The 100 Most Powerful Black Men on Twitter

Last week we brought you the 100 Most Powerful Black Women on Twitter.  Using the same measures (Klout and Twittergrader) we used for that list, we searched the Twitterverse for the male version.  These men have the ability to drive massive traffic with a single tweet of a link, are constantly retweeted by their loyal followers, and exist on thousands of lists created by their fans.  These are the 100 most powerful black men on Twitter.

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Editor’s Note: Please note that while this list displays the 100 most powerful black men on Twitter, the names on this list are not ranked.

# Picture Profile Followers Following Updates Listed Tweet
1 LeBron James

LeBron James | Already Home

King of Akron

699,832 33 131 9,697
2 iamdiddy

iamdiddy | EVERYWHERE!!!


2,856,578 282 8,966 20,279
3 kanyewest

Kanye West | Def Jam


867,358 1 464 11,509
4 barackobama

Barack Obama44th President of the United States

5,160,178 716,012 860 100,582
5 Tyga

TYGA | LA – All dayEmail: Tygabooking@Gmail.com… for show bookings

331,973 250 2,374 4,926
6 SouljaBoy

Soulja Boy | Interscope RecordsMy name is DeAndre Way, I’m 20. I love girls, rapping, making beats, anime, manga, video-games, kush, fast internet, and counting money. #blessed

2,321,742 6,338 17,739 14,807
7 rickyrozay

Teflon Don


206,406 40 2,897 1,963


3,154,941 614 2,565 29,082
9 chrisbrown

Chris Brown | EARTH!!IM JUST ME!!!FRESH IZ A WAY OF LIFE.. so everyday is a new beginning

743,913 161 260 12,398

marlon wayans | ÜT: 34.156066,-118.450035I hate haters. LIVE LOVE LAFF! for booking call CHRIS SMITH at ICM 310 550 4200

339,939 567 13,575 6,581
11 JDior_

Justin Dior Combs | Out here in NYPRINCE COMBS

83,228 541 9,351 1,814
12 terrellowens

Terrell Owens | ÜT: 39.137637,-84.51077Wide Receiver #81 Terrell Owens

482,027 623 8,056 7,569
13 BowWow

Bow Wow | Studio/Movie setRAPPER/ACTOR Cash Money Records/ Universal Motown

577,108 575 14,597 8,068
14 LilTwist

Lil Twist #TeamTwist | YMCMB/ UniversalYOUNG MONEY MILLIONAIRE

317,933 54,589 11,208 11,856
15 liltunechi

Lil Wayne #FreeWeezy | MarsIM YOUNG MONEY Weezy F Baby

611,387 19 70 9,451
16 UncleRUSH

Russell Simmons

429,417 103 7,350 7,260
17 thegame


227,489 243 3,558 4,175
18 TreySongz

Trey Songz | NEW ALBUM 9.14The Best at what I do..

995,500 610 3,005 12,213
19 SnoopDogg

Snoop Dogg | LBCMore Malice CD + DVD IN STORES NOW

1,841,655 1,181 2,848 20,295
20 Tyrese

Tyrese Gibson | Watts CaliforniaTyrese’s NEW single You Put Up With Me & Last Digital Comic Book MAYHEM on iTunes is here— http://bit.ly/5DJO9L RT!!

1,274,524 1,371 4,703 8,356
21 questlove

Questo of The Roots | philadelphiayour favorite twitterer’s favorite music snob.

1,365,977 2,036 20,207 11,330
22 diggy_simmons

Diggy Simmons | ÜT: 34.101479,-118.316028YOUNG CR?FTER$ IMAGINE. DREAM. CREATE MUSIC.FASHION.ART

203,757 628 1,684 3,238
23 drakkardnoir

Drizzy Drake | Where The Wild Things Are

Thank Me Later

1,103,895 199 247 14,184
24 lilduval


325,637 192 20,246 4,707
25 TonyGaskins

Tony A. Gaskins Jr | Tampa, FlBestselling Author/ LIFE COACH/ Speaker/ Author Consultant/ Most importantly a SERVANT of God

24,552 10,019 6,889 1,008
26 Wale

Wale Folarin | ÜT: 38.893159,-76.773387Official Twitter of Wale #nodaysoff ..EVER

276,643 483 16,128 5,255
27 RevRunWisdom

Rev RunWords of wisdom non-stop.. Pls don’t be offended if I don’t reply or follow u, But I Love you!

