20 Black ‘Forbes' 30 Under 30 Influencers You Should Know

20 Black ‘Forbes' 30 Under 30 Influencers You Should Know
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The Forbes "30 Under 30" list is finally out and the honorees are an impressive group of men and women! All of them have accomplished a great deal in the short years they've been living. 

With that said, it's important to take the time to specifically highlight the Black Americans who've landed a spot on this coveted list. People like; Justine Skye, Bryson Tiller, and Quinta Brunson have been in the media before, but it's great to see how much they've grown, and that their work is gaining the attention it rightfully deserves! 

Their success is inspiration - a reminder for everyone to get up, and get to work on chasing your dreams. With that said, here are 20 African-Americans who've made the Forbes "30 Under 30" list. Congrats!

Ashton Sanders, 21

If this name sounds familiar, it's for good reason! Ashton starred in the hit film, "Moonlight" which received The Golden Globe Award for Best Drama Motion Picture. 

Tory Lanez, 24

This 24-year-old released the song "Say It," which peaked at #23 in 2015. He released his debut album in 2016 and his song, "Luv" received a Grammy nomination. 

Simone Biles, 19

Simone Biles is the 2016 Olympic individual all-around, floor, and vault gold medalist!

Tahir Carl Karmali, 29

Tahir is a 29-year-old Visual Artist and Artistic Director at limeSHIFT, where there mission is to, "shift organizations to become more creative, productive, and connected."

Justine Skye, 21

Justine Skye has quite the musical talent. She was recently signed with Roc Nation and just released her EP, "8 Ounces" in December 2016.

Daquan Oliver, 24

Daquan founded WeThrive, which is "an entrepreneurial mentoring program that pairs college students with middle school students of under-resourced communities."  

Odell Beckham Jr., 24

Odell Beckham Jr. is a wide receiver for the New York Giants. He's already broken a ton of NFL records, and he's only 24-years-old.

Tschabalala Self, 26

Tschabalala Self is a New Haven based painter. She's described her work by writing, “My current body of work is concerned with the iconographic significance of the Black female body in contemporary culture."

Nicole Cardoza, 27

Nicole is a Lululemon Ambassador. Currently, she's the founder and executive director of Yoga Foster - a non-profit organization that helps teachers use yoga within their classrooms.  

Kwame Onwuachi, 27

Kwame is a 27-year-old chef born in New York, Bronx. He owns and works as the Executive Chef at The Shaw Bijou in Washington, D.C.

Quinta Brunson, 27

This Buzzfeed video actress created the famous Instagram series, "The Girl Who's Never Been On A Nice Date." 

Trevante Rhodes, 26

Trevante, like Ashton Sanders, got his breakthrough by starring in the critically-acclaimed movie, "Moonlight."

Rhonesha Byng, 27

She's an Emmy Award-winning Journalist and entrepreneur who founded the popular site, "HerAgenda.com."

Bryson Tiller, 24

This Kentucky native is a singer, songwriter and rapper. In 2016 he won Best New Artist and Best Male R&B/Pop Artist at the BET Awards.

Sydney Leroux, 26

Sydney has a gold metal in Soccer and is currently signed by FC Kansas City in the National Women's Soccer League. 

Jamira Burley, 28

Jamira is a national speaker who was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change. Right now, she works as a Manger for the Amnesty International USA - one of the largest human rights organizations. 

Johnettea Elzie, 27

She's an activist and co-editor of the Ferguson protest newsletter, "This Is the Movement." She's also the co-founder of Campaign Zero, which focuses on preventing police violence.

Mario Jovan, 27

Mario is the Co-CEO of Proud Gentleman. There mission "is to build a community of male educators of color who provide a profound additional impact through social-emotional learning and cultivating a cradle to career pipeline for boys of color."

Kyrie Irving, 24

Irving is an American professional basketball player! He's a point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers and won an Olympic gold medal in 2016.

Jennifer Martin, 28

Jennifer is the Co-fonder, along with her older brother Jeff, of Pipsnacks - a small company that sells delicious natural, gluten-free, vegan, and whole grain popcorn. 

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