In my circle of Black women, “Closer” has been an anthem of affirmation and the lyrical encouragement to keep believing in ourselves.
Robert F. Smith, the richest Black man in America, earned the Philanthropy Icon Award at the inaugural theGrio Awards.
Don Peebles, the real estate developer behind the Affirmation Tower and Angels Landing, is working to build a much more inclusive industry.
Women’s rights activist and track star Allyson Felix received the Sports Icon Award at the inaugural theGrio Awards.
In his 70-plus-year career, legendary TV producer Norman Lear has changed the way Black people are portrayed on screen.
Media mogul Tyler Perry, the embodiment of the American Dream, went from struggling artist to head of a billion-dollar empire.
Lawyer Ben Crump has been dubbed “Black America’s attorney general,” leading the fight against police violence and systemic racism.
Alena Analeigh McQuarter made history as the youngest African-American to be accepted into medical school.
Jennifer Hudson is the youngest woman to reach EGOT status after winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony.
The legend with a voice that can raise the roof, Patti LaBelle has entertained us for decades across Broadway, film and television.
Emmy Award-winning comedian Kenan Thompson has been killing us with kindness and humor with his series of celebrity impersonations.
Queen Latifah, the reigning queen of hip-hop, has proven that she can rule the acting realm with the best of them.
Dave Chappelle is one of the greatest comedians of his generation, and he’s never afraid of a little controversy.