Barack Obama is Named African American of the Year

December 1, 2008 By:
Barack Obama is Named African American of the Year

Essence magazine has complied their list for 2008's most influential African Americans, and it's no surprise to us that Barack Obama comes in at number one.

Editor-in-chief Angela Burt-Murray says, "President-elect Barack
Obama's historic win was the pinnacle of an amazing year in African-American achievement. ESSENCE is so proud to acknowledge the top 25 African-Americans who followed suit with extraordinary steps in news, music, film, politics, activism and fashion and emerged as the game changers of 2008."

Obama is joined on the list by celebs like Kanye, Will Smith, and Queen
Latifah. Where's Oprah on this list? Guess she can't win every year! Here's the full list of Essence's top 25:

Barack Obama - President-elect

Donna Brazile - Political Strategist, Commentator

Gwen Ifill - Journalist

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

Queen Latifah - Singer, Actress, Jenny Craig Spokesperson

Will Smith - Box Office Titan

Wyclef Jean - Musician, Activist
Kanye West - Hip-Hop Artist, Producer - Musician, Activist

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

Michel Martin - Tell Me More, Host

Adaora Udoji - The Take Away, Host

Michele Norris - All Things Considered, Host

Bev Smith - The Bev Smith Show, Host

Farai Chideya - News & Notes, Host

Van Jones - Founder and President, Green For All

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

David Paterson - Governor, New York

Bethann Hardison - Advocate for Black Models

Phill Wilson - CEO, Black Aids Institute

Reverend Leah Daughtry - CEO, Democratic National Convention

Mark Whitaker - Washington Bureau Chief, NBC News

Candace Parker - WNBA Star

Patrick Robinson - Lead Fashion Designer, GAP

James Rucker - Internet Civil Rights Activist

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