09/11/2014 01:06 pm ET Updated Sep 11, 2014

Ta-Nehisi Coates Tops The Root 100 List Of Black Influencers

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Who are today’s standout black leaders, innovators and culture shapers? Who are the most influential African Americans 45 and under?

To answer these tough questions, The Root looked back at the year’s most significant moments and themes and asked, “Who made this happen?” As we have each year since 2009, we scrutinized the more than 500 nominees submitted by our readers, measuring how many people their work reached and rating the substance of their contributions. The result: The Root 100 2014 ranking of the most influential African Americans.

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