EBONY® Magazine today unveiled its annual EBONY Power 100 list, which salutes the remarkable achievements of African-Americans in 2014. Among the game changers honored this year are NBA player LeBron James, Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer, television producer Shonda Rhimes, music producer Pharrell Williams, actresses Audra McDonald, Gabrielle Union and Laverne Cox, comedian Kevin Hart, ballerina Misty Copeland and Bishop T.D. Jakes.
Quincy Jones –composer, record producer, artist, film producer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, TV producer, record company executive, magazine founder, multi-media entrepreneur and humanitarian –will receive the EBONY Achievement Award.
The gala celebration will take place in Los Angeles on November 19, at the AVALON Hollywood.
The EBONY editorial team selected the 100 most influential African-Americans in the country. These achievers have made noteworthy accomplishments over the past year. The list of outstanding leaders highlights individuals from a variety of fields, including business, medicine, sports, media, religion, the creative arts and more. As the curator of the African-American experience, EBONY is proud to showcase these individuals.
These leaders are honored and recognized for changing the course of history and making an enduring and lasting impact in their communities and the world.
“The EBONY team is very excited to recognize the accomplishments of the honorees on this year’s Power 100 list,” said Mitzi Miller, editor-in-chief of EBONY Magazine. “From grassroots to the corporate boardrooms, all of the selected individuals have made a significant impact on both African-American and American cultures. They are truly an inspiration to keep striving.”
The 2014 Power 100 list will appear in the December issue of EBONY, on newsstands the week of November 10.
The December EBONY is also dedicated to the topic of race. The publication looks at race relations in America today, and provides an opinion on why race still matters.
“Normally, our December issue is dedicated to the biggest achievers of the year,” added Miller. “However, throughout 2014, the issue of race has been an ongoing conversation. EBONY is taking it a step further and encouraging results-driven conversations on the issues.”
To supplement the feature, EBONY.com will also feature five videos on race relations interviews with thought-leaders including Dr. Ben Carson, Marc Lamont Hill, Melissa Harris Perry, Al Sharpton, Julian Bond, Dr. Cornell West, Marian Wright Edelman, Dr. Steve Perry and many others.
EBONY is the No. 1 national consumer lifestyle magazine targeting the African-American community.
|Salutation||First Name||Last Name||Power 100 Category 1|
|Ms.||Rosalind||Brewer||President and CEO of Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.. As of 2014, she is listed as the 64th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes||Power Brokers|
|Ms.||Jekalyn||Carr||Evangelist, entrepreneur & gospel artist – 17yrs old||Young Leaders|
|Mr.||Charles||King||Partner/Agent in the Motion Picture Department at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME)||Power Brokers|
|Mr.||Kevin||Hart||Actor and comedian.||Innovators|
|Ms.||Viola||Davis||Oscar Nominated Actress (Doubt and The Help)||Cultural Influencers|
|Ms.||Denise||Young Smith||Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Human Resources, responsible for attracting and retaining top talent at Apple||Power Brokers|
|Ms.||Nicole||Bernard||SVP, Audience Strategy at Fox Group, Fox Entertainmet||Power Brokers|
|Ms.||Zola||Mashariki||Senior Vice President||Power Brokers|
|Ms.||Shonda||Rhimes||Screenwriter, director, and producer. Rhimes is best known as the creator, head writer, executive producer and showrunner of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal||Innovators|
|Mr.||Jason||Collins||Professional basketball center for the Brooklyn Nets of the NBA & openly gay basketball player||Firsts|
|Ms.||Brittney||Griner||Basketball center with the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA||Firsts|
|Mr.||Levar||Burton||Actor & Executive Producer of Reading Rainbow||Community Crusaders|
|Dr.||Neil||Degrasse Tyson||Astrophysicist, author, and science communicator.||The Thinkers|
