The Grios 100 Class of 2014

Pop Culture

Andrew BachelorAndrew Bachelor, a.k.a. King Bach, is a comedy celebrity on Vine. With 1.9million followers, a YouTube channel, corporate sponsorship, and a BET pilot in the works...Click here to read more.
Andrew Bachelor
Andrew Bachelor, a.k.a. King Bach, is a comedy celebrity on Vine. With 1.9million followers, a YouTube channel, corporate sponsorship, and a BET pilot in the works…Click here to read more.

Nicole BeharieLast year Nicole Behairie shined on the big screen opposite Chadwick Boseman in ‘42.’ These days she leaves audiences speechless as the star of Fox’s thriller ‘Sleepy Hollow’...Click here to read more.
Nicole Beharie
Last year Nicole Behairie shined on the big screen opposite Chadwick Boseman in ‘42.’ These days she leaves audiences speechless as the star of Fox’s thriller ‘Sleepy Hollow’…Click here to read more.

Laverne Cox has created her own lane in Hollywood. As the first African American transgender actress with a starring role on a TV Show, 'Orange Is the New Black'...Click here to read more.
Laverne Cox
Laverne Cox has created her own lane in Hollywood. As the first African American transgender actress with a starring role on a TV Show, ‘Orange Is the New Black’…Click here to read more.

Danai Gurira Since joining 'The Walking Dead,' Danai Gurira has become an iconic black TV heroine and stands as one of the only African American TV stars with prominent role in horror drama...Click here to read more.
Danai Gurira
Since joining ‘The Walking Dead,’ Danai Gurira has become an iconic black TV heroine and stands as one of the only African American TV stars with prominent role in horror drama…Click here to read more.

Micheal B. Jordan In 2013 Michael B. Jordan grabbed the attention of Hollywood film critics with his starring role as shooting victim Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station, directed by Ryan Coogler...Click here to read more.
Micheal B. Jordan
In 2013 Michael B. Jordan grabbed the attention of Hollywood film critics with his starring role as shooting victim Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station, directed by Ryan Coogler…Click here to read more.

Lupita Nyong'o’12 Years a Slave’ star Lupita Nyong’o has become one of Hollywood’s fastest rising stars after her role in Steve McQueen’s critically acclaimed drama...Click here to read more.
Lupita Nyong’o
’12 Years a Slave’ star Lupita Nyong’o has become one of Hollywood’s fastest rising stars after her role in Steve McQueen’s critically acclaimed drama…Click here to read more.

Questlove Today Questlove is so much more than a recording artist and musican. He’s taken a stance on several very important causes like stop-and-frisk, George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin, and President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act...Click here to read more.
Questlove
Today Questlove is so much more than a recording artist and musican. He’s taken a stance on several very important causes like stop-and-frisk, George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin, and President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act…Click here to read more.

Forest Whitaker Oscar winning actor Forest Whitaker had amazing year in Hollywood appearing alongside and all-star cast in ‘Lee Daniels’ The Buter’...Click here to read more.
Forest Whitaker
Oscar winning actor Forest Whitaker had amazing year in Hollywood appearing alongside and all-star cast in ‘Lee Daniels’ The Buter’…Click here to read more.

Pharrell Williams The Grammy winning artist who never seems to age: Pharell Williams was a featured artists on the two biggest songs of the summer – Daft Punk's "Get Lucky” and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines"...Click here to read more.
Pharrell Williams
The Grammy winning artist who never seems to age: Pharell Williams was a featured artists on the two biggest songs of the summer – Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”…Click here to read more.

Sasheer Zamata Sasheer Zamata 27, is an actress/comedienne who grabbed the attention of media around the world when she joined the cast of NBC's 'Saturday Night Live'...Click here to read more.
Sasheer Zamata
Sasheer Zamata 27, is an actress/comedienne who grabbed the attention of media around the world when she joined the cast of NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’…Click here to read more.

