The Root 100

The Root 100 is a groundbreaking interview series on aspire featuring 24 of the most intriguing honorees of “The Root 100,” the annual list of African- American achievers and influencers between the ages of 25 and 45. The weekly show celebrates these young black leaders who are paving the way for change and inspiring us through their work. Hosted by noted journalist and 2010 – 2011 honoree of The Root 100 Suzanne Malveaux with interviews by Jamal Simmons, the series goes beyond the accomplishments of these dynamic men and women to explore their lives, their passion and what it takes to achieve success with meaning and purpose.

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Season 1: Episode 108

Building Legacies

Omar Wasow sits down with three honorees of The Root 100 who are transforming communities in the fields of culture, …

Season 1: Episode 107

Community Advocates

While these three honorees of The Root 100 may travel in elite circles, few in such prominent positions are as …

Season 1: Episode 106

The Innovators

Three innovators launching us headfirst into the future with the use of technology and innovation is the focus of this …

Season 1: Episode 105

The Leaders

The spotlight is on three honorees of The Root 100 who are at the forefront of industries that are anything …

Season 1: Episode 104

Empowering Artists

This inspiring hour introduces three of The Root 100 honorees who are using their talent to change the lives of …

Season 1: Episode 103

Bold Stands

This hour explores the lives of three of The Root 100 honorees that speak the truths others often find difficult …

Season 1: Episode 102


Omar Wason interviews MSNBC’s gutsy news anchor Tamron Hall, the new Kennedy Center artistic director for jazz Jason Moran and …

Season 1: Episode 101

The Advocates

Omar Wasow sits down with The Root 100 honorees, MSNBC host, Melissa Harris Perry, NAACP president and CEO Benjamin Jealous …