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Yes, it's Black History Month and we are celebrating our favorite ladies!

We all learned that women ran the world a long time ago, then Beyoncé reminded us in 2011. We have compiled a list of ten amazing black women who have already made history and continue to inspire The Rai Report team on a daily basis. You probably know everyone included but in case you don't, we have included their Instagram handles for you to do your research. 

 

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Michelle Obama, first African American and Most Educated First lady of The United States of America. @michelleobama

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Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is the first artist to ever top the Billboard 200 list with her first six albums all debuting at No. 1. She also holds the record for female artist with the most GRAMMY nominations with 63.

@beyonce 

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Serena Williams is the American Tennis Sweetheart, being the most winningest player in Grand Slam history. Her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. made history being the youngest star to grace the cover of Vogue magazine.

@serenawilliams 

@olympiaohanian

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Aretha Franklin is the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. 

@arethasings

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Oprah Winfrey, first black female host of a nationally syndicated daily talk show with the premiere of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

@oprah

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Elaine Welteroth is the youngest person in Condé Nast history to become editor.

@elainewelteroth

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Whoopi Goldberg is a comedian, actress, and talk show host. She served as the GRAMMYs' first female host at the 34th GRAMMY Awards in 1992. She is an EGOT (Emmy, GRAMMY, Oscar, and Tony) winner.

@whoopigoldberg

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Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee is a physician, Diana Ross' sister, and the first African American woman to become a medical school dean.

#barbararosslee

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Ava DuVernay is a Film Director. In 2012, she became the first Black woman to be named Best Director at the Sundance Film Festival. She is the first Black woman to direct a film with a budget over $100 million. 

@ava


THIS MONTH'S MOOD

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Introducing Chloe Arnold: International Tap Dancing Extraordinaire 

 

The Rai Report interviews Chloe Arnold about her career dreams coming true and the amount of work and dedication that goes into being a dancer, entrepreneur, shoe designer, and more!

The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.
— Oprah Winfrey

Introducing Nadia Bosket: Philanthropist & Entrepreneur

The Rai Report catches up with Nadia to discuss her youth basketball summer camp Hoop Dreams, her Sports and Entertainment Marketing and Brand Development agency Elite 8, and her keys to success!


A Book to Inspire Your Wildest Ideas and Dreams...Trust Us on This One

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We loved reading The Power of Onlyness: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World by Nilofer Merchant and highly recommend this book to EVERYONE. Nilofer is changing the ideas of leadership, team building, business as we have known it previously, and bravery. She tells of her experiences finding her onlyness and then shares other inspiring stories to paint a vivid picture of how important onlyness is. This is definitely going on our list of books to read again! Here are a few of our favorite quotes:
 

 "Age is not a limiting factor-neither is youth."
Don't allow yourself to give up on yourself or hold yourself back because of your age. There is so much possibility for greatness in you!


"Don't just be you, do you."
Whatever you are or want to be, DO IT. That is the truest way to be authentic.


"...don't give a damn what others think."

"'Fear of what other people think is the single most paralyzing dynamic in business and in life. You will never own the future if you care what other people think.' That is not to say that fear doesn't often serve a useful purpose."

 


This book lights a new fire in you with every page. It's on our list of favorite books, for sure! Pick it up anywhere books are sold. Thank you, Nilofer Merchant. @nilofer


Introducing Ellyn Canfield: Director of Events for the Mayor's Office of Citywide Events 

The Rai Report interviews Ellyn Canfield about her career path that led her to be the NYC powerhouse that she is today and how she cultivates her success on a day-to-day basis.


"YES" TO THE PERFECT HOLIDAY DRESS

We love a great dress! With the holiday season in full swing, we have found the perfect dresses for ANY party by ethical designer Autumn Adeigbo. Click the images to shop her collection and enjoy her awesome website. From the stylish web design to the fun details like Autumn's Diary, Autumn Adeigbo sets herself in a lane of her own as a designer, style curator, and entrepreneur.


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Our Playlist for Success...

Nothing compares to a great playlist! We have compiled a few of our favorite motivational tracks to play at The Rai Report Headquarters as we win our way into 2018!


Introducing Kayla Ashlee: R&B Recording Artist and Songwriter

 

The Rai Report interviews Kayla Ashlee about debuting her singing and writing talents to the world in her latest project "Love Lessons". 

