Beyoncé and Michelle Alexander: a pop superstar and a law professor. Kanye West and David Adjaye: a hip-hop icon and a "starchitect." Tyra Banks andTouré: a supermodel-turned-entrepreneur and a political pundit who wants to redefine blackness. Welcome to the fascinating world of The Root100, where the unusual juxtapositions are not accidental. They reflect the richness and variety of leadership in the African-American community, a breadth and range of talent that we worked hard to capture in the 2011 edition of our list.
This is the third year that The Root 100 has compiled a list of the most influential African Americans between the ages of 25 and 45, but the first time we have actually ranked them. Each year we have refined our methodology to make sure we find the people who are making their mark and making a difference in our community.
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John Hope Bryant #55
John Hope Bryant is the award-winning founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and the author of the best-selling Love Leadership: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World.
- CEO who will release a financial-literacy report on America's youth.
- Job: CEO, Operation HOPE
- Sector: Business
- Location: Los Angeles
- Age: 45
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