Tag: entertainment culture

WB Is Reportedly Committing to a Black Director for Its Black Superman Film. Let’s Go Up, Up and Away With Our Guesses

Ryan Coogler attends 2019 Palm Springs International Film Festival on January 04, 2019; Barry Jenkins attends the IFC Films Spirit Awards Party on February 08, 2020; Regina King attends the 2019 American Music Awards on November 24, 2019. Photo: Jerod Harris (Getty Images), Jean Baptiste Lacroix (Getty Images), Rich Fury (Getty Images) Put on your […]

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Como La Beyoncé? Let’s Talk About That Scene From Selena: The Series, Shall We?

Screenshot: Twitter/Afro Elevn Beyoncé?! (Now y’all know I couldn’t pass that up.) Part two of Selena: The Series, which follows the life and tragic end of Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla, recently dropped on Netflix, and boy, oh boy does it have fans talking—just not in the way you would expect. I’ll explain. Advertisement You see, […]

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9 Predictions and General Thoughts About J. Cole’s Newly Announced Album, The Off-Season

Photo: Sterling Munksgard (Shutterstock) On May 4, Jermaine Cole, aka Light-Skinned Jermaine and famously known as J. Cole, announced the May 14 release of his sixth studio album, The Off-Season, along with (presumably) the album cover. As is always the case when Cole announced a project, drops a loosie and/or a project, the Internets light […]

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Talking VerySmartBrothas, White Teen Movies vs. Black Teen Movies, Jay-Z & Nas and More With Damon Young on Pass The Peas

Graphic: Panama Jackson Last week was a bit of a blur for everybody in the Very Smart Brothas universe. Damon and I wrote posts about his departure, some tears may or may not have been shed, the word verklempt made an appearance and Brick killed a guy. Advertisement Either way, we’re in a new phase […]

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Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jennifer Hudson and Jeffrey Wright Face the True Monster in America

What happens when the actual monster gets to dictate the story? Well, that monster gets to be the protagonist, shift any blame elsewhere and name something or someone else “the monster.” Black Americans know that M.O. all too well, as we’re constantly dehumanized and vilified…even when we’re the victim. In Netflix’s upcoming film Monster, that […]

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The Funk Boutique: Nurturing a New Generation of Industry Icons and Independent Spirits

Lil Nas X, Lena Waithe, Mj Rodriguez for Entertainment WeeklyImage: Texas Isiah, Texas Isiah, Lia Clay Miller For EW Each year, Entertainment Weekly celebrates Pride Month with a series of covers featuring a series of LGBTQ+ icons and storytellers. Last year, they worked to create an illustrated cover that encompassed that celebration while working with […]

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Peabody Awards 2021: All In: The Fight For Democracy, I May Destroy You, Euphoria Among Nominees

Stacey Abrams, left: Michaela Coel; ZendayaPhoto: Alberto E. Rodriguez for The Hollywood Reporter/Tim P. Whitby/Rachel Murray for Vanity Fair (Getty Images) On Tuesday, the Peabody Awards announced the nominees for its upcoming 81st awards ceremony. Advertisement The winners are set to be announced virtually in June, according to a press release sent to The Root, […]

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Will Smith Is Getting His Body-Ody-Ody Right in New Slate of YouTube Original Series

Will Smith poses at the ‘Bad Boys For Life’ launching photocall on January 8, 2020. Photo: Gabriel Bouys / AFP (Getty Images) Back in the ’90s, Will Smith once looked at his kingdom because he was finally there, and sat on his throne as the Prince of Bel Air. Cut to the roaring 2020s and […]

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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 […]

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Finding Your Roots Exclusive Clip: Comedian Roy Wood Jr. Has a Serious Teachable Moment About His Enslaved Ancestors

Roy Wood Jr. sits down with Louis Gates Jr. on Season 7 of Finding Your Roots.Screenshot: Courtesy of PBS Roy Wood Jr. is a funny guy. If you don’t follow him on Twitter, specifically, your timeline is sorely lacking in his particular brand of comedy. I especially enjoyed his chicken sandwich coalition series in the […]

