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The ’30 Under 30′ black influencers you need to know about !

Simone Biles - Gymnast for Team USA

Kwame Onwuachi- Chef/owner of the Shaw Bijou

Tschabalala Self- Artist

Jacob Allen and Marie Dandie- cofounders of pilotED schools

Rhonesha Byng- CEO & founder of Her Agenda

David Smalling- Director of BackRock

Jamira Burley- National Deputy Vote Director for Hillary for America

Jennifer Martin- Co-founder of Pipsnacks LLC

Johnetta Elzie, Samuel Sinyangwe- Campaign Zero co-founders

Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes- Actors

Augusta Uwamanzu- Harvard Student

Ben Anderson- cofounder of Amino Apps

Lishan Az- Game Designer

Lakeith Stanfield- Actor

Tory Lanez- Musician

Quinta Brunson- Development Partner, Buzzfeed Motion Pictures

Nicole Cardoza, founder of Yoga Foster

Tahir Carl Karmali- Artist

Justine Skye- Musican

Odell Beckham- Wide receiver for the NY Giants

Kyrie Irving- Point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers

Daquan Olivier- Founder of WeThrive

Mario Jovan Show, Jason Terrell - Co-founders of Profound Gentleman

Bryson Tiller- Musician

Sydney Leroux - Forward for FC Kansas City

Forbes released their annual 30 Under 30 lists to kick off the year. Each year the editors choose 600 young people in 20 categories that they feel are doing extraordinary work in the fields. Let’s take a look at the dynamic black millenials chosen above !

Nice, but what exactly is Forbes ’30 Under 30′ ?

The 2017 FORBES 30 Under 30 is today’s leading young change-makers and innovators in the U.S. Celebrating their 6th cover, the 30 Under 30 offers an annual opportunity to embrace optimism, inventiveness and boldness of youth. 600 passionate and hardworking people in total are chosen to represent the next generation of entrepreneurs, entertainers, educators and more.

The list was originally inspired by the rising young entrepreneurs, mostly in the tech business. But now, there are 20 categories with 30 honorees. The categories are Art & Style, Consumer Tech, Education, Energy, Enterprise Tech, Finance, Food & Drink, Games, Healthcare, Hollywood & Entertainment, Law & Policy, Manufacturing & Industry, Marketing & Advertising, Media, Music, Retail & E-commerce, Science, Social Entrepreneurs, Sports and Venture Capital. For the first time, you can also sort through our editorial cuts: Immigrants, Celebrities, Youngest, Dorm Room Founders and All-Star Alumni. Our “no repeats” policy insures surfacing new talent every year.

30 Under 30 2017 By The Numbers:

50%+ are founders or cofounders

57% started their business to solve a problem; 27% want their business to change the world

75% live or work on the two coasts: 39% on the West Coast; 36% on the East Coast

1:6 are immigrants from 44 countries

5 most attended universities: Harvard University, MIT, New York University, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania

No. 1 dream mentor (by far): Elon Musk. Others most preferred include Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Sheryl Sandberg

Nearly half (49%) describe millennials as Innovators. Other most-used definitions: Idealists (23%); Influencers (18%); Inventors (10%)

Nearly half (48%) describe success as achieving your potential, or liking yourself and what you do (also 48%). Only 4% pursue success for fame and fortune.

35% believe Grit is the most important trait for entrepreneurs; followed by Passion (21%)

3 go-to apps: Instagram, Slack, Twitter

via Blavity 

Click here to see 2017’s full list !

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