“Beyoncé doesn’t just sit at the table. She builds a better one”, is what Sheryl Sandberg wrote about Beyoncé as she tops TIME’s 100 Most Influential People list. TIME named Beyoncé a titan, and she has some pretty heavy hitters joining her on the list.
Beyoncé rocked the world last winter when she released her self-titled album with absolutely no promotion. Following the release, she completed a successful world tour, with Blue Ivy and her husband in tow.
Beyoncé was profiled by Lean In founder Sheryl Sandberg who titles the profile “She’s the boss.”
“In the past year, Beyoncé has sold out the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour while being a full-time mother. Her secret: hard work, honesty and authenticity. And her answer to the question, What would you do if you weren’t afraid? appears to be “Watch me. I’m about to do it.” Then she adds, “You can, too.”
Joining Queen Bey on the list includes actors, politicians, world leaders and athletes. But rounding out those in the African-American community, the list includes Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Pharrell Williams, Serena Williams, Jason Collins, Kerry Washington, Richard Sherman, Steve McQueen and Key and Peele.
TIME also recognized several activists, religious dignitaries and actors from various African countries: Thuli Madonsela, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, Ory Okolloh, Ertharin Cousin, Aliko Dangote, Imam Omar Kobine Layama, Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga, Rev. Nicolas Guérékoyame-Gbangou and Binyavanga Wainaina.
Congrats to all who made the list!