There are many black female celebrities we love, like Viola Davis, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Carrie Washington, to name a few. But how many black female influencers are you familiar with? Do you ever read books about black women’s lives or how they may struggle in relationships with white women?
On an episode of “Red Table Talk” with celebrity host Jada Pinkett titled “Unpacking white Privilege and Prejudice,” activist writer Rachel Cargle, actress Justina Machado, and writer Amie Newman shared their views. At one point Jada says about her relationship to white women, “All I’m saying is we need them, they need us, we need you, we need each other. We have to be able to sit in a bit of vulnerability to allow for a certain kind of healing to occur.” It is true. We need one another. We need to work together to find a way beyond the divide. Or as Audre Lorde once said, “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”
We invite you to add to our list of Women We Admire, in the comments below. These tireless advocates of black lives have broken barriers, opened minds, and touched souls.
1. Rachel Cargle
Rachel Cargle, a public academic, writer, and lecturer unpacking the racist histories of various American systems.
2. Ijeoma Oluo
Author of New York Times Best-Seller So You Want To Talk About Race
3. Layla Saad
Author of New York Times Best-Seller Me And White Supremacy
4. Tamika D Mallory
5. Whembley Sewell
6. Monique Melton
7. Eartha Kitt
8. Angela Davis
9. Jada Pinkett Smith
A dynamic and creative executive, Audrey has guided household name brands in the health & wellness, travel & leisure, executive training and philanthropy sectors.
Her travel & leisure ventures include the launch of a Hawaiian island destination for Larry Ellison and the Four Seasons, taking a previously unknown locale to #1 in travel in the U.S. and among the Top 10 destinations in the world. The project included creating events and campaigns in partnership with Nobu, Jennifer Lopez, BMW, Serena Williams and various charities.
Audrey’s recent foray into the science sector includes working with Google Ventures, Amgen, Lilly, Genentech, Sanofi, Otsuka, Novartis, and AOBiome, through the recently launched biotech SaaS startup Science 37, which aims to disrupt and democratize the clinical trial process.
Her executive development experience includes building leadership models for trainers such as Tony Robbins, training over 30,000 managers worldwide and leading workshops on performance management to over 100,000 individuals across the U.S. She founded The HR Coach, which consults tech startups in training and developing remote management.
Audrey travels between Seattle, Los Angeles and Austin, enjoying personal time with her three xoloitzcuintles and her beau. Not to mention her total obsession with her big-bold-all-natural hair.