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Jason Moran & Esperanza Spalding Make The Root's 100 List

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Wednesday October 05, 2011

From The Root

2011 The Root 100 List
The 100 most influential African Americans in 2011

For 2011 The Root set out to identify the most influential African Americans between 25 and 45 years of age. They defined influence broadly to include anyone who is shaping our daily conversations with work that matters. To identify and rank The Root 100, they developed a formula that defines influence as the marriage of reach and substance.

Broadly, the Root defined reach as how many people this person touches through his or her work. For substance, the editorial team scored each person based on how much he or she enriched our lives and made the world a more interesting, fun, beautiful or just place.

Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding makes the list at #24 and MacArthur Fellow Jason Moran comes in at #32 on a list that includes the likes of Tyler Perry, Beyonce Knowles, and Shonda Rhimes.

To see the full list click here