Black women who made the TIME 100 List For 2013! First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, creative geniuses Beyoncé, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde (of Nigeria), and Shonda Rhimes, and President of Malawi, Joyce Banda.
Maya Angelou wrote the essay for Michelle Obama, in which she included this: " She has remained herself, with her grace, her gentleness and her sense of humor. That she would dare to wear clothes off the rack. Or go out and garden. Or have a grandmother in the White House. She knows how to be a public creature without being separate from her family."
Nancy Pelosi wrote the essay for Kamala Harris, in which she included this: "As a child, Kamala accompanied her parents to civil rights marches in Oakland. She’s been making strides for justice — and breaking down barriers — ever since."
Baz Lurhman wrote the essay for Beyoncé, in which he included this: "No one has that voice, no one moves the way she moves, no one can hold an audience the way she does. And she keeps growing and evolving in the ways that she expresses herself as a singer, as a performer and now as a mother."
Richard Corliss wrote the essay for Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, in which he included this: "Nollywood enthralls millions more who come for the thrills, the uplift and the artful agitations of Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde — the Queen of Nollywood."
Oprah Winfrey wrote the essay for Shonda Rhimes, in which she included this: "Gay, straight, single, divorced, lost, searching — everybody gets a seat at Shonda’s table. She creates an assemblage of worldly foibles and aspirations. She understands that every dream is valuable and every identity deserves inspection through the looking glass of television."
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (President of Liberia) wrote the essay for Joyce Banda, in which she included this: "President Banda is committed to using her position to improve the lives of women across the continent, not just in Malawi. She has great strength. I am delighted that I’m not alone in Africa anymore."
The linked names in the first paragraph leads to each respective essay.