Sista Sista: 10 Successful Sisters We Admire

Tia and Tamera Mowry photographed in a “Sister,Sister” promo photo

A sister is someone who no matter the age difference, you learn from, sometimes aspire to be, and someone by your side to grow with you on your journey to becoming a woman.

Yes, you argue, get constantly frustrated with each other for borrowing clothes and never returning them, but their also your stylist, hairdresser, the therapist to your love life, shoulder to cry on, and forever near and dear to your heart.

We’ve put together a list of a few of our favorite pairs, who implement the epitome of successful sisterhoods, who’s bond and platform despite the industry, continues to grow and present unconditional sibling love.

Phylicia Rasha and Debbie Allen
Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen (Photo: Louis Lanzano, Associated Press)

From the elegance and grace we receive on and off the screen from Phylicia, to the daring and creative productions we’ve been graciously given by Debbie, these sisters are a powerful force to be reckoned with. We’ve watched Rashad portray Claire Huxtable, the intelligent and incomparable wife to Cliff, in the hit TV sitcom “The Cosby Show,” from 82′ to 94.’ In 2004, she became the first black actress to win a Tony Award for “Best Actress in a Play,” for her role as Lena Younger in “A Raisin in the Sun.” And Debbie, the actress, dancer, producer, writer, director, you name it,  has given us the gem of “A Different World,” after taking over after the first season and showing her optimistic eye for art in accreditation of other projects such as “The Parkers,” “Girlfriends,” “All of Us,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and more. These women have been in the game for over 40 years, constantly growing in beauty within and out and are still absolutely killing it!

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Solange Knowles
Solange Knowles and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter

Our favorite Texas girls and two of the most incredibly talented and visually stunning artists, within the music industry. I think it’s pretty cool how as much as Solange can say she has Beyoncé as a big sister, Beyoncé will have just as much pride, to say she has Solange as a little sister. These two women’s platform has allowed young girls and those going into womanhood to feel empowered, beautiful and unapologetically black in all they do. Both dropped timeless and groundbreaking projects in 2016 with “Lemonade,” and “A Seat at the Table,” which made a statement of self-expression, vulnerability and honesty through music and how important it is, to tell our stories.

Meagan Good-Franklin and La’Miya Good-Bellinger
La’Miya Good-Bellinger and Meagan Good-Franklin photographed for MADE Magazine

Founders of “The Greater Good Foundation,” Meagan and La’Miya Good, are directing women into a life of confidence and encouragement among one another. In 1995, the small role of a young girl on the streets of South Central L.A. in “Friday,” to “Eve’s Bayou,” when she received her first NAACP nomination, Meagan good’s acting career has escalated since then. In films like the “Think Like A Man” franchise, “You Got Served,” “Stomp the Yard, “Waist Deep” and multiple television appearances, it’s always a breath of fresh air to see this youthful queen, on screen. And her big sis is on the exact same path, with starting appearance in classic “The Wood,” and now starring in E‘s reality show, “The Platinum Life.” By the way, it’s a good life for the Good sisters, as their both happily married and continuously sharing their wisdom, preaching self-love and breaking society’s boundaries.

Chloe x Halle Bailey
Chloe and Halle photographed by Matthew Sprout for Instyle Magazine

Their style, voices and music are remarkable and different, as their drive is inspiring. Beyoncé’s proteges and Parkwood signees, Chloe and Halle are well into the Contemporary R&B and Indie Pop scene, as they’ve blessed us with the melodic sound of their distinctive voices, through EP’s and singles, before releasing their upcoming and highly anticipated debut album. And we can’t go without mentioning their newest gig, as sisters Jazlyn and Skylar Forster in the Freeform series “Grown-ish,” starring another youthful elite, Yara Shahidi. The girls also sing the theme song “Grown,” as they righteously should. We’re excited to see what’s in store for these powerhouses in the making, and it can only go up from here.

Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamera Mowry-Housley
Tamera Mowry-Housley and Tia Mowry-Hardict photographed on the set of “The Real”

Honestly, invented twins.

In April of 1994, we were introduced to the similar faces of Tia and Tamera Mowry, in the iconic TV series “Sister, Sister.” From there and beyond, we’ve come to love this dynamic twin duo, who have given us some of the best laughs and a run of emotions, in Disney Channel’s “Twitches,” Tia’s role as Melanie “Med school” Barnett in BET’s critically acclaimed series “The Game,” watching Tamera on one of the hottest talk shows on daytime TV, “The Real,” and even once upon a time, they joined forces on their on personal reality show, “Tia and Tamera,” on the Style Network.

