2020 EmpowerMint Achievement Award Recipient

Aaron Samuels

Entrepreneur. Artist. Storyteller.

Who is Aaron Samuels

His Story

Aaron Samuels is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Blavity Inc., a digital community for Black Millennials that reaches over 30 million people per month across five digital properties including Blavity News, Travel Noire, AfroTech, Shadow And Act, and 21Ninety. 

After working at Bain & Co. as a strategy consultant, Aaron left his corporate life to pursue his passion as a writer and builder of community. He has since written a book of poetry, toured the country, performed on television, and landed himself on Forbes’ coveted 30 under 30 list as a rising star in the tech and media space. 

Aaron received his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and his MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. When he is not at Blavity, Aaron is a nationally touring poet and speaker. His debut collection of poetry, Yarmulkes & Fitted Caps was released on Write BloodyPublishing. Aaron Samuels is Black and Jewish.

“My own journey to leadership, I have had to learn the tension between stepping forward and falling back… As a black person, a Jew, and as a person that does not come from a rich family — I also had to learn when to step forward and into my power.”

check out Aaron’s Debut Collection of poetry

Yarmulkes & Fitted Caps

Aaron Samuels, raised in Providence, Rhode Island by a Jewish mother and a Black father, is a Cave Canem Fellow and a nationally acclaimed performer. In this ground-breaking collection of poems, Samuels examines the beauty and contradictions of his own mixed identity with gut-wrenching narratives, humor, and passionate verve.