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A Comprehensive List of Every Person I’d Choose Dinner (and Hopefully a Movie) With in Lieu of $500,000

What regurgitated this conversation…again? Some wayward individual hopped on Al Gore’s Internet and attempted to justify going to dinner with Jay-Z in that way that folks do when they “get it” but the rest of us don’t—or more specifically, presume most can’t comprehend. There’s also a mini-thread of tweets, but the meat and potatoes is […]

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The Funk Boutique: Fashion Came From the People and Is Delivered Back to the People

Oliver Rousteing, creative director of French fashion house Balmain, and Channel 4 have launched a partnership to produce the five-episode short-form drama series, “Fracture.” The production will showcase Balmain’s fall 2021 collection throughout five 8-minute episodes. It is the first time a major fashion house, or any house, has collaborated in this way. The details […]

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Candace Owens Says Black America Owes Her an Apology, And She’s Absolutely Right

“Whenever black America is ready, I’ll accept apologies for the refusal to listen as I warned for YEARS that if Democrats got control, they would import new voters over the border—making the black vote irrelevant,” Owens tweeted Monday. She went on to say “Trump’s wall was never racist, it just disrupted their evil plan,” in […]

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I Said What I Said: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Defends Decision to Grant Exclusive Interviews to Journalists of Color

Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) Listen, Lori Lightfoot is a lot of things. She is the first openly gay, African-American woman to serve as Chicago’s 56th mayor. She is the first mayor to show up to a press conference dressed as “Rona Destroyer.” And she was the first political official to tell kids to stay […]

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Mic Drop: Yearning for a Nostalgic Future… Does Such a Thing Even Exist?

Leon Bridges – “Steam”Screenshot: YouTube Ah, yes, summer. A time we all once raced to get to—only to become a hot, sticky, annoying yet joyous blur of day-drinking and outdoor brunches. This summer has become a different type of race, a race to pack in as much fun and interaction with others before the weather […]

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Kevin Hart Was Like, ‘It’s About to Go Down’ and Posted Frequent Father Nick Cannon’s Phone Number on a Billboard

Kevin Hart and Nick Cannon attend SiriusXM on February 01, 2019.Photo: Cindy Ord (Getty Images) Kevin Hart and Nick Cannon are currently starring in a real life buddy comedy. If you recall correctly, Nick has recently been all over the news because he added another member to his Earth Wind & Fire cover band fathered […]

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Let’s Play a Selective Memory Game of Watching the Throne With Kanye Due to a Surprise Jay-Z Feature

Kanye West is seen at ‘DONDA by Kanye West’ listening event on July 22, 2021.Photo: Paras Griffin (Getty Images) Do you have a hangover after attending Kanye West’s listening party event? There may be a specific hangover from the discourse that occurred on Black Twitter while it was happening—and the discourse is still happening as […]

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Tyra Banks Fully Clothed in a Pool Is Exactly How I Feel This ‘Hot Girl Summer’

Tell the truth: after over a year spent primarily in lockdown, how many of you were really ready for “Hot Girl Summer” this year? Oh, I know, I know—for many of us, it started off well enough; some us even shed weight during all the time spent indoors (raises hand)—and promptly packed some of it […]

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Michael B. Jordan Reflects on Working With Lauren London for Without Remorse

Michael B. Jordan poses with the Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture award at the 51st NAACP Image Awards on February 22, 2020 in Pasadena, California.Photo: Robin L Marshall for BET (Getty Images) Michael B. Jordan is opening up about his time working with his Without Remorse costar Lauren London. Advertisement Per Page Six, during […]

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Role Call: Meghan and Harry’s Emmy-Nominated Interview, Shonda’s New Deal, and More

The Highest-Ranking African American Woman in the U.S. Congress Has an Upcoming Documentary U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) speaks prior to State of the Union at the U.S. Capitol on February 4, 2020.Photo: Alex Edelman (Getty Images) If you’re a Black resident of California’s 13th congressional district, stand up and say, “My congresswoman is Black.” […]

