February 16, 2024 | Harold Hare

A Tribute to the Visionaries Shaping Culture

This Black History Month, we honor the achievements of visionaries who have significantly impacted culture across various domains. From the enchanting realms of Hollywood’s costume design to the dynamic beats of the music industry, and into the transformative classrooms of education, these individuals have not only excelled in their careers but have also paved the way for future generations. As we explore the stories of Ruth E. Carter, will.i.am, and Dr. Rudy Crew, we delve into how their innovative spirits and relentless dedication have left indelible marks on their fields, inspiring a legacy of creativity, perseverance, and change.

Ruth E. Carter

We celebrate the remarkable Ruth E. Carter for her historic contributions to costume design. On Sunday, March 12, Carter achieved a monumental milestone by becoming the first Black woman to win two Oscars. Her latest victory came for Best Costume Design for the Marvel sequel “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” at the 95th Academy Awards. Carter first made history in 2018 with “Black Panther,” becoming the first African American awarded in this category. Beyond her cinematic achievements, Carter’s involvement with Find Your Grind as a mentor showcases her commitment to guiding and inspiring the next generation of creatives.


Recognizing the extraordinary will.i.am, we applaud his achievements as a platinum recording artist, technology developer, and cultural icon. His journey, marked by an unwavering dedication to his craft and the insightful selection of collaborators, demonstrates the importance of surrounding oneself with focused and committed individuals. As the co-leader of The Black Eyed Peas and a forward-thinking technological innovator, will.i.am has always believed in the synergy of teamwork to navigate the path to success. His visionary approach extends beyond music and tech, founding the i.am.angel Foundation to inspire young talents in music and STEM, further highlighting his commitment to fostering the next generation’s potential.

Dr. Rudy Crew

This Black History Month, Find Your Grind honors Dr. Rudy Crew for his transformative work in education. As Chancellor of the New York City Board of Education, he passionately advocated for guiding students through self-discovery, emphasizing that true education involves overcoming struggles and understanding life’s impact. Dr. Crew’s approach to teaching—seeing students’ unique talents as diamonds to be polished—highlighted the significant role of educators in recognizing and nurturing potential. His insights on the “worth and wonder of work” inspire us to appreciate the profound influence mentorship has on shaping future generations.

Carrying Forward a Legacy of Excellence and Innovation

The contributions of these visionaries extend beyond their fields, serving as beacons of hope and inspiration for those who dream of making their mark on the world. This Black History Month let us carry forward the legacy of creativity, perseverance, and change. By embracing the spirit of excellence and commitment to uplifting others, we can collectively enrich culture, while deeply valuing diversity, nurturing innovation, and actively supporting the growth of future leaders.

Are you an educator or administrator & want to learn more?

Ready to book a meeting? Help us direct you to the right Find Your Grind representative by telling us your State.

We’d love to get to know you and share more about Find Your Grind! Complete the form below and we’ll be in touch.