The Root 100 gala celebrates the 100 most influential black Americans — from artists and politicians to activists, scientists, and celebrities. See this year’s full interactive list here. The Root 100 honorees are the individuals having the biggest impact on our society today, and The Root is recognizing them with an awards ceremony hosted by Editor-in-Chief Danielle Belton and Senior Editor of Very Smart Brothas, Panama Jackson.
Attending honorees will include #MeToo founder and civil rights activist Tarana Burke, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin; writer and host of the podcast “Keep It,” Ira Madison III; Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker; and many more.
The 2018 edition of The Root 100 List recognizes talent from a range of backgrounds including: Tarana Burke, who started the #MeToo movement in 2006 and was also named as one of “The Silence Breakers” as Time’s Person of the Year. Mayor Randall Woodfin became Birmingham’s youngest mayor in nearly 125 years after defeating the seven-year incumbent, William Bell, and is leading his city into a progressive new era. Tennis star Serena Williams used her voice this past year to stand up for working moms as she returned to the court to compete at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. And democratic nominee for Georgia Governor, Stacey Abrams, could make history soon as the first black female governor in United States history.
Performers for the gala and afterparty will include Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter BJ The Chicago Kid, singer-songwriter Victory Boyd, creator and host of the new BET show Dope Facts DJ Olivia Dope, and a surprise special guest.
“In The Root’s 10th anniversary year as a news site, we’re very excited to celebrate our 9th annual Root 100 gala. It’s both an important and historical moment for us,” said Belton. “Where else can you find a list that encompasses so many movers and shakers—from all walks of life—from heroes like James Shaw Jr., who stopped a mass shooter at a Waffle House in Tennessee, to opinionated hip-hop superstar Cardi B. We’ll be celebrating them and many, many more at this year’s gala.”
The highly anticipated event will take place at 7 p.m. at Current at Chelsea Piers in New York City.
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