THE GRIO’S 100: History Makers in the Making List Released

Grio Top 100 History Makers in the Making

NEW YORK – February 1, 2010 – To mark the launch of their new black history section , ( today unveiled “theGrio’s 100: History Makers in the Making.” The exclusive list honors Black History month by highlighting the next generation of African-American history makers and industry leaders who have the potential to make a difference in the lives of all American.

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The 100 individuals selected, each with their own path to success, are from 10 fields including business, education, sports, science and the environment, media, service and activism, politics, health, pop culture, and the arts. theGrio’s editorial team selected the 100 individuals with input from a group of experts.

“TheGrio’s 100” was officially unveiled by theGrio Managing Editor David A. Wilson earlier this morning on “Today.” Individuals from “TheGrio’s 100” will continue to be profiled on all platforms of NBC News including “NBC Nightly News,” “Today,” MSNBC, CNBC, and through February 6.

In partnership with NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC, and, will also present what will be the most robust offering of multi-media Black History content anywhere on the web. The new ‘Our History’ section ( features news stories, commentary, and hundreds of video clips, including footage from NBC News’ rich archives. The ‘Our History’ section will be a permanent fixture on the site and will consistently feature new content year round. is the first video-centric news community site devoted to providing African-Americans with stories and perspectives that appeal to them but are underrepresented in existing national news outlets. TheGrio features aggregated and original video packages, news articles, and opinion on topics from breaking news, politics, health, business, and entertainment, which concern its niche audience. David A. Wilson is the managing editor of

Below is “TheGrio’s 100: History Makers in the Making” list.

Visit to learn more about each individual:

Ursula Burns Xerox CEO named to's Top 100 History Makers

Ursula Burns Xerox CEO named to's Top 100 History Makers

URSULA BURNS, 51 – Chief Executive Officer of Xerox Corporation, first black female CEO of a Fortune 500 company

TRACY REESE, 45 – Fashion Designer

JAY-Z, 40 – Musician, Rap Mogul, Investor

OPRAH WINFREY, 56 – Media Mogul

CLARENCE OTIS JR., 53 – Chief Executive Officer of Darden Restaurants

EPHREN W. TAYLOR, 27 – Chief Executive Officer of City Capital Corporations, youngest ever African-American CEO of publicly-traded company

JANICE BRYANT HOWROYD, 47 – Entrepreneur, Founder of employment staffing firm ACT1

RALPH GILLES, 40 – President and CEO Dodge Brand, automobile designer

JAMAIL LARKINS, 26 – Chief Executive Officer of Ascension Aircraft

CARLA HARRIS, 47 – Managing Director in Global Capital Markets at Morgan Stanley

DR. REGINA BENJAMIN, 53 – U.S. Surgeon General

WILL ALLEN, 60 – Chief Executive Officer of Growing Power, Urban Farmer

DR. OTIS BRAWLEY – Chief Medical Officer of American Cancer Society

Dr. KATHIE-ANN JOSEPH – Surgeon and Breast Cancer Researcher/Activist

LISA COOPER – Professor at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, researcher in race disparities in medical care

HELENE GAYLE, 54 – President and CEO of CARE USA, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty global

SEUN ADEBIYI, 26 – Olympic hopeful, cancer patient, and bone marrow donation advocate

SATIRA STREETER - Clinical psychologist in Washington, DC

TREENA LIVINGSTON ARINZEH, 34 – Biomedical engineer working on making adult stem cell therapy a future reality

RISA LAVIZZO-MOUREY, 55 – President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


REP. BAKARI SELLERS, 25 – Democratic member of South Carolina House of Representatives

ANTHONY WOODS, 29 – Former D

Full Listing of Grio's 100 History Makers in the Making

Full Listing of Grio's 100 History Makers in the Making

emocratic candidate for U.S. Congress in California, openly gay war veteran.

