Tag: Black

California School District Apologizes for Planning ‘Support Circle for White Students’ Amid Derek Chauvin Guilty Verdict

Photo: Matej Kastelic (Shutterstock) Have you ever come across a story that you know you’re supposed to be upset and offended by, but it’s just so damn hilarious that you forget to be disgusted? Advertisement School officials in Piedmont, Calif., are apologizing for their plans to organize a “support circle for white students” who might […]

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‘Black Americans Built America’: The Cast of Without Remorse on the Complexities of Black Patriotism

Black Americans are constantly struggling with an array of paradoxes—one of which is our sense of “home.” For many of us, America is the only “home” we know—and we all know the reason. As such, America is only “home” in its tangible sense…particularly because we can never fully feel comfortable here. In Tom Clancy’s Without […]

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Officer Who Killed Ma’Khia Bryant Identified as Nicholas Reardon

Vigil attendee holds a sign advocating to protect Black girls in Columbus, Ohio on April 21, 2021. The vigil was for Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, who was shot and killed by Columbus Police on April 20, 2021.The vigil was attended by activists and friends and family of Ma’Khia. Photo: Stephen Zenner (Getty Images) The Columbus, Ohio […]

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Country Artists Mickey Guyton, Kane Brown and Jimmie Allen Make History at 2021 ACM Awards

Mickey Guyton speaks onstage at the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards on April 18, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee; Kane Brown attends the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada; Jimmie Allen at the 54th Academy Of Country Music Award on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Photo: […]

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Auntie Unfiltered Talks Country With Mickey Guyton

Although country music can trace some of its roots to Black people, Black artists in country music are often viewed as an anomaly. They are the exception, and not the rule, so when one chooses that path, it is bound to make an impact. Meet 37-year-old Mickey Guyton, the Black woman who is taking the […]

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Businessman Notoriously Criticized for Exploiting Black Music Artists Calls Out Corporations for Exploiting Black Community

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, left, attends the Pre-GRAMMY Gala and GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Sean “Diddy” Combs on January 25, 2020; Spider-Man (1967) “Double Identity” ClipPhoto: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for The Recording Academy (Getty Images), Screenshot: Marvel / YouTube (Getty Images) Diddy is dabbling in an interesting (and dangerous) game of “This you??” […]

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A Black Girl’s Event on Being a Better White Person Has Triggered the Worst White People

Image: Jackson Public Library/City of Jacksonville Great news! There’s a vaccine for racism! According to some people, eradicating the scourge of discrimination, white supremacy and oppression is easy. The Caucasian cure for systemic inequality involves the simple task of ignoring the issue, pretending it doesn’t exist and shutting the fuck up until the problem magically […]

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Beyoncé’s Storage Units Get Hit By Robbers, Thieves Reportedly Make Off With $1 Million Worth of Goods

Beyoncé attends the premiere of Disney’s “The Lion King” at Dolby Theatre on July 09, 2019 in Hollywood, California.Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer (Getty Images) Beyhive, assemble! Over the weekend it was reported that robbers allegedly stole a slew of goods from Beyoncé’s Los Angeles-area storage units. Advertisement According to Complex, this is the second time thieves […]

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Swizz Beatz and Timbaland Assures Us the Triller Acquisition Ain’t Changing a Thing When It Comes to ‘the Culture’ of Verzuz

Is there a “selling out” Verzuz “the culture” in business? In anticipation of the upcoming 52nd NAACP Image Awards, The Root sat down with Verzuz co-founders (and now NAACP Image Award winners) Swizz Beatz and Timbaland to talk about the event’s recent acquisition by Triller Network. Advertisement When anything fully Black-owned goes mainstream, the community […]

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Love the Way You Troll: Rihanna Teases Us Yet Again With the Possibility of New Music

Rihanna attends the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Anniversary Event on October 3, 2018 in Sydney, Australia.Photo: Caroline McCredie for Fenty Beauty by Rihanna (Getty Images) First things first: Rest in peace to my expectations. They’re gone. RIP. They’re no more; they’ve left the building. At least, that’s the case where Rihanna’s new music is concerned. Advertisement […]

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The Weeknd Says Goodbye to the Grammys With a Boycott; Beyoncé Could Make Triple History at the Ceremony

The Weeknd performs during halftime of NFL Super Bowl 55, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021; Beyonce performs at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, 2017.Photo: AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio (AP), Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File (AP) “The biggest night in music” may come with some setbacks this year. In addition to having to reschedule the 63rd Annual […]

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PageTurners: Dear Black Women, You Are Magic

Black Girl, Call Home, Dear Black Girl, Black ImaginationImage: Berkley, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Scribd It’s Lit!It’s Lit!Where all things literary live at The Root Here’s the thing about new books: They are the catalysts that inspire readers to try, do, and feel new things. “Black Girl Magic” is not just something that exists as a campaign […]

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Republicans’ Black Friend Tim Scott: ‘Woke Supremacy as Bad as White Supremacy’

Photo: Bonnie Cash (Getty Images) Not all Black people are Black folks. Black people will tell you that they are headed to the Food and Liquor Emporium. Blacks folks go to “da sto.” Black people drop by unannounced. Black folks drop “down and get their eagle on;” “that thun thun thun” and “it, like it’s […]

