Tag: fictional characters

A Spider Broke Into My Car, Got Pregnant and Tried to Turn My Family Into a Jordan Peele Movie

I Found a Huge Spider in My Car Advertisement Fam, this spider was trying to murder me for real. Can you imagine driving down the street, minding your own business then all of a sudden your car seems infested by spiders??? What would happen if my kids, sitting in their third row all of a […]

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‘The Canary Is Out of the Cage’: Misha Green and Jurnee Smollett Reunite for Black Canary Spinoff

Misha Green and Jurnee Smollett Reunite for Black Canary Spinoff; Dominique Thorne’s Ironheart to Make Debut in Black Panther Sequel “We’re just at the very beginning of a loooong journey to the screen,” Green shared. “But obvs I couldn’t turn down the chance to put the DAMN in The Black Damn Canary with @jurneesmollett!” G/O […]

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The 6 Kinds of Karens

Advertisement Carols are usually stay-at-home moms, so they have a lot of extra time on their hands to volunteer with the charity drives, her church’s women’s auxiliary club and the PTA. In fact, anthropologists estimate that Carols are responsible for 69 percent of bake sales, 86 percent of potlucks and 92 percent of all people […]

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We Know Some of Y’all Still Think Sinbad Was in a Genie Movie, But His Kids Say It ‘Did Not Happen. Get Over It.’

Sinbad’s Kids Reiterate He Was Never in Genie Movie Shazam G/O Media may get a commission This is known as “the Mandela effect.” According to Heathline, the Mandela effect “occurs when a large group of people believe an event occurred when it did not.” As you’ve probably surmised by now, the term was named after […]

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U.S. Capitol Rioter Tells on Himself to Bumble Match, Gets Arrested Soon After

In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, supporters loyal to then-President Donald Trump, try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington.Photo: Julio Cortez (AP) You’d be hard pressed to find a group of people more excited to incriminate themselves everyone that ran up into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Advertisement […]

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Afro-Latina Actress Leslie Grace Has Been Cast as Batgirl, White Fanboys Are Comically Mad

Leslie Grace attends the “In The Heights” Opening Night After Party during the 2021 Tribeca Festival on June 09, 2021.Photo: Jamie McCarthy (Getty Images) I am projecting the Black-ass bat signal into the sky with the following news: Batgirl is Afro-Latina. Advertisement According to The Hollywood Reporter, Leslie Grace (In The Heights) has been cast […]

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I May Restore You With This News: Michaela Coel Has Been Cast in Black Panther 2

Michaela Coel attends the Royal Television Society Programme Awards on March 19, 2019.Photo: Tristan Fewings (Getty Images) Michaela Coel has been getting her things lately—and deservedly so. On Wednesday, Michaela got a very big thing! The Emmy-nominated and Peabody-winning writer-actress has been cast in the highly-anticipated Black Panther 2, officially titled Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, […]

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She Clips Her Hair Back and Forth: Willow Smith Had Her Head Shaved During a Performance

Remember last week, when The Root reported that Jada Pinkett Smith had been encouraged by daughter Willow to shave her head? While Jada’s cropped locks were at likely in response to the prolonged alopecia she’d discussed on Red Table Talk, we got a little more context on the origin of Willow’s fade on Friday, when […]

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Space Jam: A New Legacy Is Less a Looney Tune, More a Feature-Length Commercial for HBO Max

My face upon realizing Space Jam: A New Legacy was not good. Image: Warner Bros Disclaimer: Mild spoilers for Space Jam: A New Legacy  My expectations were tempered going into Space Jam: A New Legacy. I’m not part of the “Space Jam was bad, actually” crowd. I enjoyed the first as a kid, and I […]

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Hey Y’all, I’m Like 95 Percent Certain Loki Just Set Up the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Next Thanos-Level Threat

Image: Marvel Studios Disclaimer: Full spoilers for the season finale of Loki below. Going into Loki, I honestly thought it was going to be a fun, time-traveling romp that would be more focused on developing the titular character, as opposed to extending the meta-narrative of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. More WandaVision than Civil War. Advertisement […]

