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Woman Crush Wednesday: Shonda Rhimes

Posted on November 04, 2015 by Mallory Wilkerson | 0 comments

Happy #WCW! This week we are crushing on television's powerhouse, Shonda Rhimes. If you haven't heard of the hashtag that takes Thursdays by storm, #TGIT (Thank Goodness It's Thursday), then you should know it's about Rhimes' stellar show lineup that night. The writer of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder constantly surprises audiences and creates well rounded characters. 

Recently we loved an interview Rhimes did with Elle Magazine via Robbie Meyers. Here are some favorite quotes: 

RM: I love that your women wear a heel, and they wear a dress, and they carry a handbag. Because, being the editor of this magazine, I feel a real bias still exists, the idea that somehow those two things can't coexist: a brain and…

SR: Enjoying nice things. My whole thing is: The beauty of being a feminist is that you get to be whatever you want, and that's the point. And you may be a person who doesn't give a crap about fashion, but maybe you do. I have a very, very large handbag collection that says I do.

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RM: In your speech to the Human Rights Campaign, you said what you're really talking about with all these characters is being alone and the basic human need to be with other people.

SR: Well, I was talking more about the idea that people wrestle with this content constantly. Is it okay to want to be alone? If you don't want to be alone, how to not be alone? What does being alone mean? Is being alone "I don't have a man who loves me"?

RM: And you can feel alone in a marriage; you can feel alone with a partner.

SR: You can be alone in a crowd. Alone is a different thing to different people. The idea that women don't know that is terrifying. When [Grey's Anatomy's] Cristina Yang left to run her heart clinic, people kept saying, Well, you've ruined her life now. As if her story was not complete because she didn't have a baby or get the guy. And I kept thinking, She didn't want a baby, and the guy didn't want what she wanted. She got what she wanted: She got a room full of 3-D printers that were going to print her hearts whenever she wanted. To her, that was joy. And for some people that couldn't be enough. I also got a lot of letters that were like, "Thank you. That's me!" But there are people who've been conditioned to think that there's one type of happiness. And we've got to teach people that there are many different kinds of happy endings.

Image Source: Entertainment Weekly via: JAMES WHITE for EW


Posted in #WCW, Bené Approved, Fashion, Good reads, influential women, powerful women, WomanEmpowerment

#BeneReads : Fall Reading List

Posted on October 08, 2015 by Mallory Wilkerson | 0 comments

With weather change on the horizon we think it is a perfect time for wrapping up in a shawl and starting a new book. A couple of books on our reading list are Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling and Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert.

What's on your reading list this month? Show us on Instagram with the hashtag #BenéReads. We'd love to check out your recommendations! 


(Top Photo by Hoài Anh Bino)

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Let Girls Learn - Michelle Obama and GirlUp

Posted on July 29, 2015 by Brad Miller | 0 comments

On July 14, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at the Girl Up Leadership Summit! 

The most captivating part of her speech was when the First Lady put all of us in the shoes of the 62 million girls who can’t go to school. “Think about what it would be like to see your brothers going off to school every day while you were stuck at home,” she said.

During her speech, Mrs. Obama pointed out that “an education doesn’t just transform a girl’s life, it transforms their communities, too.” This statement resonated deeply with me. Statistics show that girls reinvest 90 percent of their income into their family and communities, compared to only 30-40 percent for boys. This is why educating girls is so important: When a girl is educated she is more likely to educate her children, and her children will be more likely to educate their children, leading to a more educated society. Adolescent girls are the future of their countries and their voices can move mountains if we let them speak.

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Bené Book Review - I Am Malala

Posted on April 28, 2015 by Sasha Matthews | 0 comments

In 2012, Malala Yousafzai was shot point blank in the head by the Talaban
for speaking out on behalf of women's right to education. After a
miraculous recovery, she has become an international symbol of hope for
the future and she continues to speak up for education. I wanted to read
her book because she is a strong female figure and I was inspired by her.
We need all the strong female role models we can get, no matter age,
ethnicity, or religion.
Have you read it? Let us know your thoughts! 

Posted in Book Review, Engouragement, Good Book, Good reads, Inspiring Book, WomanEmpowerment