Amid the reality shows, celebs behaving badly, and the negative news stories, we rarely hear about the positive things black folks are doing each and every day. Thankfully, we aren’t buying into the hype, and some, like CLUTCH, love shining a light on the members of our community who are excelling in their fields.
This year, The Network Journal rolled out its annual list of 40 brilliant black innovators in business, politics, and academia. This year’s list includes honorees from companies like L’Oréal (Aida Moudachirou- Rebois), Bloomingdale’s (Nicole Cokley), General Motors (Brooke Ellis), NBC Universal (Sharita Brantley), and the 135th Street Agency (Shante Bacon), as well as those from academia and the non-profit sector, like Dr. Janna Andrews, assistant clinical professor of radiation oncology at the SUNY Stony Brook Winthrop University Hospital.
The 2012 class of ‘40 Under 40’ awardees were celebrated at the The Network Journal’s 15th Annual ‘40 Under 40’ Awards Dinner at the Crowne Plaza in Times Square Wednesday evening in New York City. Talk about black excellence!
With so many negatives images of black men and women circling in the media, events such as this are not only valuable, but necessary. We can’t rely on others to share stories of our brilliance; it’s become clear we have to do it ourselves.