The BET 100 Entertainers & Innovators of the Year | Social Media Influencers
See who superseded our expectations.
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BET 100 | Social Media Influencers - Thanks to modern technology anyone with a mobile phone, tablet or computer has the ability to share updates right from the comfort of thier car, home, gym or office via social media. And then there are those people who possess the power to make a thought, idea or image go viral via Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter or YouTube. These community leaders, podcasters, mommy bloggers and authors have the unique ability to inform us about the latest trends in vegan cuisine or educate us on how to be an advocate for our transgender sisters and brothers through their coveted social media accounts. And the access to popular platforms is only growing — we see you Clubhouse and OnlyFans. Here is our carefully curated roundup of the people who can turn hashtags into movements. — Written by Bridgette Bartlett Royall Plus, don't forg...
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Tabitha Brown - Dubbed the Internet's favorite mom, this funny Southern vegan guru is known for her quick wit, accessible recipes (sweet potato tacos, anyone?) and likeable personality plus she has more than 3 million IG followers and 4 million TikTok followers. Tabitha Brown picked up even more steam in 2020. In June, Brown was given her own show, "All Love," on the Ellen Digital Network, which is operated as subsidiary of Ellen Digital Ventures, a collaboration between Ellen DeGeneres and Warner Bros’ Digital Networks. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
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Jodie Patterson - This mother, activist, author and entrepreneur's desire to use her social media platform to amplify trans voices grew from an experience with one of her own children who is transgender. Jodie Patterson sits on the board of a number of gender/family/human rights organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign, and is a highly sought-after public speaker addressing a wide range of audiences about the intersection of identity, gender and race. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
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Denzel Dion and Rickey Thompson - Popular social media comedians Denzel Dion and Rickey Thompson launched their We Said What We Said podcast this year to rave reviews, especially from the Gen Z set. The duo, who collectively have nearly 8 million followers on Instagram, are unapologetic about their desire to get real and raw with fans on topics ranging from music to relationships to fashion. “Thirty minutes of audio works better than 30 minutes of video and audio. You can listen to a podcast while working out, cleaning, cooking,” Dion explained to Paper magazine. Thompson added,“We want to make a space where you laugh, you cry, you just get all that negativity out and don't think about what's going on in the world right now." (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Shorty Awards)
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Mariah Moore - Mariah Moore is the founder and co-director of The House of TULIP (Trans United Leading Intersectional Progress) and the Organizing Program Associate for Transgender Law Center both in New Orleans. Her work in these roles includes fighting to ensure equity, equality and safety for the transgender community, especially for Black transgender women. She also serves on the LGBTQ Task Force created by New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell. Moore was named one of the 2020 Root 100 and even participated in an IG Live interview in September with veteran journalist Katie Couric. (Photo courtesy of Transgender Law Center)