Viola Davis and John Legend are just two of five stars landing on covers for Time magazine’s 100 most influential issues.
It should come as no surprise that both stars were granted covers, especially because of the mega year they’ve both had. The Black pioneers have not only been one to watch and beat, but were also names throughout award season; Viola for Fences and John for La La Land.
John, who landed under the artist category of the top 100, told the magazine that, as artists, their goals are to “try to bridge the divide by helping us feel what someone else might feel.”
Speaking of Viola, the one and only Meryl Streep described the actress as being someone one whose “midlife rise to the very top of her profession has not led her to forget the rough trip she took getting there. And that is why she embodies for all women, but especially for women of color, the high-wire rewards of hard work and a dream, risk and faith.”
Also landing on the coveted list, Chance the Rapper, who was labeled a pioneer. Common said of the Chicago rapper, he “upends expectations about what artists, especially hip-hop artists, can do.”
Leslie Jones, Donald Glover and Ava DuVernay also made most influential. Venus Williams had the opportunity to write about the director, telling the mag, “Ava’s point of view is fresh, it’s inspiring, it’s original, it makes people’s heads turn. But she also embraces other people’s perspectives.”
RuPaul also made the list and was praised by supermodel Naomi Campbell. “Ru was different. Not just because he had perfect, precise clothes and makeup, or because he was the only man I knew who could look that good in a wig and heels,” the model wrote. “There were no rough edges to be found. But as I got to know him better, I got to experience firsthand his wit and his intelligence—he’s like an encyclopedia. And his beauty is far beyond skin-deep.”
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