6. Tamron Hall
Tamron Hall’s been around for quite awhile, but she never ceases to be amazing. From her fashion sense to her no-nonsense, take-no-mess on-air personality (as was evidenced by her recent smackdown of Tim Carney on MSNBC, she’s all around great. But now that she’s been added as a Today Show regular, far more folks are getting a chance to watch her shine.
7. Franchesca Ramsey
Ever since Ramsey’s racial parody video went viral, she’s been a pop culture personality to look out for. A graphic designer and social media consultant, Ramsey is really a jill of all trades, with her work in entertainment as a red carpet reporter, singer, and now, a comedian and racial raconteur winning her new acclaim and a larger following.
8. Rebecca Ferguson
Runner up in the 10th season of Britain’s version of the talent competition X-Factor, single mom of two Rebecca Ferguson released her debut album, Heaven, earlier this year. Check out the lead single here:
It remains unclear whether or not Ferguson’s sound will catch on in the states the way it has in the UK, but it’s a safe bet that she’ll cross over.
9. Hydeia Broadbent
Born with the AIDS virus 27 years ago, Hydeia Broadbent has been a part of our collective consciousness since her early childhood. She became most famous after Magic Johnson’s HIV announcement, when she joined him in discussing issues of concern to the HIV/AIDS community. She is still heightening awareness in her adult life, particularly as it relates to getting tested, dating with HIV/AIDS, and understanding the continued risks and impacts of contracting and living with HIV/AIDS. An active participant in social media on both Twitter and Facebook, Broadbent’s star is constantly rising simply because she’s raising her voice about health care, treatment, and prevention every single day.
10. Akiba Solomon
Veteran magazine journalist Akiba Solomon has been on the scene for years, but her recent work with Colorlines and as a panelist for various institutions, related to race, gender, social justice, and hip-hop has been phenomenal.
Who are your picks for women on the rise?