It’s Friday and we made it through another week. While the mainstream media trotted out more horrible statistics about black women (that we refuse to share), we’re back to shine a light on sisters around the globe doing big things.

Shall we get started?

Vice Admiral Michelle Howard is first black woman to become a three-star officer. It’s amazing that in 2012 we still have firsts like this, but Vice Admiral Howard just made it into the history books. She’s the second in command of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia and has been a naval officer at the forefront of many conflicts. She survived the attack on the Pentagon during 9/11, and in 1999 she became the first African American woman to command an American warship. Despite her historic achievement she hopes that one day, a woman will command a submarine. {WJLA}

Issa Rae scores a Washington Post Feature. It’s been a great week for our favorite Awkward Black Girl Issa Rae. She not only scored her first network TV gig teaming up with showrunner Shonda Rhimes, but the mainstream media is also taking notice. This time, the Washington Post came calling for an enlightening interview with the Stanford grad. {Washington Post}

Adama Ndiaye creates Black fashion week in Paris. Senegalese designer Adama Ndiaye, known as Adama Paris, was tired of seeing black designers and models left out of Paris’ famed fashion week, so she created her own. In a country that bans ethnicity from the census, having a black fashion week has caused a bit of a stir, but Ndiaye isn’t moved. Despite the name, Black Fasion Week includes non-black designers who are influenced by African fashion. For the critics, Ndiaye explains: “This is not a fashion show by black people, for black people,” she says. “It’s part of a movement, like “black music” and “black art”, and it is inclusive of all the people that are drawn to it.” C’est Magnifique! {France 24)

Steel Magnolias all-Black remake premieres on Lifetime. This Sunday, Queen Latifah, Jill Scott, Phylicia Rashad, and Alfre Woodard team up for the reboot of the 1989 classic film. The remake is a coup for black actresses and Latifah who also serves as one of the film’s producers. Watch it Sunday at 9 p.m. {Lifetime}

Shonda Rhimes sells talk show dramedy to ABC. Shonda Rhimes seems utterly unstoppable. With hits like Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Scandal under her belt she’s a force to be reckoned with. This week she announced that she was teaming up with Issa Rae to produce the sitcom, I Hate L.A. Dudes, now word is she sold yet another show, The Mix, based on a morning talk, show to ABC. Congrats! {Shadow & Act}

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