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Yamiche Alcindor Named New Moderator of PBS’ Washington Week

Photo: Scott Suchman I don’t know about you, but I love to see Black women winning. Whether big or small, a win for my fellow sisters always feels like a win for me. And I always love to see it. Advertisement Speaking of wins, PBS NewsHour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor is celebrating a major […]

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ESPN’s The Undefeated Promotes Raina Kelley to Editor-in-Chief

Photo: ESPN On Monday, news began to circulate that media OG-triple-OG Kevin Merida was stepping down from his position as the editor-in-chief at ESPN’s blackstravaganza, The Undefeated, in order to pursue greener pastures. More specifically (since you’re so damn nosey), he accepted a role as the brand spanking new executive editor at the L.A. Times, […]

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Keegan-Michael Key, Lil Nas X Tapped for Final Episodes of This Season’s Saturday Night Live

Keegan-Michael Key, left; Lil Nas XPhoto: Frazer Harrison/ Frazer Harrison for The Recording Academy (Getty Images) Saturday Night Live—or SNL as it’s more affectionately known—has had one helluva season these past few months. Advertisement From hosts to musical guests, a whole host of Blackity-black talent has graced the stage, including: Regina King, Regé-Jean Page, Issa […]

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Mic Drop: Masterful Musicians Makin’ Moves

Ai Bendr “Coffee”Screenshot: YouTube We’ve got a lot going on here, and guess what? I’m here for it. Black women are dominating the first week of May’s charts, floating between different genres and but putting us in our bag and taking us back out. Music is intersectional as all hell, but we knew that already, […]

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‘We Can Do Better, Improve, and Transform’: Grammys Interim President Harvey Mason Jr. on Eliminating ‘Secret’ Nominating Committees

Harvey Mason Jr speaks onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Kevork Djansezian (Getty Images) Though this year’s Grammys celebration proved to be a major moment for a couple of history-making Houston hotties, it wasn’t without its fair share of criticism and critique. Advertisement We […]

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American Beauties: Naomi Osaka and Amanda Gorman Confirmed as Co-Chairs of a Distinctly Diverse 2021 Met Gala

Naomi Osaka, left; Amanda GormanPhoto: Clive Brunskill (Getty Images), Ben Gabbe for Glamour (Getty Images) In years past, today, the first Monday in May would typically find our eyes trained on the steps of Manhattan’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, as we waited to see what incredible ensembles the celebrity set would be wearing at the […]

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Red Table Talk Exclusive Clip: Jada, Willow and Gammy Go Beyond Entanglements to Discuss Polyamory

Red Table Talk Ep. 404 – “Is Polyamory For You?”Screenshot: Courtesy of Facebook Watch It seems like a combination of forever ago and just yesterday when the word “entanglement” became an elevated term in pop culture, thanks to Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith’s appearance on Jada’s show, Red Table Talk. To refresh your memory, social […]

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We Need to Talk About the ‘Conservative Republican’ Who Wrote a Whole Essay About How he Misses White Privilege Disney World

Photo: Viaval Tours (Shutterstock) It’s not very often that I am astonished by the sheer caucasity of white people. I’ve written stories about a white woman claiming to have been called the n-word in school because she has bigger lips than like six other white people; a story about a Republican declaring that the three-fifths […]

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It Has Been a Week, So Please Enjoy This Palate-Cleansing Homage to Black Excellence From Zendaya and Law Roach

Zendaya speaks onstage during ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Randy Shropshire for ESSENCE (Getty Images) Y’all, we have missed so much this past year—family reunions, brunches, concerts, the Met Gala, casual hookups (if you’re into that kinda thing—no judgments). I’ve now celebrated two birthdays in this damned panorama, so […]

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Wiz Khalifa Becomes Co-Owner of Professional Fighters League: ‘Hard Work and Sacrifice Pays Off’

Image: Professional Fighters League Beating the dog shit out of people has proven to be a lucrative business venture since the dawn of time. So what better way to improve upon his reported $45 million net worth than for Wiz Khalifa to become part-owner of one of the fastest-growing fight leagues in the world? Advertisement […]

