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[dropcap]C[/dropcap]ompton’s very own graced the recent cover of Forbes 30 under 30 issue. Forbes’ well respected 30 under 30 list presents 600 leading stars under 30 from entrepreneurs, leaders in tech, music, the arts and business.

Last month, Lamar participated in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Summit and dived into a myriad of topics including branding, the art of perfection, his business acumen and more.

“It always comes back to this one word: failure. The fear of that word,” he said to a crowd of over 1,000 attendees. “You have to almost intimidate this word… there is no better way. Failure is the one thing that stops us all from being our own entrepreneurs and following our dreams and having ownership of what we do.” (Forbes)

Kendrick Lamar Talks Success And Failure At The Under 30 Summit


For the written part of his interview with Forbes, the Compton MC touched on his biggest mistake and being dubbed a “conscious rapper.”

Kendrick Lamar, Conscious Capitalist: The 30 Under 30 Cover Interview

Forbes’ 30 under 30 list ranges from 20 industries including:

Youngest, Consumer Technology, Education, Games, Food and Drinks, Finance, Marketing & Advertising, Media, Hollywood and Entertainment, Sports and Venture Capitalism.

30 under 30: Presenting 600 of the brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers.

“The 2017 FORBES 30 Under 30 is the most definitive gathering of today’s leading young change-makers and innovators in the U.S. Now in its sixth year, the 30 Under 30 offers an annual opportunity to embrace the optimism, inventiveness and boldness of youth.

We bring you 30 game changers who are challenging the conventional wisdom and rewriting the rules for the next generation of entrepreneurs, entertainers, educators and more. They are passionate and formidable bunch, and for good reason. Their goal is nothing short of breaking the status quo and transforming the world.” (Forbes)

Here are a few of Forbes 2017 game changers:

Art & Style

Tschabalala Self-Author

Yale MFA Self uses painting, printmaking and textiles stitched to canvas to explore ideas of the black female body. She has had solo shows in L.A., New York, Naples and Berlin and her work was in a group exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem. “I like the complex sexiness of her work,” L.A. collector Dean Valentine has said. “It’s kind of an anti-Picasso.”

James Charles-Model

In 2016, CoverGirl named high school senior James Charles as its first male ambassador. A self-taught makeup artist, he’s creating social media content and modeling in a national television ad campaign for the brand’s new mascara. He started an Instagram account in 2015 “to inspire others to be confident in themselves.” With 1 million followers on Instagram and 400,000 on YouTube, he documents his work and gives makeup application tips.


Yaa Gyasi-Author

When her novel “Homegoing” was just a draft, it earned Gyasi, who was born in Ghana and raised in Alabama, a seven-figure advance. The book, which traces the history of two sisters through slavery and emancipation, is a New York Times bestseller and earned praise from renowned-figures of contemporary literature, including Ta-Nehisi Coates, who calls it “an inspiration.

Tanya Cohen-Motion Picture Literary & Talent Agent, WME

Cohen champions female filmmakers like Gabriela Cowperthwaite (director, writer and producer of award-winning documentary “Blackfish”), Jennifer Yuh Nelson (the first woman to solely direct a solo animated movie with “Kung Fu Panda 2”), and Paula Pell (writer for “Saturday Night Live” and “Sisters”), among others. Her client roster includes Olivia Wilde, Brett Ratner and Vince Vaughn.



The Minnesota native made a big splash on the small screen when she was only 14, playing Zoey Johnson on “Black-ish.” An outspoken advocate for diversity in Hollywood among other issues, Shahidi is currently working on a spinoff series, “Grown-ish,” set to air on Freeform in 2018.

Matt Salsamendi-Cofounder, Beam

When he was 18 Salsamendi founded Beam, a startup building a platform to let video game-streamers interact with their audience, and allow viewers to control certain parts of the game being streamed. He sold the company to Microsoft eight months later.

Social Entrepreneurs

Quardean Lewis-Allen-Founder, Made in Brownsville

Born and raised in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, Lewis-Allen started a creative agency to combat the high levels of unemployment and lack of education of young people in his neighborhood. Made in Brownsville brings mentors working in creative fields in New York City to train young people ages 14 to 24. Through 12-week apprenticeships, they’re taught skills in science, technology, math, art or design. Working with Brownsville community leaders, the apprentices work to address specific problems in their community like access to healthy food or crime.


Genevieve Nielsen-Cofounder, mRelief

mRelief helps families in 42 states around the U.S. find out if they qualify for government social services like food stamps, transportation or child care assistance. Cutting out the difficulty of waiting on hold over the phone, or in-person in lines, this online and SMS text message service uses a quick set of 10 screening questions to determine if someone is eligible for aid. Founded in 2014, Relief has helped 100,000 families.

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Slauson Girl is a South Central native who has a love for journalism, history and all things Hip-Hop. She holds a B.A in Critical Race & Gender Theory & a Minor in Journalism. Follow Me on IG @Slausongirl

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