In the August issue of ESSENCE Magazine, readers will see a special section highlighting women under 35 that the publication calls “Young, Black, and Amazing.” Among those celebrated are the usual suspects like: Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Monica Brown, Jennifer Hudson, Venus and Serena Williams. Gospel darling, Kierra Sheard, also makes the list.

According to ESSENCE, YBA’s are fabulous young women who are making big, bold moves in the world. “They are trailblazers who set the example that we can all accomplish our wildest dreams and be graceful while doing it. They exude class, celebrate intelligence, break down barriers and in a generation of ‘anything goes,’ they walk in their purpose,” says the magazine.

“Young, Black, and Amazing” Grammy Award-winning singer, Kierra Sheard, 25, is being acknowledged for her work as founder of Bold! Right! Life!, an organization that inspires and mentors youth around the country to live righteously, discover, and walk in their divine purpose.

It is wonderful to see a woman of God be recognized, who is not only a positive, inspirational example of success, but most importantly, acknowledges Jesus Christ as Lord and savior, and encourages others to do the same.

Congratulations to Ms. Sheard.

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