It’s been a long week, so let’s just cut to the chase, shall we?

Check out 5 of this week’s fabulous new stories about black women. 

Janine Sherman Barrois sells drama CBS. Looks like Shonda Rhimes isn’t the only black women making moves in Hollywood. TV producer and writer Janine Herman Barriois, recently sold her hour-long drama, Darkness Falls, to CBS.  Barrois is currently an executive producer and writer on the hit series Criminal Minds, and her new show “will explore the complex dynamic of an FBI psychologist and a homicide specialist as they journey into small communities around the country to solve the darkest, most twisted single murders.” Sound exciting. {Shadow & Act}

Jackie Lacey become Los Angeles County’s first African-American and first female District Attorney. It’s a shame that in 2012 we still have black folks being the first to do a particular job, but Jackie Lacey recently became Los Angeles County’s chief prosecutor. Lacey, the city’s the chief deputy district attorney, beat out the competition to be elected the L.A.’s first black and female District Attorney. An alumna of the University of Southern California (my alma mater), Lacey’s predecessor endorsed her wholeheartedly saying, “It’s not about race or gender,” but rather “qualifications, qualifications, qualifications, [and] experience.” Congrats! {Annenberg TV News}

106-year-old Elizabeth Hinton votes in her 22nd President election. While many waited in long lines Tuesday, 106-year-old Elizabeth Hinton wasn’t undeterred. Instead of voting by mail, Hinton went to the polls to vote in person. Voting is extremely important to Ms. Hinton, why? According to her niece because she’s “a true citizen in that way,” her niece said. We agree. {Boston.com}

Fauzia Yusuf Haji Adan was named foreign minister and deputy prime minister of Somalia. Although Somalia was ranked as the worst places in the world to be a woman, the new prime minister appointed two women, including Adan, who became the first women to hold the prominent post. She told reporters her appointment “turns a new page for the political situation of our country” and sends a strong signal for women’s rights in the Muslim country. {The Guardian}

Nia Long performs Sojourner Truth’s iconic “Ain’t I A Woman” speech. Long teamed up with online media group THNKR to bring Truth’s speech to life. Her powerful performance is a stark reminder of how far we’ve come and how long we have yet to go.

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