If you want to know what it takes to be a Shine-Star and what Shine-Stars look like, then we'd love to introduce you to 20 Brilliant Shine-Stars below.
As you know, we at SHINE believe that greatness resides in all of us, and that brilliance can show up in different unique expressions, as you will see when you meet the Shine-Stars below. Some of them are doing extraordinary things. Some of them are doing ordinary things in an extraordinary way. Some of them are just extraordinary - period. The one thing they ALL have in common?
They SHINE! (Of course, that's a no-brainer).
We have carefully curated a 'Shine-Star Power List' of very diverse yet amazing people who are doing great things, setting the tone, adding value and making a difference - from academia to fashion, from entertainment to empowerment, from advocacy to comedy, from network marketing to childcare, and more. These amazing humans exemplify the essence of PERSONAL BRILLIANCE, and what it means to truly SHINE.
We ADMIRE them for the various exciting ways in which they're showing up in the world.
We SALUTE their courage displayed in stepping into their respective EXPRESSIONS.
We LOVE to WATCH them SHINE the spotlight on their Brilliance.
We COMMEND them for showing the world what's possible when we HARNESS our skills, our talents, our knowledge and our experience.
We cheer them on as 'The Real MVPs' (S)OARING (H)IGHER (I)NTO (N)EW (E)XPRESSIONS!
In no particular order - Give it up for these Shine-Stars To Watch!
1. Zach King
Zach King (Zachary Michael King) a 30-year-old American internet personality, filmmaker, and illusionist based in Los Angeles. Zach is best known for his creative six-second ‘magical’ videos, digitally edited to look like he’s doing magic. Zach calls his videos "digital sleight of hand". As we know, magic is always exciting, hence his extensive followership across all social media platforms – 44 million followers on Tik Tok alone, making him the second most followed creator on the platform! What we love most about Zach is his creative sense of humour and how he keeps us curious and smiling.
According to Forbes, (Tom Ward, Jun 6, 2020) “Zach King doesn’t follow the trends”.
King himself says: "We're on the top charts right now on TikTok and our stuff is really different. Hopefully that shows others that you can be really successful, and at the top, by doing something totally left field. You don't have to do what everyone else is doing. In fact, that's where people are going to find their strength: By figuring out their niche and really owning it."
Again, we agree!
Zach King is a Shine-Star to watch!
2. Shawn Anderson
We salute Shawn Anderson The Extra Mile Man, Motivational Author, Speaker & Unlimited Thinker. A 7-time Author, Inspiring Keynote Speaker and Creator of ‘Extra Mile Day’, Shawn has ‘crossed 9 countries in sneakers’ – in 2020 alone, Shawn has walked across France, Wales and Scotland, to mention a few.
Ranked No. 1 Motivational Author, he teaches ‘real life motivation without the hype’. Shawn also comes up tops in the ‘personality stakes’ as he comes across as a warm individual who believes in the power of dreams – his as well as other peoples’. Shawn always finds reason to believe in people – hence his Extra Mile Pledge encourages us to:
“Think of ONE person...and then "go the extra mile" in encouraging him or her. It might be motivating him through his current challenges, lifting her through fear...or inspiring her not to give up on a fading dream.”
A cause that’s powerful in its simplicity!
We’re rooting for Shawn Anderson as he continues to do great stuff globally, empowering America and the world with his Extra Mile Philosophy – 553 cities have declared 1st of November, ‘Extra Mile Day’.
“Change is not something that just happens. It's not something to just talk about. It's something to create. If we want more out of life, change starts with the person in the mirror and a willingness to 'go the extra mile.” – Shawn Anderson.
We TOTALLY agree!
Shawn Anderson is a Shine-Star to watch!
3. Dr Justina Mutale
Dr Justina Mutale is African Woman of the Year 2012, and the Founder & President of the Justina Mutale Foundation and its Scholarship Programme for underprivileged African Young Women. She is also the Founder of POSITIVE RUNWAY: The Global Catwalk to Stop the Spread of HIV/AIDS. Named as one of Africa’s most respected names, well-known faces, and influential voices, Justina is listed in various Who’s Who Lists, Power Lists and Influential Lists, including the 100 Most Influential Creatives; Black Women in Europe Power List; Global Women Leaders Hall of Fame; and the Black 100+ Hall of Fame, an Exhibition & Legacy of the top 100 Black Achievers in modern Britain. Dr Justina is also a Distinguished Member of the Royal Biographical Institute and the Global Institute of Human Excellency.
