It’s been a long week, so I won’t beat around the bush today. Here are five FABULOUS stories about black women this week.

Serena Williams Named WTA’s Player Of 2012. Serena Williams has battled her critics and haters for years, but despite talk that she was falling off, she’s back on top again. After more than a decade in the game, Williams was named the WTA’s Player of the year for 2012. This year Serena wracked up 15 Grand Slam singles titles and four Olympic gold medals, cementing her place in sports history. This is her fourth time being named the WTA Play of the Year, which places her third on the list behind Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova. Go Serena! {HuffPost Black Voices}

Ava DuVernay will be awarded an Athena Film Festival award. Ava DuVernay is having a hell of a year. She not only earned the Best Director award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, but her independently released film Middle of Nowhere has been a critical and commercial success. Now, DuVernay can add another trophy to her mantle as she is being honored at this year’s Athena Film Festival. Will an Oscar be in her future? {Shadow & Act}

Emayatzy Corinealdi earned the Breakthrough Actor award at this year’s Gotham Film Festival. Middle of Nowhere, Ava DuVernay’s award-winning film, scored another winner. Actress Emayatzy Corinealdi, the film’s star, was honored at this year’s Gotham Film Festival for her commanding performance. Corinealdi has been the darling of critics this year, and we hope it will carry her into awards season. Could she score an Oscar nod or Golden Globe nom? We sure hope so! {Backstage}

Kenyan Women honor President Joyce Banda. Kenya’s largest women’s group, Women in Development, honored Malawian president Joyce Banda for her “fulfillment of decades old struggle of African women.” President Banda was given the Jubilee Certificate of Honor for her work championing and protecting women’s rights and working toward the economic empowerment of women in her country. Congrats! {Malawi Voice}

Black Woman Redefined to be released in paperback. Ever felt like black women were under the microscope and only negative images were being put out in the media? Sophia Nelson’s book, Black Women Redefined counteracts the stereotypes floating around in the atmosphere about sistas. With inspiring essays and a new interview with First Lady Michelle Obama, Black Women Redefined is a must-read for everyone. {theGrio}

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