Grio Awards

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The Grio Awards are annual national awards bestowed in a number of categories by The Grio (, an American news website geared toward African Americans.[1] The Grio is a division of the MSNBC cable channel.[2] Begun in 2010, the Grio's 100 list of "History Makers in the Making" honors those who are shaping American's future today; its award winners are selected not only from the African American community, but also form all sections of America.[3]

Grio Award

The ten award categories are Business, Health, Education, Science & the Environment, Media, Pop Culture, Arts & Culture, Service & Activism, Politics and Sports, and ten people are selected from each category.[4] To make the Grio 100 list, winners must display a large-scale impact on all of America, and their work must be ongoing. The editorial team at, after consulting contributors and experts, decides the final outcome of the awards.[4] The top 100 change every year.

Grio Awards 2013[edit]

Neil deGrasse Tyson, 2013 winner
Charles E. Crutchfield III, 2013 winner
Chadwick Boseman, 2013 winner
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, 2013 winners
Peter Ramsey, 2013 winner
Gabby Douglas, 2013 winner
  • Ty Hunter, Beyoncé's stylist
  • Arian Foster, NFL player
  • Keija Minor, editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Magazine
  • Dr. Robert J. Gore, doctor and violence prevention advocate
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist
  • Ken Williams, general manager of the Chicago White Sox
  • Tripoli Patterson, champion surfer
  • Dr. Naeemah Ghafur, family medicine physician
  • Judy Smith, inspiration behind the hit show 'Scandal'
  • Dr. Kafui Dzirasa, mental health research healer
  • Solange Knowles, singer
  • Rob Nabors, Director of Legislative Affairs at the White House
  • Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University
  • Dr. Marilyn Hughes Gaston and Dr. Gayle K. Porter, promoters of health among midlife women
  • Kendrick Lamar, hip-hop artist
  • Gary Clark, Jr., blues artist
  • Elle Varner, R&B artist
Elle Varner, 2013 winner
  • Antron Brown, drag racer
  • Wendy Williams, daytime TV personality
  • Taylor Townsend, tennis player
  • Benjamin Crump, Legal Hand for victims
  • Madu Eneli, teen author
  • Drs. James K. Aikins, Jr. and Charletta A. Ayers, co-founders of International HealthCare Volunteers, Inc.
  • Ken Strickland, NBC's Washington, D.C. bureau chief
  • Jabari Parker, basketball player
  • Nina Turner, Ohio state senator
  • Brendon Ayanbadejo, Super Bowl-winning LGBT advocate
  • Susan Rice, United States National Security Advisor
  • Robert Griffin III, NFL player
  • Lia Neal, Olympic swimmer
  • RZA, Wu-Tang Clan member
  • Wanda Butts, founder of the Josh Project
  • Rodney Stearns, iPhone app developer
  • Aprille Ericsson, engineer
  • Shaun Evans, owner of OMBO Apps
  • Ibranhim Abdul-Matin, author of 'Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting The Planet'
  • Kat Calvin, founder of 'Black Girls Hack'
  • Lee Saunders, president of the nation's largest labor union
Lee Saunders, 2013 winner
  • Laura Smalls, fashion designer
  • William Barber, civil rights leader
  • Svante Myrick, mayor of Ithaca, New York
  • Kiante Young, entrepreneur
  • Nzinga Knight, designer
  • Anthony Foxx, mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Amos Winbush III, musician and tech entrepreneur
  • Dinaw Mengestu, novelist
  • Randal Pinkett, Apprentice winner
  • Dambisa Moyo, economist
  • Vera Moore, soap opera star and makeup guru
  • Salaam Coleman Smith, president of NBC Universal's Style network
  • Mellody Hobson, leader of Ariel Investments
Jackie Lacey, 2013 winner
  • Earl Phalen, CEO and founder of Phalen Leadership Academies and Summer Advantage USA
  • Oscar L. Harris, businessman and architect
  • Farrah Gray, book publisher
  • Sabrina Lamb, author and media commentator
  • Dylan C. Penningroth, history professor
  • Susan E. Chapman, SVP of Global Real Estate and Workplace Enablement for American Express
  • Dorian Warren, Columbia University Scholar-Activist
  • Tommie Lindsey, teacher
  • Tambay Obenson, film fanatic
  • Brittney Exline, Ivy League prodigy
Isis King, 2013 winner
  • Dean Baquet, managing editor of the Times
  • Chadwick Boseman, actor
  • Steven Horsford, Nevada Congressman
  • Mario Armstrong, co-founder of Urban Videogame Academy
  • Emi Kolawole, Washington Post blogger
  • Michael Strahan, former NFL player
  • Stefanie Brown, National African American Vote director
  • Gregory Lowe, CEO of Lowekey Media
  • Barbara R. Arwine, executive director of Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights under Law
  • Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles County District Attorney
  • Brittney Griner, basketball player
  • Swizz Beatz, hip-hop producer
  • Beverly Bond, founder of Black Girls Rock, Inc.
  • Valeisha Butterfield Jones, chair of the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network
  • Nerfertiti Martin and Emily Carpenter, gender equality youth activists
  • Isis King, transgender activist
  • Robin Roberts, co-host, 'Good Morning America'
  • Kelvin Doe, teen innovator
  • Karen Lewis, president, Chicago Teachers Union
  • Suzanne Shank, president and CEO, Siebert Brandford and Shank

