For over 70 years, EBONY magazine has honored the heroes of the Black community. We continue this tradition with the 2017 Power 100 list, featuring some of the biggest names in film, music, business and other fields.
As our Power issue cover star, Dwayne Johnson will be honored as an Entertainer of the Year, alongside fellow movers and shakers Dave Chappelle, Donald Glover, Janelle Monae, Jordan Peele, Mahershala Ali, Sterling K. Brown and Viola Davis.
In addition to recognizing some of the biggest stars on the planet, EBONY also honors those using their gifts to change the world, awarding brilliant minds of color making advances in technology and politics.
When it comes to politics, there’s been no fiercer combatant of the Trump administration and defender of the people than U.S Rep Maxine Waters, who is set to receive the Icon Award for her decades of service in Congress.
Check out the official EBONY Power 100 website for more on the list, the honorees, the star-studded gala and all things #BlackExcellence.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.