via: Black Enterprise

by Kandia Johnson

Featured photo: Diego Villarreal
A quick glance at the latest mainstream magazines to hit the newsstands, Shape, Vogue, and New York Magazine, to name a few, and you can’t help but notice—there’s a new group of trailblazers breaking the rules and carving out their own lanes for success.” -Black Enterprise
Extremely flattered to be among these beautifully inspiring women; Serena Williams, Lupita Nyonga, Erykah Badu, Shonda Rhimes, Courtney Kemp Agboh, Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monae as Black Enterprise’s “8 Inspiring Quotes from Women Who Dared Greatly”. To find out exactly what we had to say scroll below.

Lupita Nyong’o, Actress

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*Photo Stephen Pan/via
You can’t eat beauty, it doesn’t feed you… Beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something I just had to be. You can’t rely on how you look to sustain you, what is fundamentally beautiful, is compassion—for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty inflames the heart and enchants the soul.
Shonda Rhimes, screenwriter, director, and producer

*Photo: Joe Pugliese/August Images
You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.
Taraji P. Henson, Actress

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*Photo: Getty Images
It’s up to you to be responsible for how you feel if you’re not happy. Your happiness lies in your hands. You can’t rely on a man to make you happy or complete you. That starts with you.
Cipriana Quann, Contributor, Co-founder of EIC of Urban Bush Babes

Black Enterprise*Photo: Diego Villarreal
I think one of the biggest struggles is when a woman is contemplating going natural but is still hesitant in expressing that change in fear of judgment from others. Over time you realize those who want to stifle any form or expression that is positive and harmless know no other way than to live a life of limitations and are only projecting their own fears and insecurities onto you.”…visit Black Enterprise for the complete list including Serena Williams, Erykah Badu, Courtney Kemp Agboh, and Janelle Monae here