The Root 100 2015: Our list of 100 African Americans, ages 25 to 45, who are responsible for the year’s most significant moments, movements and ideas. To be black and excellent. But excellent not just in the way they conduct their business. To be black and excellent in their lives, in their careers, in their community.
Every year since 2009, The Root has defined black excellence with a list of 100 honorees ages 25 to 45, who, while succeeding across multiple platforms—the sciences, the arts, activism, writing, sports, business, entertainment—go beyond headlines or statistics. These are people who make the difference, having an impact on other lives through their work. And these are not just the famous or wealthy, but the many who often go unrecognized, fighting for equality and racial justice in a year defined by the pertinence of black life.