Celebrating Black Influence, NY-Style

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Celebrating 2012's The Root 100!

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On Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at New York City's Tribeca Rooftop, The Root held its second annual The Root 100 Awards ceremony gala and after-party to fete our list of the most influential African Americans between the ages of 25 and 45. Click through to see who showed up and showed out!

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2012 honoree Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, the national youth-vote director at Obama for America, with The Root's editor-in-chief Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and The Root's political correspondent Keli Goff.

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From left: The Root's editor-in-chief Sheryl Huggins Salomon, MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry, CNN's Suzanne Malveaux and The Root's publisher Donna Byrd.

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. with Benjamin Crump, a 2012 honoree and the attorney for Trayvon Martin's family, and cultural critic Touré, also a 2012 honoree.

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Author, speaker and TV host Wes Moore is a 2012 honoree.

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CNN's Suzanne Malveaux and political analyst and commentator Jamal Simmons were the emcees for the evening.

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The Root's publisher, Donna Byrd, welcomes guests.

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Tara Wall, a communications entrepreneur and a strategist for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, is a 2012 honoree.

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The Rev. Delman Coates, a 2012 honoree who fought for marriage equality in his home state of Maryland, with his wife, Yolanda.

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Wade Davis II, a 2012 honoree and a former NFL player, made the list for his efforts to help gay athletes and youths.

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The Root's managing editor, Sheryl Huggins Salomon, and deputy editor, Lauren Williams, on the red carpet.

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Joel Dreyfuss, The Root's senior editor-at-large, and Cynthia Gordy, senior communications associate at the Advancement Project.

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Debo P. Adegbile, a 2012 honoree, is acting president and director-counsel at the NAACP LDF.

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Henry Louis Gates Jr.; The Root's political correspondent, Keli Goff; and The Root's managing editor, Sheryl Huggins Salomon, catch up.

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Brett Johnson, The Root's associate editor, with Assistant Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta.

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Raphael G. Warnock, a 2012 honoree, is pastor at the famous Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

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Two black-history scholars: Schomburg Center Director (and The Root 100 2012 honoree) Khalil Gibran Muhammad and Henry Louis Gates Jr. greet each other.

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Contributing editor to The Root Harriette Cole with her husband, George Chinsee.

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Revelers enjoy the sushi during cocktail hour.

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The scene from above.

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Tablemates Touré and Khalil Gibran Muhammad.

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Honoree Benjamin Crump as dinner begins.

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Jamil Smith, a producer for Melissa Harris-Perry and a The Root 100 honoree in 2011, with his wife, Jeanine.

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Tara Wall was one of three 2012 honorees who gave speeches about topics that were meaningful to them.

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2012 honoree Melissa Harris-Perry stands as her name is called during the awards ceremony.

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2012 The Root 100 honoree Beverly Bond of Black Girls Rock stands as she is recognized during the awards ceremony.

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2012 honoree Stefanie Brown, national director of the African-American vote at Obama for America, chats with Demetria L. Lucas, contributing editor to The Root.

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Robin Young, Kristine Friend and The Root's Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Donna Byrd.

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Suzanne Malveaux and Henry Louis Gates Jr. with The Root's national sales director, Michael Clark.

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Sheryl Huggins Salomon with The Root's contributing editor Edward Wyckoff Williams.

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2012 honoree and digital-lifestyle expert Mario Armstrong holds up his award and a gift bag with a staffer.

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Yes, we "Wobbled."

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