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Celebrating Black Excellence: BLACK ENTERPRISE Unveils Its 40 Under 40 Class of 2023

todayNovember 16, 2023

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In the dynamic world of business and creativity, it’s crucial to recognize and celebrate the leaders who are not just shaping the present but also paving the way for the future. This year, BLACK ENTERPRISE, a leading digital media brand at the forefront of providing invaluable resources for African Americans in business, investment, and wealth-building, has proudly announced its 40 Under 40 Class of 2023. This list, now in its third consecutive year, is more than just a roll call of names; it’s a testament to the outstanding achievements and indomitable spirit of young Black leaders across a spectrum of industries, including politics, creative arts, and STEM.

The 2023 edition of this prestigious list is a dazzling showcase of talent, innovation, and leadership. The honorees, all under the age of 40, are a diverse group of entrepreneurs, social activists, athletes, entertainers, tech innovators, diversity leaders, and more. Their collective contributions are not only reshaping their respective fields but also forging a fairer, more equitable society. Each story behind the name reflects a journey of unwavering determination, innovative thinking, and a commitment to excellence that transcends boundaries.

Earl “Butch” Graves Jr., CEO of BLACK ENTERPRISE, aptly describes the list as “a celebration of individual success and a testament to the boundless potential within our community.” This year’s selection process was notably inclusive, allowing individuals to nominate themselves or others, ensuring a diverse and comprehensive representation of visionaries in the Black community.

Among the celebrated names in the creative arts and entertainment category are Quinta Brunson, Devale Ellis, Kiari “Offset” Cephus, Ziwe, and Ernest Dukes. The fashion and beauty sector boasts talents like Winnie Harlow and Nancy Twine, while the sports category includes Nicole Lynn and Angel Reese, among others. The tech and STEM field is represented by figures like Aisha Bowe and Everette Taylor. The business category features innovators such as Olajuwon and Earl Cooper, and the finance sector includes Rashad Bilal and Megan Holston-Alexander. In media, talents like Lindsay Peoples Wagner and Rachel Lindsay shine, while the political and social impact category includes leaders like Justin Pearson and Maxwell Frost.

This eclectic group of trailblazers is not just making headlines; they are actively driving change and shaping industries. BLACK ENTERPRISE Deputy Digital Editor Selena Hill notes, “These outstanding individuals are not just the leaders of tomorrow, but the leaders of today.” The stories of these honorees serve as a beacon of inspiration, showcasing what is possible when passion is aligned with purpose.

The celebration of these remarkable individuals will culminate in a private, invite-only reception on December 10th, sponsored by Nationwide. This event will not only honor their achievements but also reinforce the message that Black excellence knows no bounds.

For more information on the 2023 honorees and their inspiring journeys, visit BLACK ENTERPRISE’s 40 Under 40. As we look at these luminaries, let’s draw inspiration from their stories and remember that the path to success is paved with perseverance, innovation, and an unwavering commitment to making a difference.

About BLACK ENTERPRISE: Since 1970, BLACK ENTERPRISE has stood as the premier resource for Black Americans looking to succeed in their careers, excel in business, and build generational wealth. Today, it’s recognized as the No. 1 Black digital media brand, reaching millions through its website, events, and social media channels. To learn more, visit


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