Introducing EBONY’s 2021 Power 100 List and Star-Studded Gala

EBONY is proud to announce the return and reimagining of its signature program with the 2021 EBONY Power 100. Taking place in Los Angeles on October 23, the star-studded awards ceremony will honor the remarkable achievements of African-Americans across industries and mark the culmination of the brand’s 75th anniversary year.

Spanning 10 categories, this year’s list highlights outstanding leaders across a variety of fields and disciplines from business, sports, media, activism and music to entertainment and more. The 2021 EBONY Power 100 Awards Ceremony is supported by Procter & Gamble, Coke Zero Sugar, Dove, Cadillac and Baccarat.

Check out the full list below.

HONOREES

RISING STAR AWARD

STORM REID, ACTRESS

CORPORATE CITIZEN AWARDS

DAMON JONES, CHIEF COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER, PROCTER & GAMBLE

MARC PRITCHARD, CHIEF BRAND OFFICER, PROCTER & GAMBLE

STEPHANIE HEADLEY, VP OF GLOBAL OLAY SKIN CARE, PROCTER & GAMBLE

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

DR. KIZZMEKIA CORBETT, SCIENTIST

ENTERTAINERS OF THE YEAR

JADA PINKETT SMITH, WILLOW SMITH AND ADRIENNE BANFIELD-NORRIS, RED TABLE TALK HOSTS

GAME CHANGER OF THE YEAR

DEION SANDERS, NFL HALL OF FAMER AND HEAD FOOTBALL COACH AT JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY

TRAILBLAZER AWARD

MC LYTE, RAPPER, VOICE-OVER ARTIST AND ACTRESS

AWARD RECIPIENTS

SOCIAL JUSTICE CHAMPIONS

BRITTANY PACKNETT CUNNINGHAM, HOST OF UNDISTRACTED, MSNBC ANALYST AND VP OF SOCIAL IMPACT AT BET

CORI BUSH, CONGRESSWOMAN AND ACTIVIST

DARNELLA FRAZIER, CITIZEN JOURNALIST

ERICA FORD, ACTIVIST AND FOUNDER OF LIFE CAMP

KEITH MEADOWS, CITY OF SOUTH FULTON POLICE CHIEF

NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES, INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST AND CREATOR OF THE 1619 PROJECT

REV. RAPHAEL WARNOCK, U.S. SENATOR

SHAUN KING, WRITER, ACTIVIST AND CO-FOUNDER OF REAL JUSTICE PAC

THE CROWN COALITION (Kelli Richardson Lawson, Esi Eggleston Bracey, Adjoa B. Asamoah, Orlena Nwokah Blanchard and Holly J. Mitchell), SOCIAL JUSTICE ALLIANCE

EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM

ABBY PHILLIP, CNN POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT AND WEEKEND ANCHOR

CHARLES MCRAY BLOW, THE NEW YORK TIMES COLUMNIST, COMMENTATOR AND BLACK NEWS CHANNEL ANCHOR

DON LEMON, CNN ANCHOR AND AUTHOR

EBRO DARDEN, MEDIA EXECUTIVE AND RADIO PERSONALITY

NISCHELLE RENEE TURNER, CO-HOST, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT AND SECRET CELEBRITY RENOVATION

TAMRON HALL, BROADCAST JOURNALIST, TELEVISION TALK SHOW HOST AND AUTHOR

TOMI ADEYEMI, NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR

W. KAMAU BELL, HOST, UNITED SHADES OF AMERICA

COMMUNITY BUILDERS

ALICE MARIE JOHNSON, AMERICAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM ADVOCATE

BRANDON MCEACHERN, DARRYL PERKINS AND MARCUS ALLEN, FOUNDERS, BROCCOLI CITY FESTIVAL

DEON JONES, MUSICIAN AND ACTIVIST

EMIL WILBEKIN, JOURNALIST, MEDIA EXECUTIVE AND FOUNDER OF NATIVE SON

EUNIQUE JONES GIBSON, CULTURAL ARCHITECT

DR. KENDELL JASPER AND KAINON JASPER, FOUNDERS, JASPER PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES

MISSIONARY ELLEN K. CLARK, MINISTER AND FOUNDER, THE MISSISSIPPI PRAYER CALL

REGINA JACKSON, PRESIDENT AND CEO, EAST OAKLAND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CENTER

TRAE THA TRUTH, RAPPER AND PHILANTHROPIST

BREAKTHROUGH CREATORS

BRANDICE DANIEL, FOUNDER AND CEO, HARLEM’S FASHION ROW AND ICON360

BRANDON PANKEY, VP OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & OPERATIONS, LIVE NATION URBAN

CHAD EASTERLING, CO-FOUNDER, OBSIDIANWORKS

COODIE & CHIKE, FILM DIRECTORS, SCREENWRITERS AND PRODUCERS

DEMETRIA LUCAS, JOURNALIST AND LIFE COACH

IMANI ELLIS, CEO AND FOUNDER, CULTURECON AND THE CREATIVE COLLECTIVE NYC

LAW ROACH, IMAGE ARCHITECT

MISHA GREEN, SCREENWRITER, DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER

