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The Harvard Law Review Just Elected Its First Black Woman President

Nigeria's Imemle Umana is the first Black woman to be elected President of the Harvard Law Review.

Once again, Black women come through and save the day.


In between all the dispiriting news about the world crumbling all around us, we learn that Nigerian student, Imelme Umana, class of Harvard Law School '18, has become the first Black woman elected President of Harvard's Law Review. Though it took Harvard 130 years longer than it should have, the news of her extraordinary accomplishment couldn't have come at a better time.

Umana is a PhD candidate "interested in the intersection between government and African American studies by exploring how stereotypes of black women are reproduced and reinforced in American political discourse," as reported by Clutch.

Her appointment echoes that of Barack Obama who became the first Black man elected as President of the Harvard Law Review in 1990, and who went on to become, you know, president.

Umana has several people ready to cast prospective votes for her to become the first Black female president of the United States as well. I am one of those people.

If this ain't Black excellence, I don't know what is.

It's times like these when the stories of women of color need to be heard and celebrated. Today we celebrate Imemle Umana in all her Black woman glory.

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Burna Boy performs at the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party in Hollywood on January 2020. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Warner Music)

Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

The Nigerian star and Tuareg band are nominated in the newly named Best Global Music Album category.

The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are in.

The awards show, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah, will see some of the world's biggest artists up for categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

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