Politics

Steve Benjamin Benjamin is the mayor of Columbia, South Carolina. When he first won in 2010, by a mere 1,000 votes, he became the city's first-ever black mayor...Click here to read more.
Steve Benjamin
Benjamin is the mayor of Columbia, South Carolina. When he first won in 2010, by a mere 1,000 votes, he became the city’s first-ever black mayor…Click here to read more.

Barry C. Black Since 2003, Black has been the chaplain of the U.S. Senate, opening each session of the chamber with a prayer and also serving as a spiritual adviser to members and their families and staffs...Click here to read more.
Barry C. Black
Since 2003, Black has been the chaplain of the U.S. Senate, opening each session of the chamber with a prayer and also serving as a spiritual adviser to members and their families and staffs…Click here to read more.

Anthony Brown The 52-year-old lieutenant governor is running for the top spot in his state this year, looking to become only the third African-American ever elected governor of a state and the first in Maryland's history...Click here to read more.
Anthony Brown
The 52-year-old lieutenant governor is running for the top spot in his state this year, looking to become only the third African-American ever elected governor of a state and the first in Maryland’s history…Click here to read more.

Chiara and Dante de Blasio Dante, 16, and Chiara, 19, are the children of Bill de Blasio, who emerged from a crowded field to a surprising victory in a Democratic primary last year and then was elected mayor...Click here to read more.
Chiara and Dante de Blasio
Dante, 16, and Chiara, 19, are the children of Bill de Blasio, who emerged from a crowded field to a surprising victory in a Democratic primary last year and then was elected mayor…Click here to read more.

Erika Harold The 2003 Miss America is now running for a U.S. House seat in Illinois. If Harold won, she would be the only black female Republican in Congress...Click here to read more.
Erika Harold
The 2003 Miss America is now running for a U.S. House seat in Illinois. If Harold won, she would be the only black female Republican in Congress…Click here to read more.

Jeh Johnson The former general counsel for the Pentagon became the secretary of homeland security in December, leading a department that includes 22 agencies that are supposed to prevent attacks like what happened on Sept. 11, 2001...Click here to read more.
Jeh Johnson
The former general counsel for the Pentagon became the secretary of homeland security in December, leading a department that includes 22 agencies that are supposed to prevent attacks like what happened on Sept. 11, 2001…Click here to read more.

Byron Todd Jones Jones is in charge of reviving an agency whose reputation was battered from the failures of a gun trafficking investigation known as "Fast and Furious"...Click here to read more.
Byron Todd Jones
Jones is in charge of reviving an agency whose reputation was battered from the failures of a gun trafficking investigation known as “Fast and Furious”…Click here to read more.

Gwen Moore The Wisconsin Democrat has served in the U.S. House since 2005, representing a district that includes parts of Milwaukee...Click here to read more.
Gwen Moore
The Wisconsin Democrat has served in the U.S. House since 2005, representing a district that includes parts of Milwaukee…Click here to read more.

Colin Powell Powell, retired after a long career in key national security posts, reemerged in 2013 to sharply criticize the GOP, the party he has long been associated with and under which he served as National Security Adviser and Secretary of State...Click here to read more.
Colin Powell
Powell, retired after a long career in key national security posts, reemerged in 2013 to sharply criticize the GOP, the party he has long been associated with and under which he served as National Security Adviser and Secretary of State…Click here to read more.

Rick Wade The veteran political operative, who ran Obama's black vote program in 2008 and then worked in the Commerce Department in the administration, is now trying to become a politician in his own right...Click here to read more.
Rick Wade
The veteran political operative, who ran Obama’s black vote program in 2008 and then worked in the Commerce Department in the administration, is now trying to become a politician in his own right…Click here to read more.

Sports

Jozy Altidore
Jozy Altidore
If the U.S. men’s national soccer team makes a run at this year’s World Cup in Brazil, 24-year-old striker Jozy Altidore will be a big reason why. Altidore is unquestionably one of America’s greatest soccer talents and is prime for a big 2014…Click here to read more.

Kay-Ci Bele
Kay-Ci Bele
Kay-Ci Bele is a freshman wrestler at Jamestown College in North Dakota. She was a four-time state champion in high school, earning many of her victories against boys. She aspires to wrestle in the 2016 Olympics in Rio…Click here to read more.

