Entertainment to Politics to Business: 20 Global Power Women of Color to Watch in 2016

These leading ladies hold power positions, impact lives, and set trends


This actress and producer is best known for her leading role as Miriam in the 2005 Oscar-winning feature film Tsotsi, but has accomplished much more since then. Pheto appeared in other films such as Catch a Fire (2006), Goodbye Bafana (2007), and How to Steal 2 Million (2012).

She’s had film roles in award-nominated film and TV projects including SABC2’s Hopeville, The Bold and the Beautiful, Catch a Fire, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Late last year she wrapped production of roles in films A United Kingdom, about Botswana’s first president marrying a white woman in the 1940s, and a South African set drama called Cuckold.

Her latest feat: Landing the support and U.S. distribution of a film she co-produced called Ayanda, from award-winning Selma director Ava DuVernay. As awards season begins, many film critics and lovers will be looking to see if there’s an Oscar nod in the works for the film.

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