The Voice: Female Empowerment: 2017’S Most Inspiring Women, Part 1

Author of the Crown of Laurels Dot blog and advertising professional Lawrencia Amfo-Asiedu begins to highlight some “real life women” to watch out for next year – check back after 6am GMT on 31 December for part 2

PAYING HOMAGE: Lawrencia Amfo-Asiedu

2016 HAS been a year of growth and progression for me, however we live in a world where it can be difficult to see others accomplish their goals whilst you are not where you want to be in life.
During the last couple of years, I have learnt to stop focusing on others and focus on my God-given journey.

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The Voice: 10 Inspirational Quotes From Powerful Black Women

From Maya Angelou to Michelle Obama – it’s time to get motivated

GET INSPIRED: The late great Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou
“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.”

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Mommyish: Kevin Hart Admits to Cheating on His Wife and Twitter Roasts Him Appropriately

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Marriage is hard. Marriage is INFINITELY harder when one part of the partnership can’t keep it in his pants. Kevin Hart, actor and comedian, is no stranger to infidelity. He’s been dogged by rumors of cheating for years. His first wife, Torrei Hart, has accused the actor of cheating on her with his current wife, Eniko Parrish Hart. That mess started when Eniko posted on Instagram, rejoicing in she and Kevin’s 8-year relationship. Problem is, he and Torrei had only been divorced for 6 years. Well, the tables have turned on Eniko, who is currently pregnant with the couple’s first child. Over the weekend, Kevin Hart posted a video to his own IG account.

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The Grindstone: 5 Ways To REALLY Help Hurricane Victims

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Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma absolutely devastated the Gulf, especially Houston, as well as islands nearby. So many people have been left homeless (except Joel Osteen, of course) and potentially destitute because of these hurricanes, and it’s our duty to help out if we can. We know you’re probably sick of seeing hurricane coverage on the news. Just imagine how hard it is actually living through a hurricane that left you with nothing. Now get your wallet out and get to work:

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Huffpost: Woman’s Viral Photo Shoot With Fiancé Has An Empowering Message

‘I look so in love and confident. Every person should be able to see themselves in that light.’

When Stephanie and Arryn stripped down for a couples boudoir photo shoot last week, they certainly never expected the images to go viral.

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Engaged couple Stephanie and Arryn, who declined to give their last names, stunned in a boudoir shoot.

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The Evening Standard: Murals of ‘inspirational’ black women appear across London

A former north London secondary school teacher has painted amazing images of “inspirational” black women across the capital in a bid to highlight the importance of female empowerment.

Dreph, whose real name is Neequaye Dsane, has adorned parts of east and south London with paintings of nine “ordinary women who do extraordinary things”.

The murals, all part of a project entitled You Are Enough, began popping up in January just weeks after the 43-year-old returned from his native Ghana.

He told the Standard that his trip reminded him of the importance of his heritage and highlighted the “inspirational” women in his life including his partner, friends and the mother of his nine-year-old son.

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The Guardian: To my fantastic female friends: I owe you all so very much

They pick me up when I need a boost, reflect me back to myself when I’m lost. I’m determined to return the favours of female friendship

‘I have many excellent male friends but it’s the beautiful solid structure of female friends that holds you down in times of trouble’ (posed by models). Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

I’m the first to admit that I’ve needed my friends more intensely than they’ve needed me over these past few years, but I’d hope that the bonds of association that have kept us connected during this time may have grown a little stronger as a result of the pain, parental dramas and changing romantic relationships that have defined our paths from girlhood to adulthood.

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