Swin Cash
Swin Cash
Swin Cash is a 11-year WNBA veteran and current forward for the Chicago Sky. Her ‘Cash for Kids’ foundation provides opportunities for young people in communities across the U.S…Click here to read more.

Kevin Krigger
Kevin Krigger
Last year, Kevin Krigger became just the second black jockey since 1921 to compete in the Kentucky Derby. Krigger is a native of St. Croix, he rode his first horse when he was five. He hopes to make a return to the Derby in 2014…Click here to read more.

Brandon Marshall
Brandon Marshall
Brandon Marshall is an All-Pro wide receiver for the Chicago Bears. He’s played eight seasons in the NFL and dedicated much of his life off the field to promoting mental health awareness…Click here to read more.

Floyd Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather
Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather has never lost a professional boxing match. He is effortless in and outside of the ring, especially in business and philanthropy. Forbes estimates his career earnings at more than $350 million…Click here to read more.

Chris Paul
Chris Paul
Chris Paul is an All-Star point guard for the Los Angeles Clippers. Paul was recently elected president of the NBA Players Union and has endorsement deals with State Farm and Jordna Brand…Click here to read more.

Sloane Stephens
Sloane Stephens
Sloane Stephens is one of the top tennis players in the world and she hasn’t even turned 21. 2014 could be the Plantation, Florida native’s breakout year and a preview of what could be her future dominance in women’s tennis…Click here to read more.

Darrell Wallace Jr.
Darrell Wallace Jr.
Darrell Wallace Jr. recently became the first African-American driver to win a national NASCAR series event since Wendell Scott’s victory back in 1963. Wallace is a development driver for Joe Gibbs racing…Click here to read more.

Darren Young
Darren Young
Darren Young, a professional wrestler for WWE, made headlines last year when he revealed to a photographer that he was gay. Young is one half of the popular wrestling tag team ‘The Prime Time Players’…Click here to read more.

Arts

Ryan Coogler Ryan Coogler is a writer and director whose first feature, Fruitvale Station, chronicles the last 24 hours in the life of police shooting victim Oscar Grant...Click here to read more.
Ryan Coogler
Ryan Coogler is a writer and director whose first feature, Fruitvale Station, chronicles the last 24 hours in the life of police shooting victim Oscar Grant…Click here to read more.

Tananarive Due
Tananarive Due
Tananarive Due is a writer, and now film producer, working tirelessly to bring images of blacks in science fiction and fantasy into the mainstream. Due hopes to empower us to cope with life’s tests through the gift of a good story…Click here to read more.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs Cheryl Boone Isaacs became the first president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2013, and only the third woman to hold the role in the organization's 86 year history...Click here to read more.
Cheryl Boone Isaacs
Cheryl Boone Isaacs became the first president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2013, and only the third woman to hold the role in the organization’s 86 year history…Click here to read more.

Stephen C. Byrd and Alia Jones-Harvey
Stephen C. Byrd and Alia Jones-Harvey
When Alia Jones-Harvey and Stephen C. Byrd produced an all-black version of the Tennessee Williams classic ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ in 2008, it was a runaway success…Click here to read more.

Brooklyn Mack
Brooklyn Mack
Principal dancer at The Washington Ballet, Brooklyn Mack, has recently made his debut in the leading male role of Albrecht in the classical ballet Giselle — no small feat for a young man from Elgin, SC whose first love was football…Click here to read more.

Terrance McKnight
Terrance McKnight
Terrance McKnight reaches a dedicated audience of music enthusiasts every weekday evening as a radio host for New York City’s storied classical station WQXR, but he is so much more…Click here to read more.

Toyin Odutola
Toyin Odutola
Toyin Odutola is a fine artist who is capturing widespread attention through her mesmerizing portraits rendered in the humble media of paper and ball point pen…Click here to read more.

Billy Porter
Billy Porter
Billy Porter is a veteran singer and actor whose breakout performance in the Broadway hit musical ‘Kinky Boots’ won him a 2013 Tony Award…Click here to read more.

