The Friday 5

We’ve all heard the adage “black girls’ rock,” but sometimes the sentiment is lost amidst all of the negativity lodged at us. This compilation of our amazing accomplishments reminds us of the greatness residing within us.

Regina King Lands an ABC Pilot
“Southland” star Regina King has nabbed a role on ABC’s comedy pilot “Divorce: A Love Story.” The sitcom also stars Jason Jones and Andrea Anders as Kenny and Robin, a recently-divorced couple that can’t stay away from each other. King will co-star as Cassandra, a dental hygienist and wife of Ike (Adam Golberg), Kenny’s best friend. [Deadline]

Beyoncé is the Face of H&M’s Summer Campaign
Beyoncé’s latest endorsement is with H&M. The songstress will appear in print advertisements, billboards and television commercials. She was also influential in the designing of the clothes. “I’ve always liked H&M’s focus on fun and affordable fashion. I really loved the concept we collaborated on to explore the different emotions of women represented by the four elements — fire, water, earth and wind. It was a beautiful shoot on a tropical island. It felt more like making a video than a commercial,” she explained in a press release. The summer collection will be released in May. A portion of the sales will be donated to WaterAid charity. [BET]

Ghanaian Woman Named One of the Most Influential Black Women in Business
Intercontinental sisterhood is beautiful. Rosa Whitaker, President and CEO of the Whitaker Group (TWG), has been named one of the 25 Influential Black Women in Business by The Network Journal (TNJ). Whitaker is the wife of the Archbishop of the Christian Action Faith Ministries, Nicholas Duncan Williams, and has been recognized for her “leadership and success in advancing trade and business in Africa.” Under Whitaker’s leadership, the Whitaker Group (TWG) has “become widely recognized as the leading strategic consulting firm for global companies seeking investment and business engagement in Africa.” [Ghana Web]

First African-American Woman Named Chief Executive of National U.S. Soccer Body
Kim Roberts-Hedgpath has been appointed as the National Executive Director of the American Youth Soccer Organization. She is the first African-American woman named to an executive position in the U.S. soccer league. Her new role begins on April 1. [Soccer America]

Canadian University Names Scholarship in Honor of Quebec’s First Judge
The University of Quebec at Montreal has named a scholarship in honor of Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré, the first black judge appointed to the bench in Quebec. The $3,000 scholarship will be awarded to a first-year law student who has “demonstrated excellence in the use of the law as a tool for social change and who has been involved in activities that promote human rights, social justice, and the right to equality of the underprivileged and racialized minorities.” [Canadian Lawyer Magazine]

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