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Essence Top 25 most influential African Americans. Do you agree?

Max Parthas 2008/12/16 00:46:44
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Do you think Essence had it pegged or does this list seem suspect?
Is it lacking or on point?
Did they miss a few names like Colin Powell, Beyonce, Sean Bell, Minister Farakan, Russel Simmons, Condoleezza Rice, Antonio "L.A." Reid, NAS, Oprah Winfrey?
Do you get a "how the hell?" moment when you read the list? Or did Essence pick some real winners?

To see the full list log on to: www.essence.com.

25 Most Influential List
Barack Obama - President-elect
Donna Brazile - Political Strategist, Commentator
Gwen Ifill - Journalist
Valerie Jarrett - President and CEO, The Habitat Company, Adviser
to Barack Obama
Queen Latifah - Singer, Actress, Jenny Craig Spokesperson
Will Smith - Box Office Titan
Wyclef Jean - Musician, Activist
Kanye West - Hip-Hop Artist, Producer
will.i.am - Musician, Activist
Tyler Perry - Writer, Actor, Director, Producer, Studio Owner
Michel Martin - Tell Me More, Host
Adaora Udoji - The Take Away, Host
Michele Norris - All Things Considered, Host
Bev Smith - The Bev Smith Show, Host
Farai Chideya - News & Notes, Host
Van Jones - Founder and President, Green For All
Ian Smith, M.D. - Diet Expert, Author, Television Host
David Paterson - Governor, New York
Bethann Hardison - Advocate for Black Models
Phill Wilson - CEO, Black Aids Institute
Reverend Leah Daughtry - CEO, Democratic National Convention
Mark Whitaker - Washington Bureau Chief, NBC News
Candace Parker - WNBA Star
Patrick Robinson - Lead Fashion Designer, GAP
James Rucker - Internet Civil Rights Activist
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  • no Kidding 2008/12/16 00:56:48
    Obviously Lacking names that should be there
    no Kidding
    +2
    Rappers, Commentators, Advocate for Black Models, Jenny Craig Spokesperson. Host ......
    I don't think this list is anything short of the entertainment community trying to stroke itself.

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  • atlanta.red 2009/01/10 16:22:24
    It's close enough
    atlanta.red
    When it comes to acknowledging great people, we always miss a few who should obviously be there. For, me this is close enough - I could include many others in place of a few names, but I'd rather be supportive of those on the list while personally acknowledging others. I'm on a "no division" path these days.
  • no Kidding 2008/12/16 00:56:48
    Obviously Lacking names that should be there
    no Kidding
    +2
    Rappers, Commentators, Advocate for Black Models, Jenny Craig Spokesperson. Host ......
    I don't think this list is anything short of the entertainment community trying to stroke itself.

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