1,341,602 0 6,577 21,105
28 myfabolouslife

Fabolous | Where the Cash AtIts Loso, In Case You Aint Know So aka The Best Who Ever Twitted

591,407 342 3,027 7,782
29 thejuelzsantana

Juelz Santana | Harlem, USABorn to Lose, Built to Win!

209,229 1,948 2,898 2,489
30 UsherRaymondIV


654,054 47 256 12,815
31 OGOchoCinco

Chad Ochocinco | ÜT: 39.093454,-84.516828OCNN Presents the Official Twitter Page of Chad Ochocinco. Part of the Rock Software Family.

1,192,560 1,196 19,884 16,590
32 KevinHart4real

Kevin Hart | Philly/LAMy New Comedy DVD – SERIOUSLY FUNNY – In Stores Now!!

442,496 186 6,779 5,305
33 DeRayDavis

DeRay Davis | Chicago / L.A.

DONT BE FOOLED BY FAKE COONMEDIANS http://www.deraydavis.com DeRay The Difference Davis is Booked thru Chris Smith at ICM 310.550.4245

116,336 375 5,897 1,892


254,286 1,439 2,681 3,464
35 50cent

50cent | NYCIt’s the kid 50 Cent | G-Unit

3,039,562 20 829 16,578
36 reggie_bush

Reggie Bush | The Best CoastI can do all things through Christ who strengthen’s me

1,293,291 122 1,253 10,128
37 RealTalibKweli

Talib Kweli Greene | ÜT: 40.688701,-74.163884MCEO

176,443 595 11,775 5,145
38 1Omarion


268,573 211 5,482 3,610
39 ToureX

Touré | Your MindA meme is a terrible thing to waste. Fuse, Simon & Schuster, Tennis Channel, MSNBC, Rolling Stone, Vibe… Infinite Juice.

17,986 1,900 29,349 951
40 SeanKingston



668,916 51,084 10,383 20,876
41 DwightHoward

Dwight Howard | Orlando, FLAfter the ring!

1,679,730 4,489 9,931 9,822
42 ChrisJohnson28

Chris Johnson | ÜT: 33.985365,-118.396649THE REAL CJ

156,705 313 3,939 3,053
43 CV31

Charlie Villanueva | Detroit, MICharlie V. was born Aug 24, 1984 in Queens, NYC; a Hispanic basketball player for the Detroit Pistons; drafted 7th in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors.

105,581 375 2,915 2,378
44 omarepps


909,230 99 1,881 5,766
45 levarburton

LeVar Burton | Los Angeles, CAActor, Director, Educator

1,598,460 184 1,838 12,316
46 shawnemerriman

Shawne Merriman | ATLANTA,GABooking Contact is dlo117@gmail.com Artist,Entrepreneur,SongWriter,Boss Chick & BBC Is Da movement,Real Friend, Female Hiphop Entertainer, Georgia Peach Baby!

143,171 337 4,893 3,436
47 RayJ


253,186 716 2,081 3,386
48 Lloyd_YG

Lloyd- Young Goldie | BedrockNo Struggle, No Progress

87,300 191 1,449 1,284
49 OfficialBraylon

Braylon Edwards | JerseyOfficial twitter page of New York Jets ProBowl WR #17 & Lifetime Michigan Wolverine #1 Braylon Edwards

26,134 80 1,143 1,095
50 CornelWest

Cornel West | Princeton, NJ1 of America’s most provocative public intellectuals; a champion for racial justice through the traditions of the black Church, progressive politics, & jazz.

56,425 114 336 2,410
51 TheRealDJKhaled

DJ Khaled | Miami


127,072 1,210 6,985 2,252
52 jimjonescapo

Jim Jones| HarlemSALUTE-DIPSET CALL ME: 1 (917) 675-3685;

1,624,877 209 4,185 3,614
53 donlemoncnn

Don Lemon | ÜT: 33.781365,-84.350283CNN Anchor

72,037 16,506 2,659 2,555
54 iamwill

will.i.ami.am.will…and all the other i.am’s are jockin’ my style

369,756 30 211 8,753
55 kerryrhodes

Kerry Rhodes | Arizona#25 on the Arizona Cardinals

371,727 98 15,509 2,121
56 DeMar_DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan| ÜT: 33.913351,-118.32999Living my dream….

44,162 232 6,446 1,468
57 Oneandonlycp3


222,311 336 1,934 5,182
58 FloydMayweather

Floyd Mayweather, Jr | Las Vegas, NVCash Cow

684,521 80 1,213 4,116

Warren Sapp| ÜT: 33.949403,-118.398831

444,058 618 47,493 3,602

JAY GUDDA | NEW ORLEANS4 booking,features & interviews contact greg davenport @ 8502599512 or guddapr@gmail.com

105,628 309 4,033 1,663
61 llcoolj


860,908 916 3,180 9,562
62 Nelly_Mo

Nelly_Mo | St. LouisNELLY’s OFFICIAL TWITTER…CEO of Nelly Inc, Derrty Ent, Apple Bottom Clothing and a St. Lunatic

678,404 719 2,305 4,000
63 carmeloanthony

Carmelo Anthony | ÜT: 40.724561,-74.005617Official Page of Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets

307,515 186 544 5,036
64 derekfisher

derekfisher | Los AngelesStarting PG for LA Lakers

565,222 20 468 5,313
65 wyclef

Wyclef Jean | ÜT: 40.759398,-73.987782The Official Wyclef Twitter Page

1,553,409 7,596 16,591 8,866
66 jalenrose

Jalen RosePSL/City/State Champion–Fab Five Legend–College Grad–NBA Star–ESPN Analyst

137,832 530 7,638 3,303
67 sinbadbad

sinbad | Phone:make my funk the P funk

23,577 364 24,351 1,051
68 BusaBusss

Busta Rhymes | New YorkGod Sent

201,084 251 5,410 3,222
69 NickCannon

Nick Cannon | ÜT: 33.927399,-118.406763The Media Monster aka Rev Dressy Jackson aka DJ sexyfingerz aka Mr. Ncredible aka General Cornball Wallace aka Mr. Carey aka Skrilla Michael Thomas!

1,914,736 290 2,978 6,477
70 LupeFiasco

Lupe Fiasco | Chicago, ILFNF UP!!!

172,027 463 1,372 4,365
71 chamillionaire

Chamillionaire | Houston, TexasPlatinum & grammy award winning recording artist. Tech conference tourist. Professional sports trash talker. Knowledge seeker. Boss. Booking@chamillionaire.com

634,220 338 9,601 4,404
72 dwadeofficial

Dwyane Wade | I’m everywhere…From Robbins, IL..I’m a father First and everything else after that…

591,323 154 2,456 8,816
73 chrisbosh

Chris Bosh | M.I.A.

254,693 73 2,374 6,001
74 RealLamarOdom

LAMAR ODOM | Los Angeles, CA6’10” forward / guard / center for the Los Angeles Lakers.

915,771 59 1,250 8,525
75 alleniverson

Allen Iverson | PhillyGuard | Philadelphia 76?ers

130,975 4 135 3,492
76 MCHammer

MC HAMMER | Bay Area, Californiahttp://mchammer.com

1,910,277 33,016 9,900 9,123
77 BillCosby

Bill Cosby | Los AngelesComedy/Educatio

1,257,785 6 427 14,489
78 baratunde

Baratunde Thurston | Brooklyn, NYComedian | Vigilante Pundit | Co-Founder @JJPolitics | Web Editor @TheOnion | TV Host @FutureOf

45,267 2,406 28,789 2,343

DJ CLUE | THe Mecca Of The WorldCEO OF NYC

137,034 307 9,101 2,324
80 Therealbigboi

Big Boi of OUTKAST | Stankonia GA.Sir. Lucious Left Foot

74,937 489 8,888 2,298
81 NeYoCompound

Ne-Yo | All over the WorldOfficial Twitter of Ne-Yo

333,699 1,301 1,343 6,681
82 stephenasmith

Stephen A Smith | ÜT: 39.980098,-74.771287The real Stephen A. Smith. Check me out at StephenA.com and Stephenasmithshow.com

87,483 15 8,523 2,672
83 jfuturistic09

J Money | AtlantaJ-Money~1st Name, Last Name

19,424 136 11,818 344
84 SheldenWilliams

Shelden WilliamsDenver Nuggets

15,152 107 27,564 796
85 YungStet

Stet | IL/TXAiming for GREATNESS. *****Business Contact:***** BookYungStet@gmail.com

14,671 2,386 376 564
86 ReggieEvans30

Reggie Evans | Torontonever depend on nobody but myself.