Grio Awards 2012[edit]

  • C.J. Senter, child fitness instructor
  • Jon 'Bones' Jones, youngest UFC Light Heavyweight Champion in history
Jon 'Bones' Jones, 2012 winner
Octavia Spencer, 2012 winner
Maya Rudolph, 2012 winner
  • Elisabeth Omilami, actress and human rights activist
  • Sonya Arrington, founder of Mothers Against Teen Violence
  • Marcia Anderson, first black woman to hold major general rank in the U.S. Army
  • Janet Mock, transgender rights advocate
  • Frederica Wilson, Representative for Florida
  • Radcliffe Bailey, artist
  • Mara Brock Akil, creator of 'Girlfriends' and 'The Game'
  • Chuck Baker, founder of FileBlaze
  • Maimah Karmo, breast cancer awareness advocate
  • George Andrews, founder and CEO of Capitol City Bank & Trust
  • Alonzo Washington, comic book artist
  • Andrew 'Bo' Young, III, civil rights leader
  • Cheryl Mills, counselor and chief of staff, Department of State
Cheryl Mills, 2012 winner
Kevin Hart, 2012 winner
Van Jones, 2012 winner
  • Afam Onyema, hospital builder
  • John Hunter, creator of World Peace Games
  • Nicholas Cobb, philanthropist
  • Willow Smith, actress and Musician
  • Nnamdi Asomugha, NFL player
  • Torrence Boone, Google managing director
  • Aton Edwards, environmental and social activist
  • Angella Reid, former White House Chief Usher
  • DeVon Franklin, movie executive
  • Chazz Darby, chef
  • The Holistic Life Foundation Founders, yoga instructors
  • Garth Fagan, dance choreographer
  • Roblé Ali, chef
  • Yvette Miley, vice president and executive editor of MSNBC
  • Leanna Archer, hair and body care CEO
  • Anthony Fraiser, start-up entrepreneur
  • Kevin Lewis, White House Director of black media
  • Daniell Washington, marine biologist and activist
  • Corvida Raven, social media entrepreneur
  • Chinedu Echeruo, founder of HopStop
  • Patrick Gaspard, executive director of the Democratic National Committee
Patrick Gaspard, 2012 winner
MC Hammer, 2012 winner

Grio Awards 2011[edit]

