30. Nona Hendryx

Age: 74

Who She Is: Member of the group Labelle

What She Does: Since moving on from music Hendryx as started a program called SisteSMATR.

Where She’s From:  Trenton, New Jersey

Why She Made Our List: Her program is dedicated to getting young women involved in and excited about STEM careers. SisterSMATR is a 10 week program, the girls meet for 2 hours a day after school and follow their main area of interest, light, sound, or robotics. Over the course of the program they create something that they present at the end. (Photo: PR Photos)

29. Chadwick Boseman 

Age: 41

Who He Is: Best known as the Black Panther

What He Does:  Actor

Where He’s From:  Anderson, South Carolina

Why He Made Our List: He has played real-life historical figures like, Jackie Robinson in 42, James Brown in Get on Up and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall. He is most known for his role as the superhero Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War. (Photo: PR Photos)

28. Pinky Cole

Age: Unknown

Who She Is:  The owner of a food truck and restaurant both called The Slutty Vegan  

What She Does:  Teaches about the benefits of a plant based lifestyle

Where She’s From:  Unknown

Why She Made Our List:  Cole owned a restaurant in Harlem in 2014 and was doing great until it burned down. After that she began working as a casting director on Iyannla Fix My Life. But, she was a hungry vegan and missed working in the kitchen. So she came up with the idea for a food truck and named it The Slutty Vegan as a way to get people’s attention. It worked! The food truck was so successful that she recently opened up a restaurant! Check her out if you’re ever in Atlanta, we hear her food is amazing! (Photo: Instagram)

27. Kamala Harris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Age: 54

Who She Is:  United States Senator for California

What She Does:  She’s currently running to be the 46th President of the United States

Where She’s From:  Oakland, California

Why She Made Our List: Harris is an American attorney and politician who is currently running for President of the United States. She has been the junior United States Senator for California since 2017, and served as the 32nd Attorney General of California from 2011 to 2017, and as District Attorney of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011. (Photo: AP)

26. Regina King

Age: 48

Who She Is:  Actress and television director

Where She’s From:  Cincinnati, Ohio

Why She Made Our List: She has starred in a number of films and TV shows including The Boondocks, Southland and Friday. She has won numerous awards and her 2018 performance as Sharon Rivers in the film If Beale Street Could Talk earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.(Photo: Kristina Bumphrey/Starpix)

25. Cory Booker 

Age: 49

Who He Is: Politician serving as the United States Senator from New Jersey

What He Does:  He is currently running to be the 46th President of the United States

Where He’s From:  Washington, D.C

Why He Made Our List: Booker is the first African-American U.S. Senator from New Jersey, and he was previously the 36th Mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013.  (Photo: Cory Booker courtesy)

24. Dr. Lori Wilson

Cancer Symbol in a Research Laboratory

Age: Unknown

Who She Is:  Breast Cancer survivor and surgeon at Howard University’s Cancer Center

What She Does:  Spokesperson and ambassador for the Know Your Girls Campaign

Where She’s From:  Unknown

Why She Made Our List: After Wilson went through cancer treatment herself, she became more empathetic toward her patients. Now she also works with Susan G. Komen’s Know Your Girls Campaign which focuses on Black women. According to the website, “the first step to closing this health disparity is to help Black women take charge of their breast health by knowing their risk, knowing their bodies, getting screened and talking with their doctors .(Photo: Thinkstock)

23. April Ryan

Age: 51

Who She Is:  Journalist and author

What She Does:  She has served as a White House correspondent since 1997 and is the Washington, D.C., bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks. In 2017, she joined CNN as a political analyst.

Where She’s From:  Baltimore, Maryland

Why She Made Our List: As one of the few African Americans in the White House press corps, Ryan frequently asks questions on issues concerning minorities and has a reputation for asking hard hitting questions. In 2018 she released a book called Under Fire: Reporting From The Front Lines of the Trump White House, where she talks about how she’s been under attack by people in the Trump Administration and issues like HBCUs and how the White House handles Black issues.

22. Tiffany and pastor Dimas Salaberrios

Age: Unknown

Who They Are:  Pastor and First Lady of Infinity Bible Church

What They Do:  They call themselves spiritual first responders and their goal is to bring peace to some of America’s most deadly neighborhoods

Where They’re From:  New York City, New York

Why They Made Our List: Before he became a pastor, Salaberrios was a drug dealer. He and his wife minister to people the same way 3 women ministered to him years ago. They ask people the same question that he was asked, “can I pray for you?” They go into neighborhoods plagued by violence and begin talking to and praying for, gang members, drug dealers and murderers hoping to bring about change through sharing the love of Christ.

22. Dave Chappelle 

Age: 45

Who He Is:  Stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer

Where He’s From:  Washington, D.C

Why He Made Our List:. Chappelle became widely known for his sketch comedy television series, Chappelle’s Show in 2003.  After leaving the show, Chappelle returned to performing stand-up comedy and by 2006, he was called the “comic genius of America” by Esquire. In 2013 he was called “the best” by Billboard. Chappelle received his first Emmy Award in 2017 for his guest appearance on Saturday Night Live. In 2018, he received a Grammy Award for his Netflix specials The Age of Spin and Deep in the Heart of Texas. (Photo: WireImage)

21. Jay-Z

Age: 49

Who He Is: Rapper, entrepreneur, songwriter, and record producer

Where He’s From:  New York City, New York

Why He Made Our List: Jay-Z is one of the most acclaimed rappers of all time. But, he has been using his platform to help college students stay in school and to fight for criminal justice, reform and the Black Lives Matter movement. He helped raise $1.5 million through his New World Foundation, giving that money to charitable organizations, including Black Lives Matter.The Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund has helped a number of students stay enrolled at over 100 institutions. (Photo: FilmMagic)

20. Jacque Reid

Age: 44

Who She Is:  Journalist and radio personality

What She Does: Co-host of the NBC New York affiliate show called “New York Live”

Where She’s From:  Atlanta, Georgia

Why She Made Our List: Reid is a TV host, journalist and radio personality. In addition to her role on New York Live, she hosts a weekly segment on the Tom Joyner Morning show called Inside Her Story where she highlights phenomenal women and also has tough discussions about women’s issues. Recently she has tackled the issue of sexual violence and abuse as well as the dangers that transgender women face.  (Photo: Jacque Reid)

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