THE NAE NAE TWINS, TIKTOK CREATORS

PATRICK “FRESH” HENRY, DESIGNER AND CEO, RICHFRESH AND HENRY MASK

NEXT GEN

AMANDA GORMAN, POET AND ACTIVIST

CHEICK CAMARA, CO-FOUNDER, BLACKGEN CAPITAL

CHLOE & HALLE BAILEY, R&B DUO AND ACTRESSES

ERMIAS TADESSE, CO-FOUNDER, BLACKGEN CAPITAL

JON MOODY, ARTIST, ATHLETE AND ACTOR

NIA DACOSTA, DIRECTOR

NICHOLAS JOHNSON, PRINCETON UNIVERSITY 2020 VALEDICTORIAN

NOAH HARRIS, HARVARD STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT

ZAILA AVANT-GARDE, SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE CHAMPION

CEILING BREAKERS

FAWN WEAVER, FOUNDER AND CEO, UNCLE NEAREST PREMIUM WHISKEY

HARVEY MASON JR., CEO, THE RECORDING ACADEMY

KARINE JEAN-PIERRE, WHITE HOUSE PRINCIPAL DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY

LETITIA “TISH” JAMES, NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL

MELANIE BOULDEN, CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER, NORTH AMERICA AT THE COCA-COLA COMPANY

MIRIAM VALES, CFO, BACCARAT

RASHIDA JONES, PRESIDENT, MSNBC

ROSETTA BRYSON, FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY GURU AND CEO OF SIMPLE TRADER PRO

THASUNDA BROWN DUCKETT, PRESIDENT AND CEO, TIAA

MUSIC IMPACT

SWIZZ BEATZ, MUSIC PRODUCER, RAPPER AND BUSINESSMAN

See Also

DERRICK “D-NICE” JONES, DJ AND CREATOR OF CLUB QUARANTINE

TIMBALAND, MUSICIAN, RECORD PRODUCER, SONGWRITER AND MUSIC EXECUTIVE

QUESTLOVE, MUSICIAN, AUTHOR AND DIRECTOR

TRAVIS SCOTT, RAPPER AND RECORD PRODUCER

BIG FREEDIA, PERFORMING ARTIST

ERICA CAMPBELL, SINGER AND SONGWRITER

JOI BROWN, HEAD OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS, ICM PARTNERS

LIL BABY, RAPPER

RAPSODY, RAPPER

ANDERSON .PAAK, RAPPER, SINGER AND MUSICIAN

JEANINE MCLEAN-WILLIAMS, PRESIDENT AND MANAGING PARTNER, MBK ENTERTAINMENT

ENTERTAINMENT POWERHOUSES

ANDRA DAY, SINGER, SONGWRITER AND ACTRESS

ANTHONY MACKIE, ACTOR

MJ RODRIGUEZ, ACTRESS AND SINGER

JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON, ACTOR

REGÉ-JEAN PAGE, ACTOR

LIESL TOMMY, DIRECTOR

TESSA THOMPSON, ACTRESS AND PRODUCER

GAME CHANGERS

FRANCIS NGANNOU, UFC HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION

LEWIS HAMILTON, FORMULA 1 CHAMPION AND FOUNDER OF MISSION44

JASON WRIGHT, PRESIDENT, THE WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM

BREHANNA DANIELS, NASCAR TIRE CHANGER

SHAQUILLE O’NEAL, BASKETBALL CHAMPION, CO-FOUNDER OF MAJORITY AND TECH INVESTOR

MYA MOORE, WNBA LEGEND AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACTIVIST

SYDNEY MCLAUGHLIN, OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST

STEPHEN A. SMITH, TELEVISION PERSONALITY, JOURNALIST AND ESPN FIRST TAKE COMMENTATOR

INNOVATION LEADERS

BEATRICE DIXON, CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, THE HONEY POT COMPANY

SONGE LARON AND DAVE SALVANT, CO-FOUNDERS, SQUIRE

ISAAC HAYES III, FOUNDER, FANBASE

JOY BUOLAMWINI, FOUNDER, THE ALGORITHMIC JUSTICE LEAGUE

MC HAMMER, TECH INVESTOR

DR. PATRICE HARRIS, PSYCHIATRIST AND CO-FOUNDER AND CEO OF EMED

TANYA VAN COURT, FOUNDER AND CEO, GOALSETTER

ARLAN HAMILTON, FOUNDER AND MANAGING PARTNER, BACKSTAGE CAPITAL

DR. ANGELA REDDIX, BEST-SELLING AUTHOR, TEDX SPEAKER AND FOUNDER OF ARDX AND ENVISION LEAD GROW

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