting news via social media, “No one should feel forced to change their natural hair. I’ve been rocking my crown for decades & everybody should feel empowered to rock theirs too.”  Today the House passed @RepRichmond @RepMarciaFudge, @RepPressley & my bill to prohibit natural hair discrimination. No one should feel forced to change their natural hair. I've been rocking my crown for decades & everybody should feel empowered to rock theirs too. #CROWNAct pic.twitter.com/8axju7iBVY — Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) September 22, 2020 Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts echoed the sentiments and showed her support, saying, “Discrimination against Black hair is racist. It stops equality in school and the workplace...Senate, it’s your turn to stand up for #HairLove.” Discrimination against Black hair is racist. It stops equality in school and the workplace. Proud to stand w/ @RepRichmond, @RepMarciaFudge, @RepBarbaraLee & @RepPressley to advance the #CROWNAct and end race-based hair hate. Senate, it's your turn to stand up for #HairLove. https://t.co/YaVPNG5TFk — Katherine Clark (@RepKClark) September 22, 2020 Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar also stood behind the Act, saying, “For far too long, Black women have been penalized for simply existing as themselves - that ends today...This passage is long overdue, but an important step forward to combat racial discrimination.”  For far too long, Black women have been penalized for simply existing as themselves—that ends today. The House just passed the CROWN Act to end hair discrimination. This passage is long overdue, but an important step forward to combat racial discrimination. https://t.co/v4D76QZT6H — Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) September 21, 2020 To raise as much awareness as possible the coalition asks everyone to contact their state senator and show support for this legislation by urging them to pass it.  To learn more about the CROWN Act and how to get involved, visit www.thecrownact.com. Photo Courtesy of The Zoe Report A Pittsburgh Couple Is Expecting Triplets In Rare Double Pregnancy https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/the-feels/a-pittsburgh-couple-is-expecting-triplets-in-rare-double-pregnancy Tue, 22 Sep 2020 18:16:43 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com This is a triple blessing! Antonio Livingston and Dee Michelle were not planning to have children this year. Now, they’re expecting triplets!  In an Instagram post announcing their newest additions, the couple explained how shocked they were to learn about the pregnancy. “Last year, my doctors told me that I wouldn’t be able to have kids and would need surgery,” Dee wrote. “But God said otherwise and gave us three healthy... This is a triple blessing! Antonio Livingston and Dee Michelle were not planning to have children this year. Now, they’re expecting triplets!  In an Instagram post announcing their newest additions, the couple explained how shocked they were to learn about the pregnancy. “Last year, my doctors told me that I wouldn’t be able to have kids and would need surgery,” Dee wrote. “But God said otherwise and gave us three healthy babies along with a completely healthy mother!” View this post on Instagram What’s better than black love? Black BABIES.🥰 We used to say “Behind every successful man is a powerful woman,” but now we say “Behind every successful man is a powerful woman and 3 babies.”👫🏽👶🏽👶🏽👶🏽🤣 I am beyond grateful to stand beside a man who is everything and more to me and who will be even more to our children! I couldn’t have made it this far in my pregnancy without him. He takes the absolute BEST care of me and I am forever grateful for him! Pregnancy can be scary, depressing and very painful. With him by my side, I don’t feel anything but joy! I have 0 worries when I am with him. He keeps me looking good and glowing every day! 😍 It’s so important to be with a man who is a great person inside and out, especially when there are children involved. There are great men out in this world! But let them find you..❤️ I am so excited to walk into parenthood with my man. This is going to be such a fun and exciting journey! 😆 • • • • #triplets #naturaltriplets #tripletpregnancy #blacklove #tripletsofinstagram #tripletlife #pittsburgh #pittsburghhairstylist #pittsburghstylist #pittsburghphotographer #14weekspregnant #pregnancylife #blackfamilies #relationshipgoals #theshaderoom #microlinks #blackexcellence #multiples #tripletbelly A post shared by Dee & T Plus 3👫🏽👶🏽👶🏽👶🏽 (@deeandtplusthree) on Sep 22, 2020 at 10:39am PDT The duo has experienced a phenomenon that is exceedingly rare: superfetation, or double pregnancy. In this instance, a person has a double uterus, or they can ovulate while already pregnant. Research shows that superfetation may only happen in one out of a few million pregnancies, and there may be fewer than 10 reported cases in medical journals.  “There are cases of women ovulating twice in the same cycle, or women who have ovulated while already pregnant,” Mary Jane Minkin, MD, an ob-gyn at the Yale University School of Medicine told Women’s Health Magazine. Y’all my friend ovulated twice in the same week and got pregnant twice in the same week. So guess what??She’s having TRIPLETS. One baby is 6 days older and fraternal and the other two are identical. My friend’s pregnancies are wild 😭🎉 — The Nostalgia Queen ➐ 👸🏽 (@Snow_Blacck) September 21, 2020 Although the new editions were a surprise for the couple, multiple births are on the rise. The birth of twins has increased some 78 percent since 1980, and there are now around 34 sets of twins born per 1,000 births in the United States. Studies estimate that one in 250 pregnancies now results in twins naturally and according to the Center for Disease Control, Black people have a slightly higher likelihood of conceiving twins. The triplets are named Baby A, Baby B, and Baby C for now. Baby A and B are identical twins while Baby C is on their own and six days older than their siblings. The couple said they are hoping for two genders and a healthy delivery due to the high risk nature of the pregnancy. “Babies A and B are at risk for developing Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) which is a disease of the placenta…” Dee continued. “We are believing that all three of our babies will be healthy, equal in size, and have no complications! They made it safely through the first trimester without any complications, so we believe that the second and third trimesters will be the same! Please continue to pray for us and our babies as we have a long journey ahead of us!” Dr. Minkin told Women’s Health Magazine that that double pregnancies are safe if there is good prenatal health and obstetrical care most make it almost to full term. “In general, multiple gestation pregnancies often need to be delivered early, but again, would likely do well,” Dr. Minkin said. These are the first children for both of the Pittsburgh couple and they are over the moon. They have created a YouTube account to document their pregnancy journey and foray into new parenthood.   We are happy for the two of you and can’t wait to see your beautiful bundles of joy! Photo Credit: @deeandtplusthree/Instagram This Atlanta Couple Had An HBCU inspired Gender Reveal https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/the-feels/atlanta-couple-has-hbcu-inspired-gender-reveal Tue, 15 Sep 2020 19:29:21 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com Instilling HBCU Pride Early! Gender reveals are all the rage, with couples taking creative approaches to announce the gender of their new addition. LaTasha and Robert Comer used this opportunity to showcase their SpelHouse pride with a Spelman versus Morehouse themed reveal. The mom-to-be, an alumna of Spelman, and her husband, who matriculated at both Clark Atlanta and Morehouse, met on match.com several years ago. They married last December and said... Instilling HBCU Pride Early! Gender reveals are all the rage, with couples taking creative approaches to announce the gender of their new addition. LaTasha and Robert Comer used this opportunity to showcase their SpelHouse pride with a Spelman versus Morehouse themed reveal. The mom-to-be, an alumna of Spelman, and her husband, who matriculated at both Clark Atlanta and Morehouse, met on match.com several years ago. They married last December and said in an exclusive interview with Because Of Them We Can they wanted to recognize the importance of their heritage and school pride. View this post on Instagram ITS SIGNING DAY and We have a future SPELMANITE!!!! For the culture!!! HBCU college draft gender reveal today! Spelman or Morehouse!! Gimme Cake is a beast with creativity! Balloon garland and greenery wall and set up by AMEE Event Planning. Desserts by @gimmecakebakery #Themed #GenderReveal #Atlanta #Spelman #Morehouse A post shared by A.M.E.E. Event Planning (@amee_events) on Sep 12, 2020 at 3:48pm PDT  “Once I started thinking about gender reveals, I instantly thought of an HBCU theme because we loved our HBCU experiences and are so proud of our culture,” LaTasha told BOTWC. “I think now, more than ever, it’s so important to show how proud we are to be unapologetically Black and educated, and our goal is to raise our children with that mindset.” Comer enlisted the help of two Black women-owned businesses in the Atlanta area, Gimmie Cake Bakery and AMEE Events, to create the adorable acknowledgment of the two HBCUs historical connection.  