For the August issue of ESSENCE magazine, we set out to highlight the fabulous young women who are making big, bold moves in the world. We call them Young, Black and Amazing because they are trailblazers who set the example that we can all accomplish our wildest dreams and be graceful while doing it. They exude class, celebrate intelligence, break down barriers and in a generation of “anything goes,” they walk in their purpose. From music to movies, fashion to social activism — we’ve got it covered!

In no particular order, check out our gallery of’s 35 under 35 YBAs, and be sure to pick up the August issue of ESSENCE to meet 25 more amazing young women!