Jordan Peele, Solange Knowles and Donald Glover named most influential African Americans

The 2017 honorees will be recognized at The Root 100 Gala on November 9, 2017 at Guastavinos in New York City.

TheRoot honors 100 African Americans

The Root revealed its annual list of the most influential African Americans, ages 25 to 45. From sports, media, politics, business to science and technology, the list included 100 honorees.

The 2017 edition of The Root 100 recognizes talent from a range of backgrounds and this year’s list includes Jordan Peele who wrote, produced and directed “Get Out.”  Solange Knowles who released one of the most political albums of the year with A Seat at the Table. The list also includes two historic Emmy Award-winning actor-directors: Lena Waithe who became the first black woman to win an Emmy Award for comedy writing, and Donald Glover who on Sunday took home Emmy Awards in both the acting and directing categories for his FX series “Atlanta,” making him the first black director to ever win in the comedy category. Other notables on the list are writers Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay, athlete Colin Kaepernick, lawyer S. Lee Merritt and Chokwe A. Lumumba who was elected mayor of Jackson, Miss., and became the youngest mayor in the city’s history.

The Root 100 2017 honors the innovators, the leaders, the public figures whose work from the past year is breaking down barriers and paving the way for the next generation. 

The 2017 honorees will be recognized at The Root 100 Gala on November 9, 2017 at Guastavinos in New York City.

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