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. my.amaraforchicago.com
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.” teendiaries.net
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. saeedjones.com
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. Kidpresident.com
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. twitter.com/thatkevenguy
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. dreamdefenders.org
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. kirstieandkristie.com
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. theblackmancan.org
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. marclamonthill.com
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