Popular Chicago-based blogger, publicist and promoter Waddie Grant has debuted his second annual "power" rankings. The first installment of the 2013 "Black LGBT Power 100″ was released this week. It boasts some familiar names and faces such as the MacArthur "Genius" Award winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney (above), basketball player and singer/songerwiter Will Sheridan, vlogger Derrick Briggs, Florida high school football player Leo Washington, American Idol's De'Borah (below) and many others. There are also quite a few surprises and unfamiliar names. It's an eclectic mix of athletes, events, web series, promoters, writers, activists, social media and reality personalities and more. Very nice.
The "Power 100" was expanded from last year's list, said Grant. "After the release of 2012′s 'Black Gays Rock', the overwhelming response showed how seriously our fellow Black LGBT people took the intent of this list," said Grant. "We need to celebrate ourselves more—with and without rankings—and recognize who our power players are beyond our social circles and regions."
Hear, hear. Looking forward to the second installment of Waddie Grant's list as well as other year-in-reviews from across the web.