Get over Kim and Kanye already and give these significant people the credit they deserve.
While it’s possible to debate whether Kim and Kanye are talented or not, it’s not really arguable about whether they have reached media over saturation. They certainly have. They may be trending on social media, on the cover of all the magazines, and even a topic on mainstream news, but we can all agree that we are giving these two just too much attention. Their five minutes was up like four years ago.
And the only reason the Kim and Kanye PR machine can keep up this momentum is because warm bodies are falling for it. Choose to use your influencing power for good and eschew Kim and Kanye for folks who are actually deserving of your attention; some truly fascinating people who are making a difference in the world.
5 Fascinating People to Pay Attention to Instead of Kim and Kanye
1. Gene Baur
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Gene Baur is the co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, an animal rescue, advocacy, and education organization started in 1986 with the mission of helping farm animals. Farm Sanctuary made the news in 2015 when Jon and Tracey Stewart partnered with the organization to open a fourth location on their New Jersey farm.
2. Misty Copeland
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Misty Copeland is the principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, the first African American woman to be promoted as principal in the company’s 75-year history. Her rise to fame wasn’t always a straightforward journey, though. Copeland shared her story in her “New York Times” bestseller, “Life in Motion”, which came out in 2014. Copeland is committed to breaking even more barriers in the world of dance and to being a role model to dancers and others who don’t fit the mold.
3. Bryan Stevenson
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Bryan Stevenson is a lawyer, social justice activist, and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative Stevenson has earned national acclaim for his work in the criminal justice system calling out bias against the poor and minorities. He has received national attention for his work challenging bias against the poor and minorities in the criminal justice system. Stevenson is the author of “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption”, a New York Times bestseller profiling the inequalities of the criminal justice system by highlighting Stevenson’s work on behalf of Walter McMillian, a young man sentenced to die for a murder he insisted he did not commit.
4. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg was named as the second female Justice of the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993. In addition to being a legal champion for women’s rights, both before and after her appointment, Ginsburg has gained a cult following, including being the subject of the blog the Notorious R.B.G. She is considered to be an all around badass for continuing to serve even after having some health issues.
5. Ta-Nehisi Coates
Ta-Nehisi Coates is an author, journalist, and educator. He’s worked for and contributed to The Atlantic, The New York Times, Time, The Washington Post, and numerous other publications. His first book was a memoir called, “The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood”, but it’s his second book that has gained him the most attention. “Between the World and Me” is a compelling story told in the form of a letter written to the author’s teenaged son about the feelings and realities of being black in the United States. It was awarded the National Book Award for nonfiction in 2015.
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