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Young, Gifted & Black: 5 Visionaries Changing the World




by TRN Staff Writers,
   The nightly news will tell us about the gang bangers, the drug dealers and the gansta rappers who lose their way, but seldom does mainstream media shine the spotlight on all the positive and amazing youths who aren’t waiting until they reach voting age to make difference.
    The media exception to that is Forbes Magazine which released it’s 2018 edition of “30 Under 30”—young people who are changing the world one industry at a time.
There are some names you already know who made the list…people like rapper Cardi B, the wife of NBA great Steph Curry–Ayesha Curry, fashion model Jourdan Dunn and San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard.  In total, Over 600 “young stars” from 20 different industries are showcased in this year’s edition.  But some of these stars are still rising and their names—and tender ages—haven’t been established as household names–yet! But they are well on their way.  TRN can’t bring you the entire list of six-hundred profiles, but we can share a few that caught our eyes.
Here are 5 Young Black Visionaries Changing the World…
#1 Iyore Olaye Product Development Engineer
Olaye works for Walker and Company where she is a lead product development engineer .  The tech company creates make up and beauty products for people of color.. Olaye’s job is heading up R&D (research and development) and she’s already earned a reputation as a talented marketing leader known for her strong technical abilities.




#2 Playboi Carti, Rapper

Forbes says this rapper shaking up hip hop is basing his success on a proven model and  following in the footsteps of last year’s  cover boy for”30 Under 30″–A$AP Rocky.  Carti calls A$AP his role model saying, “He laid out the platform, and I just went with it,”  Carti signed with Rocky’s A$AP Mob collective and managed to work out a lucrative  six-figure record deal with Interscope Records last year.  The rapper’s self-titled debut LP  peaked on Billboard  in  No. 12  spot.  This rising rap star also inked a deal with Adidas  for a video campaign that earned him an estimated six-figure payout.  Not a bad career start for this 22 year old.

#3 Marley Dias Founder, #1000blackgirlbooks   Proof that age really ain’t nothing but a number is one of the youngest honorees in Forbes list this year. Marley is only 12-years-old and the founder of #1000blackgirlbooks,  Marley took her love of reading and turned that passion into a mission. Her goal–collect 1000 books ( that featured Black females as the protagonists.  Her mission soon turned into a crusade to inspire other young girls.  And now, this adorable little book worm has a book deal of her  own.  Marley is penning the ultimate self help guide to motivate other young people  to make their dreams come true. Oh, as for that goal of 1000 books, according to Forbes, Marley “has, to-date, collected over 10,000 books featuring black female protagonists…” .  This little overachiever has already been a guest at the White House and a speaker at the United State of Women Summit alongside Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey.

#4 H.E.R.  Singer
If you google H.E.R., you might turn up empty handed, but this mysterious singer has amassed adoring fans by the thousands. , Keeping her name a closely guarded secret, the anonymous singer’s debut EP, “H.E.R. Vol. 1” commanded everyone’s attention.  Forbes says the E.P. “drew critical acclaim upon its release in 2016; this year’s follow up won over even more fans, including the likes of Alicia Keys and Wyclef Jean.”    Forbes also says “H.E.R. is widely acknowledged to be the stage name of Gabi Wilson, though her label, RCA Records, does not comment on her identity.”  That’s ok if she wants to keep her identity a secret, but the word is out about her talent and this 20 year old songstress is making a name for herself.
#5 Madina Nalwang Actor                                                                                                      This 17-year old has a smile that is infectious and talent that is mesmerizing.  A casting director  spotted Madina when she was performing in a community dance class and knew immediately that the teen was destined for stardom.  Madina landed the lead role in Disney’s  Born in Kampala, Uganda, Nalwanga was discovered by a casting director in a community dance class before landing her lead role in Disney’s “Queen of Katwe.” The little girl who was born Kampala, Uganda has become the toast of Hollywood  Madina’s acting ability has won her the accolades of critics and earned her an NAACP Image Award, a Women Film Critics Circle Award and Critics Choice Award nominations.
Follow this link to Forbes Magazine if you want to see the full list of “30 Under 30” for 2018.
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