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


Friday
Jul312009

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)


Tuesday
Jul142009

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)

Monday
May252009

Miriam Makeba - Mama Afrika

 

Hamba Kakhule, Mama Afrika.



Miriam Makeba - When I've Passed On

N'kosi Sikeleli Africa w/Miriam Makeba

Sunday
May032009

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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