8,298 83 3,826 612
87 the305mvp

MVP | Miami, FloridaThe Straight Up Ballin’ WWE SmackDown Superstar, in 140 characters or less. Big tweets poppin’…

29,250 137 588 923
88 johnlegend

John Legend | New York, NY, USAThe Real John Legend – Pre-order WAKE UP! at JohnLegend.com

1,979,437 147 1,844 11,912
89 ryanleslie

Ryan Leslie | GlobalArtist/Producer/Social Media Entrepreneur

173,284 53 1,519 3,198
90 TheJetOnTNT

Kenny Smith | atlantaTwo-time NBA Champion Kenny Smith is in his 13th full season as an NBA studio analyst for TNT’s Emmy® award-winning studio show Inside the NBA

78,279 82 877 2,639
91 brandontjackson

Brandon T Jackson | In My Own WorldComedian

37,598 13 503 727
92 VinceYoung10

Vince Young | Nashville/Houston/AustinNFL Quarterback for the Tennessee Titans, a son and a Father. I have a strong belief in God and all he has blessed me with. Team work makes the Dream work.

10,800 103 114 260
93 JaredDudley619

Jared Dudley | PhoenixOfficial Twitter feed for Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley

47,180 469 3,841 1,943
94 LennyKravitz

Lenny Kravitz | New OrleansCurrently recording a new album. Follow my photos and videos from the studio here

1,925,843 1,875 453 15,930
95 sugarshanem

Shane Mosley | CaliforniaWelter Weight Boxing Champion

5,734 406 669 210
96 common

COMMON | Chicago, ILHip Hop Artist/ Actor

187,473 35 808 4,128
97 SugaRashadEvans

Rashad Evans | Lansing, MIUFC Light Heavy Weight Contender

49,717 67 602 1,819
98 jprince713

Jas Prince | Houston, TXMr. Young CEO

37,448 239 5,090 610
99 Tip

T.I. | Atlanta, GATakers in theaters now. King Uncaged coming soon.

314,593 84 761 4,476
100 MrRickyBell

Ricky Bell | In Your SpeakersMember of New Edition & Bell.Biv.DeVoe…Boston Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox Fan!

13,184 407 5,025 346


Ken Gibbs Jr says:

seems like anyone with a publicist can make the list, which makes sense. Until Twitter recently started suggesting who to follow, it was as blank as a search engine. You'd follow people that you already knew from TV, radio or print, and the occasional tech celebrities (of which there are few black ones). So this list isn't a surprise. I also don't think the list reflects who holds sway over the black community, as I'm pretty sure most of these people have really diverse followers. If anything it shows that not much has changed for black men in American (with the exception of Obama), because black athletes, musicians and comedians are still getting the most attention.

Kagem says:

I get that this list has value but in the grand discussion of black people and Twitter, I just don't see why it is overtly relevant.

Rahsheen says:

What's dangerous about the way the discussion seems to be moving is that this list is a reflection of reality and nobody seems to want to own up to that. This is a list of most powerful people based on influence on Twitter. The criteria are very specific. It's not a list of people you should follow or people you should listen to. It's a list of people who are already being followed and who already have a voice.

I find it dangerous because, while nobody wants it to be the case, these are the people influencing the black community as a whole. If Diddy or Weezy tweets “jump,” millions of their fans will only ask “how high.” Pretty sure others being suggested or who are missing from the list don't hold that kind of power.

I'm just not understanding how you can argue against reality. If you say the list could have been expanded to show those with less influence on Twitter who might actually be interesting to follow, that's one thing, but to say that this whole list is bogus because you don't like who is influencing our community or to say they're not actually influencing anything on Twitter is ludicrous.

