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2021 EBONY Power 100

EBONY Announces Reimagining of its Signature Program with the 2021 EBONY Power 100

The Annual Awards Ceremony Honors the Remarkable Achievements of African Americans Across Industries Culminating EBONY’s 75th Anniversary Year

Brand Unveils Full List of Honorees

Saturday, October 23rd in Los Angeles

EBONY today announced the return and reimagining of its signature program with the 2021 EBONY Power 100. To be held in Los Angeles on October 23rd, the star-studded awards ceremony will honor the remarkable achievements of African Americans across industries and marks the culmination of the iconic brand’s 75th anniversary year.

Additionally, EBONY leadership unveiled the 2021 EBONY Power 100 list inclusive of this year’s Special Awards recipients including: talented, young actress Storm Reid (Rising Star Award); lead scientist of the Vaccine Research Center’s coronavirus team at the National Institutes of Health Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett (Innovator of the Year); Hip hop icon and entrepreneur MC Lyte (Trailblazer Award); NFL Hall of Famer and head football coach for Jackson State University Deion Sanders (Game Changer of the Year); Red Table Talk creators Jada Pinkett SmithWillow Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Norris (Entertainer of the Year Award) and P&G Executives Marc PritchardDamon Jones and Stephanie Headley (Corporate Citizen Award).

Spanning 10 categories, the categories and recipients include:

Entertainment PowerhouseAndra DayRegéJean PageAnthony Mackie, MJ RodriguezLiesl TommyTessa Thompson and John David Washington

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Music ImpactBig FreediaErica CampbellSwizz BeatzTimbalandDerrick “D- Nice” JonesLil BabyQuestlove, Joi BrownJeanine McLean-Williams, RapsodyAnderson .Paak and Travis Scott

Social Justice ChampionRep. Cori Bushthe CROWN Coalition (Kelli Richardson LawsonEsi Eggleston Bracey, Orlena Nwokah Blanchard, Adjoah B. Asamoah and Senator Holly J. Mitchell), Erica Ford, Darnella FrazierNikole Hannah– Jones, Shaun King, Keith Meadows, Brittany Packnett and Senator Raphael Warnock

Excellence In JournalismDon LemonAbby PhillipCharles BlowTamron HallW. Kamau BellTomi Adeyemi, Ebro Darden and Nischelle Turner

Ceiling Breaker: Thasunda Brown Duckett, Rosetta Bryson, Rashida Jones, Harvey Mason Jr., Fawn Weaver, Miriam Vales, Karine Jean-PierreLetitia “Tish” James and Melanie Boulden

Game Changer: Shaquille O’ Neal, Francis NgannouLewis HamiltonSydney McLaughlinStephen A. SmithBrehanna Daniels and Maya Moore 

Innovation Leader: Beatrice DixonSonge LaRon and Dave Salvant, Isaac Hayes III Joy Buolamwini,  MC Hammer Dr. Patrice A. Harris Dr. Angela D. ReddixTanya Van Court and Arlan Hamilton

Community Builder: Regina JacksonTrae the Truth,  Missionary Ellen K. Clark,  Eunique Jones GibsonEmil Wilbekin,  Alice Marie JohnsonDr. Kendell Jasper and Kainon Jasper Brandon McEachern, Darryl Perkins and Marcus Allen and Deon T. Jones

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Breakthrough Creators: Nae Nae TwinsCoodie & Chike, Brandice DanielChad EasterlingImani EllisBrandon PankeyDemetria LucasPatrick “Fresh” HenryLaw Roach and Misha Green

NextGen: Nicolas JohnsonNoah HarrisNia DaCosta, Cheick CamaraChloe & Halle Bailey Jon MoodyErmias TadesseZaila Avant-garde and Amanda Gorman 

The 2021 EBONY 100 Awards Ceremony is supported by Procter & Gamble, Coke Zero Sugar, Dove, Cadillac and Baccarat.

Cocktails for EBONY Power 100 will be provided by CÎROC Ultra-Premium Vodka. 

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Now in its 75th year, EBONY continues to be the leading authority for all facets of Black life – staying rooted as an anchor of Black culture. Under new ownership and leadership, the rebirth of EBONY signals the evolution of the beloved publication as a 21st century digital media brand with a focus on creating exceptional content and experiences illuminating the Black perspective.

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