The Justina Mutale Foundation’s is getting ready to host its World Summit on Women & Girls has been selected to Light the Torch (Olympic Style), by screening and hosting the Inaugural Launch of the “PIONEERS IN SKIRTS GLOBAL IMPACT RELAY", a multi-award-winning social impact docu-film that investigates the gender-bias that limits women, while offering actionable next steps. The summit is a free virtual event, so feel free to jump aboard, via this link: https://bit.ly/32loXNE
One thing’s for sure, Justina is not one to rest on her oars; she is always seeking to better her best with her many globally impactful projects and initiatives. We love that and we salute Dr Mutale for the Bright Light that she is to women and girls in the world! No wonder she’s been recognised as a LEADING LIGHT OF GREATNESS by the Greatness University.
Dr Justina Mutale is definitely a Shine-Star you want to watch!
4. Professor Patrick Businge
Professor Dr Businge is a bestselling author, special advisor to monarchs and royal biographer. He holds 7 university degrees including a PhD from Exeter University in England, UK. Patrick Businge is a Professor of Greatness, Representative to the UN, a Distinguished Fellow, and Creator of ‘The World Greatness Awards’, an awards ceremony committed to identifying and celebrating the Greatness in people doing ordinary things in an extraordinary way.
He is the Founder of Greatness University: the world's first institution dedicated to discovering, unlocking, developing, delivering and monetising greatness in individuals, businesses and organisations around the world. The Greatness University offers breakthrough education delivered through 5 virtual institutes and affiliate partner iChange Nations, a network that recognises people who have exemplified extraordinary humanitarian efforts to positively change nations.
Greatness University recently hosted the 2020 edition of the World Greatness Awards on the 1st ever World Greatness Day (August 15th), which took place at the Luton Hoo Hotel, where they recognised and honoured people expressing Greatness in diverse mediums and forms of expression.
He has published over 12 books and co-authored with over 200 people. He is currently helping individuals, businesses, organisations, kingdoms and nations in the implementation of the ‘Reright Your Life, Rewrite Your Future’ Project.
Professor Patrick Businge is definitely a Shine-Star to watch!
5. Elayne Fluker
Elayne Fluker is an Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, Coach, Consultant, Founder, SiS Academy, an online learning platform for women that aims to educate and empower Black women entrepreneurs. She is Host and Executive Producer of The Elayne Fluker Show.
She’s author of the new book, “Get Over ‘I Got It’: How to Stop Playing Superwoman, Get Support and Remember that Having It All Doesn’t Mean Doing It All Alone.” (HarperCollins Leadership) - a guide for unapologetically ambitious women to stop playing Superwoman, get support and remember that having it all doesn't mean doing it all alone!
A storyteller, coach and personal brand expert for entrepreneurial women, Elayne Fluker is passionate about telling stories. As host of the daily podcast ‘SUPPORT IS SEXY’ podcast, Elayne has interviewed over 500+ successful women entrepreneurs around the world, sharing inspirational stories of their entrepreneurial journeys.
We love this woman for shining in her lane, as a strong female advocate inspiring Black women to build their thought leadership and grow their businesses.
Elayne Fluker is definitely a brilliant Shine-Star to watch!
6. Vivian Mokome
Vivian Mokome is a ‘network-based entrepreneur’ with enough brilliance, class and style to blast away all myths about network marketing. As a six-figure weekly earner and influencer, Vivian’s undeniable success in the industry speaks for itself!
A cerebral, confident, non-conformist, Vivian graduated from Wits University with a Master’s Degree in Information Systems & Business Applications and is currently pursuing a PhD with the University of Northwest in South Africa.
Taking risks has defined who she is, and she has an abundance of track records to substantiate this characteristic. Vivian is one of few women in business shaping modern marketing.
A consummate professional, Vivian holds a Master's degree in Information Systems & Business Applications. She previously built a successful banking career while working as a Business/Systems Analyst and IT Project Manager at First National Bank (FNB), South Africa’s oldest bank. While at FNB, Vivian was recognised as a ‘person to watch’. Having resigned her banking career in 2018, today, Vivian is one of the top leaders in Multi-Level Marketing industry and she successfully uses MLM as a tool to create job opportunities in Africa.
