The Root 100 Gala Honors Emerging Black Talent in NYC [PHOTO]
Black America's emerging elite gathered in New York City Monday night (Nov. 14) as The Root hosted its annual The Root 100 Gala.
The event, which "recognizes influential African-Americans between the ages 25 – 45 in entertainment, sports, technology, community, media and politics," acknowledged 100 honorees excelling in their respective fields around the country. Hosted by ESPN's Bomani Jones, The Root 100 Gala paid tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement with a performance by tap group Apartment 33 featuring Maud Arnold from the famed Syncopated Ladies.
An array of media and political members attended the gala; including NBC’s New York Live Co-Host Jacque Reid, TV personality AJ Calloway, NY State Director for the Drug Policy Alliance Kassandra Frederique and former national Press Secretary for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and CNN Political Commentator Symone Sanders.
Publisher Donna Byrd opened the night by paying homage to the late Gwen Ifill, who passed away at 61 on Monday. Adam Foss, former assistant district attorney in the Juvenile Division of Boston’s Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office also addressed the audience, as did Sanders; with both tackling the foreboding spirit that many have been feeling in the wake of Donald Trump's election.
Check out some pics from the gala in the gallery above the story.