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Yes, the Jussie Smollett Court Saga Is Still Going. Here’s the Latest

Jussie Smollett arrives at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on February 24, 2020.Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo (Getty Images) Somehow, the already-too-lengthy Jussie Smollett court narrative is still going…and of course, COVID-19 induced lockdowns have only extended it. Advertisement Ain’t y’all tired? Because I’m tired. I’m sure Jussie is, even more so. To catch y’all up on what […]

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Yes, Beyoncé Rocked a Telfar Bag. Yes, You’ll Still Be Able to Get One

Photo: DFree (Shutterstock), Screenshot: Telfar.com Few things boost the profile of a fashion item like it being worn by a celebrity, and there are few (if any) celebrities as major as Beyoncé. So when fans and fashion lovers spotted the star out and about in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Thursday sporting a white Telfar shopping bag, […]

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Jada Pinkett Smith Recalls Her Drug Addiction Battles, Including Passing Out on The Nutty Professor Set

Jada Pinkett Smith and Willow Smith on Red Table Talk: “Are You Drinking Too Much? A Wake Up Call for Women”Photo: Courtesy of Facebook Watch / Red Table Talk On Wednesday, Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith and Adrienne “Gammy” Banfield Norris discussed drug addiction, particularly focusing on the increase of alcohol consumption among women in […]

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Ida B. Wells-Barnett Becomes First Black Woman to Be Honored in Chicago With a Monument

A ceremony to dedicate a monument to journalist, educator, and civil rights leader, Ida B. Wells is held on June 30, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The monument, created by artist Richard Hunt, stands where the Ida B. Wells public housing complex once stood in the Bronzeville neighborhood. Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) Let it never […]

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‘No One Is Going to Work With Him’: Bill Cosby’s Chances of a Hollywood Ending

Bill Cosby speaks to reporters outside of his home on June 30, 2021.Photo: Michael Abbott (Getty Images) On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction, citing a couple of technicalities such as a “non-prosecution agreement” with a previous prosecutor and the fact that five additional accusers were able to testify against […]

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Don’t Hit ‘Em Up! Outlawz Rapper Napoleon Says Jada Pinkett Begged Tupac, ‘Don’t Do Nothing to Will Smith’

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith attend the premiere of “Gemini Man” on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019; In this Aug. 15, 1996, file photo, rapper Tupac Shakur attends a voter registration event in South Central Los Angeles.Photo: Phil McCarten/Invision (AP), Frank Wiese, File (AP) If there’s one thing that’s always a recurring trending topic, it’s […]

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It Hurts When It’s One of Your Own

Photo: Brendan Hoffman (Getty Images) My parents divorced in the ’90s when I was relatively young, so memories of my mom, dad and siblings under one roof are few and far between. One vivid memory is clear: me, my sister and my parents piled into their bed watching The Cosby Show every Thursday night at […]

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The ‘Thotyssey’ Continues: Zola Cast Talk Sex Positivity and the Makings of a Perfect ‘Ho Trip’

“Y’all wanna hear a story about why me & this bitch here fell out? It’s kind of long but full of suspense,” and with these words began perhaps the most epic thotyssey of our time. In 148 tweets, A’Ziah “Zola” King became an icon, detailing (what the film describes as) a “ho-trip” from Detroit to […]

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The Hair Tales: Tracee Ellis Ross and Oprah Winfrey Join Bestselling Author Michaela Angela Davis to Present a Series Celebrating Black Hair

Tracee Ellis Ross and Michaela Angela Davis at the launch of Tracee Ellis Ross’ Pattern Beauty on September 08, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Morgan Lieberman (Getty Images) As the CROWN Act slowly inches closer to becoming a national mandate (12 states down, 38 to go), an “intimate and authentic” upcoming docuseries intends to explore […]

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Nick Cannon and Abby De La Rosa Welcome Twin Boys Zion Mixolydian and Zillion Heir