Condola Rashad
Condola Rashad
Condola Rashad might be the daughter of celebrated actress Phylicia Rashad and sportscaster and former professional athlete Ahmad Rashad — but she is making a big name on her own…Click here to read more.

John Ridley
John Ridley
John Ridley is a screenwriter, novelist, journalist, television producer and television writer. But his screenplay adaption of 12 Years a Slave from the memoirs of Solomon Northup has taken is journey as a writer reflecting the black experience to new levels…Click here to read more.

Health

Dr. David Bell
Dr. David Bell
Adolescent medicine doctor, Dr. David Bell, 51, mentors and fights for young men’s health through his work with New York City’s Young Men’s Clinic. Click here to read more.

Dr. Keith L. Black
Dr. Keith L. Black
Dr. Keith L. Black is leading the fight against aggressive brain tumors. He operates on tumors that others shy away from and has made it his mission to research ways to keep them from coming back…Click here to read more.

Dr. Jeanine Downey
Dr. Jeanine Downey
Dermatologist Jeanine Downey focuses on ethnic skin care issues and serves as a national and international expert in her field. She’s also a researcher and heavily involved in the community…Click here to read more.

Tanya Fields
Tanya Fields
Tanya Fields is a single mom of four (who’s expecting her fifth) living in the Bronx who was frustrated by cycles of poverty, inequalities in wealth and women not being able to sustain their families. She created BLK ProjeK, a Bronx organization that combats food justice and creates good food for low-income people using urban agriculture…Click here to read more.

Shaun T.
Shaun T.
Shaun T., fitness video mogul, teaches men, women and kids how to shed pounds and burn fat in his videos INSANITY, Hip Hop Abs and Shaun T’s Fit Kids Club…Click here to read more.

Tonya Lewis Lee
Tonya Lewis Lee
Tonya Lewis Lee is an advocate for women’s health and infant mortality. Her experience as national spokesperson for “A Healthy Baby Begins With You,” and a documentary about the campaign also led her to an interest in black women’s health…Click here to read more.

Riana Lynn
Riana Lynn
Lynn has been a long-time supporter of living a healthy lifestyle and the success of her juice bar and health firm have allowed her to spread this message on a national level. She has partnered with professionals in a variety of fields such as agriculture, business, politics and technology to become a successful entrepreneur…Click here to read more.

Kameron Matthews and Alden Landry
Kameron Matthews and Alden Landry
Drs. Kameron Matthews and Alden Landry saw a need for a more diverse healthcare workforce and now tour city by city, school by school inspiring young college students interested in medicine…Click here to read more.

Denise Roberts
Denise Roberts
The year following her second cancer diagnosis, Denise Roberts founded the Denise Roberts Breast Cancer Foundation (TDRBCF) in order to help underserved populations of women and men of color under 40 who are not usually exposed to breast health education and resources…Click here to read more.

Haile Thomas
Haile Thomas
Young chef Haile Thomas, 13, works hard to engage, inspire and educate other kids about healthy eating, cooking and living. She is a consultant for many local restaurants and national hotel chains in an effort to make kid’s menus healthier…Click here to read more.

Activism

Phillip Agnew
Phillip Agnew
At 28-years old, Phillip Agnew is the executive director and co-founder of the Dream Defenders – a community activist group of minority youth who are being recognized as the next generation of civil rights leaders…Click here to read more.

Harry Belafonte
Harry Belafonte
As a singer, actor and key civil rights activist Harry Belafonte is one of the nation’s most revered and respected leaders…Click here to read more.

Rev. Corey Brooks
Rev. Corey Brooks
Pastor Corey Brooks is the residing reverend and founder of New Beginning Church of Chicago, a non-denominational church located in the south side of Chicago…Click here to read more.

Jason Collins
Jason Collins
Jason Collins made headlines this year when he became the first openly gay active American athlete in a professional sports league…Click here to read more.

Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
Since become an A-List star, Foxx has used his popularity to be a positive influence through social activism…Click here to read more.

