Naomi Osaka, Ben Crump, Lil Nas X, More Make Time’s 100 Influential List


Each year for the past 18 years, TIME magazine releases a list of the 100 people deemed most influential. 

In the year 2021, we’ve seen the continued fight for social justice, adequate healthcare, representation in media and sports, and more. This year alone, we have faced the legalization of voter suppression, a global pandemic that has brutally exposed the centuries of injustice present at every institution of our nation, body camera footage of more police-involved killings, and record-breaking feats on the court and in the studio

The Black Information Network wanted to take a closer look at those pioneers, icons, and leaders carrying the torch of these initiatives for our communities and beyond. 

Here are all of the Black innovators, icons, pioneers, artists, titans, and leaders who made the 2021 Time 100 Most Influential People List.

Be sure to check out a televised special about this year’s list will air on ABC Monday (September 20). 

The Icons

Naomi Osaka

Tennis Champion

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Sherrilyn Ifill

Lawyer, Professor, President of NAACP Legal Defense Fund

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Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara

Cuban Performance Artist

The Pioneers

Ben Crump

Civil Rights Attorney

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Felwine Sarr

Writer and Academic

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Aurora James

Canadian Creative Director, Fashion Designer, Founder of Brother Vellies

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Phyllis Omido

Kenyan environmental activist

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The Titans

Simone Biles

Gymnastics Champion

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Shonda Rhimes

TV producer, screenwriter, author

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Timbaland and Swizz Beats

Hip-Hop producers, Creators of Verzuz

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Nikole Hannah-Jones

Journalist, Creator of The 1619 Project

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Allyson Felix

Track Champion

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Angélique Kidjo

Beninese singer-songwriter, actress, and activist

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Kenneth C. Fraizer and Kenneth I. Chenault

Former CEOs, American Express, Merck

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The Artists

Lil Nas X

Rapper

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Jessica B. Harris

Culinary historian, author of High On The Hog

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Tracee Ellis Ross

Actress, Founder of Pattern Beauty

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Mark Bradford

Artist

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N.K. Jemisin

Science Fiction Writer

Daniel Kaluuya

Actor

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Omar Sy

Actor

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Kane Brown

Country Singer

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The Leaders

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Director General of the World Trade Organization

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Kamala Harris

Vice President of the United States of America

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Stacey Abrams

Politician, Voting Rights Leader, Author

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The Innovators

Adrienne Banfield Norris, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Willow Smith

Hosts, Red Table Talk

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John Nkengasong

Cameroonian Virologist, Director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Sara Menker

Entrepreneur, CEO of Gro Intelligence

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