Tag: african american people

Meghan’s Next Move? Children’s Book Author!

Photo: Toby Melville – Pool (Getty Images), Image: Random House Books for Young Readers (Getty Images) It’s Lit!It’s Lit!Where all things literary live at The Root It’s safe to say Father’s Day will look a little different for the Sussexes this year, for better and for worse. While Prince Harry appears to unfortunately still be […]

Read More

The House Is Expected To Vote On D.C. Statehood Today. Then The Fight Begins In The Senate

Activists hold signs as they take part in a rally in support of DC statehood near the US Capitol in Washington, DC on March 22, 2021.Photo: MANDEL NGAN (Getty Images) Democrats are in control of both chambers of Congress and are expected to pass legislation that would move Washington, D.C., one step closer to achieving […]

Read More

White America’s Favorite Honey Baked Ham Is in Twitter Jail After Coming for BLM Co-Founder for Buying House in White Neighborhood

Jason WhitlockScreenshot: YouTube Sports pariah and white America’s favorite lapdog Jason Whitlock is unfortunately a Black man. As such, Whitlock has found a niche in life in which his whole modus operandi is to denounce, bash, and destroy the Movement for Black Lives. Whitlock hates Black people. He hates progressive Black people even more. He […]

Read More

Ronnie Long Spent 44 Years in Prison for a Crime He Didn’t Commit. The State Believes That’s Worth $750,000. Long Says That’s Not Nearly Enough

This undated photo provided by the Concord Police Department shows Ronnie Long. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, the pardons of five men, including Long, convicted of crimes he believes they did not commit. Photo: Concord Police Department (AP) In 1976, Ronnie Long was accused of raping a white woman and […]

Read More

Tishaura Jones Becomes 1st Black Female Mayor of St. Louis

Mayor-elect Tishaura Jones speaks during a news conference in St. Louis. Photo: Jeff Roberson File (AP) More than six years after the Ferguson Uprisings brought a racial reckoning to the St. Louis metropolitan area—and the nation—St. Louis elected its first Black female mayor Tuesday. Tishaura Jones, the city’s treasurer, ran on a commitment to racial […]

Read More

St. Louis Jail Faces 2nd Uprising in 2 Months as Those Incarcerated Demand Speedy Trials

Screenshot: CBS 17 (Other) Conditions in America’s jails and prisons weren’t exactly sterling before the pandemic broke out. In the year since, those incarcerated have dealt with lackluster efforts to mitigate the virus and have often been an afterthought when it comes to the nation’s response to the virus. With that in mind, it shouldn’t […]

Read More

The 1st Project From Lionsgate/Nikole Hannah-Jones’ 1619 Project Deal Will Be a Hulu Docuseries, With Roger Ross Williams Producing

Nicole Hannah-Jones, left, attends 2019 ROOT 100 Gala on November 21, 2019; Roger Ross Williams attends the International Documentary Association’s 35th Annual IDA Documentary Awards on December 07, 2019.Photo: Arturo Holmes/Getty Images (Getty Images), Michael Tran/Getty Images (Getty Images) Let’s take you on a trip to memory lane! Back in July 2020, The Root exclusively […]

Read More

‘You Will Forever Be’: Lauren London Writes Tribute to Nipsey Hussle on 2nd Anniversary of His Death

Photos are displayed during Nipsey Hussle’s Celebration of Life at STAPLES Center on April 11, 2019.Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images For All Money In Records and Atlantic Records (Getty Images) On March 31, 2019, the news of Nipsey Hussle’s (born Ermias Joseph Asghedom) murder shook the entire hip-hop industry and beyond. Wednesday marked two years since […]

Read More

Here’s What We Know (and Want to Know) About Lifetime’s New Meghan and Harry Movie

