3 African women who made Forbes 2014 30 Under 30 list

The three African women on Forbes 2014 30 Under 30 list are Uzoamaka Maduka, Aminatou Sow, and Issa Rae. Uzoamaka Maduka_Forbes_30_Under_30_2014_African_Women Nigerian-American Uzoamaka Maduka (26) is founder and publisher of The American Reader. “While The American Reader aspires to publish important fiction, poetry and criticism, the most interesting thing about the project may be the editor in chief herself. Born to Nigerian parents and raised in Maryland, Ms. Maduka is easily mistaken for well over six feet tall (she is 5-foot-11, “it’s all hair and heels,” she said, laughing), and wears spandex, turbans and kimonos as easily as a floor-length gown. She smokes with relish and is a practicing Catholic eager to defend her beliefs, attending weekly mass at St. Ignatius Loyola on Park Avenue with Mr. Mullen, who became Catholic while they dated at Princeton. ” More from the NYTimes about Uzoamaka AminatouSow_African_Women-on-Forbes-2014_30_Under_30 Guinean native Aminatou Sow (28) is co-founder of Tech LadyMafia “I’m the Digital Engagement Director at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.* Here’s a great example of the kind of powerful, innovative storytelling project I’m spearheading. Before coming in house at IAVA, I lived a long and happy life as a digital media strategist in Washington DC working with and consulting for big brands, media companies and government agencies. I’m from Guinea, grew up in West Africa and Europe, speak 5 languages, went to school at UT-Austin and now live in Brooklyn. Hmm what else? Oh yeah, once upon a time I ran a blog called orszagasm.com. RIP ORSZAGSM DOT COM” More from the Tech LadyMafia

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Senegalese American Issa Rae is the creator of the Awkward Black series and a producer. “With her own unique flare and infectious sense of humor, Issa Rae’s content has garnered over 20 million views over 130,000 subscribers on YouTube – with no plans of slowing down. In addition to making the Forbes 30 Under 30 list and winning the 2012 Shorty Award for Best Web Show for her hit series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” Issa Rae has worked on web content for Pharrell Williams & Tracey Edmonds and developed a TV series with Shonda Rhimes and ABC. Rae is signed with UTA and 3 Arts Entertainment and is currently slated to release a book of essays with Simon & Schuster in 2014.” More from Issa Rae

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