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The 10 Most Significant Black Cultural Institutions or Entities That Never Actually Existed, Ranked

Screenshot: Coming to America (Paramount) Ever since Ricky Baker caught a few 12-gauge shells to the legs and back in 1991’s Boyz N The Hood—holy shit it turns 30 this year!!!!!!—and moved on up to that deluxe apartment in the sky, he’s been part of the Black consciousness. Boyz N The Hood plays constantly, even […]

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What’s Good? Black History Month Collabs That Will Make a Difference Well Past February

Kalilah Wright of Mess in a BottleScreenshot: Target “You good?” read the motif on one of the designs in Target’s Black History Month 2021 assortment, a now-annual rollout featuring collaborations with Black makers—and one arguably ahead of the curve of last year’s so-called “racial reckoning.” In the wake of the current racial justice movement, which […]

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‘Love Is the Strut. Hate Is a Stumble’: The Root Presents It’s Lit! Salutes the Black Bottom Saints With Alice Randall

Illustration: Angelica Alzona, Photo: John Partipilo It’s Lit!It’s Lit!Where all things literary live at The Root In case you haven’t noticed, “Black joy” has been our theme for Black History Month 2021 at The Root—and as the month comes to a close, it’s fitting that we share the joy that is writer Alice Randall. Perhaps […]

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Black Renaissance & Chill: Finish Black History Month Strong With This Week’s Virtual Events

Image: Courtesy of YouTube Originals Well folks, it seems that we’ve come to the end of this year’s Black History Month Road—but I can’t let you go just yet without providing another installment of virtual events to help you say goodbye the right way. However, there is good news to report! Next month is Women’s […]

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The Black Surfing Association Is Making NYC’s Waves More Inclusive

By land and sea, there have been many displays of solidarity with Black Lives Matter over the past nine months in New York City. “It’s a beautiful thing,” says Lou Harris, who leads the East Coast chapter of the Black Surfing Association (BSA) in Queens, as well as the paddle-outs for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, […]

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Black Renaissance: Ibram X. Kendi Partners With Time to Claim a New Era for Black Creativity, With Amanda Gorman as Cover Star

Image: Awol Erizku for Time “This Is the Black Renaissance,” the headline above Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s byline for Time magazine proclaims, at once a manifesto and mantra encapsulating what he (and others) recognize as “the third great cultural revival of Black Americans.” Like the Harlem Renaissance and Black Arts Movement before it, Black creativity […]

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PageTurners: Manifesting Black Joy Across All Genres

Floating in a Most Peculiar Way; Blood Grove; MutedImage: HMH Books, Little, Brown and Company, Scholastic It’s Lit!It’s Lit!Where all things literary live at The Root Black literature is something to be celebrated year-round but during this month of socially distanced debauchery, Black authors have set us bookworms up for success. On only the second […]

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Trumps’s Favorite Doctors Are Pushing a Conspiracy to Stop Black People From Getting the COVID Vaccine

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Rizza Islam, a prominent member of the Nation of Islam, stood up in front of a stage full of people in white coats on Tuesday and outlined his objections to the coronavirus vaccine being rolled out across the U.S. in the last […]

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Black Teen Killed Over Loud Music 8 Years to the Day After Jordan Davis’ Death

Aidan Ellison (Photo courtesy of family) Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Eight years to the day after 17-year-old Jordan Davis was shot and killed after listening to loud music with his friends, another Black teen met the same fate during a similar argument with a white man. […]

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Cops Said a Child Was Lost in Philly’s ‘Riots.’ Video Shows They Took Him From His Mom’s Car

”Black Lives Matter” protestors take streets after Black man, Walter Wallace Jr., 27, was shot dead by Philadelphia police, in Philadelphia on October 27, 2020. (Photo by Lokman Vural Elibol/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) On Thursday, one of the nation’s biggest police unions published a photo of a white police officer holding a black toddler, claiming […]

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Warner Bros. Is Producing a Feature Film Based on a Comic Where Only Black Folks Have Superpowers

Black by Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3Illustration: Warner Bros. Shhh, don’t tell Terry Crews, but I think a Black supremacist comic just got acquired by a major movie studio. Advertisement Seriously, according to Deadline, Warner Bros. will be adapting a feature film based on Black, a comic written and created by Kwanza Osajyefo and […]

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The Toll Silence Takes on Mental Health in Marginalized Communities

For Black people, their worldview is fraught with lessons and experiences that highlight that their lives do not matter. BUT they do. I have come to know and deeply understand that the world and the people around me may not share in my worldview – they are often not even thinking about how our experiences […]

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Cops Are Very Sorry They Mistakenly Detained a Bunch of Black Girls at Gunpoint

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. A group of Aurora cops ordered four Black girls — the youngest being a 6-year-old — to lie on the pavement face-down Sunday, as they wailed and pleaded for their mother, according to a bystander video that went viral. They had been […]

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Young Black Scholars Are Called ‘Ugly’ In Racist Letter After Graduation

Source: Thitiwat Dutsadeewirot / EyeEm / Getty A racist and fatphobic letter-writer couldn’t deal with the Black joy one Florida family was showcasing after their daughters’ graduation. According to NBC News, the family decorated the outside of their home with posters of their twin daughters Xanah and Xarah. Then, on Thursday, David Sproul said his […]

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