On another note, what's with this assumption that those who are already famous, popular, or influential can't also be that on Twitter? What @baratunde (yes, let's keep picking on him) does besides Twitter is not important. The point is that he made the list and stands beside Obama and TI. You want to knock him out the box because he used tools and opportunities besides Twitter to get where he is?

Don't get upset at a list. Don't get outraged at a blog. Get upset at the fact that we as a whole are (still) not promoting the right people or, on the flip side, engaging with people outside of our own bubble.

Foggen says:


markusrobinson says:

@Lynne these are all great methods, and I appreciated you listing them, I would love to give them a try, but I'm not so convinced that they would yield such different results.

markusrobinson says:

@ Alfred You're calling us cowards for not picking and choosing our favorites? We've seen the editor selected list done time and time again, at the end of the day it leaves you saying, “Look at all of Alfred's buddy's on his “top” 100 list.” Instead of a biased editorial staff choosing their favorites, we used a metric. We can debate the metric all day (kinda what Lynne and I were doing if you read our threads), but I think this method leans more towards what the crowds/re-tweeters think are interesting and less on the “good ole boy method”. Sure the results aren't what we all envision, but it is what it is, and we decided not to screw around with the results.

Also, I appreciated the advice on the differences in how you run BE and we run BWM, at the end of the day the metrics will decide this too.

Jason says:

This whole thing is flawed because it treats every follower, and every retweet, and every listing as equal. They’re not.

Being followed by 1 million 14-year-olds who are still in school and will retweet everything that their favourite sports star says does not necessarily make a person more powerful or influential than somebody who is being followed by 100000 30 to 50-year-olds who themselves are in a position to make actual changes in society, business, or politics.

The above is an example of two extremes, but it illustrates the point.

SMH says:

these lists for most powerful black ppl need to be fixed because on the most powerful black women, you got kat stacks?! not even black, and on here you have dj khaled. WHO IS NOT BLACK EITHER!

Today's Drum says:

What does this list say about our society, our culture and our future?

Rick Sotero says:

WTF is lloyd Doing There ? this dude dont even rep the Black People. He SUCKS !

markusrobinson says:

1) I don't disagree with you. My point was, what other metric would you use to judge influence/power/or whatever? In the same vein, if you have 1 million followers but don't say anything worth being re-tweeted then you don't have influence. So if followers isn't the right metric and until we can make better sense of the fire-hose of tweets (working on this too) then I think re-tweets is a pretty decent judge of influence considering what we have to work with.
2) Who's to say that using a nomination/voting process wouldn't lead to a popularity contest? Not to mention coordinating a fair and impartial voting system is not simple task (remember I've worked on the black weblog awards for a few years). The point is, there's no true way to build a list like this without a people ruffling some feathers. We chose what we thought was the most impartial system at the time. Please keep in mind that the purpose of this was to start a discussion and judge responses. The response is clear, but this is only the beginning of the conversation. We will refine and improve as we go forward.

Donatella says:

I mean why isn't he on the list

Donatella says:

Wow no Davey D.
And why is DJ Khaled on this list, Paula Abdul who isn't black was on the womens list

Shouldn't Ochocinco really be #1 over LBJ. I mean he's constantly tweeting and he's heavily involved wih uStream.


I really should be 100.5 since Lebron is now spending part of his time in Akron, which makes me Akron's Most Powerful Black Men on Twitter LOL




And clarification Markus, it's not at all that I'm saying those listed don't deserve to be there — shouldn't be there. I just think when talking about social media/measurement we're always looking at quant/qual — and not just quant.

Not knocking. Just trying to have dialogue and gain a better understanding of the editorial decision and process. And again, as a person who's had to make lists, I understand you won't be able to satisfy everyone.

Sure Markus. But, I have two questions — maybe more.

1) Because someone is a celebrity (be that tech, social media, rapper) aren't they more likely to be RT? And, does them being RT actually mean power, influence, whatever? Or does it just mean that they're famous and we like being as close as possible to the famous (not we, you and me, but collective universal “we”) — Does that mean power, or influence, or does that mean famous? And are we defining famous as the same thing as power?

