Recap: The Root 100 Gala Honors Leading African-Americans at Guastavino’s

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The Root celebrated The Root 100 honorees at their annual gala in New York City Monday night inside Guastavino’s (409 E 59th Street, between First Avenue and York Avenue).

The evening honored the most influential African Americans, between the ages of 25 and 45 years of age, in their respective fields — from entertainment to sports, and from media to politics. And who topped the list this year? Of course it was Beyonce, who sadly didn’t attend this year.

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Bomani Jones, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, The Root managing editor Danielle Belton, Chef Roblé Ali and The Root founding publisher Donna ByrdStill, there were plenty of other honorees who attended the upscale affair, including ESPN host Bomani Jones, who also served as the evening’s host.

We also spotted The Root’s co-founder Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth, Google’s Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, Apple’s Bozoma Saint John, journalists such as AJ Calloway, Jacque Reid, Charreah Jackson, Wesley Lowery, Gia Peppers, and Lola Ogunnaike, along with authors Demetria Lucas D’Olyey and Starrene Rhett Rocque.

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Valeisha Butterfield-Jones with husband NBA player Dahntay Jones
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Bomani Jones with The Root co-founder Dr. Henry Louis Gates
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The Fab Empire creator and author Joi-Marie McKenzie

The evening, which allowed plenty of time for networking and dancing, also gave guests something to think about thanks to speeches by author Luvvie Ajayi, former assistant district attorney Adam Foss, and Bernie Sanders‘ former press secretary Symone Sanders

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