REP. ARTUR DAVIS (D)-AL, 42  – Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives and candidate for Governor of Alabama

MELODY BARNES, 45 – White House Director of the Domestic Policy Council

DEVAL PATRICK, 53 – Democratic Governor of Massachusetts

KAMALA HARRIS, 45 – District Attorney of San Francisco; candidate for California Attorney General

ERIC HOLDER, 59 – U.S. Attorney General

VERNON PARKER, 50 – Republican Mayor of Paradise Valley, Arizona

STEPHANIE RAWLINGS-BLAKE, 39 – Incoming mayor of Baltimore, Maryland

KEVIN JOHNSON, 43 – Mayor of Sacramento

BEYONCE, 28 – Singer

SHONDA RIMES, 40 – Executive Producer of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” television shows

WILL.I.AM, 34 – Co-founder of Black Eyed Peas, musician and producer

DRAKE, 23 – Innovative rapper, discovered on

CHIWETEL EJIOFOR, 35 – Actor, roles in “Amistad” and “2012”

GINA PRINCE-BYTHEWOOD, 40 – Film director, “ Secret Life of Bees”

CHARLES KING - Hollywood agent whose clients include Terrence Howard and Tyler Perry

DARIUS RUCKER, 43  – Musician and country singer; formerly of Hootie & the Blowfish

MARY J. BLIGE, 39  – Singer; anti-domestic violence activist


42 – Actress and comedienne


JASON MORAN, 35 – Jazz musician and music historian

KARA WALKER, 40 – Artist

MALCOLM  GLADWELL, 46 – Author of “The Tipping Point”

Malcolm Gladwell (Author) named to's Top 100 History Makers in the Making

Malcolm Gladwell (Author) named to's Top 100 History Makers in the Making

BILL T. JONES, 57 – Dancer and director of Broadway’s “FELA!”

WYNTON MARSALIS, 48 – Jazz musician

LYNN NOTTAGE, 45 – Pulitzer prize winning playwright

KADIR NELSON, 35 – Children’s book illustrator

KEHINDE WILEY, 32 – Painter

DARIN ATWATER – Composer/conductor who’s redefining the Eurocentric symphonic tradition

JESSICA CARE MOORE, 38 – Poet, actor, publisher


CHARLES BOLDEN, 63 – NASA Administrator; former space shuttle commander

TONY HANSBERRY, 15 – The Next Doogie Howser, created a breakthrough surgical stitch

DERRICK PITTS, Ph.D. – Chief Astronomer at the Franklin Institute

LISA JACKSON, 47 – Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

JAMES MCLURKIN, 37 – Electrical engineer and robot specialist

JEROME RINGO, 54 – President of the Apollo Alliance

BEVERLY WRIGHT, 63 – Head of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Dillard University in New Orleans

ROBERT BULLARD – Author and environmentalist

SHELTON JOHNSON – Park Ranger at Yosemite National Park

AGNES A. DAY – Associate professor of microbiology at Howard University


SHANI DAVIS, 27 – Olympic Speed Skater

MICHAEL HILL, 39 – General Manager of the Florida Marlins baseball team

JAMES “BUBBA” STEWART, 24 – Champion motorcross driver

EVANDER KANE, 18 – Member of the Atlanta Thrashers NHL team

LEBRON JAMES, 25 – Member of the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA team

ADRIAN PETERSON, 24 – Member of the Minnesota Vikings NFL team

ALLYSON FELIX, 24 – Olympic track and field athlete

CANDACE PARKER, 23 – Member of the Los Angeles Sparks WNBA basketball team

SERENA WILLIAMS, 28 – Professional tennis player



WYCLEF JEAN, 37 – Musician and philanthropist

CRAIG WATKINS, 41 – Dallas District Attorney

CORY BOOKER, 40 – Mayor of Newark, New Jersey

RICHARD BUERY, JR., 37 – President and Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Aid Society in New York

RABBI ALYSA STANTON, 45 – First female African-American Rabbi; leads a synagogue in Greenville, North Carolina

MAJORA CARTER, 43 – Environmental justice advocate; Bronx, New York

SHAWNA KIMBRELL – First American-American female fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force

