Nicki Minaj. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Idris Elba. Lester Holt. Ta-Nehisi Coats. Lin-Manuel Miranda. Priyanka Chopra. We are all about excellence, so we are doubly excited to see the numbers of Black people and other people of color who made Time’s annual 100 most influential people list.
The Rock was stoked about the honor, posting on Instagram in part: “evicted at 14, broke by 24, but regardless of how tough things got, I always felt if I worked harder and smarter than the next guy- I’d have a real shot at life.”
Evicted at 14, broke by 24, but regardless of how tough things got, I always felt if I worked harder and smarter than the next guy – I’d have a real shot at life. That’s who I am. My DNA and still my daily code. Thank you @TIME Magazine for selecting me as one of the 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL IN THE WORLD. I’m honored and privileged. Most importantly, THANK YOU FANS worldwide from all cultures and walks of life who join me daily to put in the hard work and grind to take care of our families, chase our greatness and always havin’ some fun along the way. The best thing about making this list is tomorrow morning, I get to wake up, have my cup of unleaded, jump in my pick up truck, put in the hard work and do this dance all over again. It’s what we do. Our DNA. #TIME100
Who else made the list?
President Barack Obama, Kendrick Lamar, Steph Curry, Taraji P. Henson and Usain Bolt are amongst the other Black folk who made it in. All things considered, this is quite a diverse list.
How were these fine folk selected? According to TIME editor Nancy Gibbs:
“They each embody a breakthrough: they broke the rules, broke the record, broke the silence…”