Uzoamaka Maduka for the New York Times

Happy New Year, Clutchettes. Now that 2013 is here, and we’re (almost) done ringing in the new year, we can get on with our regularly scheduled program. It’s Friday, so that means shining a light on our sisters around the globe.

Last year black women achieved amazing things in ever sector of society, and I have no doubt 2013 will be the same.

So, here is this week’s fabulous news about black women! 

Uzoamaka Maduka, the 25-year-old Princeton grad, is the talk of the publishing world. Maduka’s literary journal, The American Reader, is out-performing expectations and causing a spark in the writing world. Backed by an anonymous financer, Maduka’s lit rag boasts a mix of Princeton grads and “geniuses” on the masthead. {NY Times}

Mellody Hobson and George Lucas are now engaged. Mellody Hobson is having a great year. Along with running one of the most successful black-owned financial firms in the country, Hobson was named Chairperson of DreamWorks Animation. Now, the businesswoman is engaged to long-time love, George Lucas. After seven years of dating, the pair have decided to jump the broom. Congrats to the happy couple!  {HuffPost}

National Coalition of 100 Black Women gets a Cincinnati chapter. Twenty-six women were inducted into the local chapter of the 100 Black Women in Cincinnati, Oh. The women say they weren’t looking to add more events to their social calendar, but rather do some serious good in their community. Rhonda Barnes, Cincinnati Chapter president of the National Coalition 100 Black Women, told reporters: “Throughout the year, the Cincinnati Chapter will hold multiple fundraisers to support the programs that we bring to the communities. Programs for 2013 will cover health awareness, education development and My Sisters Keeper Financial Seminar, to name a few.” Congrats ladies! {Cincinnati Herald}

Clare Akamanzi, Eniola Mafe, Lorna Rutto, Yetunde Odugbesan, Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, June Arunga, Jessica Shelver, and Isis Nyongo named one of the top business people in Africa to watch by Ventures magazine. Last  year was a great year for black women around the globe. We made strides in politics, business, education, and nearly every other phase of life. This year I expect we’ll do the same. In honor of the New Year, Ventures magazine, shared 13 of Africa’s next up-and-coming business people, and just like last year, women are very prominent on the list. {Ventures}  

Venus and Serena Williams star in the new iPhone commercial. Our favorite tennis duo, the Williams sisters, snagged yet another endorsement. On New Years Day, Apple rolled out a fun new add which features the pair playing table tennis, while the owner of the phone is dreaming.  The ad is cute, entertaining, and gives the world yet another glimpse at how awesome the Williams’ are. Take a look.

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