2014 Top Influential Women in Corporate America Announced by Savoy Magazine

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) October 30, 2014 — Savoy Magazine announced their 2014 Top Influential Women in Corporate America listing in their most recent Fall issue available at newsstands nationwide. The full list can be viewed online. The Savoy Top Influential Women in Corporate America feature is the definitive listing of African American Women achievers impacting corporate America. With expertise in a range of industries, the Savoy Top Influential Women in Corporate America embody talent, leadership and grace while executing critical roles for some of the largest Corporations in the world.

“The Savoy 2014 Top Influential Women in Corporate America issue is one of the most comprehensive and accomplished lists of African American Women executives,” said L.P. Green, II publisher of Savoy Magazine. “The success and achievement of African American Women executives across industries isn’t covered enough by the media. Savoy is proud to celebrate the excellence and success of African American Women executives, leading global corporations impacting our communities and the world.”

Savoy’s fall issue features a cover story on Kerry Washington, Forging Her Own Path to Hollywood. This issue spotlights African American Women influencing our community and culture. Including an exclusive interview with Rachel Robinson celebrating 42 years of scholarship awards and the continued success of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Savoy also examines Women at the top including; Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox Corporation, Janelle Monae, Sevyn Streeter, Mo’ne Davis, Serena Williams and profiles of the Top Influential Women in Corporate America.

Selection of the Top Influential Women in Corporate America begins by examining the landscape of spheres of influence impacting Savoy’s readership including: corporate sector influence, scholastic achievement, career growth, community outreach and recognition. The information received from over 500 prospective candidates in diverse fields was pre-screened by the selection committee. The selection committee includes the Savoy editorial board and community leaders with representatives from the academic and business arenas. The committee reviewed information on executives in human resources, information, real estate, finance, investment banking, diversity, foundations, procurement, business development, marketing, sales, health care, manufacturing and legal. After reviewing all of the profiles, the field of candidates was narrowed to the 2014 Top Influential Women listing based upon their exemplary record of accomplishments and influence while working to better their community and inspire others.

For more information regarding the Savoy Top Influential Women in Corporate America visit SavoyNetwork.com to view the 2014 Top Influential Women in Corporate America full listing.

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Renowned Poet and Author Maya Angelou Dies at 86

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou, the renowned poet, author and civil rights activist with the unmistakably regal voice, has died. The author of the celebrated autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” was 86 years old.

Her death comes less than a week after Angelou announced she would not attend the 2014 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon, where she was to be honored, citing “health reasons.” Last month, she also canceled an event in Fayetteville, Arkansas, because she was recovering from an “unexpected ailment” that left her hospitalized.

Angelou was born on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri, under the name Marguerite Annie Johnson, and was raised in Stamps, Arkansas, and San Francisco, after her parents sent her off to live with her grandmother in California when she was fresh with a white store clerk in Arkansas.

Between Angelou’s fiction, non-fiction, and published verse, she amassed more than 30 bestselling titles

Angelou was also a trailblazer in film. She wrote the screenplay and composed the score for the 1972 film “Georgia,” and the script, the first-ever by an African-American woman to be filmed, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

In more recent years, it was her interactions with presidents that made headlines. In 1993, she wowed the world when her reading of her poem “On the Pulse of the Morning” was broadcast live globally from former President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration. She stayed so close with the Clintons that in 2008, she supported Hillary Clinton’s candidacy over Barack Obama’s.

She also counted Nelson Mandela and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., as friends, and served as a mentor to Oprah Winfrey when Winfrey was starting out as a local TV reporter. When she was in her 20s, Angelou met Billie Holiday, who told her: “You’re going to be famous. But it won’t be for singing.

In North Carolina, Angelou lived in an 18-room house and taught American Studies at Wake Forest University.

Essence to honor African-American men in cinema

Tyler PerryLos Angeles, CA — Essence is known for honoring black women, but during Oscar week, it’ll also be lauding the accomplishments of African-American men in film.

The magazine is launching its first “Black Men in Hollywood” dinner, an intimate affair that will salute the work of Spike Lee, Lee Daniels, Malcolm Lee, and filmmaker Tyler Perry, who will host the event.

The California Endowment’s “Sons and Brothers” campaign, which acknowledges role models for young men of color, will also be recognized.

Honorees will gather on Feb. 26 in Los Angeles on the eve of Essence’s annual Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, which returns to Beverly Hills to recognize best supporting actress nominee Lupita Nyong’o for “12 Years a Slave,” Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and writer-director Ava DuVernay.

‘Best Man Holiday’ lands at no. 2 at the box office with $30.6 million

bestmanholidayTaye Diggs as Harper, Morris Chestnut as Lance, Harold Perrineau as Julian, and Terrence Howard as Quentin, serenading the ladies in the film “The Best Man Holiday.” The movie released in theaters Friday, Nov.15, 2013.

New York, NY — In an unlikely battle of sequels, “Thor: The Dark World” squeaked by ”The Best Man Holiday” at the box office. Disney’s “Thor: The Dark World” continued its box-office reign with $38.5 million in its second week of release, according to studio estimates Sunday. Opening 15 years after the original “The Best Man,” Universal’s “The Best Man Holiday” opened strongly with $30.6 million. Drawing an overwhelmingly female and African-American audience, “The Best Man Holiday” was a surprise challenger for the mighty “Thor.” The R-rated romantic comedy, with an ensemble cast including Morris Chestnut and Taye Diggs, debuted with more than three times the box office of 1999′s “The Best Man.” That film opened with $9 million.

