Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., National Newspaper Publishers Association president and CEO (Courtesy of NNPA Newswire)
**FILE** Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., National Newspaper Publishers Association president and CEO (Courtesy of NNPA Newswire)

National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) President and CEO Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. was named to the inaugural CORE Multimedia Group’s 100 Most Influential Blacks Today.

The CORE 100 honorees, which include changemakers like Stacey Abrams, attorney Ben Crump, NBA superstar LeBron James, and Oprah Winfrey, mark and remind the world of the beauty, boldness and brilliance of Black excellence at a time when the cultural, economic and political landscape in the United States has grown increasingly hostile towards Blackness.

“I am grateful for the recognition from the respected CORE Magazine,” said Chavis, who, in addition to his tireless work for the NNPA, hosts a weekly national talk show on PBS and PBS World called “The Chavis Chronicles.”

“On behalf of the NNPA, representing the Black Press of America, and on behalf of The Chavis Chronicles on PBS TV, I accept with rededication the global struggle for freedom, justice, and equality,” Chavis said.

The CORE 100 was unveiled Monday in a series of communications that led to the full presentation in the CORE 100 special issue.

The addition of the CORE 100 Most Influential Blacks Today to the CORE brand supports the vision of Bo Porter, a former professional baseball player and coach and the magazine’s founder and executive, to address the void of Black-owned, historical and culturally diverse publications.

“CORE magazine blazes a trail with uplifting articles and a showcasing of unsung heroes often not found in mainstream media outlets,” the magazine noted in a news release.

CORE — an acronym for “Champion of Real Excellence” — debuted on Oct. 1. Each quarterly issue contains distinct and recurring feature stories like “Ball2Business,” former athletes who successfully transitioned to the business sector; and “ME2me, professionals providing inspiration by sharing their lessons learned to their “younger selves.”

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