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Benjamin Jealous

  • Job: President and CEO of the NAACP
  • Age: 40
  • Location: Baltimore
  • Twitter: @benjealous

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Cory Booker

  • Job: Civil servant, politician
  • Age: 44
  • Location: Newark, N.J.
  • Twitter: @CoryBooker

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Serena Williams

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Melissa Harris-Perry

  • Job: TV Host, pundit, professor, author, director of Anna Julia Cooper Project on race and gender in the South
  • Age: 39
  • Location: New Orleans
  • Twitter: @MHarrisPerry

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Shawn 'Jay Z' Carter

  • Job: Rapper, entrepreneur, sports agent
  • Age: 43
  • Location: New York City
  • Twitter: @S_C_

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Ryan Coogler

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Kerry Washington

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Tyler Perry

  • Job: Entertainment mogul
  • Age: 43
  • Location: Atlanta
  • Twitter: @tylerperry

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Shonda Rhimes

  • Job: Writer, producer
  • Age: 43
  • Location: Los Angeles
  • Twitter: @shondarhimes

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Kasim Reed

  • Job: Mayor of Atlanta
  • Age: 44
  • Location: Atlanta
  • Twitter: @KasimReed

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Benjamin Crump

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William Jelani Cobb

  • Job: Professor, historian, columnist
  • Age: 44
  • Location: New York City
  • Twitter: @jelani9

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Kanye West

  • Job: Rapper, producer, designer, entrepreneur
  • Age: 36
  • Location: Chicago
  • Twitter: @kanyewest

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W. Kamau Bell

  • Job: Comedian, talk show host
  • Age: 40
  • Location: New York City
  • Twitter: @wkamaubell

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Anthony Foxx

  • Job: Civil servant, politician
  • Age: 42
  • Location: Charlotte, N.C., and Washington, D.C.
  • Twitter: @AnthonyFoxx

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Jamie Foxx

  • Job: Actor, singer, activist
  • Age: 45
  • Location: Los Angeles
  • Twitter: @iamjamiefoxx

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Joy-Ann Reid

  • Job: Managing editor, on-air personality, political op-ed writer
  • Age: 44
  • Location: Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Twitter: @TheReidReport

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Beyoncé Knowles-Carter

  • Job: Singer, actress, U.N. ambassador
  • Age: 32
  • Location: New York
  • Twitter: @Beyonce

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Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • Job: Author and journalist
  • Age: 38
  • Location: Harlem, N.Y.

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Pharrell Williams

  • Job: Producer, composer, rapper, entrepreneur, fashion designer
  • Age: 40
  • Location: Virginia
  • Twitter: @Pharrell

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LeBron James

  • Job: NBA player, businessman
  • Age: 28
  • Location: Miami
  • Twitter: @KingJames

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Jason Kidd

  • Job: Coach, Philanthropist
  • Age: 40
  • Location: New York City
  • Twitter: @RealJasonKidd

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Timbaland

  • Job: Producer, artist
  • Age: 41
  • Location: Virginia Beach, Va.
  • Twitter: @Timbaland

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Kendrick Lamar

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Sean 'Diddy' Combs

  • Job: Producer, rapper, actor, entrepreneur
  • Age: 43
  • Location: New York City
  • Twitter: @iamdiddy

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Rashad Robinson

  • Job: Executive director, Color of Change
  • Age: 34
  • Location: New York City
  • Twitter: @rashadrobinson

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Charles Blow

  • Job: Op-ed columnist
  • Age: 43
  • Location: New York City
  • Twitter: @CharlesMBlow

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Amy DuBois Barnett

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Kortney Ryan Ziegler

  • Job: Filmmaker, visual artist, writer, academic
  • Age: 32
  • Location: Oakland, Calif.
  • Twitter: @fakerapper

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Michael B. Jordan

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Issa Rae

  • Job: Writer and owner of Issa Rae Productions
  • Age: 28
  • Location: Los Angeles
  • Twitter: @IssaRae

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Janelle Monáe

  • Job: R&B and soul singer
  • Age: 27
  • Location: Atlanta
  • Twitter: @JanelleMonae

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Tristan Walker

  • Job: Silicon Valley executive, philanthropist
  • Age: 29
  • Location: Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Twitter: @tristanwalker