Sybrina Fulton
Sybrina Fulton
Sybrina Fulton is the mother of 17-year-old of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teen who was shot and killed in Sanford, Fl by neighborhood watch guard George Zimmerman…Click here to read more.

Bethann Hardison
Bethann Hardison
As an advocate for increasing diversity on the runway, Bethann Hardison led the charge and called on some of fashion’s biggest brands to include more women of color…Click here to read more.

Janaye Ingram
Janaye Ingram
Janaye Ingram, 34, is the acting Executive Director of the Harlem-based National Action Network, a leading civil rights organization fighting for equal justice for all people…Click here to read more.

Rev. Al Sharpton
Rev. Al Sharpton
Rev. Sharpton is a news show host, civil rights activist and author who has had a banner year that celebrated success across many of his endeavors…Click here to read more.

Natalie and Derrica Wilson
Natalie and Derrica Wilson
Derrica and Natalie Wilson are sisters who are joined together in their mission to help minority families find missing relatives…Click here to read more.

Media

Vanessa Bush
Vanessa Bush
After spending roughly a decade in the trenches at Essence magazine Vanessa Bush assumed the long-vacant role of editor-in-chief this past summer…Click here to read more.

Arsenio Hall
Arsenio Hall
After decades spent largely out of the limelight, Hall has made a triumphant return to the world of late night comedy with his new incarnation of The Arsenio Hall Show….Click here to read more.

Kimberley Harris
Kimberley Harris
Harris was appointed to be the executive vice president and general counsel for NBCUniversal (the company which, full disclosure, owns theGrio) in July of 2013. She is in charge of the company’s global regulatory and legislative agenda…Click here to read more.

Faith Jenkins
Faith Jenkins
A Louisiana native and former beauty queen (she won Ms. Louisiana in 2000 and was a first runner-up for Ms. America in 2001), Faith Jenkins has become a recognizable face while appearing as a legal expert on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC…Click here to read more.

Kid Fury and Crissle
Kid Fury and Crissle
Bloggers and relatively recent New York City residents, Kid Fury and Crissle host a popular hip-hop and pop culture focused podcast called The Read. Their hilarious and no-holds barred commentary draws 80,000 listeners a week…Click here to read more.

Ray Lewis
Ray Lewis
The recently-retired Baltimore Raven is widely hailed as one of the greatest linebackers in NFL history. He recently capped a stellar career with his second Super Bowl victory in January of 2013…Click here to read more.

Robby Novak
Robby Novak
While 10-year-old Robby Novak is hardly a household name, his alter ego, “Kid President”, is. The articulate pre-teen in a dress suit has won millions of fans with his motivational viral videos….Click here to read more.

Angela Rye
Angela Rye
Angela Rye currently serves at the Principal in charge of the DC-based IMPACT Strategies, an organization which encourages young professionals in economic empowerment, civic engagement, and political involvement…Click here to read more.

B. Scott
B. Scott
An American television personality and Internet celebrity, the openly gay and transgender B. Scott has built his own media empire supported by millions of fans…Click here to read more.

Iyanla Vanzant
Iyanla Vanzant
Author, life coach and spiritual advisor Iyanla Vanzant became a household name back in the 1990s after making several high-profile appearances on the iconic iteration of ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’…Click here to read more.

Science & Technology

Shawn Allen
Shawn Allen
Thirty year-old Shawn Allen is a video game developer and capture artist who went from EBGames to Rockstar games, the creators of the popular Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto franchise…Click here to read more.

Jaylen Bledsoe
Jaylen Bledsoe
Jaylen Bledsoe is the CEO of a very successful tech company that’s valued at 3.5 million. He’s also only 15 years old…Click here to read more.

Jamie Broadnax
Jamie Broadnax
Jamie Broadnax is a self proclaimed blogger and nerd. She’s also the creator of BlackGirlsNerds, an online group dedicated to covering topics that interest women of color who consider themselves to be geeks, as she put it, “A website for Blerds–black nerds”…Click here to read more.

Kimberly Bryant
Kimberly Bryant
Kimberly Bryant is the founder of Black Girls Code. Black Girls Code is a website and movement dedicated to giving young women of color opportunities to learn how to write computer code…Click here to read more.

