11 Black Creatives and Media Moguls in the Making to Watch Out For in 2021

If we’ve learned anything about Black creatives this year, it’s that they undeniably hold the strength and will persevere even in the face of adversity.

During such unprecedented times — a global health pandemic, social reckoning, and an uncertain future — Black creatives have been the backbone of inspiring joy and inspiration.

Black creatives who have flourished tremendously are for sure destined for great things in the new year.

Here are a handful of some of the budding Black creators and media moguls in the making who need to be on your radar for 2021 and beyond:

Journalist, writer, host, and digital content creator Danielle Young is a woman whose talents know no limits.

Danielle Young

Writer, director, producer, and former NFL player Matthew A. Cherry has managed to conquer the creative transition from sports to the entertainment world.

Matthew A. Cherry

Breakout comedian Ziwe Fumudoh had a stellar summer this year becoming the pandemic’s “most provocative comedy star,” according to TIME Magazine.

Ziwe Fumudoh

Entertainment journalist, on-air talent, and podcast host Gia Peppers has had a phenomenal year even while working in quarantine.

Gia Peppers

Morman, so far, has put his hosting and interviewing skills to the test on Spotify. He has plans to take his talents to a new show over on the MSG Network soon as well.

Speedy Morman

Jasmyn Lawson, the Strong Black Lead Editorial Manager turned Content Executive — has truly been a playmaker in prioritizing Black storytelling in Hollywood. 

Jasmyn Lawson

Director Melina Matsoukas — most notably known for “Queen & Slim” as well as her work on Beyonce’s “Formation” and HBO’s “Insecure” — has been very instrumental in Black storytelling.

Melina Matsoukas

Live Nation partner and Femme It Forward CEO/president Heather Lowery has been a major playmaker in entertainment this year.

Heather Lowery

As the youngest EIC of any Condé Nast magazine, Wagner has been able to shape the Teen Vogue brand to be a model example for social values and community.

Lindsay Peoples Wagner

Actor, personality, and podcast host Dustin Ross wears a plethora of hats. The media maven is best known for co-hosting The Friend Zone podcast and being head writer for “The Read.”

Dustin Ross 

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