35 Influential Black Voices Shaping American Culture

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35 Influential Black Voices Shaping American Culture

Here are inspiring accounts to follow right now.

Juneteenth represents the liberation of slaves in America which is celebrated on June 19 in the United States. It marks the day in 1865 that Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to announce that those who were enslaved were now free, according to Juneteenth.com. It’s important to observe the day and educate ourselves around what the day represents and how it can be celebrated. Typically, the day is celebrated with a day full of marches, feasts and specials from black-owned businesses.  But while it is about recognizing the past, it’s also about celebrating and amplifying the voices that are leading and shaping the world today— that includes activists, performers, content creators, organizations, writers, artists and other creators.

Here’s a list of diverse accounts of all sizes that you can follow, support, share, or learn from.

Lindsay Peoples Wagner, Editor-in-Chief @teenvogue

Donté Maurice, Photographer 

Antuan Byers, Ballerina at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet

The Vixen, Drag Queen

Black Artists+Designers Guild, Celebrating Black, Artists, Makers & Designers

Distinctly Creative, Black Creatives Business Coach

Coffee & Convos, POC-founded Platform & Podcast 

Glenn Ligon, Artist

Betye Saar, Artist

Jaboukie Young-White, Comedian and Writer

Laci Jordan, Artist

Austin Channing Brown, Writer, Speaker and Producer 

Henry Taylor, Human Figurative Artist

Ava DuVernay, Filmmaker and Director

Kareemah Batts, Climber and Founder of Adapt Climb Group

NOIR ‘N NOLA,  New Orleans Black Culture and History Preservationist 

Rachel Elizabeth Cargle, Activist and Founder of The Loveland Foundation

Parris Goebel, Choreographer 

Yara (يارا‎) Shahidi, Actress and Activist

Cubs the Poet, Poet and Writer

Zeba Blay, Writer and Author

Deun Ivory, Founder of The Body: A Home for Love

Indya Moore, Activist

Hilton Carter, Plant and Interior Stylist

Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Activist, Educator and Writer

Ashley C. Ford, Writer and Host

Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City

Aphrochic, Magazine Celebrating African Diaspora

Lizzo, Artist

Compton Cowboys

BLK MKT Vintage, Collectors of Black Curiosities, Heirlooms, and Collectibles

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