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, leave after visiting Canada House on Jan. 7, 2020.Photo: AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File (AP) The Lifetime Royal Cinematic Universe (LRCU) is continuing! Because, of course, a movie channel is going to try to capitalize from all the shenanigans of recent months! Advertisement That’s right, Lifetime […]

Read More

Sarah Obama, Paternal Step-Grandmother of Former President Barack Obama, Has Died at 99

Photo: Paula Bronstein (Getty Images) Barack Obama’s paternal step-grandmother, Sarah Obama, has died at the age of 99. Advertisement She died on Monday at a hospital in Kisumu, Kenya, a close relative confirmed, according to BBC News. The family did not reveal the cause of death, but said she had been ill for a week and […]

Read More

Racists Gon’ Racist: Sports Radio Host Fired After Comparing Skin Tones of Serena Williams, Halle Berry and Gayle King to Burnt Toast

Image: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Another day, another white man in dire need of catching hands. On Wednesday, radio host Rob Lederman and his Morning Bull co-hosts made some unflattering remarks on-air about superstar athlete Serena Williams, my childhood crush Halle Berry (who is still fine as shit to this very day), and Oprah’s BFF, Gayle King—and […]

Read More

PageTurners: Fighting With Fact and Fiction

Limitation of Life, The Unbroken, Red Island HouseImage: REGI Books, Orbit, Simon and Schuster It’s Lit!It’s Lit!Where all things literary live at The Root It seems as though authors this week are gearing us up for some sort of fight. Whether it be of the fictional kind or a nonfiction account of something or someone […]

Read More

‘I Care About Making an Impact’: The Root Presents It’s Lit! Retraces the Footsteps of Ida B. Wells With Michelle Duster

Illustration: Angelica Alzona, Image: Simon & Schuster It’s Lit!It’s Lit!Where all things literary live at The Root What does it feel like to be heir to a renowned legacy? For Michelle Duster, great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells, it has meant commemorating the life of the revered activist, educator and journalist in the towns she once […]

Read More

The Root Presents, Role Call: A Black Entertainment Roundup Joint

George C. Wolfe George C. Wolfe attends “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” premiere at SVA Theater on April 18, 2017, in New York City.Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris (Getty Images) George C. Wolfe, the director behind Netflix’s acclaimed film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, will be adapting Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon for Playground Entertainment and Freemantle. […]

Read More

Exclusive: Our Forever President Addresses Race Relations, Social Activism on Newest Episode of Skimm This

Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images) With his political obligations in the rearview, our forever President Barack Obama has settled into a comfy life of content creation. Advertisement The production company he founded, Higher Ground Productions, with the love of his life has blessed us with films like American Factory and Crip Camp, as well as […]

Read More

‘There Is Light at the End of the Tunnel’: Michelle Obama Talks Mental Health and Quarantine Coping Mechanisms

Screenshot: People Magazine Michelle Obama’s new show Waffles + Mochi drops next Tuesday on Netflix, and as she promotes her new gig, the mom-in-chief also gave some insight into the Obamas’ quarantine coping mechanisms during an exclusive video interview for the newest issue of People magazine. Advertisement “These have been challenging times. Many people have […]

Read More

New Docuseries Moment of Truth Revisits Murder of Michael Jordan’s Father

Screenshot: IMDb TV For years, the circumstances surrounding the death of James Jordan, father of NBA legend Michael Jordan, have been shrouded in mystery, but now, a new docuseries is on the way that seeks to uncover the truth behind the murder that disrupted the Chicago Bulls’ 1990s basketball dynasty. Advertisement  Moment of Truth presents […]

Read More

Oprah Winfrey Presents: The Dismantling of a Fairy Tale

Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, with Oprah Winfrey in Oprah With Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special. Photo: Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese Trigger Warning: This story contains instances of suicidal ideation. Once upon a time, there was a dominant institutional threesome consisting of white supremacy, colonialism and imperialism… On Sunday […]

Read More

Ex-New York Times Writer Bari Weiss Begins New Job as Whitest Woman Ever. Let Me Explain

