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Young, Gifted & Black: 10 Kids and Teens Making a Big Difference

Great news: the kids are alright! As WE continue to celebrate Black History Month, it’s only right to put the spotlight on the next generation leading us into a better future. They’re activists, entrepreneurs, community organizers, Hollywood moguls-in-the-making, and so much more. Prepare to be inspired.

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JOSHUA AND JEREMIAH WEST

Brothers Joshua and Jeremiah (pictured far left and far right) founded Champions of Change, an organization dedicated to helping and giving back to the less fortunate through charitable initiatives. Since 2013, their good deeds have helped more than 3,000 people across the country.

NAOMI WADLER

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Naomi is the passionate student and activist who organized a walkout at her elementary school following the Parkland shooting. She has since spoke out about gun violence, racism, gender inequality, and more.

KHERIS ROGERS

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Kheris is the creator of Flexin’ In My Complexion, a fashion line that encourages others to be confident with who they are. Since its launch, she’s gotten support from celebrities such as Lupita Nyong’o, Lena Waithe, Alicia Keys, Steve Harvey and many others. She is also one of the youngest designers to show at NYFW.

CORY NIEVES

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At just six years old, Cory created Mr. Cory’s Cookies with his mom and currently serves as co-CEO. He’s branched out to become a celebrity chef (and budding fashion icon!) who’s been featured on Ellen, Huffpost, CBS News, Today, and more.

MARSAI MARTIN

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Marsai is best known for her role as Diane Johnson on Black-ish, but is quickly establishing herself as a Hollywood heavyweight. At just 14 years old, she has become the youngest executive producer with her upcoming film Little. She’s also inked a first-look production deal with Universal (again, the youngest to ever do it) to develop scripted projects.

MIKAILA ULMER

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Mikaila is the founder and CEO of Me & the Bees Lemonade and a proud bee ambassador. Her lemonade is sold at Whole Foods, Wegmans, and other stores nationwide, with a portion of the proceeds going to local and international organizations fighting to save the honeybees.

JUNIOR FLIPS

This ambitious group, aged 7 to 13, takes distressed properties and flips them into beautifully renovated single-family homes in Washington D.C. and Maryland. They also host a kids entrepreneur conference to meet and support other business-minded peers.

MOZIAH BRIDGES

Moziah is the founder of Mo’s Bows, a bow tie brand that has been featured on Shark Tank, Ebony, Forbes, and more. Through his brand, he secured a partnership with the NBA, among other campaigns.

MARI COPENY

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Known as “Little Miss Flint,” Mari is an activist who helped bring attention to the water crisis in Flint, MI. She also uses her voice to speak out about education inequality and serves as the Chief Change Agent for Pack Your Backpack, which provides resources for students in need.

MARLEY DIAS

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Marley is an activist and author who created the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign to celebrate books in which Black girls are the main character. She collected more than 9,000 books and donated them to communities in need. Her mission is to continue to support diversity in publishing.

WE’re celebrating Black excellence all month long! For more exclusive content, visit our official Black History Month page.