Time magazine published its annual TIME100 Next list Wednesday (September 28), recognizing 100 rising stars from across industries and around the world. The publication goes about choosing its list by deciding which 100 rising stars — from medical professionals, government officials, movement leaders, high-profile whistle-blowers, top CEOs, musicians and actors by their impact to the world.
As Time states, “There is no one way to have an impact, so there is no one way by which Time measures the influence essential to its selections.”
One of this year’s featured artists is television host, singer and actress Keke Palmer, who most recently starred in Jordan Peele’s Nope and hosts the rebooted game show classic Password. She has been in the entertainment industry for 20 years now, getting her major acting breakthrough with Akeelah and the Bee (2006).
In her Time 100 video profile, Keke said that Black American filmmakers like Jordan Peele and Tyler Perry breaking the box office down with their success is something we “want more of it. The more that we have of it, the more different perspectives we can get. Everybody’s perspective isn’t the same.”
Keke also shared advice for those wanting to break it big in the industry: “Do what you can with what you got. Tell your story, get your idea out there” via reels, Instagram and TikTok.
Palmer, 29, said on Instagram of Queen Latifah being the person tasked with writing about her, “I am soooo thankful for all the beautiful things you said about me @queenlatifah. What an incredible surprise from someone who has mentored me my entire career. My love for you is endless, till this day when someone messes with me.. I let them know I’m gonna tellllllll my auntie.”
As we previously reported, Lil Nas X, Britney Spears and Billie Eilish made the list last year. As always, a person of importance writes up the commentary on who Time chooses for their list — Kid Cudi wrote Lil Nas X’s, Paris Hilton wrote Britney’s and Megan Thee Stallion wrote Billie’s.
We took their list and compiled our favorite 14 A-list actors and musicians below.