Blacks on the Brink of Greatness

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  • Ryan Coogler
  • Kat Calvin
  • Amanda Spann
  • Wayetu Moore
  • Lincoln Stephens
  • Ory Okolloh
  • Dinaw Mengestu
  • Marc Bamuthi Joseph
  • Ashley Hicks
  • Toni Carey
  • Leshell Hatley
  • John Dabiri
  • Kimberly Bryant
  • Wayne Sutton
  • Uzoamaka Maduka
  • Tatyana Fazlalizadeh
  • Roland G. Fryer
  • Angela Benton
  • Zora Ball
  • Jed JohnHope
  • Saran Kaba Jones
  • Will Lucas
  • Arsha Jones
  • Coleman A. Young II
  • Mark Kaigwa
  • Robbie Novak
  • Ola Orekunrin
  • Eunique Jones Gibson

Ryan Coogler

Throughout Black History Month, BET.com will recognize 28 Black folks who are on the verge of becoming household names. From a young director whose work was applauded at Sundance to Black women determined to change the face of technology, take a look at a few African-Americans who deserve a bit more recognition for their contributions to America. Check back daily to see who else has made our list.

Ryan Coogler, 26, is quickly becoming a name to be recognized in the film industry. At this year’s Sundance film festival, his film, Fruitvale, won the audience award and the grand jury award. Fruitvale tells the story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay area resident who was shot and killed by a Bay Area police officer.

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