Time magazine has announced the influencers on this year’s 100 Most Influential People list. Rapper-Kanye West made the 2015 cut in the “Titan” category. Among the other folks of color are Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Laverne Cox, Lee Daniels, Misty Copeland, Malala Yousafzai, Chris Ofili and Kevin Hart. A few excerpts from pieces about honorees.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Kanye West:
Kanye’s belief in himself and his incredible tenacity–he performed his first single with his jaw wired shut–got him to where he is today. And he fought for his place in the cultural pantheon with a purpose.
Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comaneci on Misty Copeland:
Misty proves that success is not about how you grow up or the color of your skin. Her story–of overcoming personal and physical challenges to become a soloist at the American Ballet Theatre–is the story of someone who followed her dreams and refused to give up. In that way, she is a model for all young girls.
Author and advocate Jazz Jennings on Laverne Cox:
As a transgender child, I was always looking around for someone like me, because I thought I was the only one. It’s hard to feel like that. But having support from my family changed everything. They helped me love myself and embrace who I am. Not all trans kids are so lucky. And for them, having someone as visible and strong as Laverne Cox to look up to is inspiring. She’s done so many amazing things–not just acting on “Orange Is the New Black” but also loving herself enough to share her story with the world. She’s a pioneer for our community.
See the full list here.