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The Root 100: Awards and Goodbyes (Photos)

Photo by Jada PratherThe Snob attended The Root's first ever live awards ceremony for their The Root 100 list. Published last month, The Root 100 honored and ranked influential African Americans. Among the award recipients in attendance were writer Adam Serwer of Mother Jones, Baratunde Thurston of The Onion and Jack & Jill Politics (author of new book "How to Be Black"), Beverly Bond of BET's Black Girls Rock, news producer Jamil Smith of The Rachel Maddow Show, political analyst Jammal Simmons, NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, Charles Blow of The New York Times and Suzanne Malveaux of CNN and many more.

Also during the event, we learned that current managing editor Joel Dreyfuss is stepping down after two years to move to Paris, France to work on a book. Dreyfuss, who is of Haitian heritage, oversaw The Root as it expanded, went under a redesign and focused on diversifying its content. He's also a great guy that I will miss chatting with when I'd see him out and about. He's a sweetheart. With Dreyfuss' departure, current deputy editor Sheryl Salomon is taking the lead.

Check out photos from the event in the slideshow.

*All photos by Jada Prather

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