Bernette JohnsonIt’s Friday and you know what that means: It’s time to shine a light on some of the positive news about black women this week!

While this week was filled with political debates, breast cancer information, and Twitter foolishness, black women across the globe continued to make strides and represent us all in a positive manner.

So without further adieu, here are 5 bits of fabulous news about black women.

Bernette Johnson to become Louisiana’s first black chief justice. After a racially-charged dispute over whether or not Judge Johnson had enough seniority to succeed Chief Justice Catherine Kimball next year, the Louisiana Supreme Court decided that Johnson will indeed become the head of the Louisiana’s court, making her the first African American to hold the position. {theGrio}

Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and Danai Gurira all shine at Elle Magazine’s Women in Hollywood luncheon. Elle magazine honored women of Hollywood and several black actresses were on hand to celebrate. Octavia Spencer–Elle magazine’s latest cover girl–was being celebrated for her Oscar-winning performance last year, and Davis and The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira were also on hand for the festivities. {theGrio}

Fernanda Silva scores national ad deal in Brazil. Despite having the largest population of black folks outside of Nigeria, Brazil still has a complicated history with race. But recently Fernanda Silva, from the heavily black state of Bahia (dubbed “Black Rome”), has been tapped to be one of the faces of a new ad campaign for retail fashion brand C & A. Silva will join supermodel Gisele Bündchen and several other women from around the nation in the new ad spots. {Black Women of Brazil}

Emaytzy Corinealdi and Quvenzhane Wallis make history. Up and coming actresses Emaytzy Corinealdi (Middle of Nowhere) and Quvenshane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) were nominated for Best Actress at the esteemed Gotham Film Festival, making it the first time two black actresses have been nominated in the same category at once. Ava Duvernay, is also in the running for Best Director due to her feature film, Middle of Nowhere. Congrats ladies! {Shadow & Act}

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) received a $14 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. AWARD works to develop the research and leadership skills of female African scientists, and the grant will help to continue to support the efforts of female agricultural scientists in 11 sub-Saharan African countries. According to the United Nation’s Food Program, upwards of 240 million people in sub-Saharan Africa are hungry, and this grant will enable more women—the backbone of the agricultural sector—to cultivate more women who can lead and make their voices known. Dr. Roy Steiner of the Gates Foundation remarked: “We are thrilled to be extending our support for AWARD. This program, and the fellows involved, help ensure that women are at the heart of agricultural development, advancing research and innovation to reduce hunger and poverty.” {AllAfrica}

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