Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” list dropped Thursday (April 19), and per tradition, influencers write heartfelt essays about those who are honored as activists, innovators and artists.
“I identify with Cardi B…The first time I went on her Instagram page, she was so raw, coming at you, like, whoa! She used words like ‘shmoney’ and ‘shmoves,’ and she talked openly about being a former stripper,” Taraji P. Henson writes of the “Bodak Yellow” rapper. “And she was proud of it—like, So what, I was on the pole, look what I parlayed that into? When she showed her soul like that, I hit the Follow button. I felt like she had the voice of the people, you know what I mean?”
In another feature, Cyndi Lauper commends Kesha for speaking out against sexual harassment and assault before the #MeToo movement began. “Women make up roughly half of the U.S. workforce, yet somehow we are still fighting for equality, including in the music industry,” Lauper says. “Thanks to Kesha and other women who have stood up for themselves to demand justice and fairness, we are starting to turn a new page.”
The full list and each tribute appears in the April 30 issue of Time, but it’s also available (and searchable) online. Don’t miss Adele gushing over the force of nature that is Rihanna, Selena Gomez praising Cristina Jiménez, the Executive Director and Co-founder of United We Dream, or John Mayer‘s gushing essay about Shawn Mendes.
There are also Kevin Hart’s thoughts on comedian Tiffany Haddish, President Obama on the Parkland kids, Jennifer Lopez by Kerry Washington, Kehinde Wiley by LL Cool J, Chadwick Boseman by Diddy and Adam Rippon by Cher.