Her sister and owner of the bakery, Tamika Swain, who crafted the design and desserts for the reveal, said she couldn’t wait to work on the event together. When her sister told her she wanted to incorporate nods to the two preeminent HBCUs in Atlanta, her response was, “Oh, say no more!” She told BOTWC she was doing this, “For the culture!” The mom-to-be, who’s studying medicine at Morehouse, said she and her husband don’t have any names picked out yet since they thought they’d be having a boy, but are excited to meet their future Spelmanite. Congratulations! We wish you a safe and happy delivery! Photo Credit: Gimmie Cake Bakery Instagram Milwaukee Author Brings Black Literature To The City Via A Book Bar https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/culture/milwaukee-author-is-on-a-quest-to-bring-black-literature-to-the-city-via-a-book-bar Tue, 15 Sep 2020 16:26:23 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com A bar we can get behind! A Milwaukee author has plans to open a book bar in the city, focused on bringing varied Black literature to the forefront, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Cetonia Weston-Roy is an author and founder of the Black Authors Collective, an online Black authors coalition, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The budding author started the collective to build community among Black lit writers in the city, an effort... A bar we can get behind! A Milwaukee author has plans to open a book bar in the city, focused on bringing varied Black literature to the forefront, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Cetonia Weston-Roy is an author and founder of the Black Authors Collective, an online Black authors coalition, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The budding author started the collective to build community among Black lit writers in the city, an effort she felt necessary to help bring her ultimate goal of opening a book bar to fruition.  The Niche Book Bar is an idea Weston-Roy came up with while in college. After putting her son to bed, she sat down with a glass of wine and a book. She fell into instant utopia. At the time, she tweeted out, "Someone...anyone PLEASE make a Barnes and Noble kind of place with a bar." Years later, she realized that someone was her, and she sought to make her dream happen. "I want to be around books. I want to talk about books. I wanna be in this environment where a child I help pick out books [has characters in it] that look like them [and] will cause them to love reading. And then they come back with their children to start them off on [their own] reading adventures," Weston-Roy said.    View this post on Instagram The book bike has popped up! Join us @cactusclubmke to browse the collection and grab a bite to eat! A post shared by Niche Book Bar (@nichebookbarllc) on Aug 30, 2020 at 10:57am PDT   The only other Black book store in the state, The Reader's Choice, closed in 2017 after 28 years. Weston-Roy reached out to the owner, who gave her some great insight and tough love regarding the book business's realities. Nonetheless, Weston-Roy persists, riding her makeshift book bar around town on a blue tricycle until she secures the funding to open a brick and mortar store. The Niche Book Bike pedals around the city to parks and public events in the city, equipped with a customized yellow bookshelf with collapsible shelves on the back, filled with Black writers' literature while serving tea from a Black-owned tea shop in the city. Currently, Weston-Roy is a finalist in the Brew City Match, an initiative focused on granting funding to small businesses in Milwaukee's underserved communities. She hopes this will be the seed money needed to materialize the store, but if not, she plans to find another way while continuing to write books she wants to read. Her first effort, a children's book entitled "The Misadventures of Toni Macaroni in: The Mad Scientist," tells the story of a little Black girl who goes on a hunger strike due to her Dad's lousy cooking. The character is based loosely on Weston-Roy's childhood and, in her own words, gives Black kids "a chance to just be."  Photo Courtesy of Cetonia Weston-Roy Weston-Roy hopes to feature similar works in her store, which she plans to open in the historic Bronzeville neighborhood of Milwaukee, an area known for its rich Black culture and entrepreneurship. Her focus is to provide literature that reflects the truth but also provides hope and joy.  "I'm trying to go for varied literature because we shouldn't just have trauma-based work presented in front of us. When I started [the Black Authors Collective], I kind of felt like it was just a me problem, that there weren't enough books in a varied amount of genres that reflected me. But as I did this more, I found out I wasn't the only one feeling this way, by far," Weston-Roy said. To learn more about Weston-Roy's Niche Book Bar or join her Black Author's Collective, follow their page on Instagram @NicheBookBarLLC. Congratulations Cetonia! We can't wait to visit! Photo Courtesy of Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Mara Brock Akil Inks Overall Deal With Netflix For Original Content https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/culture/mara-brock-akil-inks-overall-deal-with-netflix-for-original-content Thu, 10 Sep 2020 21:13:27 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com We're excited to see what she creates! Legendary showrunner Mara Brock Akil just inked an overall deal with Netflix for original content, Deadline reports.  The famed creator is known for her bevy of hit shows, including The Game, Being Mary Jane, and Girlfriends, the latter of which released on Netflix on September 11. For years, Brock Akil has been cranking out hit after hit, giving us fantastic television centered on Black life, Black love and Black culture,... We're excited to see what she creates! Legendary showrunner Mara Brock Akil just inked an overall deal with Netflix for original content, Deadline reports.  The famed creator is known for her bevy of hit shows, including The Game, Being Mary Jane, and Girlfriends, the latter of which released on Netflix on September 11. For years, Brock Akil has been cranking out hit after hit, giving us fantastic television centered on Black life, Black love and Black culture, with over 400 produced episodes under her belt. Girlfriends, her first hit comedy, debuted in 2000 and ruan for eight seasons. Next came The Game, quickly garnering a cult-like following, running for three seasons on the CW and another six seasons on BET, making cable history with 7.7 million views for the Season 4 premiere.  Brock Akil previously had an overall deal with Warner Bros. TV, where she created two series, Black Lightning on the CW and Love Is on OWN. Earlier this year, she announced a partnership with Fox Entertainment for a premium blind script deal.  View this post on Instagram GRATITUDE // What does gratitude feel like after a week like this? After career achievements have come into alignment? After God allowed me a peek inside of The Plan for me? It feels like balloons, bubbles, stardust and fireflies.... I am still sorting thru the tsunami of love I have received this week celebrating my #NetflixDeal and #20thAnniversary of #GirlfriendsOnNetflix. Thank you for giving me my flowers while I can see them, enjoy them and smell them in this lifetime... it is JOY! This picture is of me on the night my first ever episode of TV was produced. I was a #staffwriter on #Moesha and my episode was entitled #TheJob. Such a full circle moment. #InTheLandOf #SmellingTheRoses A post shared by Mara Bella (@maraakil) on Sep 12, 2020 at 4:45pm PDT   Channing Dungey, VP Original Series at Netflix, spoke about the new partnership, saying, “We are thrilled to welcome Mara Brock Akil to Netflix. Her signature storytelling, authentic perspective and captivating characters have long entertained audiences and proven to be relevant, timely and endlessly engaging. We look forward to bringing her distinct voice, vision and passion to our global members.” As a creator, Brock Akil has been praised for her work, most recently being honored with the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award by NATPE for her outstanding contributions to television and “for exhibiting extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and vision through her work.” “It is a dream to partner with the force of Netflix, for we have the same goals - telling human stories for a global audience," Brock Akil said. "I’m excited to have a home that allows me the creative freedom and support to do what I do best - paint portraits and murals of women, Black people and anyone else whose story is missing from this golden age of television. Representation matters, and so does whom you build with - I can’t wait to work closely with Channing Dungey and her team to launch some great stories."  Congratulations Mara! Please send us an invite to the premieres! Photo Courtesy of Netflix