A serial philanthropist, Vivian lends her voice to socially relevant programs across the southern hemisphere, like the ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence’ campaign. She co-founded the Mokome Foundation, an initiative that has ‘adopted’ hundreds of schools and distributed thousands of premium sanitary products to female students in disadvantaged schools across South Africa.
More than the money, Vivian Mokome is using Direct Sales to empower her people, as she blazes a trail in changing the narrative about the network marketing.
Vivian Mokome is a Shine-Star to watch, with good reason too.
7. Lilly Singh
Lilly Singh is a Canadian YouTuber, Content creator, comedian, talk show host, NT Times bestselling author, and actress who initially gained fame on social media under the former pseudonym ‘Superwoman’.
Born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario, Singh is of Indian origin and began making YouTube videos in 2010. Since then, she has accrued nearly 15 million YouTube subscribers, who watch her comedy sketches featuring outlandish persons and comedic skits that often star other YouTubers and celebrities.
According to BusinessInsider.com, “the YouTube star now hosts her own late-night show and is now worth over $10 million.” She’s also described as “late night TV's first host who's openly queer and a person of color.”
With over 3,436,939 Likes and 4,770,105 followers on her Facebook account, Lilly is blazing a trail with her engaging personality and her unique brand of comedy—a fan recently wrote to her and said
“I love your humor, and I’m 64!”
We love how Lilly has made a name for herself, just by being herself, harnessing her talents and expressing her brilliance.
Lilly says: “Dreams are made of your potential.”, and we agree.
Lilly Singh is a brilliant Shine-Star to watch!
8. H.E. Sir Clyde Rivers (Ph.D.)
Sir Clyde Rivers is the Ambassador at Large for the Republic of Burundi, Co-Chairman at the Congressional Prayer Conference in Washington D.C., and Acting Representative to the United Nations for the Interfaith Peace-Building Initiative. He is the Founder and President of iChange Nations and the Human Rights Global Congress. His candid knowledge of God and of Government come from his numerous consultations with top-level officials around the globe. He holds a Doctor of Divinity from Latin University of Theology and a Doctor of Philosophy from United Graduate College and Seminary International.
In 2017, Dr Rivers won the United States Presidential Life Achievement Award for over 4,000 hours of serving the nation and humanity. He is the recipient of the Danny K. Davis Peace Prize 2017, U.S. Congressman of Illinois. This annual Congressional Award given for excelling in his field and making a difference in people’s lives.
In 2017, Dr Rivers was given the Title of ‘Don/Sir’, as he was knighted by Lord Eduardo L. Prado S. into the original Kingdom of Guatemala, and the great city of La Antigua, the first city established by the Spanish Monarchy. Knighted the Commodore De Santiago De Los Caballeros De La Antigua Guatemala.
Sir Clyde Rivers is the Honorary Ambassador at Large for the Republic of Burundi, as appointed by H.E. President Pierre Nkurunziza and Special Advisor to President Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Republic of Burundi Africa.
Sir Rivers is the recipient of an Honorable Mention for the American Civic Collaboration Award 2017 – Celebrating Partnerships that Strengthen America.
Sir Clyde Rivers is also the Spokesperson for the World Civility Day, Community Civility Counts Initiative.
Sir Clyde Rivers is a Shine-Star we want to watch!
9. Ashley Maria
Ashley Maria is the Director, Producer, and Co-Writer of the docu-film ‘Pioneers in Skirts’, a social impact film that aims to advance the conversation about women in the workplace. A filmmaker located in Los Angeles, CA, Ashley is known for her work as a writer and director and location sound mixer for feature & short films, new media, and television commercials.
Ashley received her MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. When not on set, Ashley is a directing instructor at UCLA’s Film School and a sound instructor at the American Film Institute’s Young Women in Film program. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Directors Guild of America award, and most recently, she was recognized as the “Best New Director” at the DTLA Film Festival.
When not on set, Ashley is a directing instructor at UCLA’s Film School and a sound instructor at the American Film Institute’s Young Women in Film program. Ashley is also a North American delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women—the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and the advancement of women.
Prior to transitioning to a freelance career, Ashley earned over 10 years of studio production experience with Sony Pictures Television, Mark Burnett Productions, and ESPN.
Ashley Maria is a Shine-Star to watch!
