As we close out Black History Month and look at the many African-American milestones achieved each year (like Octavia Spencer becoming the fifth Black actress to win an Oscar in the Best Supporting Actress category), we are reminded that Black history is made every day.

Meet the 2012 crop of Black influencers who, like actress Adepero Oduye, are determining what’s hot and what’s next, and shaping Black History Month to come with their achievements and broken barriers.