Danielle Austen, CEO of Fluent 360; Roblé Ali, chef, Roblé and Co; Donna Byrd, publisher, The Root; Danielle Belton, managing editor, The Root, at the List Release Reception on Martha’s Vineyard for The Root 100 2016
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The Root 100 means black excellence.

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And earlier this week, The Root, in partnership with Infiniti along with sponsor Heineken, gave black excellence a name—several names, rather—at The Root 100 2016 List Release Reception on Martha's Vineyard.

The resplendent affair was hosted at Atria, with food curated by Chef Roblé Ali. Needless to say, attendees were in for a gastronomic adventure.

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Among the evening's attendees: Henry Louis Gates Jr., chairman of The Root; Mara Brock Akil, television writer and producer; Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake; and Sunny Hostin, senior legal correspondent and analyst for ABC News.

Unable to make it to the vineyard? Not a problem. Here's what you missed.

Name says it all: The Root 100 2016 List Release Reception place card
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Roblé Ali, Chef Roblé and Co.
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Donna Byrd, publisher of The Root
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Event attendees
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Say cheese!
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Danielle Austen, CEO of Fluent 360, and Donna Byrd, publisher, The Root
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Strike a pose!
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Sunny Hostin, senior legal correspondent and analyst for ABC News and Henry Louis Gates Jr., chairman of The Root
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Dion Clarke, founder of the Harlem Fine Arts Show (center), and guests
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Marvet Britto, president and CEO of the Britto Agency (right) and guest
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Laughing is contagious.
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Beverly Bond, founder and executive director, Black Girls Rock!, and Bazaar Royale
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Dr. Janet Taylor; Sunny Hostin, senior legal correspondent and analyst for ABC News; Heather Bryant, director of marketing and events for St. Bart's Church
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“H-U! You Know!” Howard University alumni pose for a picture.
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Life’s a swing.
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Michael Clark, national sales director, The Root, and Henry Louis Gates Jr., chairman, The Root
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Be social: Definitely the thing at The Root 100 2016 List Release Reception, brought in partnership with Infiniti
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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
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Event attendees
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Danielle Austen, CEO of Fluent 360; Roblé Ali, chef, Roblé and Co; Donna Byrd, publisher, The Root; Danielle Belton, managing editor, The Root, at the List Release Reception on Martha’s Vineyard for The Root 100 2016
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Marvet Britto, president and CEO of the Britto Agency
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A gastronomic adventure
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Danielle Belton, managing editor of The Root
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Danielle Austen, CEO of Fluent 360
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