Juuuuuust in case you hadn’t already heard, #AvengersEndgame is now available on Digital! #FightLikeAGirl #BTS 💪🏾❤️😉
Day 2! #TWD #SDCC
“The Walking Dead family is forever. The connection between us never ends.” #TWD #SDCC
See you in Hall H! #SDCC #TWDFamily #ComicCon
July’s #LoveOurGirls features the work of ONE.org and the incredible partnerships they’ve created in their goal to eradicate extreme poverty and preventable disease in Africa and other parts of the developing world. The @one Campaign and it’s army of 9 million member-activists is strictly nonpartisan and recognizes that the best solutions often come from within the communities that are impacted by the vagaries of social and economic injustice on a daily basis. With that, ONE is empowering and elevating the voices of some extraordinary woman who have come up with tools, strategies and campaigns of their own. Like “The Restorers”, an astounding group of teens who created an app to assist girls facing FGM, and Dorcas Wangira, the intrepid journalist who would not let their story be forgotten. Or Senegalese artist Black Queen and others currently campaigning to make sexual assault and domestic violence a serious crime in Senegal. I hope you’ll read about these and others like them this month, as well as learn more about ONE.org who recognizes that when a woman thrives, her community thrives as well. The link is in my bio.
“A period should end a sentence, not a girls education.” We all remember the day we ‘became a woman’. I was twelve and a half and a swimmer, so I was just really, really annoyed. But I had all that I needed to handle it. This month, #LoveOurGirls features some extraordinary inventors, storytellers and activists who have gone to incredible lengths to address the issues of stigma, misinformation, ostracism, and the abject lack of access to sanitary feminine supplies that millions of women in the developing world face when going through their monthly menstrual cycle. Find out about global campaigns like “The Pad Project” and others working to address the issue right here in the USA. Watch the riveting Oscar-winning documentary ‘Period. End of Sentence’ and get inspired by the work of inventor Arunachalam Murugaratham whose low cost sanitary pad-making machine is changing lives and fortunes throughout rural India. See how you can get involved in ensuring that the onset of a girl’s period doesn’t coincide with the loss of her dignity, physical health, or educational access. The link (bit.ly/LOGJune2019) is in my bio.
73rd Annual #TonyAwards!
“I just fell in love with the idea that writing could change someone’s life.” - Ellen Stackable, Founder of Creative Writing Non-Profit “Poetic Justice” (@PoeticJusticeOK) Did you know that the U.S. is the world’s most zealous incarcerator of women? That while only 4% of the world’s female population lives in the U.S., we account for over 30% of the world’s incarcerated women? Yet we rarely hear their stories; we don’t take into account the psychological impact prison has had on them, or the context of their experiences which often includes childhood trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and poverty. Moved by meeting incarcerated women in Oklahoma, many of whom were first-time, non-violent offenders, Ellen Stackable noted, “These women have been failed by everyone… When you learn what they’ve been through, you understand how they found their way to prison.” That’s when the English teacher of over 20 years, created PoeticJustice.org - a space where incarcerated women can heal and commune through their written word. Read this month’s #LoveOurGirls newsletter to meet some of the women whose sense of hope, self-worth, and personal empowerment have been restored through the power of storytelling and gaining their own voice. The link is in my bio.
Me and Oscar Wilde, my inspiration for the evening: the dandy reimagined. @gabrielahearst #MetGala
I always wanted to know what it felt like to be Alexis Colby. Thanks #TheEDIT by @netaporter for the opportunity to channel 80’s glam! Link is in my bio. /1 @PorterMagazine @TheAnnabelBrog / Talent Director @GemmaStark / Art Direction @ClaireRothstein / Photographer @TTStyle / Styling @Jennifer_Dickinson / Editor @KimBower / Makeup @LarryJarahSims / Hair @Millie_Cosmo / Nails
To all the fans who came out in support of the #AvengersEndgame premiere last night, you’re awesome — we felt the love. HUGE thanks as well to everyone that supported my Omaze campaign for Almasi Arts! I’m grateful to each and every one of you.
Thinking those #Endgame thoughts... Tonight’s the night - #AvengersEndgame World Premiere!
Strong, fearless, and outspoken. That’s how Black women are almost always described. While we are strong, we are not impervious to pain. Or not in need of protection. One of the costs of being considered so strong is being left out of the discourse related to injustice and advocacy. The fact is that Black women are much more likely to be victims of human and sex trafficking. The fact is that Black women receive considerably less attention when they go missing. The fact is that perpetrators of crimes against Black women statistically receive lighter sentences. That’s why I’m proud to feature the National Black Women’s Justice Institute (NBWJI) in this month’s #LoveOurGirls newsletter. They are doing crucial work in the fight to end disparities faced by Black women and girls in the justice system through education, innovative awareness building, and collaboration across the diaspora. Click the link in my bio to read about them, their inspirational founder Dr. Monique Morris, and other groups who are working tirelessly to ensure that “strong” doesn’t mean forgotten or unseen. [http://bit.ly/LOGApril2019]
Happy Sunday! #AvengersEndgame press day.
