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Our first annual 40 Under 40 list was a vast undertaking. With so many worthy young Blacks working to create positive change, our choices came down to standouts whove had a banner year. From prodigies to community advocates, these heroes are blazing a trail toward a better future. BY THE EDITORS

Inducted into Mensa, the worlds high-IQ society, before even starting kindergarten, Beevers aspires to become a nurse. Her favorite iPad game, Baby Birthday, is where I learn how to take care of babies. us.mensa.org
SHANTE BACON, 36, MARKETER As co-founder of 135th Street Agency, she successfully led the urban media advertising campaigns for Lee Daniels The Butler and the OWN networks fall programming slate. 135stagency.com ZORA BALL, 7, INVENTOR The rst-grade wunderkind became the youngest person to design a mobile video game, Vampire Diamond. The Philly native learned how at a local after-school program. SIR JOHN BARNETT, 31, BEAUTY ADVISOR In 2013, Vogue Italia hired the celebrity aesthetician as a beauty contributor. Soon after, he landed the gig as the ofcial makeup artist for Beyonc on the Mrs. Carter World Tour.

CHIMAMANDA ADICHIE, 35, NOVELIST This July, the Nigerian-born writer won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize in ction for her third novel Americanah. Her 2006 book, Half of a Yellow Sun, has been adapted into an upcoming feature lm. chimamanda.com LEANNA ARCHER, 17, ENTREPRENEUR The mini mogul started a beauty product line at 11. Now, the 2013 365Black Award honoree has planned a Haiti fundraiser for September. leannashair.com LOLA OGUNNAIKE, 37, & SHANNON LANIER, 34, TELEVISION HOSTS The noted journalists were recently hired to co-anchor Arise Entertainment 360, a global entertainment show highlighting stars in lm, music and art. arise.tv THESSALONIKA ARZU-EMBRY, 14, COLLEGE GRADUATE With a 3.9 GPA, the formerly homeschooled academic graduated from Chicago State University with a bachelors in Psychology this August. csu.edu
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LUVVIE AJAYI, 28, ACTIVIST


The expert blogger spoke at the rst-ever Social Media Week event in Lagos, Nigeria this year. As co-founder of the Red Pump Project, she informs women about HIV/AIDS, hoping to make an impact... while rocking erce shoes! luvvie.org

GUSTAVE BLACHE III, 36, PAINTER The Big Easy native made his mark capturing everyday people. This spring, two of his pieces were inducted into the Smithsonian Institutions National Portrait Gallery. gustaveblache.com B. BONIN BOUGH, 35, MARKETING EXECUTIVE The VP of global media at Mondelez led the team who conceived the 2013 Super Bowl Oreo tweet that was shared more than 16,000 times and won eight advertising awards. bboninbough.com BINTA NIAMBI BROWN, 39, CORPORATE LAWYER In the last ve years, Brown who spent this past summer providing civil rights counsel to Cambodian NGOs donated more than $500,000 of pro-bono work to issues affecting women. @batnib

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ELGIN TUCKER, 28, CHRIS HOLLINS, 26, & NATHAN FLEMING, 28, TECH ENTREPRENEURS
After meeting at Morehouse College, the founders of blackstartup.com decided to address the age-old problem of a lack of capital for Black businesses with newage technology. We are a community with a platform, says Tucker of the sites May launch. That is what makes all the dierence. blackstartup.com
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MILES CHAMLEY-WATSON, 23, FENCER The Olympic champ took home gold in 2012 and just became the rst American man to win an individual world title in fencing. facebook.com/mileschamleywatson RYAN COOGLER, 27, FILMMAKER The director and screenwriters debut project Fruitvale Station took home several awards on the major lm festival circuit and garnered critical acclaim upon its national release in July. ATIMA OMARA-ALWALA, 32, POLITICAL STRATEGIST Elected in August as the new president of the Young Democrats of America, she is the rst Black woman to head the largest partisan youth organization in the country. yda.org EBONY OSHUNRINDE, 16, MUSIC PRODUCER Known as WondaGurl, the teenage impresario scored a major coup for young female musicians by landing a track on hip-hop mogul Jay Zs recent album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. wondagurl.com JASON PANDA, 34, SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR One of 11 chosen from 8,000 for the 2013 Black Male Achievement Fellowship, the premium condom maker received $70,000 for his work to lower HIV/AIDS rates in poor communities. bcondoms.com

