He has released 11 no. 1 albums, pushed his successful Rocawear clothing line, headlined a string of arena tours, has been among hip hop’s most enduring figures, and has President Obama’s number on speed dial. That was all good enough for TheGrio.com to include Jay-Z among their new list celebrating the next generation of African-American history makers and industry leaders.
“The Grio’s 100: History Makers in the Making”—which includes talk show host phenom Oprah Winfrey, Xerox CEO Ursula Burns, choreographer and director Bill T. Jones, Olympic hopeful and cancer patient Seun Adebiyi, and the first black female Rabbi Alysa Stanton—were picked by the NBC-owned website geared toward African-American news and interests.
All this week, individuals picked for theGrio.com list have been featured on various NBC platforms including NBC Nightly News, Today and MSNBC.
Click here to see the entire “The Grio’s 100” list. —Keith Murphy