Here at LLA, we’re always cheering on amazing black women who are doing extra ordinary things in their various industries and today we would like to focus the spotlight on these amazing black women who have made history.
They all made the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 list of Young Disruptors, Entrepreneurs and Innovators from Europe, who are Changing the World across 10 Industries.
Here’s the list of some queens who made the list.
With her viral “Queen’s Speech” series of video freestyles–a humorous rap take on her Majesty’s annual Parliamentary address–Leshurr has won over fans and some 800,000 subscribers on YouTube. The Birmingham-born lyricist has nine mixtapes and four EPs to her name with a debut album on the way.
The first independent artist to ever win the BBC Sound Of poll of promising musicians, Ray BLK, nee Rita Ekwere, releases music online without a record label but still clocks major radio play. Her acclaimed “Durt” EP won rave reviews; she was nominated for best newcomer at the 2016 MOBO Awards.
Nathalie Emmanuel’s on-screen career began at just 17, starring as Sasha Valentine on soap opera “Hollyoaks.” Her film debut came six years later, with a role in “Twenty8k.” She has since crossed the pond to Hollywood, playing hacker Ramsey in the two most recent “Fast and Furious” movies, plus parts in “Game of Thrones” and the “Maze Runner” series.
Two years ago, the “Apprentice U.K.” finalist launched a nude hosiery brand with eight shades designed for a diverse range of skin tones. Bianca Miller London products are available online and carried by Topshop and QVC. Miller-Cole has also released a vegan-friendly, cruelty-free nail polish collection and a hosiery curve collection.
After experiencing–and growing increasingly frustrated–with the lack of diversity within the 94%-white British media industry, Tobi Oredein decided to partner with Bola Awoniyi to create Black Ballad, a platform that works to elevate and unite the voices of black women in Britain. Through paid subscriptions, a newsletter and events, Black Ballad fosters conversations about mental health, politics, dating, beauty and higher education. Since its founding, it has employed dozens of black, female writers and partnered with 25 black-owned businesses.
As the founder of Women Who, Otegha connects and supports creative working women through various forms of content including a newsletter, website and podcast, as well as live events. Her career guide, “Little Black Book: A Toolkit for Working Women,” is a Sunday Times bestseller.