With a central focus on advocacy, audacity and the arts, the double issue also rolls out the 2015 Power 100 List, with a header that reads “Power (100) To The People.”
The message of this impactful cover is plain: Standing for something has a very long tradition in the Black community. Witness 88-year-old Belafonte on the cover passing the baton of Black power and pride to generations of entertainers to come. Inside, the editorial team captures the metaphor and the reality.
For 30 years, the Power 100 list has paid homage to the outstanding achievements of African-Americans.
Among the game changers honored this year are NBA player and literacy advocate Russell Westbrook, Coca-Cola CFO Kathy Waller, the casts of Empire and Power, Boeing Chief Information Officer Ted Colbert,singer/activist Janelle Monae, actresses Regina King, Viola Davis, Jada Pinkett Smith, Apple VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson, hair-care entrepreneur Miko Branch, and minister at the front lines in Ferguson, Rev. Traci Blackmon.
These achievers have had noteworthy accomplishments over the past year, representing a variety of fields, including politics, business, education, media, religion, music and more.
“It is truly an honor to celebrate the tremendous talents and accomplishments of the honorees on this year’s Power 100 list,” said Kierna Mayo, editor-in-chief of EBONY Magazine.
“From the #BlackLivesMatter movement to technology disruptors to the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, all of the selected individuals have made an undeniable impact. They represent outstanding examples of greatness, and provide hope and inspiration for the next generation.”
The famed EBONY Power 100, 70th Anniversary Gala presented by Nationwide, will take place on Wednesday, December 2 at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The 70’s inspired gala serves as a celebration of Black pride and promise, EBONY’s mission for over 70 years.
“As the curator of the African-American experience, EBONY is proud to salute this remarkable group of leaders,” says Chairman Linda Johnson Rice. “When the company was started by my father, his vision included celebrating African-Americans at our finest. It is a great honor to acknowledge the accomplishments of the 2015 Power 100 honorees and our 70th Anniversary on one spectacular night.”
For a fourth consecutive year, Nationwide will proudly present the prestigious affair to celebrate honorees on the 2015 EBONY Power 100 list.
“Nationwide is honored and privileged to serve as the presenting sponsor of the Ebony Power 100 Gala celebrating the 70th Anniversary,” said EVP and Chief Marketing Officer Terrance Williams. “Through this great partnership, we are proud to pay tribute to the past and present honorees whose commitment to excellence represents the very best in the country.”
Hosting the star-studded evening will be comedian, actor, writer and late-night host, Arsenio Hall. Hall is best known for his work on the celebrated Arsenio Hall Show, as well classic comedies like Coming to Americaand Harlem Nights.
In addition to Nationwide as the presenting sponsor, Ebony Power 100 Gala sponsors include Cadillac, Hilton Worldwide, United Airlines, The Home Depot, Hennessy, Fashion Fair Cosmetics and Twitter.
The 2015 Power 100 list will appear in the December/January issue of EBONY, on newsstands startingNovember 25. The full list of the EBONY Power 100 and gala details can be found athttp://www.ebony.com/power100-2015/.
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