Monica Roberts, a Black trans journalist who covered the killings of trans women before national media did, dies at 58

Monica Roberts had no predecessor. Before her groundbreaking blog, there were few news sites for Black transgender women like her.



a person holding a sign posing for the camera: Monica Roberts, a transgender journalist who chronicled the triumphs and tragedies of Black trans women in the US, died this week.


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Monica Roberts, a transgender journalist who chronicled the triumphs and tragedies of Black trans women in the US, died this week.

And before Monica Roberts, no journalist had painstakingly recorded and reported on the murders of transgender women of color. She took on both projects alone.

“The power of a blog, I’ve learned, to shape events is mighty,” she said while accepting the Special Recognition Award at a GLAAD ceremony in 2016. “It’s even more potent when you walk the walk and back your words up with deeds.”

Through her work with the award-winning blog TransGriot, Roberts provided a blueprint for the national media on how to report about trans people with sensitivity and empathy. She championed Black trans women and men in their triumphs

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British Designer Monica Vinader Discusses The Evolution Of Her Demi-Fine Jewelry Brand

Monica Vinader established her eponymous jewelry brand in 2008, and since then the accolades, awards and high moments have rolled in thick and fast.

Not only has the designer launched boutiques across London, and established concessions within Liberty and Selfridges, she’s also collaborated with influencers and dressed a whole host of celebrities, from The Duchess of Cambridge and Madonna, to Bella Hadid, Naomi Watts, Elizabeth Olsen and Kate Winslet. Whatever the woman, Vinader has something for you.

All this goes to show that Monica Vinader has certainly made a name for herself within demi-fine jewelry arena. Expect yellow gold, rose gold and silver metals that are thoughtfully combined with gems such as aquamarine, onyx, then there’s pearls and of course, diamonds for everyday adornment.

More is more and so, there are plenty of pieces designed to be stacked including rings,

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Monica Lewinsky Is God’s Gift to Twitter

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Who knew Monica Lewinsky, the intern of record, would one day speak for all of us when she tweeted this in early September: “Just realized I am more scared of our government now than I was in 1998. And that’s saying a lot. A. LOT.”

Lewinsky, who has been a quiet force on Twitter since 2014, is recently rocking the sphere, claiming her voice in a very public forum after having been very publicly vilified—albeit before the age of social media. On Twitter, Lewinsky is a kind neighbor and saucy best friend. She dishes on challah recipes. She polls the Twitter abyss on what car she should get: “So very me. Can’t decide between a Subaru or a Tesla.” (It prompted a reply from Elon Musk saying that he’d be happy to give her one, and that she could return it if she wasn’t happy

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