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Black women are amazing. We’re brilliant, resilient, beautiful and full of unparalleled spunk. Need a reminder? Check out this round-up of our weekly accomplishments.

Black Model Lands Spot in Prada Campaign

Model Malaika Firth will be one of seven faces for Prada’s fall campaign. It is the first time in 19 years that a black model will be included. Firth, 19, has been modeling since 2011. The Kenyan-born, U.K.-raised supermodel will pose alongside Chinese model Fei Fei Sun. Naomi Campbell was the last black face of Prada. She was included in a 1994 campaign. As Jezebel points out, between 1993 and 2009, only two black models have strutted in Prada’s runway shows. [Jezebel]

Gender Amplified Launches Campaign to Organize a Festival for Female Producers

Gender Amplified, an organization that celebrates women in music production, launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $6,000 to launch a music-and-academic festival. The organization, founded by music producer Ebonie Smith, aims to “foster an inter-disciplinary academic dialogue on women’s visibility in the field of music production by making sure to promote an agenda of inclusivity and collaboration.” Gender Amplified was founded in 2007 at an academic conference in Barnard College, but hopes the festival will bridge the gap between hip-hop producers and scholars. [Indiegogo]

Attorney Releases Book Exploring the Psychology of Afros

Attorney Lurie Daniel-Favors has released Afro State of Mind: Memories of a Nappy Headed Black Girl. She describes the book as “a story designed to help you change the thoughts that are in your head so that you can better embrace the hair that is on your head” on the website. Daniel-Favors is a bankruptcy protection and economic justice attorney. [Afro State of Mind]

Actress Erika Alexander Releases Multicultural Comic

Actress Erika Alexander of “Living Single” fame has partnered with her screenwriter husband Tony Puryear and her brother Robert Alexander to produce “Concrete Park,” a multicultural comic series. Hello Beautiful describes the series as a story that “follows a group of Black and Latino teenagers from the roughest streets who have been exported from Earth, as it seems society can no longer deal with them. And left largely to their own devices, a story ensues that questions the nature of human beings, particularly those who have succumbed to the worst of human nature. ‘Concrete Park’ is anchored around the stories of seven characters who reside in Scare City and are vying for power, survival, hope and of course, love.” [Hello Beautiful]

Ava DuVernay Nabs Invitation to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a tough-organization to crack. It’s been predominantly white and male for decades, but Academy members are attempting to diversify their ranks. Ava DuVernay, director of “Middle of Nowhere” was invited to the join the academy. She joins 14 other directors including Steve McQueen (Shame) and Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight). DuVernay was chosen since she’s directed at least two films that “reflect the Academy’s highest standards.” DuVernay and her fellow inductees will be welcomed into the Academy in September. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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