Screenshot: Real Time With Bill Maher/ YouTube Bari Weiss was an editor and staff writer for the New York Times until she resigned last year after she said she was victimized by an “illiberal environment” at the Times that “made me the subject of constant bullying by colleagues who disagree with my views.” Everything she […]

Read More

So I Guess Square, Inc. Had Dinner With Jay-Z and Is Now Acquiring a Majority Stake in Tidal

Jay-Z makes an announcement of the launch of Dream Chasers record label in joint venture with Roc Nation; Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey appears on a screen as he speaks remotely during a hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill.Photo: Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File (AP), Michael Reynolds/Pool Photo via AP, File (AP) Yes, I’m about […]

Read More

Meghan Markle Puts It Plain: Royal Family Is Playing an ‘Active Role In Perpetuating Falsehoods’ About Her and Harry

Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, with Oprah Winfrey.Photo: Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese The primetime plot thickens! Unless you’ve been quarantining under a rock, you may know by now that Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry will be sitting down with Oprah Winfrey for their first in-depth, tell-all interview since […]

Read More

With Two New Editions and a Personal Message, Michelle Obama Introduces a New Chapter of Becoming

Screenshot: Crown Publishing Group (YouTube) It’s Lit!It’s Lit!Where all things literary live at The Root We can’t think of a better way to spend the first week of Women’s History Month—or “Black HerStory Month,” as it’s known here at The Root—than with our forever first lady, Michelle Obama. Indeed, Obama made history herself with her […]

Read More

Birth of Cool Series From Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad and Macro Finds a Home at BET+

Lena Waithe attends the premiere of BET’s “Boomerang” Season 2 on March 10, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: JC Olivera (Getty Images) A new series from Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Productions and Macro will be headed to BET+ soon, The Root has learned. According to Deadline, the show, titled Birth of Cool, will be centered […]

Read More

Donald Glover Reportedly Secures Overall Deal With Amazon, Malia Obama to Join His Writers’ Room

Donald Glover speaks onstage during the 2019 LACMA Art + Film Gala Presented By Gucci on November 02, 2019; Malia Obama, during an Independence Day Celebration for military members and administration staff on July 4, 2016. Photo: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for LACMA (Getty Images), Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images (Getty Images) Donald Glover has yet […]

Read More

Whoopi Goldberg and Jasmine Guy Cast in Tracy Oliver Dating Comedy Series, Harlem

Whoopi Goldberg attends “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical” Broadway opening night on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019; Jasmine Guy attends the Friendly House 29th Annual Awards Luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP (AP), Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP (AP) We have some casting news featuring two entertainers well-known in the Black-ass pop culture zeitgeist. Whoopi Goldberg […]

Read More

Nick Cannon Tests Positive for COVID-19, Restores Relationship With ViacomCBS After Anti-Semitic Comments

Nick Cannon attends the Feed Your City Challenge COVID-19 relief event on October 17, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.Photo: Daniel Boczarski (Getty Images) Nick Cannon—and his turban and mask—have been spotted supporting COVID relief, Black Lives Matter and underserved communities in recent months. Now The Masked Singer host could use a little support of his own, […]

Read More

A Literal Chorus of Claimants Are Suing Kanye West for Mistreatment and Unpaid Wages; Class-Action Suit Now Totaling $30M

Kanye West performs Sunday Service during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 21, 2019.Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella (Getty Images) La, la, la, laaaaa, looks like we’re going to be waiting a bit longer for Kanye West to get his money right because reportedly, the way he’s been dispensing money […]

Read More

PageTurners: Historic Black Women and the Literary Legacies They’ve Paved

Wings of Ebony; Just as I Am; The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa ParksImage: Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins, Beacon Press It has already been a historic year for Black women, and this week we can reflect on the legacies of history-making women who paved the way for our successes today. The long-awaited biography Ida B. […]

Read More