Behind your favorite faces and brands is always a powerhouse publicist making sure the show is running properly. It’s not just about elevating brands and stories. Instead, it’s about acknowledging the talent and expertise behind the scenes. However, the Observer’s 2024 PR Power List reveals the industry still has a long way to go in recognizing the contributions of Black female publicists and Black-owned agencies.

Hold the PRess, a public relations and communications advocacy organization, demands action after seeing the list lacked recognition of Black female publicists. In an open letter to The Observer, the organization calls for a comprehensive review of the list selection process. It also calls for the company to eliminate biases, include Black professionals in the selection process and feature a minimum of 30 percent of Black professionals and agencies across the lists.

It’s essential to shine a spotlight on the Black female publicists and women-owned PR agencies that are making waves in the industry. These trailblazers not only amplify the stories of purpose-driven brands, but also serve as beacons of excellence and representation.


TWPR stands out as a full-service communications consultancy dedicated to amplifying the stories of purpose-driven brands. Founded by Tequilla White, TWPR boasts a client roster reflecting her caliber, including CURLFEST, Mimconnect and T1 Entertainment & Sports. With nearly a decade of experience, White is a changemaker in the industry. She leverages her Bronx-bred hustle and strategic approach to storytelling to propel brands toward their goals.

Candice Nicole PR

Candice Nicole PR is another powerhouse agency in the industry. Founded by Candice Nicole, this award-winning agency has worked with top talent in music and film. Over the years, Nicole has shifted her focus to working with small businesses, entrepreneurs and personal brands. She has cemented her reputation as a game-changer and outside-the-box thinker.

Midori Star Media

Founded by Krystle Coleman, Midori Star Media has earned recognition as one of the most influential PR agencies globally. With a client roster boasting major recording artists and celebrities, Coleman has leveraged her expertise to propel her agency to success. Based in Miami and New York, Midori Star Media prides itself on providing individual attention and delivering impactful publicity campaigns.

Speke Media Group

Founded by Andrea Fernandes, Speke Media Group is dedicated to advancing and elevating Black and brown stories. Inspired by Mount Speke in Africa, the agency embodies strength, determination and resilience. With a focus on diversity and inclusion, SPEKE MEDIA GROUP works closely with clients to develop customized strategies that resonate with their target audiences and drive social change.

J. McKee & Co

Founded by Jahylin McKee, J. McKee & Co is redefining public relations and media entrepreneurship. McKee’s collaborative genius and commitment to impact have positioned her agency as a leader in the industry. From working with Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment to engineering impactful creative solutions, J. McKee & Co is setting the standard for excellence in PR.

Tené Nicole Creative Agency

Tené Nicole Creative Agency is a boutique, full-service creative agency located in New Jersey, founded by Nikkia McClain. With a focus on maximizing exposure and creating memorable experiences, Tené Nicole Creative Agency delivers industry-leading media campaigns that drive action and elevate brand awareness.