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Can You Copyright Dance Moves? ‘Single Ladies’, ‘Formation’ and ‘WAP’ Choreographer JaQuel Knight Made History Doing Just That

JaQuel Knight attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards on August 20, 2018.Photo: Jamie McCarthy (Getty Images) You can’t hear the rhythmic “oh-oh-OH-oh-oh-OHHH-oh-oh-oh…” in Beyoncé’s hit single, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” without busting those now-iconic dance moves (heavily inspired by Bob Fosse), right? Well, you have one man to thank for that—JaQuel […]

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Cast of I May Destroy You Breaks New Ground as Best Ensemble at the 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards

I May Destroy You (2020) Photo: HBO One of the few major awards ceremonies that doesn’t take itself too seriously, the Film Independent Spirit Awards happened on Thursday night, and we have some Black-ass winners to celebrate. Advertisement HBO’s acclaimed series (which has mostly been neglected this awards season, save for GLAAD and NAACP, to […]

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The Glow Up 50: In Praise of the Glam Squad

The Glow Up 50The Glow Up 50Our annual celebration of the black tastemakers, trendsetters and innovators elevating the world of style. In this most unconventional of awards seasons, we are proudly closing out our second annual celebration of Black creatives innovating the worlds of fashion, beauty and media, better known as The Glow Up 50. […]

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Digital Underground’s Shock G, AKA ‘Humpty Hump’, Dead at 57

In this Feb. 25, 2008, file photo, Greg “Shock G” Jacobs, leader for Digital Underground, performs The Humpty Dance during a halftime appearance in the Detroit Pistons’ NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets.Photo: David Zalubowski, File (AP) Shock G, musician, rapper, producer and the eccentric frontman of legendary hip-hop group Digital Underground has died […]

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Honoring a Forever Ruff Ryder: Here’s How to Watch DMX’s Public Memorial Service

DMX performs onstage with DJ Snake during day 1 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 2) on April 17, 2015.Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images for Coachella (Getty Images) This weekend, fans of the late Earl “DMX” Simmons will have our own Ruff Ryders’ role—to honor the life and legacy of a hip-hop […]

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Angela Bassett, Jamie Foxx, Halle Berry, and Kevin Hart Discuss Black Achievement in Film for New Documentary From Apple

Angela Bassett, left; Jamie Foxx; Halle Berry; Kevin HartPhoto: Amanda Edwards/Kevin Winter/Amy Sussman for CDGA/Christopher Polk (Getty Images) There is no doubt that when it comes to the task of achieving excellence in the film industry, Black Hollywood has always understood the assignment. Advertisement Whether that’s something as simple but menacing as Denzel Washington’s sneer […]

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National Museum of African American Music to Honor Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson and Fisk Jubilee Singers

Quincy Jones; Lionel Richie ; Smokey Robinson; The Fisk Jubilee Singers Photo: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Netflix (Getty Images), Jean Baptiste Lacroix (Getty Images), Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for IMDb (Getty Images), Jason Kempin (Getty Images) The National Museum of African American Music has chosen this year’s recipients of its Rhapsody & Rhythm Awards, and the […]

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‘Take a Look’…at the Upcoming Guest Hosts of Jeopardy!—LeVar Burton and Robin Roberts!

LeVar Burton attends the 8th Annual Breakthrough Prize Ceremony on November 03, 2019; Robin Roberts attends the 92nd Annual Academy Awards on February 09, 2020.Photo: Rich Fury (Getty Images), Amy Sussman (Getty Images) Finally, it’s happening to us right in front of our faces! If you recall correctly, after tragically losing our beloved Jeopardy! host […]

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Harpo, Who Deez Gorgeous Cover Women?

Screenshot: Variety/Interview Magazine Sistaaahhs, Whoopi Goldberg and Naomi Campbell are on my mind and I’ve got these two amazing covers to thank for it. Advertisement Thirty years ago to the day, a then two-time Oscar nominee Whoopi Goldberg sat nervously in her chair waiting to see whose name would be called as the winner for […]

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