Black Women To Know, From Kamala Harris To City Girls


These 10 black women are changing the game.

Kiki Layne

The first thing I noticed about Layne was her voice. She has the kind of shy, tentative intonation that, in any other actress, might suggest meekness — or even weakness. But in Beale Street, Layne delivers one of the most stunning, layered debut performances in recent Hollywood history.

Layne has proved that she’s no one-hit wonder. She’s here to stay, and Hollywood will be all the better for it. Read more.

Sen. Kamala Harris by Rep. Lucy McBath

She leads with confidence and integrity. She leads with compassion. She hasn’t forgotten where she came from. She knows and understands all of the women who have stood before her, she understands the sacrifices they’ve made for her to stand as a leader, and for her to stand as a U.S. senator.

In her, Black women see and realize the impossible. Read more.

Ego Nwodim

Her presence on SNL is long overdue and very much needed.

Imagine what will happen when Saturday Night Live gives Nwodim the true starring role she deserves. Read more.

City Girls by Trina

Their lyrics speak for women who cannot speak so raw, so real and vibrant. Read more.

Erica Lall by Misty Copeland

Erica has such a big personality, and comes alive on stage. Her presence, her smile, and her proportions are perfect for classical dance. Her jump is unbelievable, and she’s really versatile in terms of switching between classical, contemporary, and modern work.

It’s such a unique thing for someone to bring their own heritage or background to classical dance and give it a new flair. Read more.

Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone is a harbinger of a prominent movement: Afrofuturism, fantastical stories rooted in African culture and myth.

Adeyemi’s writings are part of a much-needed arrival of an increasingly inclusive YA landscape. Read more.

Adut Akech by Beverly Johnson

Fashion models like Adut are giving our brown-skinned sisters so much confidence and acceptance — that they too are beautiful. Read more.

Adrienne Cheatham by Carla Hall

She's telling not only her story through the art of cooking, but our shared story as well. Read more.

Yamiche Alcindor by April Ryan

When you’re a Black reporter, you’re not just preserving history, you’re making it.

Melissa Butler by Lisa Price

The result of her forward thinking is a successful beauty company, The Lip Bar, that’s admired for its innovation and inclusivity. Read more.


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