10. Ekaterine Maisuradze
Ekaterine Maisuradze is Founder & President, Union of Business Ladies, President & Chairperson of Chamber at Georgia and Asia-Africa Chamber of Commerce (GAACC), CEO at International Relations Centre, President at BPW Georgia,Tbilisi.
Ms. Maisuradze is a doctor by education, but she has followed her passion and has reinvented herself as a formidable business leader, committed to business, networking and creating new opportunities.
Ekaterine is also passionate about empowering and supporting female-led start-ups with consulting, trainings and skills acquisition.
Ekaterine has recently been appointed a Regional Director for the Caucasus by the Global Chamber of Business Leaders—a role in which she is responsible for the Chamber's cooperation with business leaders - an opportunity to be a productive part of developing business opportunities in the Caucasus region.
Ekaterine travels through different countries of the world attending conferences, seminars, forums, and business meetings. Each visit is a new experience offering new opportunities for growth, one of which led her to establish another company, International Relations Centre (IRC), that serves both the educational and tourism sphere.
She says: “Almost 15 years of working experience gained in different fields showed me, convinced me, and finally shaped my vision: do what you enjoy. Before you start any job study the case, gather a team of professionals and trusted people. Loyalty and reliability is very important in any initiation. The motto of my life is: Never, never, never give up!”
Ekaterine Maisuradze is a Shine-Star to watch!
11. Lucinda Cross
Lucinda Cross is an Entrepreneur, motivational superstar and best-selling author, certified business coach, and TV lifestyle expert, Lucinda Cross is the CEO of two personal and professional development companies, Activate Worldwide LLC. and Activate Your Life.org brands, which include The Big ASK, WE Nation, and Activate Your Life Leadership training.
A former corporate executive and leadership empowerment trainer for Fortune 500 companies including NIKE, Prudential Securities, Delta Airlines, and ESSENCE Magazine. The Department of Justice calls on Lucinda to co-convene women’s initiatives, gather local women leaders, strategically plan the mobilization of women, and provide insight on women’s empowerment, re-entry, and development.
Lucinda launched a community service initiative known as WE Nation, to serve at-risk youth and women that have grown to a network of over 100k. She is an award-winning influencer who has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from former President Barack Obama, 40 under 40 Award from Westchester County, 25 Influential Black Women, and many more.
Her story is one of triumph and overcoming odds of incarceration as a teen to know using her message to inspire thousands. With her recent contract with NIKE and hosting The Women’s Empowerment Experience for the Madison Square Garden Company, and a feature on Mirror Stories with TJ Maxx. Her non-profit organization is called Activate Your Life 501c3 stands for (Women Empowered, Women Employed, Women Educated, Women Equality, and Women Entrepreneurs).
Lucinda Cross gets our vote as a Shine-Star to watch!
12. Alex Okoroji
Alex Okoroji is a Nigerian Actress, Media Personality and Creative Consultant - who has reinvented herself at every stage of her creative career as a Performing, Visual and Literary Artiste - navigating the world of Art, Media and Entertainment for over 15 years. She has dedicated her career to multimedia content development across various applications from film to television to radio, digital media, and print, as an Actress, TV Personality, Talk Radio Host, Speaker, Author, Publisher, Voice Artist, Brand Reinvention Coach and Communication Specialist. She is the Creator of The NAKED Philosophy, President of The BRAG Media Group and Creative Director at The BRAG Media Company - a Brand Consulting, Media & Creative Agency serving clients around the world.
Listed as one of the 'Top 250 Most Influential Women in the World' by Richtopia, in their (Women Leaders Top 250 Power List), showing up in 2017, 2018 and 2019 as one of only 4 Nigerians on the global list. In 2018, she was nominated for "Woman of The Year in Entertainment" at the annual Her Network Woman of the Year Award (HNWOTY). In 2019, she received the "Exceptional Woman of Excellence" Award at the Annual Global Women Economic Forum (WEF) in India. In 2017, she was honored in with a "Nigeria Goodwill Ambassador Award", An African Icon Award and a 2017 Peace Achievers Award as "Media Personality of the Year" to mention a few.
Referred to as "Queen of Expression" for using different mediums of art to empower people with the freedom to express their truth, talent, and personal greatness. She began acting on Television in 2005 and has over a decade of acting experience well-versed in most aspects of performing - on Television, Film, Theatre and Voice Overs. Her voice has graced several Public Service Announcements (PSA), infomercials and jingles for Radio and Television. She has written several scripts for TV Commercials, Documentaries, and award-winning Screenplays for Movies.