Kathyrn Finney
Kathyrn Finney
Kathyrn Finney is a tech writer and talking head who’s best known for her work on lifestyle blog, The Budget Fashionista…Click here to read more.

Lonnie Johnson
Lonnie Johnson
Johnson had been tenacious in demanding recognition for what this black man has accomplished. While Johnson was acknowledged as being the father of the Super Soaker in spirit, he wasn’t compensated financially…Click here to read more.

Danielle Lee
Danielle Lee
Danielle Lee, Ph.D is a scientist whose specialty is the field of biology. She describes herself as a Hip Hop mavin blogging on urban ecology, evolutionary biology and diversity in the sciences…Click here to read more.

David Moinina Sengeh
David Moinina Sengeh
Sengeh is the president and co-founder of Global Mininum Inc. (GMin) ,co-founder of Lebone Solutions Inc., and owner of Nyali Clothing…Click here to read more.

Julian Sharpe
Julian Sharpe
Julian Sharpe is an inventor hailing from Seattle, Washington and the creator of the Tsunami survival capsule. He is a graduate of Loughborough University of Technology, UK in 1985 with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering and Design…Click here to read more.

Baratunde Thurston
Baratunde Thurston
Thurston’s book How To Be Black, provides readers off all creeds insight into the modern day African -American’s mindset without being overbearing and offensive…Click here to read more.

Education

MK Asante
MK Asante
MK Asante Jr. is a filmmaker, award-winning writer and respected college professor. He is still only 31-years-old…Click here to read more.

Jason Coleman
Jason Coleman
Jason Coleman co-founded Project SYNCERE, an educational not-for-profit organization dedicated to exposing inner-city minorities and underserved communities to a curriculum in STEM…Click here to read more.

Dr. Leon Finney
Dr. Leon Finney
Dr. Leon Finney is best known for his decades-long work with The Woodlawn Organization and Woodlawn Community Development Corporation (WCDC), a community development initiative to establish affordable housing…Click here to read more.

Kamau Harper
Kamau Harper
Following on from completing his master’s degree in education at the ripe age of 23, Kamau Harper took on posts at NYC public schools but felt compelled to do more to transform the lives of young people in his community…Click here to read more.

David J. Johns
David J. Johns
David J. Johns, 31, lives, breathes and sleeps education. A former NYC elementary school teacher, Johns has risen through the ranks to achieve prominent roles in politics and federal government…Click here to read more.

Asean Johnson
Asean Johnson
Pint-sized Asean Johnson,10, is an avid reader and aspiring footballer but unlike most fourth graders he is also a passionate advocate for equal access to education for minorities and underserved students…Click here to read more.

Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever
Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever
An accomplished writer, scholar and public speaker, Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, 45, has devoted her entire professional life to advancing the socioeconomic well-being of women and communities of color…Click here to read more.

Zakiya Smith
Zakiya Smith
Zakiya Smith, 29, is passionate about supporting social equality by promoting educational access for low-and moderate-income families…Click here to read more.

Gabrielle Turnquest
Gabrielle Turnquest
Gabrielle Turnquest, 19, is an academic overachiever whose intellectual prowess would intimate even the most smug…Click here to read more.

James Ward
James Ward
Born and raised on the tough streets of South Los Angeles, James Ward, 19, is a young man who has had a difficult start…Click here to read more.

Business

Shante Bacon Public relations “powerhouse” Shante Bacon is considered the epitome of what can be achieved if you think big! The co-founder  and CEO of the 135th Street Agency has garnered top clients from across the creative and media industries...Click here to read more.
Shante Bacon
Public relations “powerhouse” Shante Bacon is considered the epitome of what can be achieved if you think big! The co-founder and CEO of the 135th Street Agency has garnered top clients from across the creative and media industries…Click here to read more.