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Don Cheadle’s Confused Reaction to Emmy Nomination Is All of Us

Don Cheadle attends ‘No Sudden Move’ during 2021 Tribeca Festival at The Battery on June 18, 2021 in New York City.Photo: Santiago Felipe (Getty Images) On Tuesday, nominations for the 2021 Emmys were revealed. While there were any well-deserved and arguably long overdue recognitions (looking at you I May Destroy You and Lovecraft Country), one […]

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Wat U Iz: Pyer Moss Made Haute Couture History With an Emphasis on Black Innovation

Photo: Bebeto Matthews (AP) Come torrential rain or blazing sunshine, Kerby Jean-Raymond knows how to stage a Black-stravaganza. The award-winning designer and creative director of Pyer Moss is the first Black American designer to be invited to present during Haute Couture Week; a historic achievement he doubled down on by centering Black history in every […]

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A Year After Her Death, Naya Rivera’s Family Reflects on the Tragedy and Her Legacy

Photo: Vittorio Zunino Celotto (Getty Images) Naya Rivera’s 5-year-old son Josey is apparently just like his late mother. That’s what Yolanda Previtire, mother of the actress best known for her groundbreaking role on Glee, told ABC News’ Juju Chang during a Thursday morning appearance on Good Morning America commemorating the first anniversary of Rivera’s tragic […]

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What If…We Get to Hear Chadwick Boseman’s Voice as T’Challa Again?

T’Challa (voiced by the late Chadwick Boseman) in What If…?, coming to Disney+.Screenshot: Marvel Entertainment/YouTube The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is vast—it’s full of sequels, spin-offs, prequels and even…hypothetical possibilities. Advertisement You may have heard about Marvel Studios’ first-ever animated series coming to Disney+ called What If…? at the end of 2020 when Marvel Entertainment […]

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‘Don’t Black People Have Second Amendment Rights?’: The Root Presents: It’s Lit! and Carol Anderson Take Aim at the Fatal Inequality of The Second

Photo: Stephen Nowland, Illustration: Angelica Alzona Years before protesters across the world took to the streets in defense of an unarmed George Floyd’s right to life while in the custody of Minneapolis police, the 2016 police shooting of fellow Minnesotan Philando Castile highlighted the callousness of another American double-standard. While each was a Black man […]

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‘We Want Your Support’: Gabby Thomas Pleads for Black Folks to Watch Olympics Despite Recent Wave of Anti-Black Rulings

Photo: Steph Chambers (Getty Images) After drawing inspiration from 2019 The Root 100 honoree Allyson Felix as a youth, sprinter Gabby Thomas ditched softball and accepted her fate as the future of USA Track and Field. Since committing to the sport, the Florence, Mass., native has battled health scares and a two-year provisional suspension before […]

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Black Excellence: As the Hellfire Gala Comes to a Close, Ororo Munroe, a.k.a Storm, Makes History by Becoming the First Regent of the Solar System

Image: Marvel Entertainment Full Spoilers for Planet Sized X-Men #1, S.W.O.R.D #6 and The Hellfire Gala (2021) below. Advertisement One thing you need to know about me is that I love superheroes, high fashion, and messes so messy you’re surprised Andy Cohen wasn’t behind it. The “Hellfire Gala” event that happened within this month’s X-Men […]

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Black Female Cashier Fatally Shot in Georgia After Asking Customer to Adjust His Face Mask

Photo: Nanthaphiphat watto (Shutterstock) On Monday, a cashier working at a Decatur, Ga., supermarket was shot dead by a customer who she had asked to wear his face mask properly while he was in the store. On Tuesday, DeKalb County police identified that cashier as 41-year-old Laquitta Willis. Advertisement ABC News reports that the alleged […]

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Summer of Milestone: Writer Vita Ayala and Artist Nikolas Draper-Ivey on Turning Static: Season One Into a Certified Banger

