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The Root 100 2013 Honoree Valisia LeKae

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The Root Grapevine Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta in a moment of hilarity with The Root Staff Writer Jenee Desmond-Harris

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Pretty in white, The Root Publisher Donna Byrd speaks to guests during the dinner and awards ceremony. 

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Come up from around your Root 100 award, Mark S. Luckie!! 

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Honorees Jamil Smith and Nina Turner, making Cleveland proud

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MSNBC host and honoree Joy-Ann Reid and Alexis G. Stodghill

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Pastor Howard-John Wesley and Beverly Johnson

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Honorees Marcus Samuelsson and Pastor Howard-John Wesley

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The Root Editor-in-Chief Henry "Skip" Gates encourages the honorees to stick together and work with one another to do bigger and greater things.

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Honorees Sunny Hostin and Benjamin Crump

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Beverly Johnson and Taisha Abrams

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Touré, Joy-Ann Reid, Benjamin Crump, honoree Steve Benjamin and his wife

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Byron Pitts and Peniel E. Joseph

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Honoree Benjamin Crump and The Root Publisher Donna Byrd

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Danielle Moodie-Mills, Melissa Harris-Perry and Aisha Moodie-Mills

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Rashad Robinson, Aisha Moodie-Mills, Marcus Samuelsson, Danielle Moodie-Mills and ELEW

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Cheers to a phenomenal evening honoring the best influencers in black America. 

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