Black Creative, Business, Tech and Social Media Influencers You Should Be Following

In my effort and promise to expand my horizons and hopefully educate others, I wanted to explore interesting people that are innovative, positive, smart and Black. While I knew and followed a couple folks here, I continue to be color blind and look at actions and words.

Let me introduce you to 5 Black influencers that caught my eye that are creating inspiring others around them and on social media. And beyond color, here it is the talent, skills and ideation that you should ever care about.

Asiyami Gold @Asiyami_gold

Asiyami is a renowned art director, blogger and visual storyteller, and is the founder of A.Au, a clothing and lifestyle brand that “aims to empower women to embrace their history, culture, identity, stay connected to their roots, and to continue to push the narrative of their legacy.” She documents her world travels through beautiful imagery on her Instagram and blog.

Jenna Wortham  @Jennydeluxe

Jenna is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine and cohost of the Times’ podcast Still Processing. Her Instagram is filled with creative inspiration, cultural commentary and stunning photos of her adventures.

Tony Prophet  LinkedIn

As Chief Equality Officer at SalesForce, Tony is committed to making the workforce and the whole world more inclusive of all races, religions, ethnicities, and identities.

Previously at Microsoft his roles included Corporate Vice President (CVP) Windows Marketing, CVP Windows and Search Marketing, and CVP Education Marketing. Before that, he led Worldwide Operations for HP’s PC and Printing businesses — now HP Inc.

Prophet has championed educating women workers in the tech supply chain on reproductive health issues; protecting the rights of young workers; improving schools for children of migrant workers and stemming the flow of Conflict Minerals which can fuel the exploitation of women and children.

Ken Frazier

Ken Frazier CEO #Goodhuman

Merck CEO: I was one of ‘a few inner city black kids’ who rode a bus 90 minutes to a better school—and it changed my life

After graduating from Harvard, Frazier began his law career with Drinker Biddle & Reath in Philadelphia. As CEO, Frazier has directed the company to take financial risks in developing new treatments. In 2013, he prioritized research funding over meeting the year’s earnings target. He has placed special emphasis on improving treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. Frazier’s father died from Alzheimer’s. Frazier has said he is also motivated at Merck & Co. by a desire to improve the lives of people in developing countries.

Ken is a innovator and a motivator.

Marques Brownlee @MKBHD

I end with Marques who is one of my favorite humans. He is a great inspiration no matter what color. He is intelligent, innovative and a very interesting person to watch or listen too. he has a great back story to how he started in Youtube and tech

Marques Brownlee, also known as MKBHD, reviews tech-centric products for his 6.9 million followers. From phones, to watches, to camera robots, to automobiles, Brownlee offers first impressions of new models, as well as in-depth analyses of products.

Make every effort to follow these life influencers. expand your horizons beyond color and ethnicity. you will be a better person for it.

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