People's Choice Awards

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Vote for one of these four leaders as your choice for the 2017 EBONY POWER 100 PEOPLE's CHOICE AWARD. Voting is now closed.

Britney Robbins, Founder & CEO - Gray Matter Experience   VOTE

The Gray Matter Experience (TGME) is an entrepreneurial experience program for Black high school students. Its mission is to expose Black youth to entrepreneurship and provide them access to the tools and resources necessary to build businesses that impact their communities.

The program works with 30 of Chicago's most motivated Black teens through a 12-week program where students learn business concepts directly from Black entrepreneurs. Using that knowledge, students work in groups to create businesses that help to impact underserved communities across Chicago's South & West sides. Students that create the most viable businesses within the program are then placed into a summer business incubator, receive a portion of seed funding and work with mentors to build and launch the businesses they’ve created.

Gray Matter is currently accepting applications for 30 high school students to participate in their 2nd cohort, starting March 2018. Visit for more information.

Lewis Colson, Founder - Project: Better Man   VOTE

A survivor of stage four prostate cancer, Lewis Colson founded Project: Better Man as a way to reduce the number of African-American men dying from the disease. The project partners with fraternities, churches and community-based organizations to reach a younger population who may be vulnerable to health challenges.

Lovett Hines, Director of Education - Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts   VOTE

Musician Lovett Hines, director of education for the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, will use funding to create a jazz ensemble of young students, teaching them the language of music. The project is in partnership with the Universal Institute Charter School and emphasizes creative expression, self-esteem, values and life skills through group dynamics.

Rendel L. Solomon, Founder, One Stock One Future NFP   VOTE

Rendel Solomon is a Principal at M2. In June 2016, Rendel Solomon founded the non-profit One Stock One Future to expand access and opportunity to one million underserved youth throughout Chicago and across the country by turning them into public company shareholders. He does this by teaching basic classes about stock then donating shares to each student. His goal is to provide each student with a sense of Hope, Inspiration, Empowerment, and Opportunity via stock ownership and financial literacy. To date, One Stock One Future has turned over 200 youth into public company shareholders.