From Kamala Harris to the Dallas Cowboys: people to watch in 2017

TV networks are seeking , Keith Ellison is seeking to lead the Democratic National Committee, and for Lorde, the party is about to start

2016 taught us that very little is predictable. But there are a few people worth watching next year, in the likely chance that theyll have a major role in shaping 2017. Here are the people to keep your eye on, in politics, the arts, media, and sports.

Keith Ellison

Keith Ellison is hoping to chair the Democratic National Committee. Photograph: Richard Tsong-Taatarii/ AP

Ellison is one of the new hopes for the Democratic party or at least for its progressive wing. A former community organizer who serves as a congressman for Minnesota, Ellison has been backed by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Although one of only two Muslims in Congress, Ellison has pledged to resign his seat in Congress if elected as DNC chair.As party chair he would attempt to hew the Democratic party to the left, focusing on grassroots coordinating to build the party from the bottom up.

He would work towards Sanders-esque proposals on taxing the wealthy and firms, and on immigration reform, in the hope of tempting back Democratic voters in the 2018 mid-term elections.

The DNC will gratify over the weekend of February 24 -2 6 to vote for their choice. Ellison is not a shoo-in, however; other names mentioned for the chair include Labor secretary Tom Perez, seen as a more moderate selection, and South Carolina Democratic party chairman Jaime Harrison.

Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon has the ear of the next chairman.
Photograph: Evan Vucci/ AP

The former executive chairman of unofficial Trump fan club Breitbart News will expend 2017 securely embedded in the White House and is one of the few people who has the ear of the president-elect.

Bannon who is currently being portrayed as the grim reaper on Saturday Night Live will serve as Trumps chief strategist and senior counselor, which is a made-up stance but one likely to give him significant power.

During the presidential campaign Bannon was said to be the one advisor who could talk forcefully to Trump a rare position and one that means he may be able to hold Trump to some of the right-wing, populist promises that won him the election.

Megyn Kelly

Megyn Kelly has reportedly been offered $20 m a year to stay at Fox News. Photo: Victoria Will/ AP

Trumps antagoniser-in-chief ended 2016 by releasing a volume, Settle for More, for which she was paid up to $10 m, and she is likely to have an even more lucrative 2017.

Her contract with Fox News expires in July, and she has reportedly been offered $ 20 m a year to stay. Kelly is also apparently followed up by ABC, NBC and CNN, although they might not offer her quite as much money.

Fox News is one of the few broadcasters, newspapers and news websites that does not actively criticize, so the right-wing channel is likely to be his first port of call for interviews.

That means that Kelly despite not being Trumps favourite Fox News journalist( watch: the Republican primary debates) would have a rare opportunity to hold the president to account. If she decides to stay.

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris is the first Indian woman and the first black female to be elected to the Us senate. Photo: Andrew Toth/ Getty Images

Californias senator-elect hasnt taken office yet, but she is already being touted as a potential Democratic presidential nominee in 2020.

Harris, whose mom is Indian American and father is Jamaican, is the first Indian both women and first black female to be elected to the Senate.

She will serve on the homeland security and governmental affairs committee and the select committee on intelligence, which could provide important checks on Donald Trump.

Seen as a progressive, Harris was endorsed by the outgoing senator for California, Barbara Boxer, and Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren in her Senate run.

She hasnt commented on the presidential speculation. But Barack Obama was another Democrat who endorsed Harris in 2016 and operating for chairman as a first word senator seemed to work out for him.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott( 21) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown. Photo: Kevin Jairaj/ USA Today Sports

The Dallas Cowboys have just been lost two games so far and have appeared to be one of the very best teams in the NFL all season.

Theyve been propelled towards that record by two rookies: the quarterback, Dak Prescott, and running back, Ezekiel Elliott.

Prescott, 23, was only the 135 th picking in the draft, and few would have expected him to get much game hour. But after the Cowboys veteran quarterback Tony Romo transgressed a vertebrae in pre-season Prescott became first choice, and promptly broke Tom Bradys record for most consecutive passes hurled without an interception at the beginning of a career.

His performances throughout the season have left some NFL commentators wondering if he might be the best rookie quarterback of all time.

Meanwhile Elliot, 21, has broken the Cowboys 39 -year-old rookie recordfor rushing yards this season and has a chance to become the most successful rookie running back in NFL history.

If Prescott and Elliott can keep up their sort in the playoffs then the Cowboys could win their first Super Bowl since 1995.

Elaine Welteroth

Elaine Welteroth was the youngest Cond Nast editor-in-chief in history. Photo: Lewis/ Starpix/ REX/ Shutterstock

This year was huge for Elaine Welteroth, who in May was appointed editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue at only 29. That induced her the youngest Cond Nast editor-in-chief in history, and only the second African American to hold such a job.

Immediately, Welteroth, along with digital editorial director Phillip Pacardi, upped the magazines political and social issues coverage, focusing on the election, LGBT, race and feminist issues. Teen Vogue had more females of colouring as encompas superstars than any other manner magazine this year.

And Welteroth has been the face of it all, regularly appearing on panels, in interviews or even as herself on the display Black-ish. Over 77,000 people follow her jet-setting life on Instagram.

After publishing around a dozen stories a day in 2015, her squad now publishes 50 to 70 daily. But Welteroth will face the challenges of a tough media business in 2017. Last month Cond Nast announced the magazine is get cut back from a monthly to a quarterly, starting in Spring 2017, with a more collectible publish edition and a digital focus.

Issa Rae

Issa Rae generated one of 2016s most critically successful TV presents. Photo: Pari Dukovic/ HBO

Actress, novelist and producer Issa Rae generated Insecure, one of 2016s most praised TV presents. Insecure began airing on HBO in October, putting black women and black female friendships front and center, and mixing microaggressions from working in an all-white run place with conversational Drake lyrics.

The show has other big names on board: Larry Wilmore is an executive producer, Solange is a music consultant, Melina Matsoukas( director of Beyonces Formation) is a director and executive producer.

Rae, 31, first shoot to fame as a YouTube star, with her 2011 web series Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl. Her production company, which also includes ColorCreative.TV, offers opportunities specifically for women and minority writers.

In 2017, shes up for a Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy, will be writing and shooting season two of Insecure, and will serve as executive producer on a new comedy display by her production company called Minimum wages, the story of five employees at a fast food restaurant in LAs Koreatown.


Lorde is finishing her second album. Photo: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images for Coachella

Its been a couple of quiet years for the New Zealander who landed a US number one hitting in 2013 when she was just 16 with Royals. Lorde( real name Ella Yelich-OConnor) won a stack of awards, including 2 Grammys and became part of Taylor Swifts squad, but has released no new music since 2014.

Now shes 20 and is just complete off her sophomore album. The party is about to start. I am about to show you the new world, wrote Lorde on Facebook about the new album, explaining that was all about her growing up and learning how to be an adult.

Jack Antonoff of Bleachers fame is helping create it. This month Antonoff and Lorde sung a encompas of Robyns Hang with Me for a Christmas fundraiser for the LGBT charity The Ally Coalition, in New York, a reminder of Lordes strong, ethereal pipes.

The new album is expected springtime 2017.

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