Meet the Black Future Makers
AT&T is committed to celebrating individuals who are pushing the culture forward and inspiring a future generation of Indvidual's to do the same. Black Future Makers is AT&T Dream In Black's signature initiative at the heart of it we are supporting and empowering the black community.
2023 Black Future Makers
Multi-platinum Artist, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist Big Sean consistently assert himself as a chart-busting force and a vital voice for the culture. The Detroit-born and Los Angeles-based artist has won five GRAMMY® Award nominations and seven BET Awards. Beyond selling out worldwide tours, the Detroit native was appointed Creative Director of Innovation for the Detroit Pistons.Aside from Big Sean's professional success, he leverages his massive platform to give back. His 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Sean Anderson Foundation, assists in the education, health, safety, and well-being of school-age youth and their families. He has also created studios throughout his hometown in Detroit to connect emerging voices with a platform to record music.
As a proud fashion outsider from Memphis, TN, Brandice Daniel has left a mark by doing things her way. In 2007, Daniel founded Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR) a New York-based firm that acts as a bridge between designers of color and brands via collaborations, experiential events, and pipeline programs.Ten years later, Daniel led the collaboration between HFR, Nike and Lebron James on the HFRxLBJ16 shoe, the first Lebron sneaker designed by and for women. The shoe sold out in less than 5 minutes.Since then, she has led partnerships with LVMH, Tommy Hilfiger, Tiffany & Co, Levi, Gap Inc, Tapestry, and more. In 2020, Brandice started a non-profit organization, ICON360 that has donated over $2 Million to HBCU Fashion Departments and Black designers. And just last year she received Alumni of the Year award from the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Social Impact Award from Footwear News.Brandice is a proud mom to Sky Daniel and wife to Richard Daniel.
Gia Peppers is an award-winning on-air talent, entertainment journalist, content creator, and podcaster who is most known for her work as a contributor on NBC's primetime morning show staple, The Today Show, her RadioOne program, More Than That with Gia Peppers, and as 1/5th of the wildly popular, candid podcast, Black Girl Pod.As a creative entrepreneur and a journalist, she's launched an original interview series on YouTube, Give You the Game, which inspires through conversations with impactful leaders like Debbie Allen, Erica Campbell, Sarah Jakes Roberts, and more. She has partnered with Michelle Obama's "When We All Vote" campaign as a social ambassador, lending her voice to Color Of Change's "Tell Black Stories" and #ChangeHollywood initiatives.Gia is a Washington, DC, native who now splits her time between New York and Los Angeles. A graduate of Rutgers University, she holds a degree in Journalism and Media Studies.
Handel Eugene is a Haitian American multidisciplinary artist & animator whose work you’ve been moved by and whose face you’re about to get to know better.He’s worked with brands like Nike, Google, Toyota, Facebook, and Apple. Most notable are his recent and stunning contributions to Marvel’s Black Panther franchise and Spider-Man Homecoming. Handel pushes the boundaries of his art as he progresses through his career, seeking new challenges on exciting platforms such as VR, AR, & interactive technology.He amazes and inspires audiences to dream of a world with limitless possibility..
J. Alphonse Nicholson is a father, husband, percussionist, and actor. Born and raised in Greensboro, NC, he began his professional career in 2009 after falling in love with the art of storytelling.Since making his TV debut on Blue Bloods (CBS) in 2015, he’s racked up credits that include Just Mercy (Warner Brothers), Madam CJ Walker (Netflix), and Marvel’s Luke Cage (Netflix). His breakout role came in 2021 with an acclaimed portrayal of “Lil Murda” on STARZ’s P-Valley.A proud alumnus of North Carolina Central University, his goal is to connect his platform to raise awareness of the importance of supporting HBCU education..
Javicia Leslie is an actress and philanthropist committed to her best-known role as Ryan Wilder in D.C.'s Batwoman. While at Hampton University, Leslie's love for performing grew, and she appeared in several school productions, including Seven Guitars, For Colored Girls, and Chicago. Since then, her lead television roles include CBS' #1 drama, God Friended Me, the MacGyver reboot, and BET's #1 drama series, The Family Business. She's also made her leading lady feature debut in the hilarious comedy, Always a Bridesmaid, penned by NAACP- nominated Yvette Nicole Brown.Javicia is committed to living a purpose-driven life. She founded The Chandler Foundation to serve the brightest young stars in the community of Prince George's, Maryland. It produces an annual back-to-school celebration that provides students with backpacks, school supplies, and haircuts to mark the new school year. Javicia names her ultimate passion as giving children the space and freedom to follow their dreams.
Lance Gross is an accomplished actor, producer, and photographer. A multi-dimensional artist, notable credits include Our Kind of People (FOX), Hawaii 5-0 (CBS), MacGyver (CBS), Sleepy Hollow (Fox), and the NBC drama Crisis. He is the first actor to win four NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.Turning his attention to behind the camera - Lance created, produced, and starred in the MACRO digital series I Turned My Camera On (Essence), which combined his love of photography with a series of celebrity interviews. Season one featured Michael B. Jordan, Omari Hardwick, and Kelly Rowland, among others.Lance lives in Los Angeles with his wife Rebecca, their beautiful daughter Berkeley and their son Lennon. He is a proud graduate of Howard University and a relentless HBCU advocate, assisting with fundraising and amplifying scholarships for the next generation of aspiring and current students.