Right now, both sisters are happily raising their beautiful families, and a blessing is on the way for Tia, who has her second child on the way with actor and husband, Corey Hardict. Word on the street is there’s talk of a “Sister, Sister” reboot. Let’s cross our fingers sistas!

Venus and Serena Williams
Venus and Serena Williams (Photo: REX)

Our favorite sibling sister athletes and the elites of the game of tennis. These two women are the faces of a success story, coming out of Compton, California where their father schooled them on playing tennis, starting at the age of three and four.  Twenty years into her career, Serena has been ranked as the no.1 player in singles on eight occasions, and has won 23 Grand Slam titles, making her third on the all-time list. Venus reigns supreme as well, winning seven Grand Slam titles and ranking 12th place on the all-time list. We admire the Williams sisters strong supportive sister role and guidance through their love for tennis, and the inspiring growth and love they share for one another.

The McClain Sisters: China Anne, Sierra and Lauryn
(from l to r) China Anne McClain, Sierra McClain, Lauryn McClain

The first time we got a glimpse of the McClain sisters, was in Tyler Perry’s “Daddy’s Little Girls,” where they also played sisters on screen and daughters to actor Idris Elba. It’s as if we literally watched the McClain sisters grow up in front of our eyes. From appearances on “Empire,” “The Descendants,” movie franchise and other Disney Channel projects and Tyler Perry Productions, it’s enlightening to see this trio thriving and in action. They occasionally tend to dip into the music scene, all carrying soulfully beautiful voices they lend to TV and movie roles, or good homemade covers for their fans.

Tasha and Sidra Smith
Tasha and Sidra Smith photographed for Essence Magazine

“MARCUS. I KNOW YOU LYING MARCUS. WHO YOU MESSING WITH MARCUS?”

Sounds familiar? It should if you remember the infamous Angela from Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married?” The character played so well and could only be played by our gift of laughter and many other talents, Tasha Smith. She also stretches her skills with production and directing, an example being from her most recent film “When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story,” she bought to life with talents Lil Mama and Lance Gross. Twin sister, Sidra Smith, is as immaculate, as a former casting director for Dr.Dre’s music videos, model and now a force behind the scenes, in the production of films dedicated to social issues and the activism of black leaders and bringing their stories to life.

The Braxtons: Toni, Tamar, Traci, Trina and Towanda
(from l to r) Trina, Traci, Toni, Tamar and Towanda in a promo photo for “Braxton Family values”

The Fab and Funny and Falsetto Five, the Braxtons. “Braxton Family Values,” gave us a look inside of the Braxton family and their personal lives, relationships and personal go-throughs behind the doors of their individual careers and endeavors. Tamar’s vibrant and no filter personality keep us entertained, as does her bigger step into her music career that has been a successful trip since getting back in the groove. Toni, the oldest but drowning in the fountain of youth, is still one of the queens of R&B as her voice resonates on its own tone and so does her relationship with her family, which she takes great pride in. And the show also opened us up to behind the scenes sisters Trina, Traci and Towanda who are just as much a part of the craziness, but adds to the unconditional love and bond of the versatile Braxton sisters.

Sasha and Malia Obama
Sasha and Malia Obama (Photo: EPA)

We miss the daughters of the best First Family America has ever seen, just as much as we miss their parents. Although in everyone’s minds, it’s still “Yes We Can,” and “Obama Ova Everything,” clearly. These two intelligent young women handled being in the limelight of politics and presidency with strength and grace. There was a never a time where they looked under pressure or overwhelmed, more so proud and grateful to have such impactful and inspiring parents like Barack and Michelle, which characteristics, rubbed off graciously on their daughters. Malia is now a student at private Ivy League institution, Harvard University, while Sasha is still in the golden years of her high school career. Just like Chloe and Halle, Sasha and Malia are destined to be the powerful black women, of our future.

Diamond Jones

Jr. Editor Lifestlye/Entertainment Department

Diamond Jones, 21, is a St.Louis native, born on the west side of Detroit. She is currently a junior, studying Journalism, with a minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her writing reaches to audiences everywhere, directing it toward the empowerement and excellence of black people and their accomplishments. She has written for The Daily Egyptian, LoveThisTrackTV, Georgia State’s The Signal and the National Association of Black Journalists, which she is a dedicated member of. She hopes to continue to inspire those through her words and make those who feel underrepresented, see their light.