This year, we’re celebrating an extended Black History Month by highlighting a variety of rising artists who are creating history before our very eyes. And if you've ever uttered the words "Treat yo self," you'll know our next honoree has already entered the zeitgeist. Retta came to fame as the beloved Donna Meagle on Parks and Recreation, and has since turned into a comedian and actress who makes herself as unforgettable online as she does onscreen.
With Parks and Rec now over, we've seen Retta (nee Marietta Sirleaf) on TV staples like Key & Peele, Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce, and Drunk History, as she consistently earns praise for her TV recap-filled Twitter account and for being unapologetic for calling out bullshit (wrong person to miscaption, L.A. Times).
But one of the most admirable and awesome parts about this woman is her commitment to staying positive whether that be on Twitter ("Whenever some crazy says something to me, I go to respond and then I’m like, 'You know what? Let it go,'" she explained to Slate) or when it comes to body image (She told The Curvy Fashionista, "Life as a plus size actress CAN be a shade-ful one. But as far as I’m concerned, everyone's got their struggles. There are people overcoming greater adversities than I. It's my job to find my happiness in whatever situation I find myself").
Retta is further proof of the different lanes one can take to make sure their voice is heard and remains in the pop-culture sphere. And with a voice like hers remaining so positive and strongly eloquently, how could she not be part of future conversations?