JET 40 Under 40: Activists

Who says you have to be a certain age to make a difference? The movers and shakers on our second annual 40 Under 40 list are influencing the world in powerful ways. Whether it’s through entrepreneurship, activism, entertainment or athletics, these young Black professionals are killing the game.

Dr. Amara Enyia, 31, Political candidate

The Nigerian-American recently added her name to the 2015 Chicago mayoral ballot, campaigning under three principles: transparency, integrity and equity.

Aeshia DeVore Branch, 34, Founder of Teen Diaries LLC

Dedicated to empowering young women across the country, the founder of Teen Diaries, LLC, has created a place “where hip-pop, fashion and teen culture collide.”

Saaed Jones, 28, Journalist

The LGBT Buzzfeed editor is gearing up for the release of his first book Prelude to Bruise, a novel about race, sexuality and identity.

Robby Novak, 11, Kid President

Best known for his viral inspirational videos, the courageous youngster made his small screen debut this summer in Kid President: Declaration of Awesome.

Keven Stonewall, 19, Engineering student

The biomedical engineering major has at least two more years before he can begin applying to medical schools, but he’s been working on a cure for colon cancer since graduating high school.

Phillip B. Agnew, 29, Founder of Dream Defenders

In 2012, the Florida native created Dream Defenders, a social justice organization that now has chapters on nine college campuses, in an effort to combat issues including prison privatization and racial profiling.

Kirstie and Kristie Bronner, 24, Authors

Making history as the first twins to graduate as co-valedictorians of Spelman College, the duo went on to write a self-help book titled Double Vals: The Keys to Success in College and Life Beyond.

Avery Coffey, 17; Kwasi Enin, 17; Akintunde Ahmad, 17; Ivy League students

Each of these scholars were accepted to multiple Ivy League schools and held a G.P.A. of a 4.0 or higher.

Brandon M. Frame, 26, Founder of The Black Man Can

The mentor has devoted his life to providing positive images for young men of color through his The Black Man Can Institute and much more.

Marc Lamont Hill, 35, Author and professor

The author of three books and contributor for HuffPost Live recently added distinguished professor to his resume this school year. He teaches African American Studies at Morehouse College.

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