Apr. 17, 2017 01:22PM EST
Essence Magazine releases its inaugural 'Woke 100 Women' issue featuring Luvvie Ajayi, #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Opal Tometi, Shonda Rhimes and more.
The phrase "stay woke" like "on fleek" and "yolo" is well on its way to being inducted into the Overkill Hall of Fame. But for now "woke" still has some currency in today's climate of heightened online awareness.
<p>For their inaugural "Woke 100 Women" issue, <a href="http://www.essence.com/"><strong>Essence</strong></a> has recognized black women who are using their awareness to become champions of social progress in their communities. Despite the over-saturation of "woke," we can't hate on a list that contains many of our favorite women. The cover features the likes of<a href="http://www.okayafrica.com/100women/luvvie-ajayi/"> <strong>Luvvie Ajayi</strong></a>, and #BlackLivesMatter co-founder <a href="http://www.okayafrica.com/100women/opal-tometi/"><strong>Opal Tometi</strong></a>—who were both honored on OkayAfrica's 100 Women—as well as a host of other trailblazing black women who have dedicated their careers to creating positive change for Black people in America.</p><p><div class="preroll-video"></div><ora-player></ora-player></p><p>"The cover stars are part of the #Woke100, an inaugural list of female creators, activists, educators, journalists, politicos and thinkers who are socially conscious and vigilant about changing our nation for the better," reports Essence.</p><p>We're all about recognizing game-changing, phenomenal women. Check out the <a href="http://www.essence.com/news/woke-100-women">full list</a>, and revisit <a href="http://www.okayafrica.com/exclusives/okayafricas-100-women/">OkayAfrica's 100 Women </a>to read about more groundbreaking Black women.</p><p></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p></p><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Stay Woke: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Essence?src=hash">#Essence</a> May 2017 issue honors 100 women pushing the movement forward <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Woke100?src=hash">#Woke100</a> <a href="https://t.co/dru5JVmg3a">pic.twitter.com/dru5JVmg3a</a></p><p>— 5/FIFTHS (@_5fifths_) <a href="https://twitter.com/_5fifths_/status/853963069386633216">April 17, 2017</a></p></blockquote><p><script async="" charset="utf-8" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></p>
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