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


Lena Horne

It's fitting, in a sense, that on Mother's Day Lena
Horne left this world. She gave us so much, from
that winning smile to that grand sense of beauty
and style. She gave birth to a whole new ideal of
Black female sophistication and most importantly,
she did it on her terms so that future generations
could do the same. Ms.Horne, thank you...and
rest in power.

Lena Horne on 'The Flip Wilson Show'

Lena Horne for The Gap(Classic!!!)

Lena Horne's iconic performance of 'Stormy Weather'(1943)






Rae Dawn Chong

You probably know her for being the daughter of one half of the the
legendary stoner comedy duo Cheech and Chong but the actress has
done a slew of movies dating back to the early 1980's. Some of them
were memorable (Beat Street, The Color Purple) and others...not so
much. But she's kept right on acting and has recently turned 49. Yeah,
49 and still fine!!

'Beat Street' Movie Trailer


Rosa Acosta

What can be said about this gorgeous Dominicana that
hasn't been said before? How about the fact that Ms.Acosta
is a highly trained classical ballet dancer? She began her
studies at the age of 4 at the Centro De La Cultura and
moved on to the Instituro de Cultura y Arte where she
graduated with honors. After numerous accolades, she
began modeling in 2004 and the rest is history.



N'Bushe Wright

Yet another reason why the world loves women from
Brooklyn, N'Bushe Wright is a distinct beauty. With her
mother being a psychologist working with the New York
Board of Ed and her father being jazzman Suleiman-Marim
Wright, N'Bushe has excellence in her blood. Only a year
out of the Stella Adler Acting School, she wound up playing
Nikki in the critically acclaimed 'Zebrahead', following it up
with a key role in the NBC drama I'll Fly Away. And if that
wasn't enough, in 1994 she starred in Boaz Yakin's 'Fresh'
and in the Hughes Brothers' 'Dead Presidents'. From then
on she's had numerous roles in film and TV although one
thing still escapes us...why was she never considered for
the role of Storm in the X-Men Movies?!!


Grace Park

We at Manifesto admit that Grace Park is the main reason we
could getr ourselves to watch 'Battlestar Galactica' on the Sci-Fi
Network. This Korean-Canadian bombshell broke onto the scene
playing Sharon 'Boomer'Valerii aka Cylon Number Eight after
getting her first role in Romeo Must Die. After that series ended,
Park snagged a key role in 'The Cleaner' starring Benjamin Bratt
on the A&E Network which ended last September. She now plays
Liz Carver on the CBC drama 'The Border'. Ms.Park also has a
psychology degree from the University of British Columbia. She
can read our minds anytime!


Teiko Dornor 

There is nothing on earth like a woman with bountiful
curves and the heart and smile to match. Teiko Dornor
has it all and then some. Not only is the Ghananian-
British beauty a plus-sized model, she's also a
television presenter with OBE-TV and a law student.
And another accomplishment she owns is being the
chief organizer of the Miss Plus Africa pageant.
I'm sure Ms.Dornor will be gracing us with her charm
for a long time.

Catch her on her blog here:


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)