(AllHipHop News) The Root has revealed its annual list of the most influential African-Americans between the ages of 25 and 45. Some of the top acts in music were among this year's selections.
Soul songstress Solange came in at #2. Donald Glover, the musician also known as Childish Gambino, landed at #6.
Global superstar Beyoncé just missed the Top 10 with a #11 position. The #14 place went to singer/actress Janelle Monáe.
Hip Hop representatives Kendrick Lamar (#20) and Black Thought (#68) were celebrated on "The Root 100" 2017 as well.
Get Out director Jordan Peele was named the #1 most influential African-American. Other prominent celebrities featured on the list include Ava DuVernay (#4), Colin Kaepernick (#17), Tiffany Haddish (#23), Kevin Durant (#24), and Issa Rae (#25).
The Root’s Editor-in-Chief Danielle Belton says:
At a time when things may feel at their darkest, these are the individuals providing the light, illuminating our culture, bringing issues out of the shadows and forcing a society, often reticent to deal with racial issues, to fully face the realities of black life in America. Whether one wants to see them or not, their light shines upon all as a beacon commanding our attention and calling our eyes to black brilliance in the face of insurmountable odds. These 100 honorees–from entertainment, the arts, sports, media, politics, business, science and technology–not only represent the best of what America has to offer, they are America, in all its exceptionalism. They are what makes our country great and we should be so bold to listen to what they have to say about love, life, work and art in this country of ours.
The 2017 honorees will be recognized at The Root 100 Gala on November 9 at Guastavinos in New York City. The special event is scheduled to air November 21 on Fusion TV.