The Root celebrated the eighth year of The Root 100 -- a list of influential African Americans -- in New York City at the swanky Guastavino's. Here's a recap of the one-of-a kind event that celebrates black excellence.
Hundreds gathered at NYC's Metropolitan west for a lavish gala hosted by The Root and sponsored by Infiniti. It was a celebration of The 2015 Root 100 honorees which included a group of prominent social justice activists, political leaders and entrepreneurs. The Root Chairman Henry Louis Gates, CNN's Don Lemon and Suzanne Malveaux were there, as was Black Girls Rock's Beverly Bond and a performance by Mali Music. There were speeches from Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, activists...
Activist, The Root 100 honoree and co-founder of Campaign Zero DeRay McKesson had just returned from the University of Missouri and spoke about the student activism and the consequence of remaining silent.
Alicia Garza Speaks to The Root 100 About Movement Building
In a speech at The Root 100 gala the honoree and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter network spoke about putting freedom before ego. She wanted to put forth the names of those who have been organizing for decades but are never recognized publicly.
The Root Interviews Director, Main Actress of Belle
During the 2014 Root 100 Release Reception at the Dr. Fisher House on Martha's Vineyard, members of The Root staff interviewed director Amma Asante and actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw about the Hollywood motion picture Belle, a period drama based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle.