04-20-2017

Colin Kaepernick, Jordan Peele, Ava DuVernay, RuPaul Make Time’s ‘Most Influential People’ List

Jordan Peele

Jordan Peele

*Jordan Peele, Colin Kaepernick, Ava DuVernay, RuPaul, Simone Biles, Viola Davis and Leslie Jones are among the 100 notables chosen for Time Magazine’s annual Most Influential People List of 2017 list.

The list is separated into five categories: Pioneers, Artists, Leaders, Titans and Icons.


LeBron James made the Leaders list along Jason Blum and Tom Brady, while Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un, Julian Assange and Elizabeth Warren were among the Titans tally.

Jones and DuVernay made the Artists list along with Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Sarah Paulson, among others.


Each person on the list, which includes 40 women, is introduced in a profile written by a notable figure, such as Lena Dunham, Barry Jenkins, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leonardo DiCaprio, Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift, Helen Mirren, Brie Larson, Martin Scorsese, Cate Blanchett, Arianna Huffington, Kamala Harris, Paul Ryan, John McCain, John Cusack, Sheryl Sandberg, Stephen Colbert, Harvey Weinstein and Meryl Streep.

“Some years the list has the feel of a loose, lively dinner party, people who mostly don’t know each other but would get along if they did. This year is a bit more complicated,” Time editor-in-chief Nancy Gibbs wrote in her essay introducing the 2017 list. “These past 12 months have sharpened our edges as political debates in the U.S. and Europe, the Middle East and Asia, turned jagged and primal and seem almost perfectly designed to divide us more deeply.”

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