2)And no, you're right, I can't argue with numbers. You've laid it all out here, but it's already been admitted to me that some people may have gotten through the cracks because they weren't on the radar. In that light, as BlackWeb20, “the premier destination for African-American’s in Technology and New Media,” is this the list you want to offer to the community as to who is most important for them to follow or know about on Twitter?

My point on #2, even with numbers/science (using Klout and TwitterGrader), this list could've been carved differently. I think I already mentioned a nomination process and a categorical listing. Maybe not everyone would've been 100 on TwitterGrader or 50 on Klout, but they may have been the top in their industries. (Same goes for your women's list). .

I guess the reason I keep speaking out is because this list only categorizes one aspect of black power on Twitter. I again applaud your efforts here and starting the conversation. Hopefully, people make more recommendations on both posts for you guys to consider in the future.

No preachers on here??? Come on…..black men are more than just athletes and musicians. This list….bites! — SingleMomsTV.com

markusrobinson says:

Lynne if you could suggest something other than Klout and TwitterGrader to grade power, influence, or whatever, we're open. But when judging a person's influence on Twitter, what better method than to use the amount a person gets re-tweeted? If i have a million users and never get re-tweeted, and you have 8000 and you get re-tweeted often then you're more influential right?

markusrobinson says:

With a list like this, there are bound to be some over sites. The Twitter pool is so vast that making sure that every person of color was counted can be a daunting task. Obviously we missed some, but as we continue to create these list (hopefully at min. yearly), our goal is to improve on what I call our” seed list”. We are also working on segmenting this list into categories (though I doubt we can do 100 in each category).

This was our first go round, though not perfect, it will get better.

Right, but Anjuan you have to consider that Baratunde has had offline opportunities (as has Toure) to help catapult him to some of these successes and they've both been written about frequently. Not to dismiss either of their twitter game — they are interesting on Twitter indeed, but this list is overwhelmingly made up of people who barely had to do anything on Twitter to rise to the top. Let's be real.

Again not dissing you. I'm just curious, in your use of TwitterGrader and Klout, if you could not have also found some regular folk to represent on this list. And in that regard, I'm not even counting Baratunde or Toure as regular folk because they are media personalities and not just media themselves. I applaud your efforts, but is llcoolj a better Tweeter than say, Elon James? Many of these people use Twitter solely for promotional reasons or to talk to other celebrities and not to engage their audiences at all.

I do realize you guys chose “powerful” as opposed to “influential” or “engaging.” But if you chose influential or engaging, perhaps you could have brought in some qualitative insights into this list/discussion.

iluvblackwomen says:

its not the numbers its the obvious oversights…. @mrdaveyd @elonjameswhite – for god's sake elon has the only BLACKNESS IPHONE app um also their numbers prove they were supposed to be on the list. additionally in trying to create and show a list of Black Power i believe you have some responsibility to the audience. after creating the list you would have to agree there is certain spin that the list has taken on; so maybe that would have been the time to perhaps change direction – say for instance the top 250 or 500 i would have loved to have that info. Markus i dont believe my followers are angry, but concerned with the pov of the list and the obvious shrug off that “if you just get your game up you too can be on this list” completely not true.

markusrobinson says:

Not sure why people are upset with the list, numbers don't lie. The real question is why do we pay so much attention to entertainers and athletes?

There's an interesting conversation to be had with this list. I don't believe that Anjuan had any ill will towards blackness nor did he have any incentive to skew the list. But notice that he didn't have MrDaveyD on his radar. That's the conversation that we should be having. How do we as Black people change the national conversation on race and perception when we AS BLACK PEOPLE aren't even aware of the different voices that are out there. I know that I'm constantly surprised at the work of people that hadn't heard of before.

In order to change media we have to be open to change and share our information readily. Seeing new voices is great but then we have to highlight them. So many brilliant thought leaders are currently fighting to be heard and they're drowned by what the media (black and white) decide to show.

