In a very special Black History Month issue, ESSENCE celebrates those shaping our future by highlighting the #BlackGirlMagic Class of 2016, featuring covers of Chi-raq's Teyonah Parris, black-ish's Yara Shahidi and social activist Johnetta "Netta" Elzie.
"Netta," who was one of the prominent faces of the #Ferguson uprising, is joined by other activists (such as Jessica Byrd and Bree Newsome) in the "On Our Radar" list. Other groups of young women ESSENCE salutes are emerging stars (like Zendaya and Aja Naomi King), athletes (we love you, Simone Biles!), tech stars, fashion and beauty mavens, as well as women of the arts.
"Being a part of this reemergence of a movement both pro-diversity and pro-woman is the best part of being a Black girl," says 16-year-old Shahidi.
For more #BlackGirlMagic magic, and an in-depth look at why Black History Matters, pick up the February 2016 issue of ESSENCE, on newsstands now!