Zora Ball Last year when Zora Ball was only in the first grade, she became the youngest person to develop a mobile app game. And to prove it was not a fluke, adult programmers challenged her to reconfigure her project on the spot and she succeed...Click here to read more.
Zora Ball
Last year when Zora Ball was only in the first grade, she became the youngest person to develop a mobile app game. And to prove it was not a fluke, adult programmers challenged her to reconfigure her project on the spot and she succeed…Click here to read more.

Adriene Bowles Hollywood shot caller Adriene Bowles is President, worldwide publicity and Executive Vice President of marketing at Focus Feature. She works directly with filmmakers and talent at all phases of films’ progress, from production through to the theatrical run and awards campaign...Click here to read more.
Adriene Bowles
Hollywood shot caller Adriene Bowles is President, worldwide publicity and Executive Vice President of marketing at Focus Feature. She works directly with filmmakers and talent at all phases of films’ progress, from production through to the theatrical run and awards campaign…Click here to read more.

Moziah Bridges Adults can learn a lot about “sartorial splendor” from Mo Bridges, the 12 year old creator of Mo’s Bows. He hand crafted his first ties with scraps of his grandmother’s material...Click here to read more.
Moziah Bridges
Adults can learn a lot about “sartorial splendor” from Mo Bridges, the 12 year old creator of Mo’s Bows. He hand crafted his first ties with scraps of his grandmother’s material…Click here to read more.

Andre Hueston Mack Business insiders shook their heads when they learned that successful Citibank investment executive Andre Mack was quitting to literally work the pastures of a winery. But to Mack, he found joy introducing friends and guests to little known vineyards...Click here to read more.
Andre Hueston Mack
Business insiders shook their heads when they learned that successful Citibank investment executive Andre Mack was quitting to literally work the pastures of a winery. But to Mack, he found joy introducing friends and guests to little known vineyards…Click here to read more.

Cleve Mesidor Cleve Mesidor left her native Haiti when she was only 8. But after serving  for almost 4 years in the Obama Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce and Economic Development, she returned to Haiti to help rebuild the island nation’s economic infrastructure...Click here to read more.
Cleve Mesidor
Cleve Mesidor left her native Haiti when she was only 8. But after serving for almost 4 years in the Obama Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce and Economic Development, she returned to Haiti to help rebuild the island nation’s economic infrastructure…Click here to read more.

Asia Newsome Ten-year-old Asia Newsome is hailed as Detroit’s youngest entrepreneur. Newsome sells candles with her dad in a successful business that she created and runs.  Those who meet her all agree that she is an entrepreneurial dynamo...Click here to read more.
Asia Newsome
Ten-year-old Asia Newsome is hailed as Detroit’s youngest entrepreneur. Newsome sells candles with her dad in a successful business that she created and runs. Those who meet her all agree that she is an entrepreneurial dynamo…Click here to read more.

John Rogers John Washington Rogers, Jr. founded Ariel Capital Management in 1983. He is chairman and CEO of the company, which is the United States' largest minority-run mutual fund firm. His passion for investing started when he was 12 years old when his father bought him stocks every birthday and every Christmas instead of toys...Click here to read more.
John Rogers
John Washington Rogers, Jr. founded Ariel Capital Management in 1983. He is chairman and CEO of the company, which is the United States’ largest minority-run mutual fund firm. His passion for investing started when he was 12 years old when his father bought him stocks every birthday and every Christmas instead of toys…Click here to read more.

Todd Williams As founder and CEO of Vertex Body Sciences, Todd Williams leads one of the fastest growing businesses in America. Capitalizing on the expanding energy snacks and nutrition beverages market, the company has grown 10,10% in the past three years employing 51 people...Click here to read more.
Todd Williams
As founder and CEO of Vertex Body Sciences, Todd Williams leads one of the fastest growing businesses in America. Capitalizing on the expanding energy snacks and nutrition beverages market, the company has grown 10,010 percent in the past three years employing 51 people…Click here to read more.

James White
James White
James D. White, also known as Jim, has been the Chief Executive Officer and the President of Jamba, Inc. since December 1, 2008. Also as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Jamba Juice Company, White oversees 800 locations operating in 26 states, the Bahamas, Canada, the Philippines and South Korea…Click here to read more.