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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.

Interview

Malian Rapper Ami Yerewolo Rises Against All Odds

Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

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