It is that time of year again when Time Magazine releases their list of the 100 most influential people of the year, and like always there are some heavy hitters that are not only serving influence but also Black excellence as they continue to dominate their fields.
Each year, the list of influential people is broken down into categories, which include artists, innovators, titans, leaders, icons, and pioneers. Each person is also spoken about by their peers as they are given their flowers as they continue to unleash new levels of influence amongst the masses.
In the icon category is none other than the Queen of Hip-Hop/ Soul, Mary J. Blige, who is also fresh off from being honored with the Icon Award at this year’s Billboard Music Awards.
Nas penned a sweet message as he spoke about Mary’s icon status. He said,
“Mary came up the way we all did. She was a voice for us, but she wasn’t like other R&B artists at the time. She became a household name early because she was a hip-hop artist who also sang. The industry needed someone like that. The streets wanted that. Pop culture wanted that. And she was the one for it because she wasn’t made up. She was the girl around the way with the big earrings. She was like a spokesperson for a particular type of girl coming out of New York and coming out of the streets.”
Issa Rae has been named by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People #TIME100
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Also in the icon category is Issa Rae, who wrapped up her record-breaking HBO series “Insecure,” last December. She was honored by her “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” collaborator Robin Thede, who said,
“Issa is not only a prolific writer, a captivating actor and comedian, a profound leader, an efficacious producer, and a music mogul in the making (pauses to take a breath)—she’s also a consistently hilarious and loyal friend. For those of us lucky enough to know her, Issa is…
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