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Three Black Women Land on Time's 'Next Generation Leaders' List

Simone Biles, Saran Kaba Jones and Destiny Watford, we applaud you for your magic. 
Three Black Women Land on Time’s ‘Next Generation Leaders’ List
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TIME‘s annual Next Generation Leaders list is out and it features three Black women whose names you should know. Simone Biles, Sran Kaba Jones and Destiny Watford are three phenomenal women of color who are making strides in their communities all around the world who are each hard at work making a difference and we are absolutely here for them. Biles may be a name you already know–and for good reason. The 19-year-old recently become the first women to win four consecutive national championships in 42 years. Biles is also well on her way to follow in the footsteps of her Team USA gymnastics teammate Gabby Douglas by winning gold at the upcoming 2016 Olympic games in Rio. How Gymnast Simone Biles Overcame Being Given up by Her Mother to Become an Olympic Gold Hopeful Saran Kaba Jones, 34, is a Liberian water activist. Jones returned to her native country in 2008 to discover that water wasn’t flowing through her home land following years of civil war that caused havoc and mayhem for the people. She soon developed FACE Africa–an organization which has created 50 water supply systems since 2009. Destiny Watford is a 21-year-old college student from Baltimore but she’s by no means the average college student. Watford happens to be fighting for environmental justice on the streets of her Maryland city. Her crusade to end the air pollution recently won her the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize as her home neighborhood is plagued with asthma affected citizens as a result of their community being the most polluted in the state of Maryland. To read more about Next Generation Leaders, click here. WANT MORE FROM ESSENCE? Subscribe to our daily newsletter for the latest in hair, beauty, style and celebrity news.