Alex Okoroji is a trusted advisor to individuals and organisations, who want to express their brilliance and successfully REINVENT themselves or their business with the right Content, Creativity and Communication.
In 2016 Alex Okoroji was featured as a Guardian Woman on the front cover "The Guardian" and mentioned in over 250 media platforms around the world like Huffington Post, The Guardian, CNN, The Telegraph, Mogul, The Sun, The New York Journal, Fox, ABC, NBC, Market Watch and many more national and international media.
Alex Okoroji is currently serving in the AGN President's Cabinet as Director, International Affiliations for the Actor's Guild of Nigeria, and was listed in PAW Foundation's 60 Women to Watch in 2021. She recently received the award for "Africa Most Influential Creative Consultant of the Year" at the December 2020 edition of Africa Leading Women Award (ALWCA).
In February 2020 in London, Alex was honoured with the 2020 ‘SHINE Legacy Award in MEDIA’.
Alex Okoroji is undoubtedly a Shine-Star to watch!
13. Dr Harbeen Arora
Dr. Harbeen Arora is a Thought Leader, Global Icon & Visionary for Women, Author, Businesswoman, Philanthropist, Humanitarian, Spiritual Seeker and Compelling Speaker, who manifests multifaceted leadership with strength & simplicity.
Dr Harbeen is the Global Chairperson, ALL Ladies League (ALL) & Women Economic Forum (WEF);
Founder President, Women’s Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WICCI); Chancellor, Rai University, India; Founder, BIOAYURVEDA and Founder, SHEconomy.
Her vision is “To foster progressive ecosystems in various spheres of society that enable women to engage with various aspects of their life in empowered ways”, which supports her mission “To work for the well-being and welfare of women, especially those from the socio-economically disadvantaged sections of the society, through providing them with environmental, educational, and entrepreneurial support.”
Dr Harbeen’s many projects and initiatives emerge from her core programmes, which include an Affirmative action for women from less privileged backgrounds; Equal opportunities for education to all Skill based and job-oriented education for the youth; Equity and access to all those wanting a better life; Educational Reform; Preservation of ancient and artistic traditions of India; Framework for national prosperity and inclusive growth; and Connecting women beyond boundaries to create a support system by women for women.
Dr Harbeen is the Founder of SHEconomy, which is the World’s First E-Commerce Platform for Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners Worldwide for Goods & Services.
She is named among Top 100 Most Reputable People on Earth (Reputation Poll, 2019) and the Top 50 Global Key Influencers (eYs Magazine, 2020).
We love how Dr Harbeen expresses herself supports women through her extraordinary initiatives which enlighten, empower, support and promote women across borders – a true heroine.
Dr Harbeen Arora is a Shine-Star we love to watch!
14. Ike Nnaebue
Ike Nnaebue is a highly celebrated Nigerian Film Director, Screenwriter and Producer, fondly referred to as one of the champions of the emerging new African Cinema. He is the Co-founder of COTseries- a homegrown global VOD platform.
Ike's 1st commercial film "FALSE" continues to generate lots of buzz within the film community and among African movie fans. FALSE released in October 2013, received 3 nominations and won a Golden Icon Academy Award (GIAMA).
Ike's 2017 film, ‘Sink or Swim’ won Best Narrative Feature at the 2017 Newark International Film Festival and received several nominations and official selections at notable international film festivals around the globe.
Ike is the founder of Treasurewells Academy and the Host of Breaking into Nollywood with Ike Nnaebue Workshop, which he has successfully hosted in Lagos, New York, Atlanta (twice) And Dallas (twice). Ike is also very passionate about sharing with young African the know-how of Smartphone Filmmaking.
He is also the founder and Creative Director for Passion8 Communications Ltd: a premium media content production company based in Lagos, Nigeria.
Ike recently acquired a new breathtakingly beautiful Production Hub dubbed ‘The Love Portion’ and is seeking collaborations. We can’t wait to see what magic will be created at The Love Portion.
We definitely think Ike Nnabue is a Shine-Star to watch!
15. Amara Iwuoha Agbim
Founder/CEO at The Nanny Academy, Amara Agbim is an Educationist turned Social Enterpreneur who is passionate about women empowerment, social justice and reducing inequalities through job creation and education. She founded The Nanny Academy, a vocational school dedicated to training and equipping women who desire to be professional Nannies and get them placed to work in homes and daycare centers. She is on a further project which seeks to provide microcredit to women and girls in the domestic service sphere in Nigeria to empower them to reach their full potentials.
