The Root has released its list of the 100 most influential African-Americans under the age of 45. The Root 100 includes a wide range of personalities including politicians, entertainers, and business execs.
“To identify and rank The Root 100, we developed a formula that defines influence as the marriage of reach and substance,” said Omar Wasow, contributing editor for The Root who devised the ranking formula. More detail about that is here. This is the first year that the list was ranked, but the third year for the list.
The top three names on the list are Newark’s Mayor Cory Booker; director/writer/actor Tyler Perry; and singer/songwriter John Legend. Others on the list include power couple Jay Z (#4) and Beyoncé (#13); comedian and writer Baratunde Thurston (#30); and author Edwidge Dandicat (#88).
For the complete list, click here.