Tim Scott, 2011 winner
Wyatt Cenac, 2011 winner
  • Mark Luckie, digital media specialist
  • Marve Frazier, social media mogul
  • Gabi Gregg, MTV personality
  • Tristan Walker, Foursquare's Business Development VP
  • Bernal Smith, publisher of the Tri-State Defender
  • Bill Burton, senior political strategist
  • Hallerin Hilton Hill, American talk radio host
  • Lolis Eric Elie, writer and documentary filmmaker
  • Samantha Fennell, managing director of Cesanamedia/Out There
  • Tamron Hall, national correspondent for NBC News
  • Christina Oliver, Marine corporal
  • Decker Ngongang, senior associate at Echoing Green
  • Dale Long, Big Brothers Big Sisters advocate
  • Jawanza Colvin, reverend
  • Joshua Williams, philanthropist
  • La'Shanda Holmes, Coast Guard helicopter pilot
  • Larry Camel, pastor
  • Shaun King, social media entrepreneur
  • Terrance Roberts, anti-gang activist
  • Tracie Washington, attorney
  • Amiya Alexander, entrepreneur
  • Bernard Beal, Wall Street mogul
  • Cheryl Dorsey, president of Echoing Green
  • Don Peebles, real estate king
  • Jason Few, former president of Reliant Energy
  • Rosalind Brewer, president and CEO of Sam's Club
  • John Rice, founder of Management Leadership for Tomorrow
  • Kenneth Frazier, Merck CEO
Kenneth Frazier, 2011 winner
Nicki Minaj, 2011 winner
  • Rihanna, singer
  • Viola Davis, actress
  • Aaron Shirley, physician and civil rights activist
  • Carnell Cooper, doctor
  • Eugene Sawyer, medical director
  • Hydeia Broadbent, HIV/AIDS activist
  • Linda Fondren, mayoral candidate in Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • Lisa Newman, surgical oncologist
  • Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States
  • Nia Froome, young entrepreneur
  • Velma Scantlebury, transplant surgeon
  • Winston Gandy, doctor and healthcare advocate
  • Angela Brown, singer
  • Edwidge Danticat, novelist
Edwidge Dantiact, 2011 winner
  • Joshua Bennett, slam poet
  • Kazen Abdullah, classical music conductor
  • Kenny Leon, theater director
  • Monica Haslip, art innovator
  • Robert Battle, choreographer
  • Sujari Britt, cellist
  • Tanya Hamilton, filmmaker
  • Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews, NOLA musician
  • John Dabiri, biophysicist
  • Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, environmentalist and CEO of Green For All
  • Adriane Brown, president and COO for Intellectual Ventures
  • André Fenton, neuroscientist
  • Bernard Harris, astronaut
  • Cora Marret, acting director of the National Science Foundation
  • Donya Douglas, NASA engineer and technologist
  • Faye Alexander Nelson, president and CEO of Detroit RiverFront Conservancy
  • Monique Harden, environmental human rights advocate
  • Njema Frazier, physicist
  • Cullen Jones, Olympic swimmer
  • DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the National Football League Players Association
  • Jason Heyward, baseball player
  • Kevin Durant, NBA player
  • Kye Allums, NCAA basketball star
  • Mariah Stackhouse, golfer
  • Mattie Larson, Team USA gymnast
  • Myron Rolle, Rhodes Scholar footballer
  • Natalie Randolph, football coach
  • Terry Kennedy, skateboarder
  • Derrell Bradford, education reformer
  • Rehema Ellis, reporter
  • Courtnay Tyus, director of Admissions and Marketing for Charter High School
  • Dominique Lee, education reformer
  • Jill Scott R&B star
  • John Silvanus Wilson, Jr., president of Morehouse College
  • Kittie Weston-Knauer, BMX racer
  • Robert Bobb, Detroit Education official
  • Tamica Stubbs, science teacher
  • Terry Houston, Roosevelt High School principal

Grio Awards 2010[edit]

Jay-Z, 2010 winner
  • Oprah Winfrey, media mogul
  • Clarence Otis, Jr., chief executive officer of Darden Restaurants
  • Ephren W. Taylor, chief executive officer of City Capital Corporations
  • Janice Bryant Howroyd, entrepreneur
  • Ralph Gilles, president and CEO Dodge Brand
  • Jamail Larkins, chief executive officer of Ascension Aircraft
  • Carla Harris, managing director in Global Capital Markets at Morgan Stanley
  • Regina Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General
Regina Benjamin, 2010 winner
  • Will Allen, chief executive officer of Growing Power
  • Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of American Cancer Society
  • Kathie-Ann Joseph, surgeon and breast cancer researcher/activist
  • Lisa Cooper, professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA
  • Seun Adebiyi, Olympic hopeful
  • Satira Streeter, clinical psychologist
  • Treena Livingston Arinzeh, biomedical engineer
  • Risa Lavisso-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Bakari Sellers, Democratic member of South Carolina House of Representatives
  • Anthony Woods, former Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in California
  • Artur Davis, Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives
Artur Davis, 2010 winner
Beyonce, 2010 winner
Malcolm Gladwell, 2010 winner
Tyra Banks, 2010 winner
  • Tyler Perry, producer/director
  • Christina Norman, chief executive officer of OprahWomensNetwork (OWN)
  • Fred Mwangaguhunga, founder of
  • Byron Pitts, correspondent for CBS News’ “60 Minutes”
  • Roland Martin, journalist
  • Steve Harvey Radio host, author
  • David Drummond, SVP of corporate development and chief legal officer of Google
  • Mary Spio, co-founder of Gen2MEDIA and digital media expert
  • Mara Schiavocampo, NBC Nightly News digital correspondent
  • Teresa King, first female commander at U.S. Army’s Drill Sgt. School
  • Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of University of Maryland; education expert
  • Spirit Trickey, daughter of one of Little Rock 9, park ranger at Central High School Visitor’s Center
  • Barrington Irving, pilot; founder of Experience Aviation
  • Roland Fryer, professor of economics at Harvard University
  • Omo Moses, founder and executive director of Young Peoples Project
  • Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Tim King, founder of Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men in Chicago
  • Ashanti Johnson, assistant professor of Chemical Oceanography at College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg, FL
  • John Jackson, president and CEO of The Schott Foundation for Public Education


  1. ^ Kee, Tameka. "Can NBCU's Succeed Where Failed?". CBS News. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  2. ^ "The Grio Website". CSPAN. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  3. ^ "TheGrio's 100". TheGrio. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Introducing theGrio's 100 class of 2012: America's best". TheGrio. Retrieved 24 October 2013.

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