Image: DC Comics Whether you’re an old head who was there during the original run of Milestone Comics or you’re one of the millions of people who grew up with the Static Shock cartoon, it’s undeniable that the character of Virgil Hawkins, a.k.a Static, has come to represent young Black cool to multiple generations of […]

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Black Ross Employee Remains Calm While KK-Karen Calls Her a ‘Black Bitch’

Screenshot: @LoniLove/ Twitter Normally, I’m not one to praise Black people for remaining calm and peaceful in the face of aggressive white racism—because I don’t believe we should have to. Why the hell do I have to take the proverbial high road when there’s a belligerent melanin-not in my face calling me a nigger, and […]

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Sasha Obama Is 20 Today, and I’m Not Old, You’re Old

U.S. President Barack Obama’s daughter Sasha watches him from the Truman Balcony after he arrived on the south lawn of the White House via Marine One May 14, 2009 in Washington, DC.Photo: Win McNamee (Getty Images) Maybe it’s because I’m from the South Side of Chicago and vividly remember meeting a pre-parenthood Michelle Obama back […]

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How We Do: Scott & Tara’s Work-Life-Love Balance

Scott Haynes, left, and Tara Turk-HaynesPhoto: Damu Malik When tempted to embark on an office romance, conventional wisdom generally advises against it. But when T. Tara Turk and Scott Haynes met in their New York workplace, there was definitely a spark—though romance wasn’t on the immediate agenda. Advertisement “He was so fine, he took my […]

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Author Brandon Easton Talks How Blackness and a Chance Cosplay Experience Shaped Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom

Image: DC Comics I can’t lie to you, folks: I’m not a big Mister Miracle guy. It’s nothing against the character; he just wasn’t prominently featured during the era of comics I grew up reading. When DC Comics hit me up to see if I would be down to speak with Brandon Easton, the writer […]

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Issa Rae Will Wear the Mask in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Sequel, Has Been Cast as Spider-Woman

Image: Jemal Countess (Getty Images) How do you do, true believers? I’m doing pretty okay, myself. I spent the weekend catching up on Donny Cates’ run on Venom and while that shit fucks, hard, that’s not the Spidey news you’re here for, is it? Over the weekend, it was announced that Jessica Drew a.k.a Spider-Woman […]

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Karen Brigade Harasses Black Women Kissing at the Pool. Hilarity Ensues as They Get Thrown TF Out

Screenshot: artkaligos/ Instagram For possibly the first time in American history, bigotry got white people thrown out of the swimming pool. Advertisement It all started last Sunday when two women who are both reportedly Black were kissing at a swimming pool at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel in Sacramento, Calif. A group of Karens and at […]

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Don’t Freeze! Black Panther’s Okoye Is Reportedly Getting Her Own Original Series

Danai Gurira as Okoye in Black Panther (2018) Photo: Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Remember when Okoye (Danai Gurira) gave T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) the best macking advice when he was too nervous to approach Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) in Black Panther? She told him, “Don’t freeze.” Granted, he did anyway (which Okoye subsequently roasted him […]

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Don’t Freeze! Danai Gurira’s Okoye Is Reportedly Starring In Black Panther Origin Series [Corrected]

Danai Gurira as Okoye in Black Panther (2018) Photo: Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Correction: 5/29/2021, 2:21 p.m. ET: An earlier version of this blog noted that Okoye will be getting her own original series, but upon clarification of the below blurb, it appears an Okoye-led series has not yet been confirmed. What has […]

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British Black Lives Matter Activist Sasha Johnson in Critical Condition After Being Shot in the Head

Sasha Johnson, of the Black Lives Matter movement, attends a protest at Hyde Park in London.Photo: Alberto Pezzali (AP) In the early hours of Sunday morning, Sasha Johnson, a British Black Lives Matter activist, was attacked and shot in the head in south London. Advertisement According to CNN, the Taking the Initiative Party (TTIP) issued […]

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