Another day, another list we’re excluded from, which inspires one of our own. Fast Company drew Black Twitter’s ire when they released a list of “25 of The Smartest Women of Twitter,” and not one woman of color made the cut.

The author, Ann Charles, described her selection process in the introduction, saying:

“We did not choose women based on number of followers or those listed as the ‘most powerful’ by other business publications. We made our selections without regard to big brand affiliation or title. Instead, we looked for women who were thought leaders and pioneers, and who continually advance groundbreaking ideas and provide surprising insights that can change perspectives.”

Surely, there are black women who are thought leaders and pioneers, and we don’t need Fast Company to tell us about them. The Huffington Post compiled an extensive list with such names as dream hampton, Michaela Angela Davis and Tai Beauchamp.

Twitter users also created a hashtag, #SmartBlackWomenOnTwitter, and many addressed Fast Company directly. They responded with the following tweet:


And they included a formal response today:

“There was some appropriate criticism about who was missing (“Spoiler alert: not one Black woman,” one Twitter user sharply, correctly noted). And we followed closely as the whole thing morphed into hashtags, including #SmartBlackWomenOfTwitter and #SmartLatinaWomenOfTwitter. You’ll find a treasure trove of big thinkers and innovators to follow there. We consider ourselves lucky to have an engaged audience who calls it like they see it (or don’t see it in this case).

We’re big believers in the idea that the future of business looks a lot less like Steve Ballmer and a lot more like Kelvin Doe, Yvonne Greenstreet, and Reshma Saujani. That idea is reflected in our annual lists, including Most Innovative Companies and Most Creative People. We squandered the opportunity to do the same with our initial Twitter list.”

No thanks – we already have a list of our own.

  • me

    Ugh, Thank you!

  • urbansista

    I don’t think it’s begging to be seen or accepted by white people. I think that Black people participate in mainstream culture. Create things that are used in mainstream culture. We are a part of mainstream culture. So, why are we not recognized in that respect? We don’t live in an all Black country or world. I agree that for us and by us is powerful and we need to salute and recognize our own people who are doing outstanding things, but I can totally understand people being annoyed as heck about this list. You searched up and down Twitter and not ONE person of colour is worthy of your list? C’mon son.

  • Sie

    Ann Charles is not very smart. Ire goes the reason no women of color was on the Smart Women of Twitter List

  • Sie

    correction “ere goes”

  • Teflon Jawn (@Author_JGail)

    I agree with most of you here, instead of complaining about not being included in white lists we should simply use these slights as motivation to make our own lists, movies, TV shows and productions. And thankfully I see that happening more and more.

    Additionally once you DO have your black production in operation, make sure you hire other smart brothers and sisters over those same people who edged you out in the first place. This is how the black community begins to revitalize itself.