KARI FULTON, 23 – National campus campaign coordinator for the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative

YOLANDA WIMBERLY, M.D. – Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia

JOSHUA DUBOIS, 27 – Pentecostal minister; Head of the White House Office for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships


TYRA BANKS, 36 – Model and media entrepreneur

TYLER PERRY, 40 – Producer/Director; projects have grossed $400 million worldwide

CHRISTINA NORMAN, 46 – Chief Executive Office of OprahWomensNetwork (OWN)


BYRON PITTS, 49 – Correspondent for CBS News’ “60 Minutes”

ROLAND MARTIN, 41 – Journalist

STEVE HARVEY, 52 – Radio host, author

DAVID DRUMMOND, 45 – SVP, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer of Google

MARY SPIO, 36 – Co-founder of Gen2MEDIA and digital media expert

MARA SCHIAVOCAMPO –“NBC Nightly News” digital correspondent; first digital correspondent for network newscast


COMMAND SGT. MAJ. TERESA KING, 48 – First female commander at U.S. Army’s Drill Sgt. School

DR. FREEMAN A. HRABOWSKI III, 59 – President of University of Maryland; education expert

SPIRIT TRICKEY-ROWAN – Daughter of one of Little Rock 9, Park Ranger at Central High School Visitor’s Center

BARRINGTON IRVING, 26 – Pilot; founder of Experience Aviation; youngest person to pilot a plane around the world solo

ROLAND FRYER, 32 – Professor of economics at Harvard University

OMO MOSES, 37 – Founder and Executive Director of Young Peoples Project, teaching math to underprivileged in Mississippi

SHIRLEY ANN JACKSON, PHD, 63 – President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; first black and woman to chair the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

TIM KING – Founder of Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men in Chicago

ASHANTI JOHNSON – Assistant Professor of Chemical Oceanography at College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg, FL

JOHN JACKSON – President and CEO of The Schott Foundation for Public Education


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8 Responses to “THE GRIO’S 100: History Makers in the Making List Released” Subscribe

  1. Carlos Veneeby February 3, 2010 at 7:06 pm #

    It’s hard to believe that Drs. Vince and Vance Moss didn’t make this list.

    If two African American surgeons that have accomplished miracles in a war zone, then that says alot regarding this list.

    • cheryl jefferson February 3, 2011 at 9:31 am #

      I know it had to be difficult narrowing the list to 100, but you made the attempt. This provides a list of people that my daughter (13) can research and write about for her history and language arts classes that aren’t usually the subject of papers.

      As for me…I learned that your site exist, it’s well done, it has excellent information and like the old folks say, I won’t die ignorant.

  2. cheryl jefferson February 3, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    I know it had to be difficult narrowing the list to 100, but you made the attempt. This provides a list of people that my daughter (13) can research and write about for her history and language arts class that aren’t usually the subject of papers. As for me…like the old folks say, I won’t die ignorant.

  3. Keith Hudson February 3, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    First of all, it’s amazing how the so-called middle-class negro can go on amerikkka television and promote 100 history makers in
    the making, and have no conscience about doing it. This list consists of like-minded individuals who fit the description of what history makers should look like. Children who play for the Obamas, or individuals affiliated with the promoter. When are WE going to pick our own heroes/sheroes/leaders? A negro has yet to
    speak truth to power. He can’t, because he’s indoctrinated with
    his philosophy/teachings, so who’s he actually promoting?

  4. Jessica L. McKinley February 3, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    I believe to give honor and recognition to African-Americans of today’s society is a very needed gesture. It is important to embrace those who are making contributions today. By doing so, we as a people continue to embrace the legacy of those who have paved a path so bright and promising.

  5. Janet January 31, 2012 at 12:22 pm #


  6. Noor Ismila January 31, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    I cannot believe why POTUS Obama did not make the list.

  7. rsedorsey February 17, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    how about State Sen Eric Kearney and wife Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney, newspaper publishers(3);top fund raisers for Pres Obama and he is minority leader in the Ohio senate; probably first blak goveernor of Ohio

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