|Ms.||Gabrielle||Union||Actress (Being Mary Jane)||Cultural Influencers|
|Mr.||Roland||Martin||Journalist & TV Host (TV One & News One Now)||The Thinkers|
|Mr.||Keegan-Michael||Key||Comedian & TV Show Producer (Key & Peele TV Show)||Cultural Influencers|
|Mr.||Jordan||Peele||Comedian & TV Show Producer (Key & Peele TV Show)||Cultural Influencers|
|Ms.||Lena||Waithe||Writer & Producer (YouTube series “Dear White People)||Cultural Influencers|
|Mr.||Kwasi||Ennis||NY Teen Accepted To All 8 Ivy League Schools – 17yrs old||Young Leaders|
|Mr.||Ron||Davis||Activist (Parents of teenager Jordan Davis)||Community Crusaders|
|Mr.||Phillip||Agnew||Executive Director of Dream Defenders||Community Crusaders|
|Dr.||Elmira||Mangum, Ph.D.||11th president of Florida A&M University (FAMU)||Firsts|
|Ms.||Erika H.||James||Emory University’s new dean of Goizueta Business School, making her the first African American female to hold that position in the school’s history.||Firsts|
|Dr.||Valerie||Montgomery Rice||1st female CEO of Morehouse School of Medicine||The Thinkers|
|Ms.||Lucia||McBath||Activist (Parents of teenager Jordan Davis)||Community Crusaders|
|Ms.||Oprah||Winfrey||Media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropis||Power Brokers|
|Rev.||Jesse||Jackson, Sr.||Civil rights activist and Baptist minister||Dream Keepers|
|Ms||Elizabeth||Dozier||Principal of Fenger High School (Chicago)||Community Crusaders|
|The Chicago Robinson West Team||National Little League Champions||Young Leaders|
|Mr.||Will||Packer||Filmmaker & Producer (Ride Along & No Good Deed)||Cultural Influencers|
|Mr.||Steve||Harvey||Comedian & TV Host (The Steve Harvey Show)||Cultural Influencers|
|Mr.||Norman||Francis||President of Xavier University of Louisiana since 1968||Dream Keepers|
|Mr.||Larry||Wilmore||Writer & Actor (The Daily Show)||Cultural Influencers|
|Ms.||Stephenie C.||Hill||Vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin’s] Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) Civil business & she was named the 2014 Black Engineer of the Year||Power Brokers|
|Mr.||Michael Andrew||Owens||President of The Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit & Vicinity, Inc||Community Crusaders|
|Mr.||Stephen||Henderson||Journalist & 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Journalism||Cultural Influencers|
|Mr.||Kain||Colter||Football Running back and Wide Receiver for the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL||Innovators|
|Ms.||Maya||Moore||Basketball player for the Minnesota Lynx of the WBNA & the Shanxi Flame of the Chinese league||Champions|
|Ms.||Laysha||Ward||President of Community Relations for Target and a member of its executive committee||Power Brokers|
|Mr.||Arnold W.||Donald||President & CEO||Power Brokers|
|Mr.||Ron||Johnson||Prominent figure in the aftermath shooting of Michael Brown||Community Crusaders|
|Mr.||Jaylen||Bledsoe||Technology entrepreneur – 16yrs old||Young Leaders|
|Ms.||Paulette||Brown||President of the American Bar Association. The first woman of color to lead the nation’s most influential lawyer’s group.||Firsts|
|Mr.||Floyd||Mayweather||Pro boxer, Undefeated as a professional and is a five-division world champion||Champions|
|Ms.||Claire||Sulmers||Journalist & blogger of 1# destination for multicultural fashion.||Socia Media Influencers|
|Mr.||Pharrell||Williams||Grammy Award winning musician/entrepreneur Pharrell Williams is a creative force, using music, fashion, and design to express his distinctive style||Innovators|
|Ms.||Audra||McDonald||Actress and singer. Six time Tony Award winner. Won more than any other actor of either gender, and is the only person to win all four acting categories for either gender||Firsts|
|Dr.||Danielle||Allen, Ph.D.||An American classicist and political scientist, and UPS Foundation Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study||Firsts|
|Ms.||Laverne||Cox||Actress, reality television star, television producer, and LGBTQ advocate (co-stars in Orange Is The New Black)||Firsts|
|Ms.||Michele A.||Roberts||Executive director of the National Basketball Players Association. She is the first woman to hold that position and the first woman to head a major professional sports union in North America||Firsts|