The Root released its annual list 100 young black leaders to keep an eye on. Along with including household names like actress Rosario Dawson, and basketball star LeBron James, the list also includes lesser know but still influential artists like painter [Kehinde Wiley](http://colorlines.com/archives/2008/07/kehinde_wileys_world_1.html) and musician Jay Electronica. Our friends at the Center for American Progress also got a shout out when Erica Williams, deputy director of the center’s [2050 program](http://www.americanprogress.org/projects/2050/), made the list. Williams also spoke recently at [Facing Race in Chicago](http://colorlines.com/archives/2010/10/facing_race_photos.html). The list also includes a few personalities we’ve kept track of here at ColorLines. Our favorite bow-tie wearing songtress [Janelle Monae](http://colorlines.com/archives/2010/06/will_janelle_monae_survive_our_obsession.html) made the list, along with politician [Kendrick Meek](http://colorlines.com/archives/2010/09/florida_senate_race_might_not_be_that_close_after_all.html), who’s in the final stages of a bruising battle for Florida’s Senate seat. And, of course, there’s the musician turned politician turned academic we love to hate on, [Wyclef Jean](http://colorlines.com/archives/2010/10/wyclefs_going_to_the_ivies.html). [See the entire list here](http://www.theroot.com/views/meet-root-100-2010-edition).