EBONY Magazine has compiled a list of the 100 most powerful African-Americans.

The list includes a wide array of people from politicians, radio hosts, religious leaders, down to your favorite entertainers; EBONY has it covered.

Notable selections include President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, Michelle Obama and our very own Tom Joyner.

The first annual EBONY Power 100 Gala will be held at the Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall tonight in New York City. The Roots will be doing a special performance for the honorees.

Here's the complete list below (in no specific order):

First Lady Michelle Obama

Susan E. Rice, Ph.D

Don Thompson

Wesley Morris

Tananarive Due

Cornel West, Ph.D

LeBron James

President Barack Obama

T. J. Martin

Eric Holder

Mary Mary

Bishop T. D. Jakes

Jesse Williams

Tom Joyner

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

Cee Lo Green

Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D

Frederick D. Haynes III, Ph.D

Robin Roberts

Toni Morrison

Natasha Eubanks

Ava DuVernay

Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil


Tracy K. Smith

Cynthia Hale, D. Min.

Bonita Stewart

Beyoncé and Jay-Z

Django Unchained

Ashley and JaQuavis

Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III

Tyler Perry

Beverly Bond

Ronnie and Lamar Tyler

Amos Winbush III

Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran

Maurice Marable

Misty Copeland

Trayvon Martin

Stephen DeBerry

Diann Valentine

James McLurkin, Ph.D

Karen Washington

Norris McDonald

James Andrews

Brenda A. and Larry D. Thompson

Marjorie Harvey

Janet Emerson Bashen

Don Thompson

Wesley Morris

Gabby Douglas

Nekesa Mumbi Moody

Kevin Hart

Cathy Hughes


Cam Newton

John W. Rogers Jr.

Vanessa Morrison Murchinson

Wendy Williams

Edward T. Welburn Jr.

Think Like a Man

Steve Harvey

Serena Williams

Shonda Rhimes

Mark Dean, Ph.D

Kevin Durant


Catherine Brewton

Karen Civil

Lorrie Bartlett

Ken Chenault

Ellen McClain

Earvin “Magic” Johnson

James Reynolds Jr.

Package Parsons

Pearlena Igbokwe

Trevor Edwards

Rodney Williams

John Lewis

Rosalind Brewer

Salaam Coleman Smith

Samuel L. Jackson

Anthony Hemingway

Theaster Gates

Michelle Alexander

Valentino D. Carlotti

Oprah Winfrey

Danny Glover

Rev. Fred Luter Jr.

Dr. Dre

NeNe Leakes

Anthony Davis

Lisa Jackson

Jesse E. Russell

June Ambrose

Jurnee Smollett

Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Tavis Smiley

Debra Lee

Joan Smalls

Nina Shaw

Nicki Minaj

Valeisha Butterfield-Jones

What do you think of the list? Did they get it right? Who is missing? Who shouldn't be included?

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12 thoughts on “EBONY’s Power 100 List Revealed

  1. J.A. Rogers – “Superman” to Man

    George G.M. James- Stolen Legacy

    Dr. Chancellor Williams.The Destruction of Black Civilization

    Na”im Akbar- Visions for Black Men

    Richard King, M.D.-African Origin of Biological Psychiatry

    Dr. Frances Cress Welsing -The Isis Papers

    These stars are missing

  2. t terry on said:

    Ne Ne Leakes is a bottom feeder. I’m not sure what Ebony Magazine is up to but I certainly will nt be purchasing this issue. How sad!

  3. shawman on said:

    I might of over looked it but …… No Condalisa Rice… former Sec. of State….. Being a Repulican shouldn’t exclude her from being in the top 25…. not to metion top 100… use your mind for something other than being exclusive vs. inclusive…

  4. bqfnbqfn on said:

    This is why I cancelled my subscription to Ebony a while aro and I’m glad I did. The editor is a Joke and most of the articles. This is where our people are. Still loss in the wilderness!

  5. Stacey Rogers on said:

    There are more than several that don’t belong on the 100 most powerful African Americans list but what about the ones that do belong on there like Jesse Jackson?

  6. africanwarrior on said:

    Tom Oh Tom
    Why are You trying over and over again trying to convince Black America that low class ghetto Blacks like NeNe , Rhianna belong to the Power 100 next to our Classy First Lady Michelle Obama.
    The Founder OF Ebony, Mr. Johnson must be rolling in his grave ,seeing that his adopted daughter has turned a once Great Ebony Magazine to a trash insignificant magazine that insults Black America , and makes us Blacks the laughing stock of the world.
    Again and Again Tom why can’t You understand the harm being done to our community exposing all the stereotypes about our people to the world.
    Only 5% of Black America behave badly like this NeNe ,Character.
    95% of us hardworking decent African Americans don’t talk or act like these clowns and lowest common denominators in our communities.
    No wonder our youths think it’s ok to call each other the N word, call their sisters Ho .
    No wonder we are fostering low self esteem to the point where our Young people want to impregnate/ and get Impregnated by whites in order to create Light skinned children . This is a chain of self hatred . We must uplift our communities , quit giving Bullets to our enemies. Self hatred is a tool to self destruction and low achievement. We must resist people within our communities who make $ Millions belitleling us. Boycot people who are enriching themselves by stripping our dignity and casting us into mental slavery.

  7. evett726 on said:

    This list is missing a whole lot of great women,
    below is just a few that come to mind.

    Iyanla Vanzant/ TV Show
    Miss Robbie/ Sweetie Pies
    Melissa Harris-Perry /Professor & TV Show
    Allyson Felix/Gold Medal 4×4 relay
    Sanya Richards-Ross/ Gold Medal 4×4 relay
    Dee Dee Trotter/ Gold Medal 4×4 relay
    Francena McCorory/ Gold Medal 4×4 relay
    Brittany Reese/ Gold Medal Long Jump

    Carmelita Jeter /Gold Medal 4×100 relay/World Record 40:82
    Tianna Madison/ Gold Medal 4×100 relay/World Record 40:82
    Allyson Felix/ Gold Medal 4×100 relay/World Record 40:82
    Bianca Knight/ Gold Medal 4×100 relay/World Record 40:82

  8. No Colin Powell, but Nene Leakes, a foul mouthed former stripper who’s claim to fame is being part of a stupid show about a bunch of clueless women putting each other down. Ebony magazine is such a joke.

  9. mspattymelt on said:

    @africanwarrior…..So much of your comment is SO VERY TRUE…..to put almost half of the women and men on that list with Mr and Ms Obama is a true INSULT!!!!!!! What the hell could half of those half naked, hood acting, little to no self respect women have that any black woman would want their daughters to be influenced by? I don t get that! AND what the hell do a pimping pastor or a woman degrading trash talking rapper have that I would want them to influence my boy child growing up in today s times? I just don t get it! But is what it has become in todays society they are the role models that have our communities of young women paying more money for weave than education and looking like they swung off a pole–while the young men walking around with half of their dirty azz out and repeating a whole 3 minute rap song and can t even read their ABC’s! WHAT KIND OF INFLUENCE OR MESSAGE THE ENTERTAINMENT B U S I N E S S IS SENDING OTHER THAN —–THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL THIS FOOLISHNESS IN TODAYS SOCIETY!!

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