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).
Lawyer, Professor, President of NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara
Cuban Performance Artist
Civil Rights Attorney
Writer and Academic
Canadian Creative Director, Fashion Designer, Founder of Brother Vellies
Kenyan environmental activist
TV producer, screenwriter, author
Timbaland and Swizz Beats
Hip-Hop producers, Creators of Verzuz
Journalist, Creator of The 1619 Project
Beninese singer-songwriter, actress, and activist
Kenneth C. Fraizer and Kenneth I. Chenault
Former CEOs, American Express, Merck
Lil Nas X
Jessica B. Harris
Culinary historian, author of High On The Hog
Tracee Ellis Ross
Actress, Founder of Pattern Beauty
Science Fiction Writer
Director General of the World Trade Organization
Vice President of the United States of America
Politician, Voting Rights Leader, Author
Adrienne Banfield Norris, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Willow Smith
Hosts, Red Table Talk
Cameroonian Virologist, Director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Entrepreneur, CEO of Gro Intelligence