Our hearts are heavy today Clutchettes, and our prayers are with the families in Connecticut. But it’s Friday, and despite today’s tragedy, sistas are still doing great work.

Just as we do each Friday, we’re here to shine a light on the positive news stories about Black women this week.

So let’s get started.

Yvette Lee Bowser joins TV Land’s ‘The Soul Man.’ Yvette Lee Bowser, the creative force behind Living Single, recently inked a deal with TV Land to become an executive producer and showrunner for the sitcom The Soul Man. The show, which stars Cedric “The Entertainer” and Niecy Nash, was recently renewed for a second season. Congrats! {Shadow & Act}

First Lady Michelle Obama donated over 900 gifts to Toys for Tots. It’s that time of year again, and Mrs. Obama recently stopped by local a Washington D.C. charity to spread a little Christmas cheer. Mrs. Obama began collecting toys from her family, the White House staff, friends, and corporate donors in 2009 and said she was “very proud” the White House was able to participate again this year. Kudos to her! {Good Black News blog}

Esperanza Spalding was honored by Smithsonian Magazine. Jazz bassist, Esperanza Spalding, can add another award to her list. Recently Smithsonian Magazine recognized the 28-year-old musician with its coveted American Ingenuity award. Legendary jazz musician Herbie Hancock gave her the award, calling Spalding “magnificent and poetic.” We agree. {Eurweb}

Alfre Woodard nabs SAG Award nomination. Screen veteran, Alfre Woodard, has been recognized by her peers at the Screen Actor’s Guild when she was recently nominated for an award for her portrayal of Ouiser in the Lifetime remake of Steel Magnolias. This is Woodard’s fifth SAG nomination, she has won the award three times. Congrats! {theGrio}

Melissa Harris-Perry’s Daughter interviews Gabrielle Douglas: In one of the most adorable things I’ve seen in a while, MSNBC host, Melissa Harris-Perry allowed her 10-year-old daughter, Parker, to interview Olympic golden girl, Gabrielle Douglas. The interview was not only cute, but it showcased the beauty of black girlhood. Check it out. {HuffPost}

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