DryerBuzz says:

Should we keep in mind that the male list as compiled today might have much to do with the tools deployed by twitter as opposed to a year ago. With the influx of African Americans in the last year, I can see the following being celebrity/baller driven. Seeing is believing. After all, twitter recommends the list of males and almost offers automatic following upon signing up. Same goes for the new profile recommendations. There is also the influx of tv shows deploying twitter and tags as a communication tool for fans and followings.

iluvblackwomen says:

@Baratunde is on National TV Cable show http://science.discovery.com/tv/pop-sci/pop-sci… every Monday at 9pm

iluvblackwomen says:

Again who is the person/entity determining influence i wish yall would stop saying anyone can rise above. If all of Twitter voted for a guy to win a Shorty Award in the category of Technology i would suspect thats power and impact yet according to the determining factor he is in the 140 most powerful Black Men??? no way i am sorry thats is wrong plain completely wrong LOL – @SoliderKnowBest beat WIRED magazine for the TOP SHORTY AWARD in TECH on TWitter LOL. If people really tried to be impactful/powerful to be determined by these standards they would have to ON TV or ON MAGAZINES – even @baratunde who i would call a friend and @tonygaskins they are both in the media in fact Tony has been on Oprah. I would dare say unles s the standards are widen or changed NO ONE will ever top the 100. Even missing @mrdaveyd who is on radio each week and placing him in the top 100 would not give most Black Men on Twitter a chance. Bro DaveyD is a member of NetRoots, on West Coast Radio weekly has interviewed Tupac, Biggie and some of the biggest names in the last 20 years. Again the standards appear to be skewed to those ONLY in MEDIA.

I completely missed Elon James White. He's on the list of people to measure next time.

Alfred, as a lifelong fan of Black Enterprise (and honored to be featured in the July 2010 issue), I truly appreciate your perspective. I do want to be clear about the definition of “power” used on this list. It does not imply presidential power or the power to do good things. While those types of power are important, I could not find an impartial way to measure them. If an online tool exists to measure true power, I would be happy to make lists based on it.

This list measures Twitter power. That means these are people whose tweets are retweeted by hundreds if not thousands of their followers. If they tweet a link, then a massive number of people click on it. Their use of Twitter is covered by the media such as Ochocinco's (#31 on the list) $25k fine for using the service during a game. I used Klout and Twittergrader because I didn't want these lists to simply note “black people I like” on Twitter. If I did that, then the list would have been very different. It also would have been of little value.

I looked at hundreds of black male twitter users to find non-celebrities who met the criteria for the list. Many worthy ones didn't make the cut. Honestly, there were some I neglected to measure after hours of going through many Twitter handles and pictures. However, part of the point of this list was to elicit “what about so and so” responses. These responses make this admittiedly imperfect list a little more perfect based on the healhty discussion that we are having.

One thing I hope the readers take from this list is that even people like Baratunde who lack a national celebrity platform or the skills of a professional athelete deserve to be seen as powerful. I would love to make a list of 100 Baratundes once I find them on Twitter.

Let me be clear. I want to make these lists better. I've come across several names that I've added to a list of missed people to measure if the editors decide to do an updated version of the list. I would also applaud Black Enterprise's investigation into who are the truly powerful black Twitter users. The comments on this post shows that there is a lot of work to do and many as yet unearthed truths about influential black people on Twitter.

Justaire says:

Uhhh…since when was DJ Khaled ANY kind of Black?

I did the best I could to find non-celebrities. I even went through a fair number of the followers of @tweetmeblack. Unfortunately, many of them scored very low and even fell out of the top 200.

Alfred's Klout score of 50 put him in the 130 range. Wayne was in the 120 range. Unfortunately, @mrdavedyd was unknown to me and did not come up in my searches. He would have been in the top 100.

Again, the list is not perfect. I think it's a good list, but one point was to get “what about so and so”. I think its' healthy to have these discussions.

I did measure Ben Jealous (or the Twitter id that seems to be him). His Twittergrader.com grade was 99.3 which did not meet the criteria for the list (a grade of 100). Cory Booker had a Twittergrader.com score of 100, but his Klout score was 48 which put him out of the top 100. He was in the 140 range.

That being said, the process was meant to be fair and impartial, but it is not perfect. However, I WANTED people to say, “why isn't so and so on this list”. This demonstrates the diversity of what black people are doing on Twitter.

I wanted to give you a few more points since you're writing the book, “How to be Black”, but I had to stick to the formula!

