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]

  • Charles E. Crutchfield III, M.D., Dermatologist
Neil deGrasse Tyson, 2013 winner
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 DC 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 Ithica, New York
  • Kiante Young, Entrepreneur
  • Nzinga Knight, Designer
  • Anthony Foxx, Mayor of Charlotte, NC
  • 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 Fimmaker
  • 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 copter 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 candidation 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
  • Bill T. Jones, Dancer and director of Broadway’s “FELA!”
  • Wynton Marsalis, Jazz musician
  • Lynn Nottage, Pulitzer prize winning playwright
  • Kadir Nelson, Children’s book illustrator
  • Kehinde Wiley, Painter
  • Darin Atwater, Composer/conductor
  • Jessica Care Moore, Poet, actor, publisher
  • Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator; former space shuttle commander
  • Tony Hansberry, The Next Doogie Howser, created a breakthrough surgical stitch
  • Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer at the Franklin Institute
  • Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
  • James McLurkin, Electrical engineer and robot specialist
  • Jerome Ringo, President of the Apollo Alliance
  • Beverly Wright, Head of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice
  • Robert Bullard, Author and environmentalist
  • Shelton Johnson, Park Ranger at Yosemite National Park
  • Agnes A. Day, Associate professor of microbiology at Howard University
  • Shani Davis, Olympic Speed Skater
  • Michael Hill, General Manager of the Florida Marlins baseball team
  • James Stewart, Jr., Champion motorcross driver
  • Evander Kane, Member of the Atlanta Thrashers NHL team
  • LeBron James, Member of the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA team
  • Adrian Peterson, Member of the Minnesota Vikings NFL team
  • Allyson Felix, Olympic track and field athlete
  • Candace Parker, Member of the Los Angeles Sparks WNBA basketball team
  • Serena Williams, Professional tennis player
  • Cheyenne Woods, Golfer
  • Wyclef Jean, Musician and philanthropist
  • Craig Watkins, Dallas District Attorney
  • Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
  • Richard Buery, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Aid Society in New York
  • Alysa Stanton, First female African-American Rabbi
  • Majora Carter, Environmental justice advocate
  • Shawna Rochelle Kimbrell, First African-American female fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force
  • Kari Fulton, National campus campaign coordinator for the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative
  • Yolanda Wimberly, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Joshua DuBois, Minister and Head of the White House Office for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
  • Tyra Banks, Model and media entrepreneur
Tyra Banks, 2010 winner
  • Tyler Perry, Producer/Director
  • Christina Norman, Chief Executive Office 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, 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


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