VICTOR GLOVER, 37, NAVAL LIEUTENANT COMMANDER


The aviator began training in August as one of eight NASA astronaut candidates. I dreamed of ying a space shuttle as a child, but working around NASA engineers and astronauts really gave me an appreciation for the mission, he says. nasa.gov

ISSA RAE, 28, WEB SERIES PRODUCER


In addition to The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, the Stanford grad has spawned several online programs in the past year. She also co-hosts Aspire TVs Exhale and has a new HBO show, NonProphet. Her success secret: Dont try to do everything by yourself. issarae.com
GENIE LAUREN, 29, SOCIAL MEDIA ACTIVIST The administrative assistant campaigned online to end the book deal of Juror B37 from George Zimmermans trial. She shut it down in 24 hours. genielauren.com ADRIENNE LOFTON SHAW, 37, C-SUITE EXECUTIVE In April, the Howard University alum began overseeing worldwide khaki promotions as vice president and chief marketing ofcer for the Dockers Brand at Levi Strauss & Co. dockers.com ANTHONY MCGILL, 34, MUSICIAN As the lead clarinetist for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, McGill has a robust schedule that now includes a new teaching position at The Manhattan School of Music. metoperafamily.org

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EBONIE JOHNSON COOPER, 30, PHILANTHROPIST As the president/founder of Friends of Ebonie, Cooper hosted the rst-ever African American Millenial Summit on Giving and Civic Leadership in June.

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MIA LOVE, 37, POLITICIAN


The Republican mayor of Saratoga Springs, UT, lost her bid for Congress in 2012 but is currently preparing to run again in 2014. She hopes to empower women, people of color and young kids to come sit at the table. love4utah.com
MARVE FRAZIER, 32, BUSINESSWOMAN The chief creative ofcer of Moguldom Media Group oversees Web properties with over 150 million monthly page views, including a new Africaspecic site that launched in July. moguldom.com DAVID JOHNS, 31, EDUCATION EXPERT In March, he was appointed as the executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for AfricanAmericans to improve achievement for students of color. @mrdavidjohns SARAN KABA JONES, 31, ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATE The Liberian-born activist launched FACE Africa. A January initiative aims to build 250 water points over a three- to ve-year period throughout River Cess, Liberia, for 60,000 residents. faceafrica.org
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BARATUNDE THURSTON, 36, COMEDIAN


Known for his biting wit and social commentary, Thurston made waves with his New York Times bestseller How To Be Black, a satirical memoir on race and identity. Now hes hosting Funded, a Web series on AOL. My ultimate professional goal is world domination without world responsibility, he jokes. baratunde.com
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RHYS POWELL, 33, FOOD ACTIVIST Powell launched Red Rabbit in 2005 to provide healthy food in school cafeterias throughout New York City. It now serves 18,000 meals daily and will open a new Brooklyn facility this fall. myredrabbit.com BAKARI SELLERS, 28, ASSEMBLYMAN The second youngest member ever of the South Carolina General Assembly is running for state lieutenant governor in 2014. sellers2014.com ASHLEY TATE-GILMORE, 29, WHITE HOUSE TRAVEL DIRECTOR As head of the White House Travel Ofce, she coordinates the logistics for President Obamas hectic itineraries, including his 2013 Africa trip. whitehouse.gov

SHIONA TURINI, 30, FASHION EDITOR


The style guru achieved an impressive milestone for women of color in the beauty industry when she was named fashion market director for Cosmopolitan magazine in July. Her favorite part: Ive still been able to learn something new at every single experience. cosmopolitan.com

ANDREW WALKER, 14, GOLFER


In July, the Battle Creek, MI teen became the youngest African-American to qualify for the US Amateur Golf Championship. My dad is my golf hero because he got me into the game and taught me everything that I know about the sport, he says. usga.org
ALANNA WALL, 12, SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR The pint-sized humanitarian provides special-needs girls with free manicures through Polished Girlz, an Ohio-based non-prot that launched its own nail gloss this year. RODNEY WILLIAMS, 29, MOBILE ENTREPRENEUR After years as a Proctor & Gamble brand champ, Williams launched Lisnr, a music app. It is one of nine companies that won support from the competitive Mondelez Mobile Futures program. lisnr.com HANK WILLIS THOMAS, 37, ARTIST His latest contemporary piece, Question Bridge: Black Males, has been featured in more than nine museum exhibits across the country in 2013.
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