Amara is a recipient of the 2018 Women Leaders for the World fellowship; 2017 Recipient of MeaMarkets 'Leading Manager Award'. 2016 Cordes Fellow, 40 under 40 Award recipient (2013); Youwin Women Awardee (2013), Recipient of the Diamond Bank Building Entrepreneurs Program, Member and Mentor of WISCAR (Women in Successful Careers) and a Tony Elumelu Program Mentor (2016).
Known as ‘Nigeria’s Nanny Leader’, Amara founded The Nanny Academy in 2010 to help inspire careers in caregiving and childcare, as a way of helping families to function more productively. Amara believes that learning is key to quality care and as such, the Nanny Academy offers several professional courses which are accepted globally.
In recognition of her though leadership role in her field of expertise, Amara has been invited to share her expertise as a speaker and panelist at the ‘Parent and Nanny Conference’ of the US Nanny Association, speaking on the topic ‘Hiring a Nanny from a different culture'. She was also part of a Special Dialogue commemorating the UN @75, curated in partnership with Social Good Lagos, and @wiscarng, on the fringes of UNGA, which explored the overarching theme, ‘Shaping Her Future: the challenges, solutions and successes for the next generation of Women in Enterprise’.
We admire Amara for passionately making a difference in the world with her vocation.
We think Amara Agbim is a Shine-Star to watch!
16. John Njamah
John Njamah is no doubt one of the highly talented and experienced practitioners in the Nigerian film industry and he has proven himself, not just as an Actor and Writer, but also as a Director. A Dramatic Arts graduate from the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria where he majored in Directing, he has taken part in theatre, television and film productions, both in the capacity of an actor and as a director and he has a handful of awards to show for it including TFAA (The Future Awards Africa) 2006 'Actor of the Year'.
He is the founder of COLORBARMEDIA, a media firm that advises and consults on media matters and helps build your film, script and television ideas from inception to production. His credits include documentaries, soaps, drama series, adverts, music videos, film and radio productions He is also an avid photographer and owner of his own photography business known as HeadSHOTS.
One thing that stands him out is the fact that he is widely respected and regarded by the rank and file of his colleagues in the industry.
As a Director who definitely knows his onions, John Njamah is involved in at least 6 out of every 10 television drama series as a director. His TV drama credit reads like this: Fuji House of Commotion, Tinsel, Living In Lagos, Solitair, Casino, Emerald, Tide, Flatmates—and the list goes on.
John is a consummate practitioner who takes his crafty very seriously. He says: “I’m first and foremost a storyteller and long-term drama series affords me that opportunity to tell my stories visually and see things unfold with every passing episode. Once in a while, I fall back to direct movies if the script is right.”
We like John’s passion for his craft and his seasoned, professional approach.
We definitely think John Njamah is a Shine-Star to watch!
17. Sherry Ann Dixon
Sherry Ann Dixon is a multi-award-winning Journalist, Lecturer and Keynote speaker who is passionate about empowering people to be confident, assertive and to be the best they can be. Sherry Ann is a strong representative for women in her community, having moved from Editor-in-Chief of a magazine to become an internationally recognised and sought-after Transformational Coach and Public Speaker.
Sherry Dixon is highly respected in the ethnic community in Britain and developed a following of dedicated followers from her editorial and radio show interviews with celebrities such as Dr. Maya Angelou, Nelson Mandela, Iyanla Vanzant, Barry White, Luther Vandross, Pam Grier, Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Jasmine Guy, Nia Long, Cedella Marley, Whitney Houston, Alice Walker, Terry McMillan, John Holt and many more.
Coming from a background of Beauty and PR, as renowned journalist Sherry edited two magazines—Pride Magazine and SHE Caribbean. She was also Editor-at-Large for Essence Magazine. Sherry has written for many publications including The Guardian, Sunday Observer, The Times, Guyana Chronicle & Stabroek News, Upscale Magazine and The Voice. She has done numerous television and radio shows including Lorraine Kelly (LK Today) and BBC Worldwide helping to dispel the myths surrounding health and beauty for women of colour.
