Defining a “PYNK girl” is a discussion that countlessly comes up in the PYNK girl club house. A PYNK girl has many meanings, but the most generic definition of a PYNK girl is a woman who is fearless, passionate and a boss in her career. Recently, some extremely diligent ladies have been making major moves in different industries. Growing up, I rarely saw women who looked like me on the forefront of their fields. It was honestly a discouraging feeling. However, 2015 marks a year of glory for women of color. Check out this weeks three honorees who are PRETTY, POWERFUL and PROVACATIVE in their own right.
Aurora James, Owner and Creator of shoe line Brother Vellies
On Monday, James was selected as one of the winners of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. Winning an award and a $300,000 donation to invest in her company. BV was founded by the designer in order to introduce her favorite traditional African footwear to the world, while also creating and sustaining artisanal jobs within Africa. All of her footwear is hand crafted in South Africa, Kenya and Morocco. Congratulations, Aurora!
Jamilah Lemieux, Journalist and Senior Editor for Ebony Magazine
Jamilah Lemieux is hands down one of the most talented contemporary writers that we have today. Recently, she wrote an amazingly accurate response to Raven Symoné’s offensive attack on people with “ghetto names.” Lemieux has become a well-recognized writer on the web and a media maven in real life. Be sure to check out her articles on Ebony and around the web.
Viola Davis, award-winning Actress
On September 20, How to Get Away With Murder‘s, Viola Davis made history when she became the first African American woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series as her character Annalise Keating. After receiving her award, Davis went on to present one of the most inspiring acceptance speeches ever. This quote will pretty much sums up the impactful 60-seconds. “The only thing that separates women of color from everyone else is opportunity.” Joining her with a win were fellow brown girls Regina King and Uzo Aduba both with an award for Outstanding Supporting Actress.