1. The Launch of “Women on Top”Source:Getty
“Women on Top” is the first project from our newly launched venture HB Studios. “Women on Top” features interviews and words of wisdom from our favorite celebs and personalities such as Soledad O’Brien, Lisa Leslie, Tia Mowry, Chrisette Michele, Beverly Johnson, Jody Watley, Jurnee Smollett, Anika Noni Rose and Eve.” Scroll through this gallery for more information on our “Women On Top.”
2. Tia Mowry-HardrictSource:Getty Images
Tia Mowry-Hardrict is one half of the world’s most famous twins. From “Sister, Sister” to “The Game” and now the Nickelodeon hit “Instant Mom,” Tia’s built her career starring in roles that leave us feeling good. Not to mention, she’s a proud mother to her 3 year-old son Cree and wife of fellow thespian Cory Hardrict.
3. Soledad O’BrienSource:Getty
Soledad O’Brien is an inspiration for us all. The former CNN host worked her way up the ladder from an associate position as producer and news writer at WBZ-TV, in the beginning of her career, to the chairman of Starfish Media Group, a 360-media production company. The accomplished host has won awards for our outstanding coverage of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, BP oil spill and South Asian tsunami.
4. Jody WatleySource:Getty
Jody Watley is the original members of the famous group Shalamar. After going solo, the Black pop star won a Grammy for “Best New Artist” and became of TV’s most nominated females ever. In 2008, she was the received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Billboard magazine.
is a singer, songwriter and record producer.
5. Lisa LeslieSource:Getty
Lisa Leslie made women’s basketball the game is today. At 6’5″, Lisa was the first woman to ever dunk in a WNBA game and, in the same year, became the first WNBA player to score over 3,000 total career points. Lisa is a 3-time WNBA MVP and has four gold medals. Since her stellar basketball career, Lisa now tends to her two children and husband.
6. Beverly JohnsonSource:Getty
Beverly Johnson became the first Black woman to cover Vogue magazine in 1974 and the first Black woman to cover French edition of Elle in 1975. The model, actress and businesswoman also starred in her own reality TV show “Beverly’s Full House,” on OWN. Beverly recently extended her brand into a hair line.
7. Anika Noni RoseSource:Getty
This real life “Dream Girl” became the first African American princess in the 2009 film The Princess and the Frog. Her role in the Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun earned her a Tony nomination. While she didn’t take the Tony home, she eventually won a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway production of Caroline.
8. Jurnee SmollettSource:Getty
We’ve literally watched Jurnee grow into the beautiful young woman she is today. Smollett made her big screen debut in “Eve’s Bayou” proving her acting chops from an early age. Outside of a long list of films, Jurnee has been active in HIV/AIDS causes since she was eleven.
Rapper Eve got her start as the pitbull in a skirt. She was known for her gritty rap lyrics and killer flow. After finding success in music, she ventured into acting and fashion. You remember her self-titled TV show and her woman scorned role in “Barbershop.” Eve recently married her longtime boyfriend Maximillion Cooper.
10. Chrisette MichelleSource:Getty
How many breakups has Chrisette Michelle’s music brought you through? The rich hipster snagged a Grammy-award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance in 2009 for her song “Be OK.” She can be found every Wednesday on “R&B Divas: LA.”