Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Top ten list confirms Mayor Kasim Reed is kind of a big deal

Posted By on Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 11:47 AM

The Root, a black news and opinion website, released its annual list of the 100 most influential African Americans between the ages of 25 and 45, and Atlanta had a pret-ty good showing. Three of the top ten most influential black people in the country call Atlanta home — and one of them's the mayor.

According to the list (which measured clout based on a methodology that made my eyes cross, but you can read about here), Mayor Kasim Reed was the tenth most influential African American this year. Atlantans Tyler Perry (a doi) and CNN anchor Don Lemon were second and sixth, respectively.

Here's what The Root had to say about Reed:

Since his 2010 inauguration, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has attracted local, state and national attention for doing many things well. Among other achievements, the Howard University graduate and ex-campaign manager for former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin hired 200 additional police officers and convinced Porsche to stay in the Atlanta metro area. In addition, Reed has proved to be a key advocate for the Obama administration and is looked to as a means of swinging votes in 2012.

The number one most influential African American was another mayor, Newark's Cory Booker. (Ed. note: Did anyone watch his documentary series "Brick City?" I never got around to it, but it looked really great.) Click here to check out the rest of the top 10. Or top 100 if you're feeling ambitious.

Oh, and it also seems worth mentioning that a notable Georgian topped The Root's list of Blackest White Folks. Can you guess who?

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