Queen Latifah Nabs Third Screen Actors Guild Award


All hail the Queen!

Queen Latifah just took home the Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for her role in HBO’s Bessie.

“I’m in shock right now,” Latifah said in her acceptance speech. “Thank you so much!”

Latifah continued in the hopes of inspiring others to pursue their dreams no matter what.

“I hope that anyone out there who does not come in the package people say you should,” Latifah added. “Keep fighting for it. Flip those rocks over. Keep pushing, keep turning. You can do it. You build your own boxes, not people. So knock that thing away, and do you!”

Latifah is a veteran when it comes to the SAG Awards—the multi-talented actress snagged her first award in 2003 for her role in Chicago, and then again in 2008 for Life Support.

Congrats, Queen Latifah!





Woman of Power Alicia Boler-Davis Named 2016 Corporate Executive of the Year


Each year the Trumpet Awards recognizes the accomplishments of African Americans who have succeeded despite great odds and have inspired success in others. This year, for the 24th Annual Trumpet Awards, General Motors officially announces that senior vice president of Global Connect Customer Experience, Alicia Boler-Davis, has been named the 2016 Corporate Executive of the Year, recognized for her accomplishments and impact on the industry, thus far, with GM.

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“Throughout my career, I was pushed to try new things—things that I hadn’t done before, and things that I couldn’t have imagined doing,” says Boler-Davis. “I truly believe that each of us can put our talents to use to change the world if we are willing to be bold, to take risks, and to write the books that need to be written.”

Boler-Davis began her career with GM in 1994 as a manufacturing engineer. Throughout her GM career she’s held several positions in manufacturing, engineering, and product development eventually becoming GM’s first African American female plant manager. She became senior vice president in 2014.

In addition to her current position, Boler-Davis is also a member of the Northwestern University McCormick Advisory Council, a board trustee of the Care House of Oakland County, a member of the OnStar/Shanghai Board of Directors, and Executive Liaison for the GM WOMEN leadership board. She received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University and masters in engineering science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Watch Boler-Davis receive her Corporate Executive of the Year honor on the 24th Annual Trumpet Awards tonight, Friday, Jan. 29th, at 9 p.m. on Bounce TV.

Prepare to hear from Boler-Davis live at the 2016 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, March 6-12 at the Hilton Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, Florida, where she will celebrate top women in advertising and marketing who have overcome barriers and challenges. Register now using code MLK16 for a special discounted rate.

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