Using a unique measure which combines each honorees’ reach and substance, the list highlights the most influential African Americans between 25 and 45.
We checked news, blogs, critical reviews, awards and our own sharp editorial instincts to nail down the substance score. Folks who were big time in early 2010 but didn’t knock us out with great work into 2011 got low scores. If Obama were 45, he’d nail a 10 substance score. We won’t tell you who got the zeros.