7 African American Journalists Doing Their Thing

These 7 black journalists exude black excellence.

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Soledad O'Brien - Soledad O'Brien is the epitome of #BlackExcellence. After graduating from Harvard University, she got her start at Boston news station WBZ-TV. She later moved on to CNN, where she made her mark on American Morning. Now she works for herself as the founder of Starfish Media Group, a 360-media production company and distributor. (Photo: Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)

Raqiyah Mays - Take notes, Ms. Mays is the coolest hip hop journalist. She has writer for publications such as Vibe, XXL, The Source and Complex, just to name a few. She's a co-host on The Kiss Wake Up Club and a weekend personality on Emmis Communications-owned station 98.7 Kiss FM. (Photo: WENN)

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Raqiyah Mays - Take notes, Ms. Mays is the coolest hip hop journalist. She has writer for publications such as Vibe, XXL, The Source and Complex, just to name a few. She's a co-host on The Kiss Wake Up Club and a weekend personality on Emmis Communications-owned station 98.7 Kiss FM. (Photo: WENN)

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Danyel Smith - Danyel does it all with style and grace. She's a magazine editor and writer. She became the first African-American editor of Billboard. She is also the former chief content officer at Vibe. And let's not forget her latest hustle, #HRDCVR, a magazine for the new everyone.  (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Gilt Groupe)

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Robin Roberts - Robin Roberts got her start at a small TV and radio station in Mississippi. Roberts is currently the anchor of ABC's Good Morning America.(Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for WebMD)

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Robin Roberts - Robin Roberts got her start at a small TV and radio station in Mississippi. Roberts is currently the anchor of ABC's Good Morning America.(Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for WebMD)

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Star Jones  - Star Jones is a journalist, writer, television personality, fashion designer and diversity advocate. She played a pivotal role in the Clinton impeachment. She is most well known as one of the original hosts of the ABC weekday morning talk show The View, on which she appeared from 1997 to 2006.(Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation)

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Star Jones  - Star Jones is a journalist, writer, television personality, fashion designer and diversity advocate. She played a pivotal role in the Clinton impeachment. She is most well known as one of the original hosts of the ABC weekday morning talk show The View, on which she appeared from 1997 to 2006.(Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation)

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Pam Oliver - Pam Oliver claims her space as a woman in the world of sports journalism. She is known for her work on the sidelines for various National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Football League (NFL) games.(Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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Gwen Ifill  - She is the moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and co-anchor and co-managing editor, with Judy Woodruff, of PBS NewsHour, both of which air on PBS. She is a political analyst and moderated the 2004 and 2008 vice presidential debates. She is also the author of the book The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.(Photo: Brian Ach/Getty Images for The Women's Media Center)