The Root 100
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Age40 years old years old
Hometown Houston, TX
Claim to Fame Political Analyst and Syndicated Columnist
Bio His steady march to media ubiquity has continued more or less unabated: a talk show on TV One, pinch-hitting for Campbell Brown on CNN, blogging for Essence Magazine — all while penning a syndicated newspaper column. This year he was named one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States by Ebony, won an NAACP Image Award for an interview with Michelle Obama and was elected secretary of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Quote "I am not in denial about race. Just because we elected an African American president, does not somehow mean that race somehow left this country."