Tiffany Haddish, J.Lo & Tarana J. Burke Land List of 100 Most Influential People

Tiffany Haddish, J.Lo, Tarana J. Burke Land List of 100 Most Influential People

Tiffany Haddish, J.Lo, Tarana J. Burke and more of our favorites have landed TIME’s 100 list of most influential people. Kevin Hart talks about Haddish, sharing how he met her on the comedy scene 13 years ago:

She was young, raw and funny, almost like she didn’t have a care in the world. But when I noticed her car was packed to the brim with her belongings. I asked her if everything was O.K. That’s when I found out she was homeless and living in that car.

Hart gave her $300—”it was all I had with me”—and handed it to her.

Now Tiffany is bringing a whole new level of fresh to the comedy scene. She’s just so authentic and unfiltered. You never know what’s going to come out of her mouth. And you can tell she’s having fun—she’s seen a time when things couldn’t get any worse, and she’s giving it all she has.

Kerry Washington discussed J.Lo for the issue stating,

I used to watch Jennifer Lopez from the wings. Several of us girls would hide in the folds of the curtains at the Boys & Girls Club to watch her perform. We were in awe of our neighborhood role model and phenom. When Jennifer left the Bronx to pursue her dreams, I would rush to finish my homework on Sunday to watch her on In Living Color. She made me believe that you could come from where we came from and achieve whatever you imagine is possible.

Lopez became the first Latina actor to earn over $1 million for a film and the first woman to have a No. 1 album and a No. 1 movie in the same week. Adds Washington:

But she’s also a mother, an entrepreneur, an activist, a designer, a beauty icon, a philanthropist and a producer. She is an undeniable force and a powerful example—not just for women of color but for anyone who has been made to feel ‘other’ and for everyone who carries the burden and the privilege of being a first.

Gabrielle Union discusses Tarana’s influence explaining that when she first met Tarana, who founded the #metoo movement in 2006, she found

a kindred spirit, somebody else who’s been screaming into the hurricane. Somebody else who’s been advocating for survivors of rape and sexual assault, and specifically young black women, whose voices have been silenced at best and completely erased from the national dialogue at worst.

Adds Union,

When you’ve been sidelined for so long, it’s exhilarating to know that such a powerful voice is finally breaking through. Tarana will continue to do this work, but the stage will be bigger and the microphone turned all the way up. She will inspire legislation and new crops of voters. She will sway old voters. She will open eyes. She’s not even going to bring more seats to the table—she’s going to turn the table over and build a new one.

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Authored by: Kellie Williams