“I consider everything I do that involves any degree of advocacy or service to be self-care. Stepping out of myself to help others is also a way of taking care of my soul, quite honestly. I don’t feel good about who I am if I’m not connected to a larger issue.” Excited to share my May cover feature with @Shape magazine with all of you! Catch the full feature at the link in my bio. Thanks so much to the entire #Shape team - this was a lot of fun!
Fit for fierce 👊🏾👊🏽👊🏼👊🏻The #PureMoveBra by @Reebok is the award-winning bra you’ve been waiting for. Click the link in my bio to shop! #ReebokPartner
The power of Pan Africanism. That is what the success of this film has taught me. I have witnessed this film’s impact in so many parts of the diaspora. It has made clear that when we see each other, as one, we become so powerful. Black Panther’s unprecedented, groundbreaking success manifests that. The way it has been embraced, by America, Africa and the entire African diaspora. That unity. That’s the power of Pan Africanism. We must never lose sight of what astounding results our unity as a diaspora can yield. And we are just getting started as a diaspora, we are just getting started. Thank you @NAACPImageAwards for the incredible celebration of the work we put into #BlackPanther. It has been an unspeakable blessing to not only play the role of #Okoye but to work with those I now consider family. Astounding artists who I have had the joy to walk this amazing journey with. #ImageAwards50
You and me... at the #Avengers: Endgame premiere! Up for it? I’ve got your flights and hotel covered, plus it’s all to support a great cause. ENTER NOW with my bio link or go to omaze.com/danai #onlyatomaze @omazeworld
1 Month. #AvengersEndgame
“The Best Protection Any Woman Can Have… Is Courage” It’s Women’s History Month and March’s #LoveOurGirls newsletter is featuring the incredible life and accomplishments of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. There are more ‘firsts’ in her distinguished repertoire than you would ever believe! Read about the battles she’s fought to remove barriers that afford women of this generation a life with more freedom and opportunities, and the unimaginable obstacles she overcame on her path to become the second woman ever nominated to the Supreme Court. You’ll be inspired -- I know I was. In keeping with our theme on courageous women, we’re also sharing the work of the Suffragettes - women who fought with valor and self-sacrifice, just so we could be considered equals under the law. Some of these names you may know well; others you probably should: Lucretia Coffin Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton faced incredible odds, danger, and derogation in their quests to gain women their most basic fundamental right as citizens: the right to vote. I'm in awe of what they went through then, and their example energizes me to keep up the fight now. Head to http://bit.ly/LOGMarch2019 to learn more and then share these stories with your networks - there’s still work to do! #WomensHistoryMonth
I hope you all will RUN, not walk to theaters this weekend to see my girl @brielarson killing it as #CaptainMarvel! So happy for you girl!! 💪
“This is the role I never knew I always wanted.” My Spring 2019 @CNET cover feature is now on stands. I’m talking #Marvel, #Michonne and my #LoveOurGirls campaign with Editor-in-Chief Connie Guglielmo. 📷: Mark Mann for CNET magazine.
I dished on what playing #Okoye and #Michonne has meant to me on a personal level in March’s @CNET cover feature. We also talked about my #LoveOurGirls campaign and the light we’re shining on issues affecting women and girls around the world. Full feature at: http://bit.ly/CNetDanaiGurira 📷: Mark Mann for CNET magazine.
Such a pleasure to witness the unveiling of @ThomBrowneNY’s Fall 2019 women’s collection at #ParisFashionWeek. Gender-bendingly revolutionary is what I’m calling it! Congratulations! #ThomBrowne #SoChic
Happy Birthday to my Partner In Crime, the stupendous @LupitaNyongo! You are a woman of integrity, beauty and heart. It is a joy and an honor to call you my sister.