 
What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
— Sheryl Sandberg
 

Introducing Dabriel Fulton: Publicist, Poet, and Entrepreneur

The Rai Report interviews Dabriel Fulton about her platform for emerging artists, The Mic is Open, and her views on the success in her life.

 

The Rai Report's Favorite Books

Books are a wonderful escape, a source of inspiration and education, pure entertainment, and much more. Check out these New York Times Best Sellers and prepare to improve your approach to life with their inspirational perspectives on how to discover a deeper relationship with The Universe and yourself.   

This book has everything necessary for strengthening your perspective about the Universe that you live in. Whether you are new to exploring the mysteries of our existence or looking for a refresher, this book is a page-turner filled with wisdom and insight.

This book has everything necessary for strengthening your perspective about the Universe that you live in. Whether you are new to exploring the mysteries of our existence or looking for a refresher, this book is a page-turner filled with wisdom and insight.

If you are a fan of Shondaland's Thursday night line up on ABC Network, you will feel right at home in the pages of this book. Shonda's ability to tell a story makes you feel, laugh, think, and want to elevate your life in all of the healthy and magical ways possible.

If you are a fan of Shondaland's Thursday night line up on ABC Network, you will feel right at home in the pages of this book. Shonda's ability to tell a story makes you feel, laugh, think, and want to elevate your life in all of the healthy and magical ways possible.


HUMANITARIAN  HIGHLIGHT

Introducing Fran Tarr: Founder and Director of Breaking Walls

The Rai Report shares successful humanitarian efforts operated by women and/or for women and girls to provide advocacy for their campaigns and activate more women to participate in creating solutions.  


Breaking Walls is a non-profit program providing activism and youth empowerment using creative writing and theatrical performance to build global peace and acceptance. Since 2010, Fran has traveled with her program's artists and ambassadors to the following places to help more youth discover their voice to act as peacemakers and leaders:

2010 Bethlehem, Palestine 

2012 Berlin, Germany

2014 Cape Town, South Africa

2015 Barcelona, Spain

 2016 Detroit, Michigan

 2017 Warsaw, Poland

  2018 Santiago, Chile

CLICK HERE to read more about Fran and Breaking Walls, listen to Fran's interview on our podcast, and find out how to contribute...


MORE AMAZING WOMEN SUCCEEDING!


Introducing Autumn Adeigbo: Ethical Fashion Designer, Entrepreneur, and Columnist for Forbes The Rai Report interviews Autumn Adeigbo about her experience as an ethical fashion designer, how important it is for her to keep women and her African heritage at the forefront of her brand, and the importance of her column for Forbes.  Listen to the PODCAST and read the full ARTICLE.

Introducing Autumn Adeigbo: Ethical Fashion Designer, Entrepreneur, and Columnist for Forbes

The Rai Report interviews Autumn Adeigbo about her experience as an ethical fashion designer, how important it is for her to keep women and her African heritage at the forefront of her brand, and the importance of her column for Forbes. 

Listen to the PODCAST and read the full ARTICLE.

Introducing Erin Turner: Marketing and Social Media, The Oprah Winfrey Network The Rai Report interviews Erin Turner on her career at The Oprah Winfrey Network, her previous position at Essence, and her views on the success in her life. READ FULL ARTICLE

Introducing Erin Turner: Marketing and Social Media, The Oprah Winfrey Network

The Rai Report interviews Erin Turner on her career at The Oprah Winfrey Network, her previous position at Essence, and her views on the success in her life.

READ FULL ARTICLE

Introducing C. Harvey: Entrepreneur and Visual Artist: The Rai Report interviews C. Harvey on her passion, her purpose, and her career as a multifaceted artist and creator of streetwear brand Generation of Dreamers.  

Introducing C. Harvey: Entrepreneur and Visual Artist:

The Rai Report interviews C. Harvey on her passion, her purpose, and her career as a multifaceted artist and creator of streetwear brand Generation of Dreamers.

 

Introducing Khalimah Gaston: Actress, Host, and Entreprenuer The Rai Report interviews Khalimah Gaston on her career as an actress and how the experience has led her to co-create Screening Room; a thriving film and entertainment platform for independent artists. READ FULL ARTICLE

Introducing Khalimah Gaston: Actress, Host, and Entreprenuer

The Rai Report interviews Khalimah Gaston on her career as an actress and how the experience has led her to co-create Screening Room; a thriving film and entertainment platform for independent artists.

READ FULL ARTICLE