Ava Duvernay, Simone Biles, Nas & John Legend Cover EBONY’s #Power100 Issue

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Ebony’s #Power100 Issue

EBONY magazine has released its latest Power 100 ranking featuring filmmakers, athletes, civic leaders, and entertainers.

Covering the annual issue this year is Ava Duvernay, Simone Biles, Nas and John Legend who’ve been praised as leaders in their respective fields.

“These 100 individuals are not only authoring their own success stories, they are leveraging their platforms in order to improve various facets of Black life and render us visible on the world stage,” says Editor-in-Chief, Senior Vice President and Head of Digital Editorial Kyra Kyles.

Other honorees include Beyoncé, Colin Kaepernick, Kevin Hart, Serena Williams, Nas, Solange, Chance The Rapper, Carmelo Anthony, Donald Glover and Issa Rae.

Click HERE for the full list.

Check out Ava Duvernay, Simone Biles, Nas and John Legend’s #Power100 covers on the flip.

John Legend


“I want to do as much as I can to make the world better,” he says. “Our lives are short in the context of the universe, but I feel like the best we can do is try to spread love, spread light, make people’s lives better while we can, and make it better for those who are coming after us.”

Ava DuVernay


“I feel grateful for all of it, but I’m also putting it all into context. This year was a beautiful year for me professionally, but also I lost my father,” she says just before dissolving into tears. “When you’re sitting on top of the world, you want to be sitting there with the people who you love. I’d rather him be here than any of this happening,” she concedes.



“When I see injustice it hurts, so I speak about it. It just so happens I might be wearing a Dries Van Noten suit while I’m speaking,” he says quietly.

“I like things in the world that are appealing to the eye. So why lie about it?” he acknowledges, mentioning his penchant for Italian shoes. “One thing that kills me is these holier than thou, super clean phonies who walk around like they live in heaven and they’re a step above everybody else. No, we’re human beings striving to be the best we can be. We’re striving for greatness all the time.”

Simone Biles

“To me, it still feels normal because it’s what I do,” she tells EBONY while on the road with Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions. “I feel privileged and honored to go out there and represent the United States every single time.”

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