To close out Women’s Month I want to focus on the G.O.A.T. of athleticism and Tennis, Serena Williams. She is now in her mid-thirties and from my home-state,  Michigan, where the hardest working hustlers can definitely be found. This woman must be one of the hardest, if not the hardest, -working athlete in the world. This year she set a world record with winning her 23rd Grand Slam in the Australian Open. To date, she has been ranked #1 in the Women’s Tennis Association a total of seven times and currently holds a 316-42 singles record, which gives her more wins than both men and women athletes in the history of Tennis.

Serena Williams is definitely setting a great example for little brown girls everywhere. As a well known public figure, this powerful African Queen has managed to remain relevant, beautiful and successful with her clothes on, as well as her pride in tact in an extremely over-sexualized society.

Sept 7, 1965

Patricia R Harris

Born May 31, 1924 – Died March 23, 1985- US Secretary of HUD, Health, Education, Welfare/ American Administration

First African American US Ambassador to Luxemburg.

Sept 12-20, 1992

Mae C. Jemison

Born October 17, 1956- Astronaut/ Engineer/ Physician

First African American woman in Space.

Dec 21, 1767

Phillis Wheatley

Born May 5, 1753 – Died December 5, 1784- Slave/ Poet

First African American female poet published.

Dec 2014

Ava M. DuVernay

Born August 24, 1972- Director/ Screenwriter/ Film Distributor/ Film Marketer

First African American female director nominated for “Best Director” Golden Globe.


Lucy Terry-Prince

Born October 23, 1730 – Died July 11, 1821- Slave/Poet

First African American poet recognized in the United States.


Ethel Waters

Born October 31, 1896 – Died September 1, 1977- Singer/ Actress

First African American female to star in a regular TV show.


Tyra L. Banks

Born December 4, 1973- Personality/ Producer/ Actress/ Author/ Businesswoman/ Model/ Singer

First African American model on the cover of GQ and Sports Illustrated Magazines.