Black Men Who Won in 2013

From Drake to Idris Elba and Kendrick Lamar, 2013 was a stellar year for black men.

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Kiese Laymon


Kiese Laymon


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution called Laymon’s “contemporary Southern gothic” debut novel, Long Division, “a little fantasy, a little mystery and a lot hilarious." Hip-hop historian Jeff Chang dubbed the book “a classic American novel” “that I picked up and just couldn’t stop reading.”

Dante de Blasio

Dante de Blasio 

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His ‘fro—which can only be described as magnificent—helped his dad, Bill de Blasio, win the race to become New York City’s mayor. And even the president was envious.

David Ortiz and Gov. Deval Patrick


Between the fiery “this is our f---ing city!” rallying cry from Ortiz and the sure-handed, “Boston Strong” leadership of Gov. Patrick, black men answered the call in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Jahvaris Fulton

Jahvaris Fulton takes the stand during the George Zimmerman trial in Seminole Circuit Court, July 5, 2013, in Sanford, Fla.

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In the face of a national furor, Trayvon Martin’s older brother stood tall with his parents, in and out of court speaking up for the younger brother, who wasn’t there to defend himself. After the trial, he went on to intern in the Miami office of Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.).

Lee Daniels

Lee Daniels


The filmmaker of Monster’s Ball and Precious directed and produced Lee Daniels' The Butler, based on the life of Eugene Allen, who worked for eight American presidents. The film was celebrated by everyone from Joe Scarborough to Oprah Winfrey and was a star turn for Forest Whitaker, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lenny Kravitz and David Oyelowo.