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Rhonesha is an Emmy award-winning journalist and entrepreneur. Her philosophy in life is established by her acronym of N.E.S.H.A. – No One Ever Slows Her Agenda – which was also the inspiration for her first venture, HerAgenda.com-a site that serves as an information and inspiration hub for millennial women. She's won awards both as a journalist and an entrepreneur from NYABJ, The Associated Press, Youth Venture, & The Kauffman Foundation. HP and Clutch Magazine named her one of the top African American Women to follow and dubbed her a ‘Tech Tastemaker.' She received an Emmy award for her work as a field producer with WNBC.

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The Morning Routines of 13 Ambitious Millennial Women

(4) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 11:43 AM

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First off, can I be honest? The concept of having a put together "morning routine" is great and all but when you're hustling, grinding and you're not the boss, mornings typically aren't easy. In truth, most of us are barely making...

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Remembering Madam CJ Walker as Organizations Work to Preserve Her Estate

(4) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 6:46 PM

Most people tend to fawn over celebrities, but I'm the type of person who is more so enthralled with everyday people who overcome extraordinary obstacles to achieve something that seems impossible.

Madam C.J. Walker is one of those people. In an era where she utterly had no rights as...

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How My 16-Year-Old Self Sparked My Interest In Feminism and the Women's Movement

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 5:07 PM

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Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, boldly declares in her TEDx talk that we should all be feminists.

"Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes," she explained in the line now...

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Mae Jemison, The First Black Woman In Space, On Empowerment And Being More Than Just A First

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 8:38 AM

The first black woman in space, Dr. Mae Jemison, stopped by HuffPost Live to discuss what it means to be the first to accomplish a historic milestone, encouraging black people to get into STEM fields and the importance of empowerment.

In a blog posted earlier this week, the...

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Racial Tensions Grow At UCLA Law After Black Student Receives Hate Mail

(252) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 11:38 AM

Racial tensions between students at the UCLA School of Law appear to be growing.

Following the release of a student-produced video to raise awareness about the lack of diversity at the law school, reports have surfaced of flyers from black student organizations being pulled down, as well...

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Video Shines Light On The 'Disturbing Emotional Toll' Of Being Black At UCLA Law School

(290) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 12:20 PM

In an emotional video released earlier this week, students at the UCLA School of Law gathered to share their stories of being among the few black students on campus as part of an awareness campaign simply titled "33."

According to the video, out of roughly 1,100 students,...

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Between Ratchet And Bougie: Black Creatives Discuss The State Of Black Women On TV (VIDEO)

(3) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 3:09 PM

The conversation about the images of black women on television is one that is on-going. Not too long ago, Essence magazine released a study where respondents overwhelming agreed that the images of black women in media only "scratch the surface" and there is an "invisible middle"...

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Documentary About Anita Hill Recounts Explosive Clarence Thomas Sexual Harassment Hearing (VIDEO)

(760) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 1:34 PM

A film is set to hit theaters featuring the story of Anita Hill, the woman who accused then Supreme Court judge nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.

Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, the film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival to sold out screenings.

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DrakeWeather.com Takes The Internet By Storm

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 11:44 AM

After successfully hosting 'SNL' this past weekend, there's no doubt that Drake gained a few fans, while showcasing the range of his talents from singing, to acting. But who knew in addition to actor, rapper, and singer that he would be adding weather man to his...

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50 Reasons To Love Michelle Obama On Her 50th

(4) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 1:32 PM

She's elegance and grace personified. When Michelle Obama became First Lady in 2008, she made history.

Aside from being the first black First Lady, she is the youngest to hold that position since Jackie Kennedy.

What's more, she's been an accomplished lawyer, Chicago city administrator, community outreach worker,...

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New York Juror Form Asks People To Identify As 'African American, Black, Or Negro' ... And It's 2014 (PHOTO)

(402) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 7:33 AM

Raeana Roberson doesn't think of herself as "Negro."

So when the 25-year-old New York City teacher, who is black, was asked to identify herself on a prospective juror form Monday at the Queens County courthouse as either "Black, African American or Negro," she was aghast.

"Is this an...

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Video Of '12 Years A Slave' Subject Solomon Northup's Descendants Will Take Your Breath Away

(57) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 3:35 PM

On this day in 1853, Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, regained his freedom.

His phenomenal story of strength and survival during slavery was captured in his memoir and turned into the movie: "12 Years A Slave." The movie has...

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12-Year-Old Little Girl, Charlize Glass, Murders Yoncé Dance Routine (VIDEO)

(125) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 11:34 AM

Meet Charlize Glass. The fierceness and disciplined energy this little girl brings to this dance routine choreographed by Jose "Hollywood" and set to "Yoncé" is simply amazing to watch.

At just 12-years-old, this video is the latest clip to surface showcasing Charlize's...

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These Young People Did Amazing Things In 2013

(10) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 9:47 AM

From Kendrick Johnson to Renisha McBride, too many young black people made headlines this year in the United States for news directly related to a tragedy.

But there were some who did make headlines for good news. These young people made history, overcame obstacles to...

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The Youngest Person Elected To The Mississippi House of Representatives Is Still In College

(16) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 9:10 AM

Most college seniors entering their final semester are thinking about how to balance their schoolwork with a job search, but one young man from Mississippi is more preoccupied with funding in his district as the youngest person elected to the state's House of Representatives.

Jeramey Anderson, a democrat...

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Oprah Opens Up About Her Choice Not To Become A Mother

(22) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 11:48 AM

Throughout her years of doling out advice, giving recommendations and offering famous faces and everyday folks a shoulder to cry on in their darkest hour, at times, Oprah Winfrey seems like a mother to us all. But the queen of media recently admitted motherhood was never in her plans, saying...

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Beverly Bond Says 'We All Rock' But Black Girls Don't Hear It Enough

(27) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 11:52 AM

In an exclusive on TheRoot.com, Beverly Bond offers her perspective on the #whitegirlsrock hashtag that launched on twitter with accusations of reverse racism during the airing of Black Girls Rock on BET.

"As a humanist, I believe that we all rock," Bond wrote. "My issue...

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Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis And 'Annie' Cast Perform In The Streets Of Harlem (VIDEO)

(11) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 5:49 PM

We absolutely love this video that surfaced last week showing the cast of "Annie" performing "Tomorrow" on the streets of Harlem in New York City.

The film's star-studded cast-- including Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne and more -- look like they're having a blast...

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Maya Angelou Sings, Delivers Compassionate Speech At National Book Awards 2013 (VIDEO)

(31) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 3:50 PM

Dr. Maya Angelou received the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the 2013 National Book Awards at Cipriani Wednesday night in New York City.

Known as the "Oscars of the literary world," Angelou was introduced by Toni Morrison, and delivered...

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#BBUM Hashtag Sparks Dialogue About Diversity At The University Of Michigan

(55) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 1:08 PM

Students at the University of Michigan are igniting a dynamic dialogue about race and specifically what it means to be black at a predominantly white university.

After Theta Xi, a fraternity at University Of Michigan thought it was a good idea to throw a “Hood Ratchet Thursday”...

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