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Adam Serwer

  • Job: Journalist
  • Age: 31
  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Twitter: @AdamSerwer

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Nasir 'Nas' Jones

  • Job: Rapper, social activist
  • Age: 40
  • Location: New York City
  • Twitter: @Nas

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Solange Knowles

  • Job: Singer, actor, fashionista, artist
  • Age: 27
  • Location: Brooklyn, N.Y. and New Orleans
  • Twitter: @solangeknowles

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Audie Cornish

  • Job: Journalist
  • Age: 33
  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Twitter: @nprAudie

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Patina Miller

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Marcus Samuelsson

  • Job: Chef, entrepreneur
  • Age: 43
  • Location: Harlem, N.Y.
  • Twitter: @MarcusCooks

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Ava DuVernay

  • Job: Writer and director, founder of AFFRM, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement
  • Age: 41
  • Location: Los Angeles
  • Twitter: @AvaEtc

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Billy Porter

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Tamron Hall

  • Job: MSNBC anchor
  • Age: 42
  • Location: New York City
  • Twitter: @tamronhall

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Queen Latifah

  • Job: Actress, entertainer, entrepreneur, philanthropist
  • Age: 43
  • Location: New York City
  • Twitter: @IAMQUEENLATIFAH

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Kimberly Bryant

  • Job: Engineer, philanthropist
  • Age: 45
  • Location: San Francisco
  • Twitter: @6Gems

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Phillip Agnew

  • Job: Executive director, Dream Defenders
  • Age: 28
  • Location: Miami Lakes, Fla.
  • Twitter: @PhilUnchained

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Touré

  • Job: Writer
  • Age: 42
  • Location: Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Twitter: @Toure

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Nina Turner

  • Job: Minority whip of the Ohio Senate
  • Age: 45
  • Location: Cleveland
  • Twitter: @ninaturner

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Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

  • Job: Mayor of Baltimore
  • Age: 43
  • Location: Baltimore
  • Twitter: @MayorSRB

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Gene Demby

  • Job: Lead blogger for NPR's Code Switch blog
  • Age: 32
  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Twitter: @GeeDee215

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Octavia Spencer

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Van Jones

  • Job: Environmental and civil rights activist, attorney, TV co-host
  • Age: 44
  • Location: Los Angeles
  • Twitter: @VanJones68

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George Whitfield Jr.

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John Legend

  • Job: Singer, songwriter, philanthropist
  • Age: 34
  • Location: New York City
  • Twitter: @johnlegend

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Khalil Gibran Muhammad

  • Job: Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Age: 41
  • Location: New York City
  • Twitter: @KhalilGMuhammad

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Yasiin Bey

  • Job: Rapper, actor
  • Age: 39
  • Location: New York City
  • Twitter: @YasiinBey

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Steve Benjamin

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Isaac Kinde

  • Job: M.D. and Ph.D. candidate at John Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Age: 29
  • Location: Baltimore
  • Twitter: @IsaacKinde

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Jamelle Bouie

  • Job: Political journalist
  • Age: 25
  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Twitter: @jbouie

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Jamil Smith

  • Job: Segment producer, writer
  • Age: 38
  • Location: Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Twitter: @JamilSmith

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David Johns

  • Job: Executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans
  • Age: 31
  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Twitter: @MrDavidJohns

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Cedric Richmond

  • Job: U.S. congressman
  • Age: 39
  • Location: New Orleans
  • Twitter: @RepRichmond

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Touré Roberts

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Beverly Bond

  • Job: Former model, DJ
  • Age: 42
  • Location: New York City
  • Twitter: @BEVERLYBOND

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Danielle Moodie-Mills

  • Job: Community activist, lobbyist
  • Age: 33
  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Twitter: @DeeTwoCents

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Jotaka Eaddy

  • Job: Senior adviser to the president and CEO and senior director for voting rights for the NAACP
  • Age: 34
  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Twitter: @JotakaEaddy

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Mara Brock Akil

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Garth Graham

  • Job: Doctor, public health expert and president of the Aetna Foundation
  • Age: 38
  • Location: Hartford, Conn.