As much as I enjoyed seeing the 100 Most Powerful Black Women on Twitter list, I am just as disappointed in this listing of “most powerful” black men on Twitter, even though, to be fair, both lists share the same yardstick. That the list is dominated by athletes and rappers (most of whom tweet content of dubious value) reinforces an old media cliche/stereotype that persists even in the era of new media. Speaking as a follower of many of these brothers, only a handful of them (including President Obama, Russell Simmons) are truly powerful; a larger proportion (LeBron James, RevRunWisdom) can claim any degree of influence. The vast majority of the rest are followed because they are famous, not because the wield any degree of influence over their followers. The truth is, this lists measures popularity, which is only a measure of influence (and not even the most important one), not true power. It seems that black men cannot escape the stereotypical mythologies imposed on them by society even on Twitter.

That said, much respect to anjuan and BlackWeb2.0 for consistently defining and bringing attention to the presence, influence and impact of people of color in social media, and the digital media and communications space as a whole. My disappointment in the outcome of this particular list does not supercede my appreciation of the need for this and similar lists to be produced and shared.

Rahsheen says:

I think we should keep in mind that these lists are based on numbers. We can't get upset at the numbers because people who we think SHOULD hold sway on Twitter are not as influential as Weezy F. Baby (please say da baby). The numbers don't lie.

I tend to agree with Anjuan, though. Take something like the popular hip-hop artists right now, another list that probably upsets many people. We don't have much control over who tops the charts. Twitter is a different story. With some work, anyone can build a large audience and become an influencer.

This is the most powerful men list? Really?

First off, they are all people that the majority of America already knows. The women list featured women from all walks of life. But the men's list features mostly rappers and ballers. I was hoping for people slightly above my level (CEOs, business men, journalist, doctors, personalities that are not well known) like baratunde or even ToureX.

This is slightly more disappointing than the female's list. The only thing good about the list? No one will complain if the men are 3/4's or half black. They seem to like to question the women.

But you don't hear me, tho.

iluvblackwomen says:

People i know whose Klout score should be considered: @alfrededmondjr, @waynesutton, @mrdaveyd

baratunde says:

woohoo! i'm officially a powerful black man! take that, institutionalized racism!

E_Joyce says:

I don't see Ben Jealous or Cory Booker on your list. Did I miss them on here?

Thanks! These lists are fun to put together, and I take the criticism along with the praise. The good thing about a measure of Twitter power is that this list can easily be very different is I compiled it three months from now.

iluvblackwomen says:

i would disagree Anjuan about the rising above popularity take for instance @kevinhart4real i know a Youtube skit guy who gets 2-5 million hits per youtube video. However Kevin only does 400K but who would get network nods and be seen as a social media maverick by corporate world ie: sponsors? Kevin. I think its up to people like you and me to help corporate see the real SMM social media mavericks and that “list” doesnt look like a popularity contest it is strictly numbers. I am curious and excited to interview you tonight to find out how you used KLOUT and TwitterGrader because the male list looks like a who's who from Entertainment and i know that my day on Twitter is not impacted by the men on this list at all. However, i am open to understanding your explanation.

As I said to Delmar, that, unfortunately, are the people we could find with the highest scores. However, anyone can rise to the top of this list if they effectively use Twitter as a platform for their talent. Baratunde is an example of that.

iluvblackwomen says:

i would hardly call Tourex a journalist but….then again what passes for journalism today is appalling. Once again Anjuan great job!

Mark S. Luckie says:

Kind of sad that this list is dominated by rappers and ball players. SMH.

I, too, would appreciate elaboration.

The great thing about Twitter is that it's possible for anyone to rise to the top of this list. It's a matter of being interesting, networking, and having a consistent platform. We should encourage people of color to use tools like Twitter to extend their reach and gain the ability to influence perceptions and gain opportunitites.

Rahsheen says:

Could you elaborate on that? Honestly curious.

Maria** says:

I am sorry is this list is bullsh**t…..

Delmar says:

It's a shame that entertainers and ballers get more followers than journalists and professors like ToureX and Cornel West, etc. Really a shame. So what's that say? There's power in: “Yo, my album comes out on such and such” or “Yo, we won the game…again!” But I'm at least grateful that there is something of a range. May they all continue to pass on KNOWLEDGE and not just 'randomness'.

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