The Root has released its annual list of 100 notable African Americans, with women like Solange Knowles, Shonda Rhimes (who was also just named a trustee to the Kennedy Center), and Serena Williams among the women appearing on the list. Others include Melissa Harris-Perry, Octavia Spencer, and the co-host of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Audie Cornish.
The annual list shines the spotlight on influential African Americans between the ages of 25 and 45. It is comprised of politicians, entertainers, members of the media, digital leaders, and activists.
Others who made include Phillip Agnew, the 28-year-old founder of Dream Defenders, who made the Trayvon Martin case a matter of national interest. And Nina Turner, the 45-year-old Democratic Ohio State Senator who’s running for secretary of state in a place where the GOP holds sway. And her push for women’s reproductive rights — she once wore a t-shirt to a press conference telling the state government to “Get Out Of My Panties” — made headlines across the country.
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