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Ebony Honors 100 'Power' African Americans

2017 list includes Viola Davis, Byron Allen and Rep. Maxine Waters

Viola Davis, Byron Allen and Maxine Waters

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Viola Davis, Byron Allen and Rep. Maxine Waters

California Rep. Maxine Waters, 79; Alphabet (Google) senior vice president David Drummond, 54; actress Viola Davis, 52, who recently won her first Oscar (plus an AARP Movies for Grownups Award); and entertainment mogul Byron Allen, 56, are among the influential on Ebony magazine's Power 100 list this year. 

The list, which honors the best and brightest African Americans, includes some superstars in business, culture, entertainment and politics, though fewer than a third of the honorees are over 50.

"Ebony's aim has been to be the magazine of record for black Americans of all ages," says Ayana Contreras, host of the radio show Reclaimed Soul in Chicago, once Ebony's home. "But I think that Ebony has been trying to increase its appeal to younger black Americans in recent years. I think it's natural that the Ebony 100 list skews younger."

The list is subdivided by categories, some of which intrinsically favor the young, such as the list of "techies," with Drummond being the only one over 50, and Entertainers of the Year, with Davis named alongside a number of younger honorees, including Jordan Peele, Dave Chappelle and Sterling K. Brown. 

Among others who will be honored at the Ebony Power 100 Gala on Dec. 1 in Beverly Hills, Calif., are Oprah Winfrey and Magic Johnson. 

See the whole list at The Ebony Power 100.

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