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Sunny Hostin

  • Job: Lawyer, on-air personality, TV host
  • Age: 44
  • Location: New York City
  • Twitter: @SunnyHostin

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Mitzi Miller

  • Job: Editor-in-chief Jet magazine
  • Age: 37
  • Location: Chicago
  • Twitter: @mitzimoments

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Charles Hudson

  • Job: Partner with SoftTech VC
  • Age: 35
  • Location: San Francisco
  • Twitter: @chudson

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Jonathan McBride

  • Job: Assistant to President Obama and director of presidential personnel
  • Age: 43
  • Location: Washington, D.C.

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Hakeem Jeffries

  • Job: U.S. congressman
  • Age: 43
  • Location: Brooklyn, N.Y., and Washington, D.C.
  • Twitter: @RepJeffries

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Brittney Cooper

  • Job: Professor, black feminist blogger
  • Age: 32
  • Location: New Brunswick, N.J.
  • Twitter: @ProfessorCrunk

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Neal Sales-Griffin

  • Job: CEO of the Starter League
  • Age: 26
  • Location: Chicago
  • Twitter: @nealsales

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Howard-John Wesley

  • Job: Pastor, social activist
  • Age: 41
  • Location: Alexandria, Va.
  • Twitter: @PastorHJW

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Laura Weidman Powers

  • Job: Co-founder and executive director of CODE2040
  • Age: 30
  • Location: San Francisco
  • Twitter: @laurawp

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Candace Parker

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Angela Rye

  • Job: Principal at IMPACT Strategies
  • Age: 33
  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Twitter: @angela_rye

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Jesmyn Ward

  • Job: Author
  • Age: 36
  • Location: DeLisle, Miss.
  • Twitter: @jesmimi

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Condola Rashad

  • Job: actress
  • Age: 26
  • Location: New York City
  • Twitter: @phloella

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Kiese Laymon

  • Job: Author, contributing editor to Gawker
  • Age: 38
  • Location: Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
  • Twitter: @KieseLaymon

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Jaime Harrison

  • Job: Chairman, South Carolina Democratic Party
  • Age: 37
  • Location: Orangeburg, S.C.
  • Twitter: @Harrison4SC

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Monique L. Nelson

  • Job: CEO of UniWorld Group
  • Age: 38
  • Location: Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Twitter: @MoniqueUWGCEO

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Randall Jackson

  • Job: U.S. attorney
  • Age: 34
  • Location: New York City

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Ayana Mathis

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Valisia LeKae

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Ivory A. Toldson

  • Job: Howard University associate professor, deputy director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Age: 38
  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Twitter: @toldson

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Matt Thompson

  • Job: Manager of digital initiatives (and mischief) at NPR
  • Age: 32
  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Twitter: @mthomps

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Raphael G. Warnock

  • Job: Senior pastor of Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church
  • Age: 43
  • Location: Atlanta
  • Twitter: @RaphaelGWarnock

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Mellody Hobson

  • Job: President of Ariel Investments, financial expert for ABC News
  • Age: 44
  • Location: Chicago
  • Twitter: @MellodyHobson

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Troy Carter

  • Job: Founder and CEO of Atom Factory
  • Age: 40

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Uzoamaka Maduka

  • Job: Founder and editor-in-chief of the American Reader
  • Age: 25
  • Location: New York City

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Binta Niambi Brown

  • Job: Attorney
  • Age: 39
  • Location: New York City
  • Twitter: @batnib

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Mark S. Luckie

  • Job: Manager of journalism for Twitter
  • Age: 30
  • Location: New York City
  • Twitter: @marksluckie

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Aja Brown

  • Job: Mayor of Compton, Calif.
  • Age: 31
  • Location: Compton, Calif.
  • Twitter: @AjaLBrown

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Yohannes Abraham

  • Job: Special assistant to the president and chief of staff for the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Age: 27
  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Twitter: @YohannesAbraham

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Adepero Oduye

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Rachel A. Brooks

  • Job: Digital producer, co-founder of Citizen Made
  • Age: 26
  • Location: Chicago and New York City
  • Twitter: @RachelABrooks

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Bozoma Saint John

  • Job: Director of cultural branding, music and entertainment for PepsiCo Inc.
  • Age: 35
  • Location: New York City
  • Twitter: @SaintBoz

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Christine P. Fleming Hendon

  • Job: Biomedical engineer, professor
  • Age: 30
  • Location: New York City

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