Last night! #Oscars #RedCarpet Gown @brockcollection Jewelry @leightonjewels Shoes @rogervivier Hair @larryjarahsims Makeup @makeupbytym Mani @luxebytracylee Style @tcarterphillips #BlackPanther #AcademyAwards
Take the #LoveOurGirls Challenge this month and share your story with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Exercise your activist muscle and inspire others to do the same. Love Our Girls is marking its 3-year anniversary with this month's #LOGChallenge. The first time you call yourself a feminist or speak out in the name of gender equality can be terrifying. You may wish you hadn’t said a thing. You may hear the responses that have been normalized around the dislike of feminists and the "unnecessary activism" around an issue many argue doesn’t exist. You may feel punished for speaking up. But I will say this as I did to a young woman last week who was traumatized by the backlash she felt from her community for speaking up about gender discrimination, it’s a muscle that we must train. It gets stronger the more we use it. Resistance is to be expected. How else does a muscle strengthen? Three years ago I launched Love Our Girls on Valentine's Day (my birthday) to bring awareness to the struggles of women and girls worldwide and celebrate those who are doing the hard work to make gender equality a reality. It's been estimated that it would take 217 years for true gender equality to be reached. I choose to reject that. I hope you do too. Join me in the #LOGChallenge this month. Share your Activism Muscle stories with us so we can share them with others. Learn more in this month's newsletter [link in my bio] then email us at email@example.com and let’s encourage one another through our own victories. We’ve got work to do. Let’s get to it. ~ Danai
Did you know that women make up 80% of healthcare workers, but only 11% of healthcare CEOs? Fifty percent of moviegoers, but only 4% of directors of studio films? These realities birthed the TIME’S UP x2 campaign to 'Double the Number' of women in leadership positions. Learn about these goals and hear the stories of women from Hollywood to the automotive industry who open up about how standing up and saying "Me Too" changed their lives. Help honor their courage by sending the message that TIME’S UP for all forms of discrimination, harassment and abuse. See how in this month's #LoveOurGirls newsletter. Link in my bio.
Welp! Then that happened!!Thank you to our fellow Actors for this incredible recognition! I’m grateful to be able to do the work I love with so many people I admire and respect. And because it can’t be said enough: WAKANDA FOREVER! 🙅🏾♀️ #BlackPanther #SAGAwards
A little sneak peek... 👀 #SAGAwards #BlackPanther
“Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.” - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. All my life a signed picture of MLK sat on the mantle piece of my home. First in Grinnell, Iowa and then in Harare, Zimbabwe. He signed it for my mother when she met him while in college in the Midwest during the 60’s. She‘s shared that when she told him where she was from he knew exactly where Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) was, this being during British colonial rule. He said to her, “We are with you in your struggle.” Today his legacy of the pursuit of peace, justice and prosperity for all resonates just as urgently as it did back then. Both for Zimbabwe and the United States. The two places I call home. #MLKDAY #MartinLutherKing 🎨: Derek Russell
In 2018, the #TIMESUP and #MeToo movements burst into the national narrative with a resounding and unapologetic bang, creating a critical cultural shift in the way we view sexual abuse and discrimination against women in the workplace and beyond. January's #LoveOurGirls newsletter highlights the incredible work they’ve accomplished to date and how you can lend your support through various forms of collective action. Link in my bio.
Last ones. To everyone who works behind the scenes to put this whole thing together - thank you! To my @blackpanther family - who could ask for more gorgeous evening companions?! Last but not least, huge congratulations to all the winners and nominees! #GoldenGlobes #HFPA #BlackPanther 🙅🏾♀️
Out & About - BAFTA LA Tea Party. #GoldenGlobesWeekend #BlackPanther #BAFTATea
Congratulations to my dear friend #RyanCoogler on his @variety Creative Impact Award! #PalmSpringsInternationalFilmFestival #BlackPanther #GoldenGlobesWeekend
Merry Christmas from Zimbabwe! ‘Feeling Good’ by Dominic Benhura Guramatunhu Collection. #ZimbabweanArt 🇿🇼
Made a new friend. His name is Mark. Mark is an orphaned bull #elephant I met with @WildAid at Imire Lodge in Zimbabwe. He got a second chance thanks to local wildlife #conservation efforts. Feels great to be home and I hope that all Zimbabweans and others from around the world will visit our incredible national parks to experience these beautiful creatures! @zimbabwetourismauthority #PoachingStealsFromUsAll #WhenTheBuyingStopsTheKillingCanToo #WorthMoreAlive
"Global Sisterhood". I love this concept! The inspiring @unwomen Executive Director Phumilize Mlambo-Ngcuka coined the term and discusses the potential impact its realization could have in December's #LoveOurGirls newsletter. We're also featuring the UN Women organization - a global champion in relentless pursuit of a world where women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence. Click the link in my bio to learn some startling but eye-opening facts about the current state of Gender-Based-Violence in all corners of the globe. It's a daunting and sometimes overwhelming issue, but tackling it starts with educating ourselves. Learn more, take action, #LoveOurGirls. (Link in bio)