Young, Gifted & Black: 5 Visionaries Changing the World
#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.