Meet The Forbes 30 Under 30 Black Honorees Trailblazing In Their Fields
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Meet The Forbes 30 Under 30 Black Honorees Trailblazing In Their Fields

When the Forbes 30 Under 30 list releases each year, it’s a time to give young leaders and innovators their flowers. The annual list also serves as a moment for readers to praise honorees, discover new talent, and be inspired to excel within their own endeavors.

Forbes’ Black honorees in categories such as science, technology, healthcare, and gaming, in particular, are ones to revel on as the Black community is underrepresented within these spaces and deserves proper recognition.

Take a look at this year’s Black honorees that are breaking barriers in their respective fields.

Editorial Note: This piece has been updated to reflect additional honorees on Dec. 6, 2021. 

Kalina Bryant

Courtesy of Kalina Bryant

Category: Enterprise Technology

Age: 29

Position: Global Head of Customer Advocacy, Asana

Notable Accomplishment: Bryant made history as Asana’s first African American woman to join its revenue executive leadership team. She brought in $9 million in annual revenue for the company in just six months.

Brandon Hill & Tremaine Kirkman

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Category: Enterprise Technology

Age: 28 & 28

Position: Chief Executive Officer & Chief Product Officer, Vori

Vori secured $5.7 million in funding from YCombinator, Greylock Partners and South Park Commons, among others.

Raven Baxter

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Category: Science

Age: 28

Position: Molecular Biologist, Raven The Science Maven

Baxter snagged a partnership with Netflix and Ada Twist Scientist for her science education show on Looped.

Kaela Singleton

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Category: Science

Age: 29

Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Emory University

Singleton researches the role of mitochondria in Menkes disease, a rare genetic disorder that interferes with how the body regulates copper.

 

Brandon Allen and Marcus Stroud

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Category: Venture Capital

Age: 27 & 28

Position: Managing Partners, TXV Partners

Since 2019, Allen and Stroud have invested over $20 million into startups such as Future Fit, Data.World, Oura, Future, Kambr and Trax.

Jillian Williams

Courtesy of Cowboy Ventures

Category: Venture Capital

Age: 28

Position: Principal, Cowboy Ventures

Led the launch of the Female Innovators Lab, a venture studio partnership between Anthemis and Barclays, to help cultivate entrepreneurial talent of women founders in the fintech space at the earliest stage.

Emmanuella Asabor

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Category: Healthcare

Age: 29

Position: M.D.-Ph.D. Candidate, Yale University

Asabor’s research showed racial disparities in access to COVID-19 testing in the most populous U.S. cities. She piloted a program at Yale to increase accessibility to free primary care for asylum seekers regardless of documentation status.

Loza Tadesse

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Category: Healthcare

Age: 29

Position: Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tadesse developed a rapid system that quickly identifies infectious bacteria to help find better treatments and less reliance on broad-spectrum antibiotics.

LaShyra Nolen

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Category: Healthcare

Age: 26

Position: We Got Us

Nolen is an appointed member of the White House Health Equity Leadership RoundTable.

Joseph Kitonga

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Category: Healthcare

Age: 24

Position: Founder, Vitable Health

Kitonga’s company has raised over $9 million in investments so far to help provide cost-effective healthcare for underserved hourly workers.

Kelsey Taylor

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Category: Social Media

Age: 29

Position: Senior Sports Partner Manager, Twitter

Taylor led Twitter’s partnership with NBC during the 2020 Olympics.

Vernon Coleman

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Category: Social Media

Age: 24

Position: Chief Executive Officer, Realtime

The app Realtime has secured $4 million in investments. One of its investors includes Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian’s venture firm Seven Seven Six.

Chisom Obi-Okoye

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Category: Social Media

Age: 29

Position: Product Marketing Manager, Pinterest

Co-led the development of Pinterest’s Creator Fund and Idea Pins to help the platform be a force in creator-monetization.

Jeff Wright

Photo Credit: Jeff Wright/Malike Sidibe

Category: Social Media

Age: 27

Position: TikToker

Wright has amassed 2.4 million followers on TikTok and his videos landed him a writer-performer gig on  Seth Meyers’ “Late Night” show.

Kaelyn Castle, Khamyra Sykes and Theo Wisseh

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Category: Social Media

Age: 25, 15 and 19

Position: Influencers, Collab Crib

While a part of the largest Black collective of digital influencers, the group has raked in 30 million followers across social media.

Kris Lamberson

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Category: Games

Age: 25

Position: Professional Gamer, Faze Clan

Lamberson has earned an estimated $2.5 million in the past year from streaming and collaborations with the NFL, Beats and McDonald’s.

Blessing Adeoye

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Category: Games

Age: 27

Position: Producer, Kinda Funny

His platform has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities such as Extra Life, Gaymer X, AbleGamers and Black Girls Code.

Jess Adepoju

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Category: Games

Age: 29

Position: Senior Product Manager, Bad Robot Games

One of the 10 founding hires of JJ Abrams-owned gaming startup Bad Robot Games.

Jeannail Carter

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Category: Games

Age: 27

Position: Professional Gamer, Red Bull Gaming

Carter is  Red Bull’s first Black female gaming athlete; won two ICFC North American championships.

Tsion Behailu

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Category: Enterprise Technology

Age: 29

Position: Founder, Arize AI

Behailu’s startup has $24.5 million in funding from Battery Ventures, Foundation Capital and Trinity Ventures, and more.

Sam Udotong

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Category: Enterprise Technology

Age: 27

Position: Chief Technology Officer, Fireflies.ai

Fireflies.ai’s partners include Zoom, Slack, Salesforce, Dropbox and Asana; the company has raised $19 million from Khosla Ventures, Canaan Partners and more.

Nelly Cheboi

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Category: Social Impact

Age: 29

Position: Co-founder, TechLit Africa

Cheboi’s nonprofit has built 10 computer labs in rural Kenya and is currently working on the next 100 computer labs.

Beverly Leon

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Category: Social Impact

Age: 29

Position: CEO, Local Civics

Leon’s ed-tech startup connects at-risk youth with civic learning experiences in their community, school and online, as well as resources for educators.

Sirrita Darby

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Category: Social Impact

Age: 29

Position: Co-founder, Detroit Heals Detroit

The mission behind Darby’s nonprofit is to help Detroit youth develop coping strategies and obtain resources for their healing.

Ofo Ezeugwu

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Category: Social Impact

Age: 29

Position: Founder, WhoseYourLandlord

Ezeugwu has raised $1.1 million to increase housing literacy in communities.

Donte Miller

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Category: Social Impact

Age: 28

Position: Co-founder, Village Micro Fund

The Atlanta resident’s grassroots micro-finance organization facilitated $1.5 million of COVID-19 Relief Funds to local Black-owned businesses.

Olivia Owens

Photo Credit: Olivia Owens/IFundWomen

Category: Social Impact

Age: 29

Position: Creator, IFundWomen of Color

Through her role at IFundWomen of Color, Owens addressed a funding disparity for women of color on the platform and helped boost them from representing 30 percent of the funds raised to now 51 percent.

Kyle Woumn

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Category: Social Impact

Age: 26

Position: Co-founder, Overflow

The co-founder’s company has raised over $13 million to help nonprofits accept stock donations to fuel their missions.