Marvel’s Norse superhero, however, has been hammering audiences around the globe. “Thor: The Dark World” made $52.5 million internationally over the weekend, bringing its worldwide total to $479.8 million. With Chris Hemsworth as the title character and Tom Hiddleston as the popular villain Loki, the Thor franchise has proven to be one of Marvel’s most successful.

Just as “Thor” approached the half-billion mark, Warner Bros.’ space adventure “Gravity” crossed it in its seventh week of release. “The Best Man Holiday” was the only new wide-release opening over the weekend, as the marketplace clears out for the release of “Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” In limited release, Alexander Payne’s black-and-white Midwest road trip “Nebraska” opened in four locations with a strong $35,000 per theater average for Paramount Pictures. Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” was originally slated to open, but was postponed to Dec. 25 by Paramount.

Expected to be one of the year’s biggest debuts, Lionsgate’s “Catching Fire” will abruptly close the box-office window for “Thor” next weekend. “Catching Fire” opened in Brazil over the weekend, earning $6.3 million. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “Thor: The Dark World,” $38.5 million ($52.5 million international).

2. “The Best Man Holiday,” $30.6 million.

3. “Last Vegas,” $8.9 million.

4. “Free Birds,” $8.3 million.

5. “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” $7.7 million.

6. “Gravity,” $6.3 million.

7. “Ender’s Game,” $6.2 million.

8. “12 Years a Slave,” $4.7 million.

9. “Captain Phillips,” $4.5 million.

10. “About Time,” $3.5 million.

Morgan Freeman won’t see ’12 Years a Slave’

Oscar winning actor Morgan Freeman has become increasingly outspoken recently.

He’s weighed in on everything from the legalization of marijuana to Tea Party Republicans, who the Last Vegas star considers “racist.”

Now he’s sharing his thoughts on the critically acclaimed drama 12 Years a Slave.

Despite garnering stellar reviews and considerable Oscar buzz, Freeman intends to skip seeing the movie.

“I saw a television movie that was made a few years ago about the same character [Solomon Northup]. But I don’t particularly want to see it,” he told the Daily Beast. “I don’t want my anger quotient exacerbated, you know? Things are bad enough as they are. I don’t want to keep punching myself in the face with it.”

Terry McMillan talks new book, ‘Who Asked You?’

This month, New York Times bestselling author Terry McMillan returns with her latest novel, Who Asked You? It’s a stirring look at a slew of issues plaguing the African-American community (including the mass incarceration of Black males and interracial marriage), centered around a working-class grandmother forced to raise her two grandsons who were abandoned by their drug-addicted mother.

In typical fashion, McMillan tells the story through the lens of characters that are rich and real and flawed – an especially remarkable feat considering she writes from the perspective of 15 different people, including an eight-year-old boy. It’s a testament to her mastery of the craft, and even with a portfolio that spans the last 26 years and includes the pop-culture phenomenon Waiting to Exhale, Who Asked You? is one of McMillan’s best.

“I got a lot from telling this story, and I’m very proud of it,” she told MadameNoire in a recent interview. “So if folks don’t like it, too bad.”

We don’t think that’s going to be a problem.

Here, in other highlights from our chat, McMillan discusses the industry that made her famous and the future of African-American fiction

Juneteenth celebrations commemorate the end of slavery

Today marks Juneteenth, a holiday that celebrates the emancipation of African-Americans from slavery, a day that is widely celebrated in broad pockets of the American south and west. It is a time of community gatherings, some held throughout the month of June, that focus on the jubilant aspect of this historical moment.

It was June 19, 1865 when soldiers of the Union Army told an assembled group: ”In accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” Yet, the name “Juneteenth” is the spawn of a twist of intrigue fitting for the types of injustices blacks faced in America as slaves — and the famous African-American wordplay born of the slave experience. Some slaves freed years after true emancipation These words promising freedom were uttered over two years after Abraham Lincoln officially had freed America’s slaves through the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.

Despite its deceptive origins, Juneteenth remains the longest-running commemoration of the end of African-American enslavement, now in its 148th year. People in many locales promote awareness of Juneteenth through festivals, family gatherings, and cultural events that honor what is also sometimes called Emancipation Day. The oldest event held in honor of Juneteenth is Houston’s annual Juneteenth Festival. Today marks the 141st year of the fete. For those who observe it, Juneteenth is “a time for reflection” and “rejoicing,” as well as “self-improvement,” according to a leading site on the day, Juneteenth.com.

New Frederick Douglass statue unveiled today The U.S. government also selected the day to commemorate the social contributions of Frederick Douglass, one of our nation’s most prominent abolitionists and orators, who used the power of his words to battle slavery after escaping to freedom. A statue of Douglass was erected in Emancipation Hall today on Capitol Hill consecrating the life of this freedom fighter on a date that symbolizes everything he worked towards.

 “Juneteenth is an opportunity for us to reflect on where we have been as a country and envision a stronger future,” Congresswoman Gwen Moore of Wisconsin said in a statement about this event. “The unveiling of the Frederick Douglass statue today in the U.S. Capitol is a powerful reminder of the immense racial progress we have made as a nation and the great African American heroes that brought us thus far on our journey towards equality for all people. “I am proud that in my hometown, Milwaukee residents have continued this Juneteenth celebration for over 30 years. Wisconsinites across my state recognize today as the official ‘Day of Jubilee,’” she continued.

“As we recommit ourselves to racial justice, I urge each American to learn more about Juneteenth and its profound impact on American history.”