The Root hosted a party on Martha’s Vineyard to celebrate the release of The Root 100, its annual list of influential African-Americans in the fields of social justice, politics, entertainment, media, business, the arts, science, and sports. Among those making the scene were journalist and civil rights activist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, D.C. congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, musician and author Fonzworth Bentley, and former NBA star Alonzo Mourning. “The goal of the list is to introduce people that you may have never heard of,” The Root’s managing editor Lyne Pitts told us. “It’s not just famous names. This is about being able to shine a light on, say, an engineer who’s doing great work but nobody knows about.” That’s not to say there aren’t a few famous names on the list: Jay-Z,
LeBron James, and Kendrick Lamar all make the cut. But so do Bree Newsome, the 30-year-old woman arrested for scaling a flagpole and removing the Confederate flag outside the South Carolina State House, and Black Lives Matter founders Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi. President Obama is vacationing on the Vineyard, but he did not attend the event. He did, however, hit the links at Farm Neck Golf Club Wednesday with Mourning, former Celtics forward Ray Allen, and Cyrus Walker, cousin of Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.