December 2, 2008

Essence's ‘25 Most Influential’ Includes Radio Hosts


Well we knew Obama was #1

Essence magazine has chosen President Elect Barack Obama as its most influential person of the year in a special year-end issue, which recognizes the 25 most distinguished African-Americans who have made a difference. The list also includes several female radio journalist and host:


Michel Martin, Bev Smith, Farai Chideya,



Michele Norris, and Adaora Udoji.

Essence magazine’s 25 Most Influential List:

1. Barack Obama - President-elect

2. Donna Brazile - Political Strategist, Commentator

3. Gwen Ifill - Journalist

4. Valerie Jarrett - President and CEO, The Habitat Company, Adviser to Barack Obama

5.Queen Latifah - Singer, Actress, Jenny Craig Spokesperson

6. Will Smith - Box Office Titan

7. Wyclef Jean - Musician, Activist

8. Kanye West - Hip-Hop Artist, Producer

9. will.i.am - Musician, Activist

10. Tyler Perry - Writer, Actor, Director, Producer, Studio Owner

11. Michel Martin - Tell Me More, Host

12. Adaora Udoji - The Take Away, Host

13. Michele Norris - All Things Considered, Host

14. Bev Smith - The Bev Smith Show, Host

15. Farai Chideya - News & Notes, Host

16. Van Jones - Founder and President, Green For All

17. Ian Smith, M.D. - Diet Expert, Author, Television Host

18. David Paterson - Governor, New York

19. Bethann Hardison - Advocate for Black Models

20. Phill Wilson - CEO, Black Aids Institute

21. Reverend Leah Daughtry - CEO, Democratic National Convention

22. Mark Whitaker - Washington Bureau Chief, NBC News

23. Candace Parker - WNBA Star

24. Patrick Robinson - Lead Fashion Designer, GAP

25. James Rucker - Internet Civil Rights Activist

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