(L-R) Nick Cannon at the 3rd annual MBJAM19 presented by Michael B. Jordan and Lupus LA July 27, 2019 in Hollywood, California; Abby De La Rosa attends the REVOLT X AT&T Host REVOLT Summit In Los Angeles on October 27, 2019.Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Phillip Faraones for REVOLT (Getty Images) Nick Cannon is a smart guy. I […]

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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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Tyler Perry Says Madea’s Coming Back Because ‘We Need to Laugh’

Photo: Getty Images (Getty Images) On the ninth day of June 2021, a familiar cry of “Hallelujer!” was suddenly heard by many unexpecting ears from coast-to-coast, which can only signal one thing: Madea is back. Advertisement On Tuesday evening, Tyler Perry tweeted a short video announcing the return of the character that helped make him […]

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Ava Duvernay’s ARRAY Receives Prestigious Peabody Institutional Award

Image: Courtesy of Peabody Awards Congratulations are in order for Emmy and Academy Award-nominated director and filmmaker Ava DuVernay! Advertisement Per a press release sent to The Root, DuVernay’s ARRAY—the grassroots distribution​, arts and advocacy collective focused on films by people of color and women—has been recognized with the Peabody Institutional Award at this year’s […]

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Yeezy’s Takeover of Gap Begins With a Tease of Its First Design

Screenshot: Gap (Instagram) Gap’s Instagram page looks a little…different today. In fact, it doesn’t look like much at all, given that its sole post features an intriguing glossy and cropped cerulean blue puffer floating on a white ground. Of course, Gap’s logo looks different too, its signature three-letter emblem temporarily (we think) replaced with a […]

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She’s Arrived! Meghan and Harry Welcome Daughter Lilibet Diana

Photo: Peter Nicholls – WPA Pool (Getty Images) The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a new little royal to love! People reports that on Friday, the couple’s second child arrived, a daughter they have named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. Advertisement “Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. in the trusted care […]

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Blue Ivy, Who’s Never Seen a Ceiling in Her Whole Life, Wasn’t Really Impressed With Jay-Z’s Hall of Fame Induction

Jay-Z, right, sits with his daughter Blue Ivy during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday, March 8, 2020.Photo: Mark J. Terrill (AP) Blue Ivy, Grammy-winner, athleisure model and ceiling-avoider, is the daughter of arguably the biggest couple in modern music (Beyoncé and Jay-Z)—and […]

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Patrisse Cullors Is Stepping Down From the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation to Focus on New Things

Photo: Taylor Jewell/ Invision (AP) Nearly eight years ago, she co-founded the organization named for arguably the largest modern civil rights movement the nation and world have ever seen. Now, Patrisse Cullors is stepping down from the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation to focus on other aspects of the career and platform she has […]

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The Cast of A Different World Take a Trip Down Memory Lane, and I’ve Never Wanted to Be a Hillman Alum So Bad

Opening Credit Scene of Season 1 of A Different WorldScreenshot: YouTube/Steven Brandt Mellifluous. A word that means “having a smooth rich flow,” as defined by Merriam-Webster. It’s also a word that I first heard many years ago while watching an episode of A Different World, uttered by Freddie’s then-boyfriend Shazza while explaining God knows what […]

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Legendary Hip-Hop Photographer Chi Modu Dies at 54

Screenshot: Showcase/ YouTube Some of the most iconic photos of legendary Hip-Hop artists you’ve ever seen were shot by him. You’ve seen his work in magazines, on billboards, on t-shirts and on many of music’s most well-known album covers—his impact on the culture is undeniable. Advertisement Legendary photographer Chi Modu has died at the age […]

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Harry Shares Details on Meghan’s Mental Health Within ‘The Firm’; Tells Oprah ‘She Was Going to End Her Life’

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on November 10, 2018 in London, England.Photo: Chris Jackson (Getty Images) Content warning: The following article discusses suicidal ideation. “I always wanted to be normal; as opposed to being ‘Prince Harry,’ just […]

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