For the first time, The Root’s annual celebration of the best, brightest and most brilliant forms of black excellence is coming to television. FUSION will air a primetime special “The Root 100” hosted by CNN analyst Angela Rye and “Extra” correspondent A.J. Calloway along with FUSION’s Kimberly Brooks this Sunday, November 19 @ 9PM. 

Filmed in New York City, “The Root 100” 2017 will feature honorees like comedian and actress Franchesca Ramsey, New York Times journalist Yamiche Alcindor, Co-President of the Women’s March Tamika D. Mallory, and the “people’s lawyer” S. Lee Merritt along with appearances from Common, “The View” co-host Sunny Hostin and model-actress-editor Veronica Webb.

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In addition, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) delivers a special message as she accepts the first-ever Gladiator Award for Public Service. The Root 100 will also feature performances by Rapsody and Raheem DeVaughn.

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