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Pinch Me! I'm on a "Most Influential" List with Beyonce, Serena and LeBron

Last week, I found out that I am a 2016 Root 100 honoree. The Root is an online publication owned by the Washington Post and was founded my famed professor and historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr. – the guy that does all the DNA tests for A-list celebrities where he helps them trace their roots back thousands of years. You know who I’m talking about. The Root 100 honors the 100 most influential African Americans in business, science, politics, tech, social justice, sports + entertainment. That’s the list I’m on.

Let me tell you who else is on this year’s list: Beyonce, Ava Duvernay, Serena Williams, Misty Copeland, Bozama St. John (head of Global Consumer Marketing for Apple, Inc.), Marc Lamont Hill and 93 other heavy hitters. You mean to tell me that I’m on the same list as Beyonce, Serena and Misty Copeland?? Like, somebody thinks we’re in the same league?

Each year there’s a huge, fancy gala in Washington DC that all 100 of the honorees attend. So again, I’m going to be in the same room as Bey (maybe even at the same table if the stars align in my favor!), and it won’t be because I paid money to attend her concert? Somebody slap me and wake me up because I must be dreaming.



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