Forbes’ fifth annual “30 Under 30” list has been released, and many Black millennials are receiving their due.
The list, once criticized for its lack of diversity, recognizes 600 of the most influential leaders and entrepreneurs under age 30 across 20 industries.
Thousands of nominees are received by Forbes each year, and honorees are carefully reviewed and hand-picked by a panel of judges.
Black millennials (that is, those born between the early 1980's and the early 2000's) have become popular for their political engagement and use of modern tools to impel social change.
Among this year’s Black honorees are Zim Ugochukwu, Founder of Travel Noire, an online community for black travelers; Kimberly Foster, Editor in Chief at For Harriet, a website dedicated to women of color; Morgan DeBaun, Co-creator of media startup Blavity; and Heben Nigatu, Senior Editor at Buzzfeed and co-host of the popular ‘Another Round’ podcast.
Other standouts include Nedgine Paul, Co-founder of Anseye Pou Ayiti, a company that recruits and trains high-quality educators for rural schools in Haiti; and Christopher Gray, Creator of Scholly, an app and website that pairs college students with pre-screened scholarships.
What a time to be young, gifted, and Black!
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