While many of us here in the States are still enjoying the long holiday weekend and giving thanks for our lives, families, and friends, sistas around the globe have been putting in work!

So, here are 5 bits of positive news about black women we can ALL be thankful for this week! 

Raven Magwood will graduate Clemson at the age of 19. Raven Magwood is a published author, in-demand speaker, and the host of a TV show. If that wasn’t enough, she’s gearing up to finish her studies at Clemson University at the amazingly young age of 19. After being courted by several Ivy League colleges, Magwood followed her family’s footsteps and entered Clemson at just 16-years-old. With three books, a booming speaking career, and a TV show under her belt, many would take a break. But not Magwood. Up next? Breaking into Hollywood. She’s currently working on a screenplay and if her past success is any indication, she’ll definitely make it. {Clemson University}

Black Girls Hack holds first non-profit hackathon. Silicone Valley’s only tech group focused on young black girls hosted its first hackathon aimed at increasing awareness and inspiring more girls to consider tech careers. The brainchild of Kat Calvin, Amanda Spann, and Janelle Jolley, the hackathon—which is an all-day coding competition—was held in Atlanta and was a complete success. With sponsors like MailChimp, SendGrid, and LimitLess Smart Shot, Black Girls Hack hope their first day-long competition will continue to spread the word and encourage more African Americans to pursue STEM careers. {Black Girls Hack}

Congressional Black Caucus chooses new leader: Rep. Marcia Fudge. Ohio congresswoman, Rep. Marcia Fudge is the Congressional Black Caucus’ new leader. The former Warrensville Heights mayor, Rep. Fudge has been in Congress since 2008 and will focus on highlighting African-American issues. Rep. Fudge recently said of her win: “We call ourselves the ‘Conscience of the Congress.’ We are a collective voice for millions of people around the country who need us to champion their issues and protect their future.” She continued, “I look forward to leading this venerable Caucus, and to speak and act on behalf of its members who share a vision and commitment to move our nation forward.” We wish her luck! {The Grio}

Sherrilyn Ifill is the new president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF). One of the nation’s oldest civil rights organizations has a new leader in charge of its legal and educational agenda. University of Maryland professor and attorney, Sherrilyn Ifill, recently became the organization’s top legal mind, a position once held by Thurgood Marshall.  Ifill said she will continue to focus on fighting voter suppression, helping African Americans deal with the economic crisis, and inequalities in education. {The Root}

Black Women In Europe releases its annual Power List. For the third year in the row, Black Women in Europe published its annual list of powerful women across the diaspora. This year’s honorees include Nigerian-British playwright Bola Agbaje; motivational speaker, writer, and entrepreneur Natalie Louise Brown; Baroness Cécile de Massy of Guadeloupe; Kenyan born fashion designer Pauline Long; and several others. Kudos to them! {Black Women in Europe}

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