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A showcase of amazing women who balance beauty & intellectual brilliance.
In short.  They shine.


Jessica Lucas - Vancouver Vixen

Courtesy of W Magazine.

To be real, Jessica Lucas is the only memorable part of the sci-fi
stinkbomb that was Cloverfield. It's beginning to feel as if Canada
is fast becoming the hotbed of talented and gorgeous actresses,
since Ms.Lucas is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia. The
multi-racial actress(white, Pakistani and black)has recently been
seen on the CW network's 'Melrose Place' in addition to roles on
CSI and a short lived ABC family channel pilot. Something tells
me we'll be enjoying that stare for quite some time.

Jessica Lucas talks about her role on 'Melrose Place'


Angela Mao Ying - Lady Whirlwind

Avid fans of the martial arts movie genre will recognize the steely
beauty of Angela Mao Ying from the picture above. But not many
have a clue of just how prominent of an actress she was in her
heyday in 1970's Hong Kong.

The most widely known movie role she played was that of Su
Lin, the sister to Bruce Lee's character in the 1973 instant classic,
'Enter The Dragon'. The role displays Mao Ying at her sharpest,
single-handedly taking on a gang of villains intent on raping
her. The scene ends however, when faced with defeat she takes
her own life rather than be taken advantage of. In some respects,
this shows the fiery personality of Mao Ying and a strong sense
of female self-empowerment that she expressed in some of her
roles. She was a star with the Golden Harvest studios, and this
placed her alongside notable legends Jackie Chan and Sammo
Hung Kam-Bo. In 1982, Mao Ying retired to devote her time to
her husband and family.

Unfortunately, a good deal of Angela Mao Ying films aren't
widely available which in light of some of the roles she was
given may have been best. Mao Ying possessed a magnetic
cinematic personality; her soft but striking features were the
framework for her adept martial arts skills, learned in the
Peking Opera. Some of her scenes are truly remarkable; in
The Tournament(1974), she even demolishes male opponents
in a Muay Thai arena!!! Even though her time in the spotlight
was short, Angela Mao Ying helped paved the way for future
female martial artists worldwide and demonstrated her own
memorable combination of beauty and strength.

Fight scene from Hapkido(1972)

 Fight scene from The Association(1975)


Zoe Saldana - Bella Dominicana

Zoe Saldana is a star you should get to know. As soon as possible.

The New Jersey born, Queens native has made a name for herself
in Hollywood by forging her own path and making her presence felt
in every role. She stood out in 'Center Stage', dazzled Nick Cannon in
'Drumline' and even made Ashton Kutcher look smart by being his fiancee
in 'Guess Who?'Her most recent role is a testament to that staying power,
where she played Lt. Uhura in JJ Abrams' smash remake of 'Star Trek'.
Saldana has made sure that she's not just appreciated for her looks as
evidenced with her work on Barack Obama's presidential campaign and
other activist efforts. With another key role in James Cameron's
'Avatar' wrapped up, Zoe Saldana is poised for the heights of superstardom.

Zoe Saldana speaking on the importance of women voters in 2008:

Zoe Saldana Latina Magazine Behind The Scenes cover shoot June/July '09


Corazon Aquino

Before 'Yes We Can' became the hallmark phrase in America's
recent history, 'People Power' was the motto for the movement
that not only removed a dictatorship, but antiquated notions of
what a woman's role was in the Phillipines. Corazon Aquino
made that possible. She took her last breath this past Saturday
after a year long fight against colon cancer. Aquino (or Tita Cory
to many) was at first a reluctant politician, inheriting that role
along with the role of widow after the assasination of
Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., her husband in 1983. Over the
next three years, she spearheaded a nationwide movement
against the corrupt dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos that
was characterized by the sign for laban, or 'fight' and the color
yellow. Marcos was ousted in 1986 after a failed attempt to steal the
election from Aquino. She only served six years as the first
female president of the Phillipines but her impact changed a
nation and captured the attention of the world.

Rest in peace Tita Cory.


Corazon Aquino's Speech before Congress (Part 1)


Diana Sands 

It's safe to say that had Diana Sands lived past the age of 39, she would
have been regarded as one of the great actresses of this country.

She had risen to fame in Lorraine Hansberry's 'A Raisin in the Sun'
as the impetous and passionate Beneatha Younger, later
reprising the role in the motion picture version to great acclaim.
Ms.Sands went on to be a groundbreaking African American presence
on the stage and in film, even doing Shakespeare and in one instance,
being brilliant enough to co-star with Alan Alda in
"The Owl and The Pussycat" in a role that was originally written for a white actress.

Each role she appeared in carried heft, charm, comedy and soul.
She even managed to posthumously have an effect on the blaxploitation
movement in Hollywood, appearing in 'Willie Dynamite' and
'Honeybaby, Honeybaby'. And she was even chosen to play
alongside James Earl Jones in 'Claudine' but due to the cancer that would lead to her death, she asked that the role be given to Diahann Carroll.

Diana Sands was indeed a woman -and an actress- beyond comparison.


Diana Sands with Richard Crenna in 'Doctor's Wives' (1971)


Diana Sands in 'A Raisin in The Sun'(1961)


Miriam Makeba - Mama Afrika


Hamba Kakhule, Mama Afrika.

Miriam Makeba - When I've Passed On

N'kosi Sikeleli Africa w/Miriam Makeba


Esperalda Spaulding - "Spanish Fly"




Esperanza Spalding on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 6.11.08


Esperanza Spalding honoring Stevie Wonder at the White House

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