Friday, September 28, 2012

Foxx tenth-most influential black person in U.S.

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Black news, opinion and culture website added Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to its list of 100 black influencers and achievers, according to

At No. 10, he falls just behind tennis star Serena Williams, basketball player LeBron James and Jay-Z.

According to

Foxx joined 41 other new inductees to the list, which was launched in 2011 using a mathematical formula created by Omar Wasow, an Internet pioneer who co-founded BlackPlanet.

The formula uses a set of variables — reach, substance, Twitter followers, news mentions, etc. — to calculate a person’s “influence score.” Editors at TheRoot said the formula was tweaked this year to allow room for lesser-known individuals whose influence might exceed their national reach or name recognition.

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