Lori Harvey shines as an entrepreneur, accomplished model, and brand visionary. As President and C.E.O. of Lori Harvey Enterprises, her all-inclusive skincare line, S.K.N. By L.H., has regularly sold out to an enthusiastic audience since its release in 2021.Harvey's goal is to inspire everyone to feel more beautiful in their skin. Having navigated acne as a teen model, she understood the importance of a beauty brand encouraging the community to uplift and inform during their skincare journey. Harvey's commitment to providing opportunities for people of color isn't just skin deep, employing and collaborating with Black professionals and artists is one of her keys to success.From lighting up runways for Dolce & Gabbana, building a social media audience of 5 million+ followers, appearing in countless magazines and television shows, to launching and presiding over an empire makes Harvey one of the most exciting and imaginative business persons to watch.
Luke Lawal Jr. is the C.E.O. and founder of L & Company, a minority-based Los Angeles, California corporation. Luke's first foray into entrepreneurship began in 2011 at Bowie State University; wanting to generate awareness of HBCU collegiate culture and camaraderie amongst schools, he founded HBCU Buzz. The company named "the most influential brand in the HBCU community" has become the leading source of HBCU news for all historically black colleges and universities today.
Mali Music is a prolific, GRAMMY® winning artist, composer, and producer whose cross-genre sound encompasses Gospel, R&B, Hip-Hop, and Rock. His deep love for music began in his childhood. Mali taught himself to play the keyboards and drums at 11. And by 12, he was creating and arranging material for his church. That creativity, drive, and focus helped Mali become the dynamic, multifaceted artist and musician he is today. He released his fifth studio album, the acclaimed Book of Mali, through a partnership between his label, K Approved Enterprises, and RCA Inspiration in 2020. More recently, Mali collaborated with fellow inspirational artist Jonathan McReynolds and released a groundbreaking project, Jonny x Mali: Live in LA. The two artists are on a U.S. tour performing music from the Jonny x Mali album, including the GRAMMY®-winning song "Movin' On."
At 18 years old, Marsai Martin is already considered a Hollywood veteran and successful business visionary. The young starlet has stolen viewers' hearts on the ABC Emmy®-nominated hit comedy black-ish. Her work on the show has earned her 9 NAACP Image Awards and 3 BET Awards. At the age of 10, she conceptualized and pitched a movie idea to Will Packer and Universal, which became the feature film, Little, making her the youngest person in Hollywood history to Executive Produce a major Hollywood film. Recent projects include an interior design series for Discovery+ called Remix My Space, serving as an Executive Producer for Girls Inc. Virtual Film Festival, and co-created and producing a Gen Z financial literacy series for Verizon Media's In The Know called Money with Marsai Martin. Marsai is excited to inspire and uplift diverse, young voices through her production company, Genius Productions, which signed an overall deal with Universal.
Morgan DeBaun is the founder & CEO of Blavity Inc., a venture-backed company that builds product solutions and media for Black consumers and the enterprises who want to reach them. Blavity Media Group creates content for Black audiences. It reaches over 250 million monthly readers through a growing brand portfolio: Blavity News, 21Ninety, Travel Noire, Shadow & Act, and the Blavity Culture Network. Blavity Inc.'s Business division, AfroTech, is a professional network and talent acquisition solution for the world's largest companies and hosts the most prominent tech conference for Black founders & innovators worldwide. Since founding Blavity Inc., Forbes has recognized DeBaun in the 30 Under 30 and America's Top 50 Women in Tech lists and was named twice in Goldman Sachs' 100 Most Influential Builders and Innovators. She credits her success, in part, to her passion for helping others reach their potential.
Pretty Vee is a comedian, host, actress, and entrepreneur who has catapulted into celebrity influencer stardom. Her personality and stage presence has made her a fan favorite on MTV's Wild' n Out, where she's a regular cast member and a six-season veteran. Leveraging on that success has allowed her to expand into the music industry. Top-selling artists, including Chance the Rapper, Queen Naija, and Lil Kim, have featured her on albums and songs. Her social media following of over six million has garnered collaborations with popular brands like Mielle Organics, Luc Belaire, and Fenty Beauty. She's also appeared in three feature films: American Gangster Presents Big Fifty – The Delrhonda Hood Story, A Hip-Hop Christmas, and Miracle on 125th Street. Since a personality like Pretty Vee needs viewing, BET tapped her to act as Pre-Show Host for the 2022 BET Awards, resulting in record numbers. These accolades continue to grow as the relatable and hilarious personality continues to pursue and catch her dreams.
Tyrann "Honey Badger" Mathieu is a Super Bowl Champion, 3x Pro Bowler, 2x First-Team All-Pro, 2x Derrick Thomas MVP, and a 2022 WPMOY Nominee. Tyrann's athletic legacy began during his collegiate at LSU, where his undeniable presence on the gridiron and fan love catapulted him into superstardom. He started his career in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals, where he earned his first Pro Bowl bid in 2015. Having overcome adversity in his youth, he founded the Tyrann Mathieu Foundation to impact the lives of financially disadvantaged children and youth through encouragement, opportunities, and resources to achieve their dreams in his hometown of New Orleans. In 2022, Tyrann signed a 3-year contract with the New Orleans Saints, where the NFL star continues to redefine what it means to be an athlete and community member.
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