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Things That Gave Us Life: The Good Habits Edition

Photo credit: Flickr user  Chris Bolan

Photo credit: Flickr user Chris Bolan

Things That Gave Us Life: The Good Habits Edition

Words: Ashley Poag

Our weekly roundup of the best things that happened online and IRL.

Commonwealth Foundation Lecture at Guildhall 2012

For Harriet gave us an awesome list of 18 African feminists to close out Women’s History Month, including one of our favorites, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. 

"Feminism has existed in Africa since the times of Queen Nzinga of what is now Mozambique and Yaa Asantewaa of Ghana," Moiyattu Banya writes. "These women have inspired contemporary African feminists, who have contributed significantly to feminism in various ways—whether it be through art, music, writing, policy. They have been committed to bringing the voices of African women into the spaces that they work within, and they are indeed change-makers—not only on the African continent, but also throughout the African Diaspora."

Photo credit: Flickr user  DeShaun Craddock

Photo credit: Flickr user DeShaun Craddock

Zoë Kravitz, the 26-year-old lead singer of Lolawolf, Insurgent actress, and daughter of Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz, gave an open and brave interview about her battle with eating disorders in the April/May issue of Complex magazine.

Although she's conquered her demons—“I feel like something has left my body, like some part of me is gone now, something that was making me so insecure. And it feels amazing"—Kravitz also spoke about how having a beauty icon as a mom was difficult at times. “My mother’s a beautiful woman, and I think, in some way, I felt intimidated by that sometimes... She doesn’t know how fucking cool she is. Or what she means to the rest of the world." 



Beyonce and Blue Ivy showed us they’re flossin' like everyone else: Beyonce shared an Instagram post of the two flossing their teeth, while also possibly teasing a new Jay Z song.


Selma's Wendell Pierce is now a grocer. After seeing the scarcity of grocery stores and healthy foods available in his hometown of New Orleans, Pierce has opened a chain of Sterling Farms grocery and convenience stores. The stores offer fresh foods and a ride home if you spend more than $50. “Bringing fresh food into these areas helps create economic growth," Pierce told The New York Times. "It also helps people understand that there’s value in eating better. It’s not something that’s only available in a better neighborhood.”


We won’t have to miss one moment of 19-year-old gymnast Gabby Douglas’ journey to defend her 2012 title at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics: The Oxygen network will be airing a reality TV show, Douglas Family Gold, starring Douglas and her family,


International Transgender Day of Visibility was celebrated by members and supporters of the trans community posting pictures and speaking up about issues that affect their lives. 


All of you yogis have a new anthem, thanks to Janelle Monáe. She just released a new single called “Yoga.” While it doesn’t really put you in a meditative state, it does make you want to flex it on the dance floor.


South African comedian Trevor Noah has been named the new host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show. Former host Jon Stewart will step down later this year after 16 years on one of the most influential shows in American television. This makes The Daily Show the second high-profile comedy show to be hosted by a black man: Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report was replaced by comedian Larry Wilmore's new show The Nightly Show.

Ashley Poag is mater mea's intern and an aspiring multimedia journalist.