Issa Rae (L), Quvenzhane Wallis (C) and Janelle Monae.
Issae Rae is the creator of the hit You Tube comedy series, “The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl.” She is 28.
Quevenzhane Wallis is an Oscar-nominated actress. Wallis, 10, is starring in the upcoming musical of ‘Annie.’ (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)
Janelle Monae is a celebrated singer who’s latest album “Electric Lady” topped charts. She is 28.
Brittney Griner is a talented, openly gay athlete who plays center for the WNBA team, Phoenix Mercury. She is 23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Rihanna is a pop icon who has broken several records with songs that have topped the charts. She has released seven albums in the last seven years. She is 25. (Photo courtesy of Getty)
Uzoamaka Maduka is the founder and editor in chief of the literary magazine, The American Reader. She is 25. (Photo courtesy of Forbes/ Dave Allocca/Startraksphoto.com)
Katrina Craigwell is the Global manager of digital marketing for General Electric. She is 28. (Photo courtesy of Forbes/
Jessica Matthews is the CEO of Uncharted Play – a company that invented a soccer ball equipped with a built-in battery that can be used as a power source for other items. She is 25. (Photo courtesy of Forbes)
Lauren Wilson is a policy counsel for Free Press. “Fights major broadcast mergers, which have been using shared service agreements to evade the FCC’s ban on duopolies, and which hurt the journalism industry and ownership by women and people of color,” wrote Forbes. She is 26. (Photo courtesy of Forbes)
LaToya Peterson is the owner and editor of Racialicous, an online publication that discusses race, politics and culture. She is 29. (Photo courtesy of Forbes)
Mandela Shumacher-Hodge. Director, Startup Weekend Education. She is 28.(Photo courtesy of Twitter)
Aminatou Sow, co-founder of Tech LadyMafia, a group for women in tech to bond, support and provide positive influences for each other. (Photo courtesy of Twitter)
Angelica Townsend (R) is the cofounder of Educate! – an organization in Uganda that provides a two-year social entrepreneurship program to students between the ages of 16-18. (Photo courtesy of Twitter)
Jessica Holsey (R) is the co-founder of Sutsy Party, a company that produces eco-friendly, compostable tableware. (Photo courtesy of Forbes)
- of 15
Forbes magazine recently released their annual ‘30 Under 30‘ list and among those recognized this year are several distinguished women of color.
The list acknowledges around 30 individuals across 15 different categories who have done outstanding work in their respective fields, ranging in everything from business to technology, entertainment, education and sports.
This year, African-American women have appeared in almost every category and have been recognized by the magazine as leaders in their fields.
From successful celebrity entertainers to on-the-ground activists, black women dominated this year’s list of Forbes‘ ’30 Under 30.’
Click through the slideshow above to see the movers and shakers in this talented pool.
Follow Lilly Workneh on Twitter @Lilly_Works