Chinaka Hodge, Tarana Burke, Brittsense and Steve Kerr are four of the honorees on the YBCA 100 list of influencers. Photos courtesy of YBCA; collage by Nastia Voynovskaya
Chinaka Hodge, Tarana Burke, Brittsense and Steve Kerr are four of the honorees on the YBCA 100 list of influencers. (Photos courtesy of YBCA; collage by Nastia Voynovskaya)

Janet Mock, Steve Kerr, Rafael Casal and More On This Year's YBCA 100

Janet Mock, Steve Kerr, Rafael Casal and More On This Year's YBCA 100

Think of the YBCA 100 as the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' more grassroots alternative to TIME's list of the 100 most influential people on earth. While celebrities like Cardi B, Meghan Markle and Virgil Abloh grace the TIME 100 alongside mainstream politicians and high-profile artists, this year's edition of the YBCA 100 features a mix of local and national changemakers and organizations working in arts and social justice.

Honorees include Janet Mock, the best-selling author and activist who recently made her directorial debut on FX's hit show Pose; Steve Kerr, the Warriors' head coach who regularly voices his opinion on national politics; photographer Brittsense, whose colorful images celebrate working-class African-American communities; Chicago-based rapper NoName, who makes poetry out of ineffable truths about gun violence; and Rafael Casal, an MC, educator and co-star of Daveed Diggs' new film, Blindspotting.

There are also some unexpected faces: Ashley Sinn, the founder of the volunteer organization Small Hands with Helping Hearts, is YBCA's youngest honoree at just nine years old. Along with individuals, the YBCA 100 also spotlights nonprofits and social movements, which this year include the "me too" movement; student activists from Marjorie Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida; Red Bay Coffee, a local cafe that hosts social justice-focused events and employs formerly incarcerated people; and the Oakland organization Lesbians Who Tech.

More information about the honorees can be found at YBCA's website. Many of them will be presenting at the YBCA 100 summit on Saturday, Nov. 3.

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