#SHINESTRONG: Breaking Barriers

These women are changing the world, one day at a time.

Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey

Prodigy From Day One - Before beginning pointe most ballet dancers study and train for years, but after starting ballet at age 13, Misty Copeland defied odds and surprised those around her with an undeniable gift and began pointe three months after being introduced to the artform of classical ballet.(Photo: Gregg Delman via Gilda Squire Media Relations)

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Misty Copeland

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Bevy Smith - International hostess with the mostess. Style Guru. No matter how you know Bevy Smith, one thing is for sure: the Harlem-based entrepreneur built her empire by knowing how to work a room. Starting her career in advertising and fashion journalism, she soon became one of New York’s top event planners through her company, Dinner With Bevy, gaining a rolodex that reads like a “who’s who” from the worlds of fashion, music, arts and entertainment. When she’s not rubbing elbows with celebrity pals, she’s spilling the tea with friends as co-host of Bravo’s Fashion Queens.  (Photo: Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for BET)

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Bevy Smith

Beverly Bond - Leave it to the Black Girls Rock! founder to bring her fashion A-list game to the biggest awards night for African American women. This lush gown radiates the best and finest of couture elegance.  (Photo: Brad Barket/BET/Getty Images for BET)

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Beverly Bond

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MC Lyte  - The first Black female rapper to release a full album, MC Lyte (born Lana Michele Moorer) blazed a path as one of hip hop’s earliest feminists. Lyte soon took her talents to Hollywood, appearing in TV shows like In Living Color and films such as Playa's Ball. Today, she’s the president and CEO of Sunni Gyrl, Inc., an entertainment and production firm, and founder of Hip Hop Sisters, which provides scholarships to college students.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for BET)

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MC Lyte