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#DontActLikeYouForgot: Seven Gamechanging Black Women in Media

If you’ve been anywhere near a Twitter or Facebook feed last week, you’ve surely read this tweet heard around the world.

Just a little backstory in case you’ve been living under a rock in 2016. Tomi Lahren is a 24-year-old online news host who has gained notoriety for her controversial conservative views on TheBlaze. Because of her extremely problematic rhetoric and growing platform, she has caught the attention of the likes of The Breakfast Club’s Charlamagne The God and more recently, The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah. Noah and Lahren’s… exchange?… on his show can be seen here.

Charlamagne and Tomi have criticized each other in the past but he has always expressed that he enjoys her views, so much so that he arranged a meetup with her in NYC recently that preceded the above tweet. (Charlamagne has since apologized and named himself Donkey of the Day, and I respect that.)

When we say all Black Twitter came for Charlamagne Tha God’s neck in SECONDS, we’re not lying. And rightfully so!

The plight of the woman of color who has successfully built a dynamic platform for herself only to be under minded by others just because they fail to do their research is never-ending.

As a content curator and all-around digital media addict, of course I took immediate offense because I can rattle off names of so many Black women in media working the hell out of the game right now that it’s ridiculous. In the midst of me preparing my long and drawn out Facebook post that would just get lost in the sauce of today’s hooplah anyway, I decided to curate a list of just a few of the Black women with AMAZING social/digital media platforms that I’ve grown to love and appreciate.

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Jamilah Lemieux (@JamilahLemieux)

Jamilah made her first big splash through her work at Ebony as Senior Editor where she was one of the driving forces behind the magazine’s digital pivot. She is now the VP of News and Men’s Programming for Interactive One, the definitive digital destination for millennial and African-American Audiences. Her work has appeared via a host of print and digital properties, including Mic, Essence, The Nation, the Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, Gawker, and her now-defunct, award-winning blog, The Beautiful Struggler.

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Crissle (@crissles)

Co-host of The Read podcast with fellow social media personality Kid Fury, Crissle unapologetically voices her opinion on race and gender relations plus so much more. Recently featured as one of the outspoken panelists of MTV2’s Uncommon Sense, Crissle continues to read society wherever she goes. Listen to The Read’s latest episode where she discussed the topic that sparked this post.

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Elaine Welteroth (@ElaineWelteroth)

As the youngest person to be appointed to the title of editor-in-chief in powerhouse publisher Conde Nast history, Elaine holds the title of Editor at Teen Vogue, where she is also the second African-American to ever hold the title in the company’s 107 years. Since taking her position, the magazine has noticeably taken huge strides in covering a wide range of topics and issues; one of the most impactful to me is their ongoing coverage of the Flint Water Crisis.

Franchesca Ramsey (@chescaleigh)

Also known as Chescaleigh, Ramsey is a writer, actress and video blogger based out of New York City. Formerly a writer and contributor for The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Comedy Central, she is now blowing up the spot of everything deemed PC on MTV’s Decoded. (P.S. Her twitter feed is gold.)

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Morgan DeBaun (@MorganDeBaun)

As one of the founding members of Blavity, one of the fastest growing digital media outlets on the web, reaching more than 7M visitors month, DeBaun helped create a powerful platform that helps publish and distribute the lifestyle of Black millennials. Blavity continues to be a trailblazer in digital media, creating partnerships with heavy-hitting brands and creating so much value in the content marketplace.

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Ashley Akunna (@TheGrapevineTV)

After completing her degree in Film at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Ashley Akunna created The Grapevine to address the unique perspective of millennials such as herself. The thought-provoking YouTube series continues to grow in popularity as they cover controversial and taboo topics, lending a mouthpiece to young game changers, artists, cultural innovators and professionals of color. (I suggest you go watch their Youtube NOW!)


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Kimberly N. Foster (@KimberlyNFoster)

Kimberly Foster is founder and editor-in-chief of For Harriet, a multi-platform digital community for Black women that reaches over 2 million visitors a month. Founded in 2010, For Harriet is a leading  voice for Black women’s journalism and storytelling. Kimberly began For Harriet while she was an undergraduate at Harvard University (yesss!). You can now view her many viral videos where she shares her opinion on hot topics on Facebook and more.


Comment below and name the Black women in media you know are killing it!

A creative at heart, Asia founded Empire Life Magazine and EmpireLifeMag.Com to fill a void in the media marketplace and serve the connection between creatives and entrepreneurship. Twitter & Instagram: @asiadoesit

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