The Root, a publication geared at covering African-American issues, released its Top 100 most influential African-Americans of 2011 on Wednesday. The list weighs the reach and substance of America's most influential African-Americans in politics, entertainment, and other fields.
The list contains a lot of names you're likely familiar with, but also a few that have remained under the radar to most. The Root named 100 to its list, but we've decided to narrow it down to the Top 10 for your viewing pleasure. But before getting to the Top 10, here's a look at a few famous stars that didn't make the Top 10: Beyonce Knowles, Kanye West, Wyclef Jean, Tyra Banks, Drake, and Lebron James.