The Root 100 - The Most Influential African Americans in 2020 - 35: Kimberly Drew

Oleg Dyachenko
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Kimberly Drew knows a lot about art-and the art world rightfully knows her. Through her nearly decade-old Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art and popular Instagram account @museummammy, she pushed Black art, Black artists and the Black experience to the fore, exploring the intersection of artistry, racial justice and equality. Drew's impeccable aesthetics and unapologetic approach landed her a high-profile position as the social media manager for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which she left the fall of 2018 to refocus her creative talents on writing, launching her new career with an acclaimed feature on Tina Knowles' art collection for Vanity Fair, immediately followed by a profile of Virgil Abloh. Simultaneously, she has curated programs dedicated to uplifting Black voices and has been an outspoken advocate for police reform and social justice. The professional pivot paid off; Drew's first book_,_ _This Is What I Know About Art_, debuted in June 2020; her second, _Black Futures_, co-authored with journalist Jenna Wortham, is scheduled for release later this year.