#BlackGirlsRock Time’s 100 Most Influential People List

Time has released their annual 100 Most Influential List. See below for the list of women of color who were featured:

Alicia Keys

Time 100 Most Influential People List

Kerry Washington states, “Last year, Alicia sparked a #NoMakeup movement. She expressed her desire to go makeup-free, released her single “In Common” with bare, gorgeous cover art and began making public appearances with the same beautiful commitment. Why? Because Alicia doesn’t hide her truth, her flaws, her dreams or her journey.

Leslie Jones

Time 100 Most Influential People List

Russell Crowe states, “She stalks the audience from the stage and in front of the cameras. Like the comedy greats throughout history, she’s there to give, and what she is prepared to give is all of who she is.

Ava DuVernay

Time 100 Most Influential People List

Venus Williams states, “Ava’s point of view is fresh, it’s inspiring, it’s original, it makes people’s heads turn. But she also embraces other people’s perspectives. When we worked together, Ava was able to integrate herself into my life and see things through my eyes. It takes a very special person to do something like that.

Simone Biles

Time 100 Most Influential People List

Leslie Jones states, “That girl was born to do what she does. And she is the best at it. Not the best black gymnast, not the best black-girl gymnast. The best gymnast. It really is inspiring. It’s like she’s sending a message to everyone who’s watching: No matter what you’re going through in life or what your circumstances are, you still can be No. 1. You’ve just got to work hard.

Fatou Bensouda

Time 100 Most Influential People List

Aryn Baker states, “Former Gambian Justice Minister Fatou Bensouda now presides over investigations and prosecutions at the International Criminal Court at one of the most fraught moments in its 19-year existence.” When the African Union vocalized harsh criticisms and called for a collective withdrawal from the court, Baker continues, “Bensouda isn’t going to let that happen without a fight.” Ending with, “Justice may be blind. But when it comes to the politics of where it can be applied, Bensouda knows she has to go in with her eyes wide open.

Viola Davis

Time 100 Most Influential People List

Merryl Streep states, “Viola has carved a place for herself on the Mount Rushmore of the 21st century—new faces emerging from a neglected mountain. And when she tells the story of how she got from where she was to where she is, it is as if she is on a pilgrimage, following her own footsteps and honoring that journey. Her gifts as an artist are unassailable, undeniable, deep and rich and true.

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