It’s Friday and we made it through another busy week. This one was FULL of conversations about viral videos, the Vice Presidential debates, and Affirmative Action. While this week was certainly a busy–and in some circles a contentious–one, black women around the diaspora have continued to do their thing.

So, here are 5 fabulous bits of news about black women this week!

Ava DuVernay’s ‘Middle of Nowhere’ premieres this weekend. Support award-winning director Ava DuVernay THIS WEEKEND as her independent film, Middle of Nowhere, hits theaters.  We talk a lot about black women controlling our own images and stories and DuVernay has be a champion for taking matters into her own hands. This weekened the film will premiere in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washinton D.C. Visit AFFRM.com for details and more cities. {AFFRM}

Black women account for the majority of September job gains for African Americans. While the nation celebrated the drop in the unemployment rate for September, a little-known static has been flying under the radar. While the jobless rate for African Americans is still far above the national average (13.4 percent), black women garnered the majority of job gains last month. The Root reports, “Among adults ages 20 and over, all of the gains for African Americans were among women. Although the share of black adult women overall employed rose from 55.1 percent to 55.3 percent, the share of black adult men employed fell from 57.7 percent to 57.5 percent.” As the country continues its slow recovery it’s clear black women will be at the forefront of our economic growth. {The Root}

Rosemarie Hudson is working to widen opportunities for African and Caribbean authors in the UK. While it’s difficult to make the best seller’s list in the UK, black Brits have an even tougher time cracking the charts. Enter Rosemarie Hudson, an entrepreneur and publisher whose mission is help writers of color break into the market. Hudson founded BlackAmber Books to prove books by minority authors can be successful (both critically and commercially) in the UK.  So far, BlackAmber Books have been a hit with its authors winning critical awards like the London Writers Prize and the Theatre Book Prize. Bravo! {The Voice, UK}

Women’s rights in Botswana get a big boost. Women in Botswana can now inherit their family home, marking a huge change in women’s rights in the region. The high court struck down a customary law that prohibited women from inheriting property, instead conferring it to the youngest son. Three sisters who lived in their family home and hoped to inherit it brought the case. After making improvements to the home, a nephew challenged their right to own it. A judge in Botswana struck down the law, saying it discriminated against women and was unconstitutional. {Washington Post}

Female business owners spur Africa’s booming economy. We all know Africa is on the rise and many of the continent’s countries are among the fasting growing economies in the world, but at the forefront of the boom are many female entrepreneurs. Women like Ethiopia’s Bethlehem Tilahun, owner of SoleRebels, and Kenya’s Ory Okollo, owner of the tech company Ushahidi, are just two of the many women leading the way. These women are not only employing their fellow countrymen, but they’re also changing the poverty-stricken narrative many have about Africa. Tilahun told the New York Times, “We’ve flipped the concept of non-Africans writing the script. We’ve basically taken back control of our destiny by controlling the marketing message.” Indeed! {New York Times}

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