Black women are courageous, strong, intelligent, trendsetting, beautiful and resilient. They stand at the center of their families and a driving force in their communities. Despite their greatness, black women’s contributions are often overlooked and taken for granted. Not anymore.
On September 22, 2018, eight women in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill metro area will be honored for their contributions to the community.
We need your help!
Nominate a woman (or women) who you believe exhibits the qualities listed in the categories below.
Nominations open :: July 1, 2018
Nominations close :: August 1, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.
Voting begins :: August 8, 2018
Voting ends :: August 17, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.
Finalists notified by :: August 31, 2018
She is Her.
She's the well-rounded chick, a bawse in all areas of her life. She's the baddie of the baddies. She's flawlessly fly, sincere, authentic, honest, socially conscious, caring, business-minded, sexual and almost as dope as Michelle Obama, Oprah and Ava Duvernay.
Her theme song :: The Men All Pause, Klymaxx (to be clear, not just the men pause when she walks in the room. everyone pauses.)
She is DOPE.
This super creative chick is artsy and innovative. Whatever she dreams she makes come true - on her own terms. She's hella DOPE with her words, her camera, her synthesizer, voice - or maybe it's her paint brush or found objects and glue. No matter the tool she creates works of art that are admired by many.
Her theme song :: Party, Béyonce (this song is by an artist that is all-around dope and damn near a musical genius. the song exhibits elements of 1980's funk and soul music, and samples the 1985 song "La Di Da." It also recalls some of the work of New Edition and Prince, among others ... and the video ... it's full of e'rythang dope!)
She is Bawse.
The bawse babe is an entrepreneur, a businesswoman - she's not only that. She's also a leader and caretaker for her professional team. She is a visionary, a strategist who is making bank, but because she's selfless, she creates opportunities for others. She knows that when the team wins, she wins and the community wins.
Her theme song :: Hard, Rihanna ft. Jeezy (cause she's going hard as the military to change lives through business.)
She Got Juice.
She's the 21st century Angela Davis, Winnie Mandela, Shirley Chisholm and Assata Shakur all rolled in one. She is leading the charge in the Charlotte community and has impacted significant change.
Her theme song :: F.U.B.U., Solange (cause she's doing this shit for us.)
She is Sincere.
She's the realist, always authentic no matter where she finds herself. She has faced serious challenges, but she doesn't complain. She appreciates the challenges and uses them as opportunities to help others live a golden life. On the outside, even knowing her challenges, it seems that she isn't phased. She's genuine and transparent at all times. In other words, she doesn't change for anyone - no matter what - and doesn't let her circumstances define her.
Her theme song :: Golden, Jill Scott (no matter what happens, this chick keeps living life like it's golden.)
She is NOLA.
She is the real life NOLA DARLING. She channels her in every way. She desires. She is sensual and fully inhabits her body. She's sexual and not just in the physical sense. She has a close kinship with her lady parts and knows that's where her erotic power is most powerful. She's self-loving and believes strongly in self-care. She knows who she is and what she wants and doesn't hesitate to get it. She's open, genuine, and a feminist.
Her theme song :: Sweetest Love, K. Michelle (because she understands that self love - and possibly even masturbation - is the sweetest love on Earth.)
She is Fancy.
Fashion what? Fashion who? When they talk fashion they are talking about HER. She's a walking fashion plate that exudes style and grace. She's a black fashionista who channels Marjorie Harvey, Tracee Ellis Ross and Folake Huntoon. She real fancy!
Her theme song :: Fancy, Drake ft. TI & Swizz Beatz (she's FANCY, huh?)
She is Tribe.
She's the incense burning, boho, mother love of the community. She's naturally nurturing, caring, supportive and always the peace keeper. She's the head wrap wearing, acoustic soul sista who always has a smile and a positive mantra for you. She's a yoga lover and a light.
Her theme song :: On & On, Erykah Badu (because this Queen Mother will keep pushing and loving on the community to ensure we get where we need to be.)