Tiffany Haddish, Ryan Coogler and more Among Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2018

TIME has unveiled the their list of the 100 most influential people of 2018, and it’s filled with this year’s breakout stars and newsmakers.

In this year’s edition, stars like Tiffany Haddish, author Jesmyn Ward, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah and Issa Rae made this Pioneers list – while Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, Emmy-winning actress and write Lena Waithe landed the artist list. Activist Tarana Burke, Rihanna and Congresswoman Maxine Waters placed in the Icons section. Each honoree received encouraging words and acclaim by various high-profile people.

As fellow comedian and actor Kevin Hart wrote about Night School co-star Tiffany Haddish, “Tiffany is bringing a whole new level of fresh to the comedy scene. She’s just so authentic and unfiltered.” Hart wrote. “You never know what’s going to come out of her mouth. And you can tell she’s having fun—she’s seen a time when things couldn’t get any worse, and she’s giving it all she has.” Haddish also served as the cover girl for the 2018 edition.

Ryan Coogler, who directed this years biggest film Black Panther, received praise from critically acclaimed director Ava Duvernay. “What kind of person attracts unprecedented acclaim, the likes of which has never been seen in the history of cinema?” DuVernay said about Coogler. “A person with extraordinary talent, yes. But also one with a spirit of integrity. One deserving of this light. Ryan Coogler is that person. And it is indeed his time.”

Since she broke on the scene, Lena Waithe cemented her spot as a Hollywood powerhouse. The Master of None star made history for earning an Emmy along with creating HBO hit show The Chi. As an honoree, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris wrote “Thanks to Waithe, diverse communities can turn on the TV and see vivid, funny, deeply real portrayals of people like themselves. And that’s empowering—whether you’re a student or a Senator. As Waithe said in her Emmy acceptance speech, “The things that make us different, those are our superpowers.” Because of her, millions of Americans have donned their capes.”

@taranajaneen is one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018—and one of our six #TIME100 covers. When @gabunion first met Tarana Burke, who founded the #metoo movement in 2006, she found “a kindred spirit, somebody else who’s been screaming into the hurricane. Somebody else who’s been advocating for survivors of rape and sexual assault, and specifically young black women, whose voices have been silenced at best and completely erased from the national dialogue at worst.” Adds Union, “When you’ve been sidelined for so long, it’s exhilarating to know that such a powerful voice is finally breaking through. Tarana will continue to do this work, but the stage will be bigger and the microphone turned all the way up. She will inspire legislation and new crops of voters. She will sway old voters. She will open eyes. She’s not even going to bring more seats to the table—she’s going to turn the table over and build a new one.” See the full list at TIME.com/100. Photograph by Peter Hapak for TIME

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