Sherry is the Founder/CEO and Founder of a motivational website for women called ‘Women on the Crossroads’ which supports women and women causes through various impactful initiatives including Dinner, Fashion Shows, Entertainment, Motivational Speeches and their signature Awesome-You and Be-Awesome programmes.
Sherry Ann has an incredible body of work under her belt, and she is still going strong—we love that!
Without a doubt, Sherry Ann Dixon is a Shine-Star to watch!
18. Tim Ferriss
Tim Ferris is a popular Writer, Podcaster, YouTuber, Author, Entrepreneur, Orator and Angel Investor, The American is known for his ventures in various different mediums. A bestselling author, best known for ‘The 4-Hour Workweek’, which has been translated into 40+ languages. “Newsweek Calls him ‘the world’s best human guinea pig’ and The New York Times calls him ‘a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk’.”
In his podcast ‘The Tim Ferriss Show’, “he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc) digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use.”
Tim is vocal about his lifelong struggle with his own mental health, specifically bipolar depression. After spending much of his career chasing after common external markers of success like money, time, skills, Tim felt like he came up short, like something was missing. Today, the human guinea pig says he connected the dots when he made the biggest change of his life—the change in the inner voice. He’s now more comfortable with himself and focuses on helping others to do the same.
We also love his two latest books: ‘Tribe of Mentors’ and ‘Tools of Titans’.
Without a doubt, Tim Ferris is a Shine-Star to watch!
19. Laduma MaXhosa
Laduma MaXhosa is the fashion designer taking his Xhosa heritage global. is the founder and creator of ‘MaXhosa by Laduma’. His story is rather inspirational. South Africa’s fashion poster boy, has been causing a stir for a while now, at home and abroad. His hugely popular knitwear brand, MaXhosa by Laduma, draws huge inspiration from the Xhosa rite of passage, and “could be described as a bolder African version of Italian label Missoni. It has already garnered a huge following around the globe – including several cast members of “Black Panther”, who wore MaXhosa’s designs to the world premiere of the smash hit movie.”
It is not every day that a designer showcasing at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Johannesburg for the very first time gets a standing ovation, but this is actually what happened to Laduma Ngxokolo, a young man from the Xhosa ethnic group, whose colourful range of knitwear had lit up the catwalk.
Sable Accelerator, South Africa’s Business Link to Experts, writes: “His success turns decades of what some see as cultural imperialism on its head.”
Laduma has certainly stamped his name on the fashion industry, contributing his own undeniable narrative to the discourse on global fashion trends. He’s come a long way from 2003, when he had his first hands-on experience of textile designing while studying at Lawson Brown High School. His flair for knitwear design would later earn him a bursary from both Port Elizabeth-based Cape Wools South Africa and Mohair South Africa to study for his Btech at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2010.
"I decided to call the name of my brand MaXhosa by Laduma because I wanted to showcase the astonishing beauty of the Xhosa people and translate it in a modern way that actually appeals to the current youth that is influenced by international trends." – Laduma
Smart move! We raise our hats to Laduma’s passion and his creative foresight.
We agree Laduma Maxhosa is Shine-Star to watch!
20. Sam Fine
Sam Fine is an African-American makeup artist, and one of the highest paid makeup artists in the world today. Fine has done the faces of supermodels like Tyra Banks, Iman, Naomi Campbell, and Celebrities like Vanessa Williams, Queen Latifah and Patti Labelle. Fashion Fair Cosmetics company which is known for producing cosmetic products for women of colour appointed him the creative makeup director.”
Sam’s experience working with great names is both impressive and extensive. To his credit, he has worked with African American celebrities, supermodels, singers, and actresses. Sam “uses his experience and his involvement with Fashion Fair Cosmetics to help bolster the company’s aim to provide shades of foundation and powder that would work great with any skin tone. He recognises the fact that there are a variety and diverse range of skin tones in the different ethnic communities.
He is also the first hired African-American spokesperson for Revlon; he has truly broken the colour barrier.”
Sam’s work has appeared on the covers and pages of Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, Essence, Vibe and Marie Claire and was chosen as the first African-American spokesperson for Revlon and Cover girl Cosmetics.
In his instructional DVD, Fine: The Basics of Beauty, Sam shares his wealth of experience and expertise, Fine enables viewers to fully understand all that goes into creating a flawless, natural-looking face.
Sam Fine is surely blazing a beautiful trail that’s impossible to ignore!
We declare that Sam Fine is a Shine-Star to watch!