Photo Gallery: The Root 100 At The Historic Apollo Theater

Photo Gallery: The Root 100 At The Historic Apollo Theater

Check out the night's most magical moments celebrating Black excellence.

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A time was had Thursday night! The Root 100 took place at the legendary Apollo Theater, celebrating Black excellence in the realms of entertainment, social justice, business, politics and more. Hosted by comedian and actress Loni Love, a star-studded red carpet gave way to moving speeches and and powerful appearances by Questlove, Chloe Bailey, Naomi Raine and more. Check out photos from the epic evening, which featured a few surprise appearances as well.

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Great Gowns, Beautiful Gowns

Great Gowns, Beautiful Gowns

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The Root Editor-in-Chief Vanessa De Luca stands alongside honoree Chloe Bailey as well as performers Candice Hoyes and Naomi Raine on the red carpet for the 13th Annual Root 100 Gala at The Apollo Theater in Harlem.

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Chloe x Effortless Style

Chloe x Effortless Style

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Chloe Bailey stuns on the red carpet, exuding effortless glamour, shortly before accepting her Root 100 award.

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Head To Toe Glamour

Head To Toe Glamour

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The ever-elegant Google Chief Diversity Officer and Root Institute 2022 speaker Melonie Parker shines bright like a diamond next to the incandescent singer/actress Chloe Bailey.

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Hey, Sis!

Hey, Sis!

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The one and only Gayle King poses alongside Root Editor-in-Chief Vanessa De Luca on The Root 100 red carpet. King was honored this year for her historic contributions to journalism for the last four decades.

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All Eyes On Her

All Eyes On Her

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The Root 100 honoree Waikinya Clanton was all smiles as she was recognized for her work as Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Mississippi state office.

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On Fleek

On Fleek

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Justiin A. Davis arrives at The Root 100 in a beautifully tailored peach suit.

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Glitter and Glam

Glitter and Glam

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Root 100 honoree Tiffany Benjamin shines on the red carpet with a glittery dress and a stunning headpiece.

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The Brooklyn Bishop

The Brooklyn Bishop

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Bishop Whitehead makes a surprise cameo at The Root 100.

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Black Girl Brilliance

Black Girl Brilliance

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Emcee and Brown University professor SΔMMUS is casual and cool as she arrives to The Root 100.

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It’s Giving Vintage Black Hollywood

It’s Giving Vintage Black Hollywood

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Singer Candice Hoyes, who was giving off vintage Black Hollywood vibes, dazzles in silver before taking the stage at The Root 100.

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Gospel Greatness

Gospel Greatness

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Gospel singer Naomi Raine dons all black before enchanting onlookers with a memorable performance at The Root 100.

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Black Excellence At Its Finest

Black Excellence At Its Finest

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The one and only Questlove on his way to accept his award for changing the way we tell and experience Black culture.

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Lemme See The Whole Fit!

Lemme See The Whole Fit!

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Questlove shows us his drip as he poses for photos on The Root 100 red carpet.

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Loni Love, Ladies and Gentlemen

Loni Love, Ladies and Gentlemen

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The illustrious Loni Love was the perfect host for The Root 100, providing off the cuff humor with biting social commentary.

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Go Head and Sang!

Go Head and Sang!

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Candice Hoyes pours her heart out on stage for a breathtaking performance.

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Toyota’s “Need A Nudge” Moment

Toyota’s “Need A Nudge” Moment

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Loni Love presents nonprofit leader Depelsha Thomas McGruder with her The Root 100 award and Toyota’s “Need a Nudge” grant for her work with Moms of Black Boys United.

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Inspirational Flow

Inspirational Flow

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SΔMMUS captivates the crowd with an energetic and passionate flow during her performance at The Root 100.

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Speak Your Truth, Sis!

Speak Your Truth, Sis!

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The Root 100 honoree Waikinya Clanton delivers a bold speech as she accepts her award, declaring that her fight for marginalized communities isn’t just her job—it’s her personal crusade.

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The Beautiful Chloe Bailey

The Beautiful Chloe Bailey

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Chloe Bailey reflects on her career and thanked The Root for always showing love to her, as well as her sister Halle, during her acceptance speech.

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A True Visionary

A True Visionary

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Questlove was completely genuine during his emotional speech as he accepted his award at The Root 100.

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Curator Of The Culture

Curator Of The Culture

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Questlove’s powerful words reminded everyone to channel their creative side and that it feels good to be seen and recognized by your own community.

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