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11 Moments Of Black Excellence You Might Have Missed This Week

So much excellence in such a short amount of time!

1. Samira Wiley will be joining Will & Grace for a guest star arc.

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The Handmaid's Tale star will join season 2 of the revival, where she will play Nikki, a coworker of Karen's (Megan Mullally). Excited to see Samira kill it in this role!

2. Jodie Turner-Smith is playing the lead in George R.R. Martin's latest novel-to-series endeavor, Nightflyers.

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This casting is extremely important, especially given that the novella cover art and 1987 film adaption portrayed a white woman as the lead even though the lead is clearly described as a black woman. Excited to catch Jodie in this new series on SyFy!

3. Congrats to Erica Ingram for being the first black woman in the Arkansas National Guard's 215-year history to be promoted to a colonel!

4. Janelle Monáe is going to play Dorothy Pitman Hughes in an upcoming Gloria Steinem biopic.

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Hughes is known for co-founding Ms. Magazine, the Women’s Action Alliance in 1971, the New York City Agency for Child Development, AND founding one of the first shelters in New York City for women who are victims of domestic violence. It's only fitting that a phenomenal woman would be played by another phenomenal woman!

5. Issa Rae's ColorCollective inked a multi-year deal with Columbia Pictures.

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The deal is part-mentorship program, part-diversity initiative, where selected participants will work with Rae to develop and write scripts to be produced by Columbia Pictures. This is truly amazing and I can't wait to see what stories come out of this!

6. Bevel, the black shaving company, joins the Procter & Gamble family!

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Tristan Walker, CEO of Walker & Company, announced the acquisition earlier this week. He will stay on as CEO and move his company to Atlanta. Continue leading in excellence, brother!

7. The 1991 musical film The Five Heartbeats is coming to Broadway!

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The movie was originally directed and co-written by Robert Townsend, who was also the star. The film follows the career of a fictional rhythm and blues group. Can't wait to see this story come to the stage!

8. Simone Biles was ranked #1 in ESPN magazine's "Most Dominant Athlete of 2018" list.

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Facts are facts. Simone Biles is the G.O.A.T. and it's amazing to see her hard work being recognized!

9. Former NFL players, including Ricky Williams and Terrell Owens, formed the "Freedom Football League."

10. Beauty guru Jackie Aina was named Women's Wear Daily's "Influencer of the Year."

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The YouTube star is one of the pioneers of diversity and inclusion in the makeup beauty community. Love that such an important message is met with such an honorable award!

11. And last, but not least, Janet Jackson will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!

Kudos to all this black excellence! Can't wait to see what amazingness we have in store next week!

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