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TIME Magazine, the always-timely and trusted editorial news empire for the past century, has for decades honored those considered to be the shot callers of the world with is prestigious TIME 100 World’s Most Influential People list.

No, we’re not talking social media stars; this list presents a yearly look at the real-life movers and shakers of the industry that help set the social norms in society. This year, you can expect to see a lot of Black excellence appear on the hefty list of America’s all-stars for 2023.





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With stars like chart-topping rap queen Doja Cat and A-list Hollywood heartthrob Michael B. Jordan featured on two separate covers (seen above), it’s easy to see how powerful Black culture was over the past year. TIME 100 broke down their honorees into a handful of categories based area of expertise and seniority, including “Artists,” “Icons,” “Pioneers,” “Leaders,” “Titans” and “Innovators.”

Here’s what TIME 100 had to say about the way the list is broken down and the selections overall:

“At this year’s first gathering of TIME100s, in Davos, Switzerland, the overarching theme was the confluence of interconnected challenges, from climate and public health to democracy and equality.

That is also the central theme running through the 2023 TIME100 list—starting with the most existential of challenges: climate change. This year’s list features a record 16 people defending the environment, including the new leaders of Australia, Colombia, and Brazil, all recently elected on a wave of pro-climate sentiment.”

While we think the entire list is filled with amazing cultural leaders, which you can read in full by clicking here, we had to give a special shoutout to all the famous faces representing for our culture as top influencers across the globe.

Keep scrolling to see all the Black stars that made it on the TIME 100 World’s Most Influential People list for 2023, and let us know if you think they missed a few:


1. Michael B. Jordan – Artists

Michael B. Jordan Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony Source:MGM

2. Zoe Saldaña – Artists

Miami Red Carpet Screening of TriStar Pictures' 'Colombiana' Source:Getty

By Mila Kunis

3. Simone Leigh – Artists

59. Venice Art Biennale Source:Getty

By Venus Williams

4. Suzan-Lori Parks – Artists

HBO "Native Son" Screening Source:Getty

5. El Anatsui – Artists

Royal Academy Exhibition Source:Getty

6. Steve Lacy – Artists

65th GRAMMY Awards - Press Room Source:Getty

7. Brittney Griner – Icons

National Action Network's Women's Empowerment Luncheon Source:Getty

8. RowVaughn Wells – Icons

Memphis Awaits Release Of Police Body Cam Video Of Tyre Nichols' Arrest Prior To His Death Days Later Source:Getty

9. Tracie D. Hall – Icons

73rd National Book Awards Source:Getty

10. Imara Jones – Icons

OUTLOUD: Raising Voices Concert Series - Arrivals Source:Getty

11. Doja Cat – Pioneers

Doja Cat Source:Courtesy Vevo

12. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema – Pioneers


13. Hakeem Jeffries – Leaders

Hakeem Jeffries Source:Getty

14. Bola Ahmed Tinubu – Leaders


15. Angela Bassett – Titans

Queen Ramonda Source:Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

16. Beyoncé – Titans

Beyonce Renaissance Source:other

17. Patrick Mahomes II – Titans

Patrick Mahomes at Disneyland Source:Getty

18. Gina Prince-Bythewood – Titans

2023 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards - Inside Source:Getty

19. Kylian Mbappé – Innovators

Paris Saint-Germain Training Session Source:Getty

20. Monica Simpson – Innovators

Rally For Abortion Justice Source:Getty

21. Wanjira Maathai – Innovators

Wanjira Maathai,(L) daughter of deceased Source:Getty

22. Jerrod Carmichael – Innovators

74th Primetime Emmy Awards - Show Source:Getty

23. Catherine Coleman Flowers – Innovators

24. Dimie Ogoina – Innovators