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25 Most Influential African Americans of 2009
We asked ESSENCE.com readers to vote on who they thought were the 25 most influential people of the year. By an overwhelming majority (92%) you voted President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as the most influential. You also voted for the first couple of entertainment (Jay-Z and Beyonce) and the dream team of CNN reporters including Soledad O'Brien and Don Lemon; proving that when it comes to representation, we've got ourselves covered on all bases.
Here is ESSENCE.com's 25 Most Influential Africans Americans of 2009.