‘Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List Of Innovative Media Talent Includes Fewer People Of Color

January 8, 2014  |  

The esteemed business ‘zine, Forbes, has revealed its list of the youngest and most impressive media wizards, this year’s 30 Under 30 list.

At just 17, Tavi Gevinson is the youngest among the young on the coveted list. She can’t even vote yet, but she’s currently the co-founder of Rookie — a site geared towards teenage girls. She started as a style blogger and has blown up into an advocate for feminism and she’s even a fledgling actress in Hollywood with a role in the recent film Enough Said.

Speaking of laudable businesswomen, 40 percent of Forbes‘ Top 30 Under 30 List are female masterminds. This is an improvement from last year’s 33 percent, definitely a plus.

Among the notable women are  Buzzfeed‘s Melissa Rosenthal, 25, who oversees a 40-person team as the Director of Creative Services and Claire Mazur, 29, who co-founded Of a Kind, a fashion site that generates seven-figure sales.

While women are being increasingly recognized on Forbes, acknowledgement of media figures of color has fallen. Last year’s 30 Under 30 list only included two women of color. This year, the only POC selected for the current list is Uzoamaka Maduka, cofounder of The American Reader.

Recently featured on The New York Times, Maduka hopes she can expand on The American Reader, “a monthly print and digital literary journal.”

“Ms. Maduka is keeping her fingers crossed that a new investor will provide the chance for the magazine to build a lasting legacy. She dreams of its becoming a truly national publication,” the NY Times stated.

Some might say Maduka, 26, is nuts for starting a print literary magazine when everyone else is looking to launch apps and other virtual entities. But she has faith, even though she admits she is looking for a second investor as funds are running low.

“They are hustling to sell subscriptions and advertising,” the NY Times adds. “Without other money coming in, the initial investment runs out in March.”

Maduka is unique on the list. She’s sticking to the most traditional way of dishing out literary masterpieces — through paper. Meanwhile, her fellow young innnovative talents have ditched print and pursued tech-centric careers.

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