Hijarbie: Creating Inclusivity and Representation for Young Muslim Girls

Representation and inclusivity matter. Playing with dolls, particularly Barbie, is a large part of childhood for many, but the doll and its clothing haven’t been very representative of all people. Barbie has made some strides recently by introducing dolls with different body shapes, different skin tones, and even dolls with disabilities. One Muslim woman from…

Nicki Minaj To Start Charity To Help Fans Pay Student Loans and Tuition Fees

  Last week, Nicki Minaj offered via Twitter to pay tuition and student loans for some of her fans. This week, she’s restated her promise to do a repeat batch of giving soon while also announcing a charity devoted to her mission. In a recent post on Instagram, Minaj shared a screenshot of some of the recent payments…

Tyehimba Jess Brings Important Voices to the Forefront 

As a deeply modern poet who effortlessly mixes literary style with contemporary slam, Tyehimba Jess is one of the most celebrated American wordsmiths of his generation. After receiving quiet praise for his previous poetry endeavors, Jess received the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his 2016 collection, OLIO. Jess was born in Detroit and raised by…

Queen of Generosity: Nicki Minaj Pays Fans’ Tuition 

Nicki Minaj has promoted a number of causes over the years and has made some huge donations. Her latest act of philanthropy took place unexpectedly on Twitter this Saturday night. While tweeting about a lip-synching contest, she mentioned that she makes plenty of money, enough to fly a winner out from anywhere in the world. A user…

Colson Whitehead’s Award-Winning Novels of Influence

One of the most celebrated African-American novelists of our time, Colson Whitehead is now the winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel The Underground Railroad. With six novels under his belt, Whitehead is known for his genre-bending stories that focus on race, class, commercialism, and American history. Whitehead was born in New York City in…

The African Women’s Alliance: Empowering African Women Around the World

A UN-Sponsored Organization In 1997, the United Nations helped several organizations combine their resources to found the African Women’s Alliance (“the AWA”). This international nonprofit enterprise draws upon the talents of African women residing in their own nations and across the world. It was incorporated in 2001 as a nonprofit organization. Its members hope to enhance the lives…