For the past 100 days, a friend of mine on Facebook has been compiling a list of 100 people of color (POC) she finds beautiful, successful, and inspirational as a means of increasing representation of people of color and showcasing their diverse talents and accomplishments. As she reached the end of her list I let her know how much her collection had inspired me, and conveyed my desire to draft a list of my own. Thrilled by my enthusiasm she “challenged” me to continue the movement and present 100 Beautiful POC whom I admire. I found my friend’s compilation to be deeply moving and I hope that I can adequately carry her momentum forward. I will also be posting this list through Twitter (my feed is in the sidebar), if you’d prefer to follow along there. So, with that said, here’s my list of 100 People of Color I find beautiful and exceptional for what they do:
Jehane Noujaim is an Egyptian American documentary filmmaker. In 2004, she directed the feature-length documentary “Control Room” about US Central Command and its relations with Al Jazeera and other news organizations that covered the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The film exposed the differences in media coverage of the Iraq War between the Arab World and United States and ultimately garnered her the TED prize in 2006, making her the youngest-ever woman recipient. That same year she launched Pangea Day, an international multimedia event, broadcast live around the globe from multiple locations. Noujaim’s intention was to use the power of film to bring the world a little closer together.
In 2012 she released the film “Rafea: Solar Mama” about Rafea, a Bedouin woman living in one of Jordan’s poorest villages, who wants to learn how to light up her village using solar power. Her next documentary, the 2013 film “The Square,” follows that uprisings that took place in Tahrir Square against Mubarak in 2011 and Morsi in 2013, and was nominated for an Academy Award, won the Directors Guild Award, the International Documentary Award and became the first film to ever win the Audience Award at both Sundance and the Toronto Film Festival. You can also watch it on Netflix.
“Jehane has been nominated as a Young Global Leader by the WEF in 2007 and named one of the “50 People Who Will Change the World” by Wired (2012), “125 Women of Impact” by Newsweek (2013) and “100 Most Creative People in the World” by Fast Company (2014).”
You can watch her excellent TED talk on her wish for a global day of film here: https://www.ted.com/talks/jehane_noujaim_inspires_a_global_day_of_film?language=en#t-782540
*Just as a disclaimer, I am not nor do I claim to be the original creator of this idea. I was challenged by a friend draft a list of people of color I find to be remarkable, and prior to that she was challenged by a friend as well.