#GIRLPOWER SPOTLIGHT

KRISTI CAMPBELL

By: Tamani Lyn

The Queen of girls’ retreats, Founder and CEO of travel agency, Travel Journey KC and non-profit educational platform, MOVE Inc, former guest to our podcast, and more, Kristi Campbell is our #GIRLPOWER Spotlight!

 

Giving us (all) more reasons to stan her amazing spirit, Kristi announced this morning that she decided to 'pay it forward' by having Starbucks on her, for her followers this morning with a pre-paid barcode!

 

Catching us all by surprise with a free cup of coffee, she only asked of one thing: to pay it forward. 

 

Outside of being treated by delights, this made you think: “Have I paid it forward lately?” Pay it forward today ladies in any way that you can. Thank you Kristi for being so empowering and uplifting to us all! We wish you nothing but the best. 

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RIHANNA

By: Tamani Lyn

Without a doubt, Rihanna is an undeniable mogul of our time. From her wildly successful music career, to her well-known fashion sense turning into a now luxury brand, Fenty. To her beauty inspiring the launch of one of the largest black-owned beauty brands, Fenty Beauty, and more. She is not letting up ANY time soon.

 

During New York Fashion Week, Rihanna had her very first fashion show for her lingerie line, SAVAGE X FENTY. Known for her brand’s inclusivity and diversity amongst its models, which the world has been dying to see in many brands, her support at the show was of course out of this world and is set to air exclusively with Amazon on September 20th.

 

With back-to-back launches for her many brands, sis is definitely in her Bully SZN and we thought of no one better to give this #GIRLPOWER Spotlight to! 

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TRACEE ELLIS ROSS

By: Tamani Lyn

Actress, model, comedian, director, and (now) business owner, Tracee Ellis Ross, announced yesterday that she is launching her very own natural hair care line, Pattern Beauty!

 

Made specifically for the curly and coily community, Pattern Beauty encompasses a variation of products like shampoo, conditioner, serums, and more!

 

“Pattern Beauty is here to empower and nourish curly and tight-textured hair. 3b to 4c. Let’s celebrate our hair for what it is.” Ross said in a statement on Pattern’s mission.

 

Ladies of Lyn – it’s time to gather our coins! Pattern will launch on Monday September 9th at 9AM EST at patternbeauty.com

 

We thought of no one else to give this #GIRLPOWER Spotlight to other than the Tracee Ellis Ross. As she has been a huge inspiration to most women, we wish nothing but the best for her new brand. #GIRLPOWER

 

Follow @patternbeauty on Instagram for all updates!

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HALLE BAILEY

By: Tamani Lyn

Singer and actress, 19-year-old Halle Bailey, has officially been announced as Ariel for one of Disney’s most classical movies, The Little Mermaid for their live-action remake!

 

Amongst controversy on social media, Halle is well-renounced for being one of Beyoncé’s R&B artists, a part of duet-group ‘Chloe x Halle’, alongside her older sister, Chloe Bailey.

 

Although this isn’t Halle’s first role in the television and big-screen industry, playing in movies like Disney’s, “A Wrinkle in Time” in 2018 and “Last Holiday” in 2009, and televised series like Grown-ish, this is Halle’s biggest role yet, as she is the main character. 

 

“After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence and substance – plus a glorioud singing voice – all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role,” said Rob Marshall, (set to be director of this film) in a statement. 

 

As Halle is constantly breaking barriers, WOMEN OF LYN thought of no one better to give this #GIRLPOWER Spotlight to! We can’t wait to see the finished product in theaters within the coming years.

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POSE: THE TV SERIES

By: Tamani Lyn

Announced Tuesday by The Academy, POSE is making history yet again for the LGBTQ community by snagging six Emmy Award nominations! 

 

As this is no surprise, in 2017, the series first made history by casting a total of five transgender actresses (more than ever seen before) while also serving as the largest platform for the LGBTQ community to have a presence on national television and a primetime series. 

 

Pose has also been nominated for a variation of other awards from the Critics’ Choice Television Awards, Golden Globes, MTV Movie, and so much more.

 

“Co-created by Ryan Murphy, the dance musical series about the New York ballroom scene of the 1980s and ’90s scored a nomination for Outstanding Drama Series as well as Outstanding Lead Actor in Drama Series for Billy Porter, who plays Pray Tell in the series.” – Huffington Post.

