NBCBLK, the African-American news vertical of NBCNews.com, is presenting its inaugural “She Thrives: Black Women Making History Today” series — a month-long special feature recognizing the accomplishments, power and prowess of black women and their leadership across various communities and industries.
The series honors ten women whose accomplishments align closely with the NBCBLK mission — to elevate America’s conversation about black identity, social issues and culture.
This year’s honorees include Lisa Borders (president and CEO, Time’s Up), Nafessa Williams (actress), Jasmine Crowe (founder, Goodr), Ketanji Brown Jackson (US district judge, D.C.), Millie Brown (founder, Tears of a Mother’s Cry) and more.
“The women profiled in our ‘She Thrives’ series exemplify the mission of Black History Month in a real and tangible way,” said Yvette Miley, senior vice president, NBC News and MSNBC in a statement. “Each individual takes inspiration both from the past and from their contemporaries as they make their own mark on the world. We’re committed to using our platforms to share the stories of such accomplished women.”
The “She Thrives” selection committee is made up of NBC News and MSNBC editorial and business leadership, which includes NBC News and MSNBC’s Miley, “Today” anchor Sheinelle Jones, NBC News and MSNBC’s Morgan Radford, NBCBLK’s Janell Ross and more.
In total, the committee received more than 250 submissions to the “She Thrives” nomination platform.
Each honoree will be highlighted on NBCBLK’s website, and illustrator, Adriana Bellet, will be drawing a portrait of each “She Thrives” woman for the feature.