100 Black Influencers to Know in 2012

From Melissa Harris-Perry to LeBron James to Benjamin Crump, these 100 people are shaping the future.

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Do you have a favorite or two? Show them some love by using the social media buttons on their individual pages to share their profiles with others. You can find their pages via our face wall or the traditional list.

You can also track their influence as it rises and falls, using our Android app. Each app aggregates content from across the Web and social media so that fans can get real-time news about each individual. Find your favorite influencer and download his or her app today, using the link on the influencer's profile page or on the Android marketplace.

Finally, let us know what you think of this year's list, and be sure to respond to next year's call for nominations. Your input always helps us pull together a list that recognizes the best our community has to offer.

Sheryl Huggins Salomon is managing editor of The Root.

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Sheryl Huggins Salomon is senior editor-at-large of The Root and a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based editorial consultant. Follow her on Twitter.

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