 

“The Category is: Speechless!” Billy Porter says in a statement, “Pose speaks a truth that has the power to transform hearts and minds. I’m honored and humbled to be counted in the number.” 

 

WOMEN OF LYN is a women’s empowerment organization dedicated to uplifting and empowering all women, if you didn’t know! We thought of no one else better to give this #GIRLPOWER Spotlight to, than the entire POSE cast. Keep breaking barriers ladies!

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ELAINE WELTEROTH

By: Tamani Lyn

From being Teen Vogue and Condé Nast’s youngest Editor in chief in their history, to being a beauty editor at Ebony and Glamour, to now, all in less than ten years, breaking grounds with her debut book, More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say), Elaine Welteroth isn’t letting up any time soon.

 

“In her book, ​Elaine Welteroth invites readers into her world as a biracial woman in the world navigating being the First, Other and Different (FOD) person in social, professional and personal settings.” – Camille Larynn (EIC, WOMEN OF LYN)

 

Receiving highest recognition from huge platforms like PopSuagr, Entertainment Weekly and even celebrities like Yara Shadidi, Luvvie Ajyai, and WOMEN OF LYN’s favorite woman, Ava Duvernay, (who wrote Elaine’s foreword), her work of art has obviously touched many to say the least.

 

More Than Enough has even taken Elaine across the nation with her book tour taking place in New York City, Chicago, Washington, DC, and more. 

 

Elaine has blazed trials for many women who are the “First, Other, and Different” and WOMEN OF LYN thought of no one better to give this #GIRLPOWER Spotlight to! We can’t wait to see what else she has in store. 

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MISSY ELLIOTT

By: Tamani Lyn

Our women have been back-to-back with excellence! Missy Elliott in particular has been killing it recently. With just having obtained her honorary doctorate degree from Berklee’s College of Music in early May, the music mogul has also managed to become the first (yes, first!) female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame! 

The five-time Grammy-winning, singer, rapper, songwriter, and producer, was honored in the 50th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame 2019 induction ceremony, last Thursday. 

At the ceremony, Queen Latifah inducted Elliott and gave a heartfelt speech on their friendship. Even our forever first lady, Michelle Obama, also shared her appreciation for Elliott’s great contribution to music. 

"Missy, I want to thank you for all of your trailblazing ways," Obama said in a taped video that aired during the event. "Thank you not for just sharing your gift with the world, but for being an advocate for so many people out there, especially young girls who are still figuring out how to make their voices heard."

Missy has always been consistent with displaying #GIRLPOWER and hasn’t skipped a beat yet, so we thought of no one better to give this spotlight to!

Photo credit: Getty Images

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TARAJI P. HENSON

By: Tamani Lyn

On Friday June 7th, notable actress and advocate, Taraji P. Henson, testified before congress about the need for mental health counselors and education in the black community to raise awareness on lack thereof, in wake of a spike in suicides amongst young minorities in the United States. 

Overwhelmed with hurt and emotion, Henson stated “It breaks my heart to know that 5-year-old children are contemplating life and death..I just..I’m sorry” pausing in between statements to prevent from crying.

 

Henson is also the founder of the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, which aims to end the stigma surrounding mental health and illness in the black community. Her foundation is named after her late father, whom sadly passed away after being involved in the Vietnam War, returning with mental health issues. 

 

Henson, amongst few celebrities often time use their voices in national crises similar to this, in hopes to inflict change and spread awareness on topics that everyone seems to be too afraid to talk about.

 

Henson, without second guess, earned this #GIRLPOWER Spotlight from WOMEN OF LYN.

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SERENA WILLIAMS

By: Tamani Lyn

THE Serena Williams has broken another record, yet again ladies and gentlemen! Although we are far from surprised by Williams' constant success, Serena has landed herself on the Forbes' World's Richest Self-Made Women List! In their fifth annual ranking of America's 80 most successful 'ceiling crashers', Serena is the only and first athlete ever to make Forbes' coveted list. 

With a staggering 23 Grand Slam titles under her belt, Tennis obviously isn't the only trade that Williams has mastered. With a sneaky business savvy, Serena has quietly invested in 34 startups within the last five years, and has most recently announced the launch of her investment entity, Serena Ventures, which will focus on funding companies founded by women and minorities.

Forever representing boss women around the world, Williams deserved this #GIRLPOWER Spotlight undoubtedly from WOMEN OF LYN. 

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