Who would make your 2017 list of most influential men of African descent?

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  1. Lazy Migrant

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    In no particular order my list would have:

    • Aliko Dangonte - richest man in Africa . [​IMG]
    • Tyler Perry - Most powerful AA man in Hollywood [​IMG]
    • LeBron James - One of the biggest sports stars and a great role model.[​IMG]
    • Barack Obama - Former President who along with his family showed style and grace while holding the most powerful position in the world [​IMG]
    • Neil deGrasse Tyson - Advocate for science, podcaster, and host of show.[​IMG]
    • Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - One of the biggest movie stars in the world.[​IMG]
    • Tristan Walker - Startup founded of Bevel. Most well know AA tech founder in Silicon Valley.[​IMG]
    • Tariq Nasheed - Writer, Film Producer, activist.[​IMG]
    • Paul Kagame - War Vet, Politician, Respected leader on the African Continent. [​IMG]
    • Malcolm Gladwell - Podcaster and one of the most successful writers in the world.[​IMG]

    Honorable mentions: John W Thompson, Bob Johnson, Will Smith, Tyron Woodley, Kasim Reed, Ta nehesi Coates, Jordan Peele
     
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    :martin:changed the title to "Most influential" for clarity
     
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    Tariq :mjlol:
    Malcolm Gladwell :dead:
    Tyler Perry :deadrose:
     
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    Nas
     
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    What's so funny about my choices?:lupe:

    Tariq has played a huge impact in people becoming more aware about the global impact of WS.

    Malcolm Gladwell is one of the most sought after thinkers and writers. I can't think of any Brehs in recent time who has sold more books than he has.

    Tyler Perry is one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. The only AA to have his own studio as far as I know.

    Who would be on your list then?
     
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    No one cares about Tariq off the Internet. He's not a real leader IMO.

    Malcolm Gladwell looks like he has the faintest trace of African ancestry :pachaha:

    I chuckled at Tyler Perry, he has influence for sure and since he makes films, maybe there's an argument for it. But is he more influential than Will Smith or Denzel Washington?

    Also LOL at Tyron Woodley getting an honorable mention, I mean what? No one outside of MMA really knows him and even among MMA fans, he's not a really popular fighter.

    Where are the musicians at? Drake (:scusthov:), Kanye, Kendrick...
     
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    Thread had potential but a good number on the list are just NOOOOO....
     
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    Who? And who would you replace them with?
     
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    Paul Kagame? HELL 2 da NOOOOO...

    Tyler Perry? No hate but nah...

    Tariq Nasheed no hate but same what @JahFocus CS said.

    Gladwell? Also Nah.

    The rest are agreeable. I'm thinking of my own list....
     
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    Nikka I'm dying over here:russ:
     
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    Dangote is a robber baron, but he's influential
     

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