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On Tuesday evening The Root—the No. 1 black news site—hosted The Root 100 List Release Reception, sponsored by Infiniti, at the Dr. Daniel Fisher House in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., to celebrate The Root 100 honorees for 2014. Hosts Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr., editor-in-chief of The Root; Donna Byrd, publisher of The Root; and Lyne Pitts, managing editor of The Root, were joined by various influential guests, including Shonda Rhimes, executive producer of Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy; Gugu Mbatha-Raw, star of Belle; Amma Asante, director of Belle; Mara Brock Akil, writer and producer of The Game and Being Mary Jane; Justin Simien, director of Dear White People; and Benjamin Todd Jealous, former president of the NAACP.
Since 2009 The Root has honored the top 100 African-American influencers, politicians, journalists, community organizers, entertainers and athletes for their work in the community. Honorees between the ages of 25 and 45 are measured and eventually ranked according to their influence in the world and on social media. This year's list includes Rhimes; Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.); soccer player Tim Howard; Newark, N.J., Mayor Ras Baraka; and Orange Is the New Black actress Laverne Cox.
A night of relative calm fell over Ferguson, Mo., following U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s visit to the city, where tensions have run high since the killing of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by Darren Wilson, a white police officer.
Lt. Ray Albers of the St. Ann Police Department in Missouri has been indefinitely suspended from the force after video footage showed him pointing his semi-automatic assault rifle and threatening to kill protesters during Tuesday night’s demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo., the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Tatsha Robertson, People magazine's only black editor until she was fired in May, has filed a lawsuit against the magazine alleging that the publication is biased against blacks and that she was treated like a second-class citizen.
Nancy Writebol, one of two U.S. citizens airlifted from Liberia to Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital after contracting Ebola, was released Tuesday morning after testing free of the deadly virus, WSOC-TV reports.