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This Is an American Lawsuit: Rapper Kidd Wes Files Copyright Infringement Against Childish Gambino

Kidd Wes – Made In America [Official Music Video]; Childish Gambino – This Is America (Official Video)Screenshot: Kidd Wes/YouTube, Donald Glover/YouTube This is America…and it’s a litigious country. Rapper Kidd Wes (born Emelike Nwosuocha) recently filed a copyright infringement claim against Childish Gambino (born Donald Glover) in connection with Childish’s immensely popular and acclaimed song, […]

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The Heartbreaking Story Behind the 70-Year-Old Black Man Who Inspired Daft Punk’s Biggest Hit

“One More Time” music video by Daft PunkScreenshot: Warner Music France/YouTube Daft Punk’s biggest single ever, “One More Time” is all about encouraging us that it’s “time to celebrate” and to not “stop the dancing.” Personally, I’m always happy to hear the song as it reminds me of jamming to it with my niece, who […]

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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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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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H.E.R., DaBaby, Dionne Warwick All Set to Appear for Clive Davis’ 2nd ‘Pre-Grammy Gala’

H.E.R. attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California; DaBaby poses in the press room at the 2019 BET Awards on June 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California; Dionne Warwick visits SiriusXM’s Soul Town channel on March 28, 2019 in New York City.Photo: Emma McIntyre for The Recording Academy/Liliane […]

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A Roundup of Conservative White Tears After the Derek Chauvin Verdict

Candace OwensPhoto: Jason Kempin (Getty Images) I’m not sure why some white people hate justice so much when it comes to Black death, but alas, here we are in an America in which Macklemore won the Best Rap Album Grammy over Kendrick Lamar. Advertisement Yesterday was a difficult day for some white people. Notice I’m […]

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Yes, Janet Hubert Has Been Working Post-Fresh Prince Reunion—Joins the Cast of The Last O.G.

Original “Aunt Viv” Janet Hubert On How it Feels to Get Reputation Back After “Fresh Prince” ReunionScreenshot: KTLA 5/YouTube Everybody, dance now!! Why? Because we have something to celebrate—our beloved “O.G. Aunt Viv” will become another type of “O.G.” That’s right actress Janet Hubert has been cast in TBS’ The Last O.G., starring Tracy Morgan […]

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Red Table Talk Exclusive Clip: Bobby Brown Is Emotionally Honest With His 11-Year-Old About Bobby Jr.’s Death

Bobby Brown on Red Table Talk (2021)Screenshot: Courtesy of Facebook Watch It’s been five months since the unexpected death of Bobby Brown’s 28-year-old son, Bobby Brown Jr. With yet another heartbreaking bout of news in his immediate family, many fans were concerned about the traumatic toll it must take on Bobby Sr. Advertisement This week, […]

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Is Outkast Better Than the Beatles? A Scientific Analysis

Photo: Daily Express/Theo Wargo (Getty Images) Social StudiesThe Root’s Social Studies is a daily, curated, one-stop shop for all the funny, relevant and important content that should be trending on social media. It started with a simple tweet from comedian Ron Funches (who at least one white person assumed was Questlove’s real name). Advertisement Of […]

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The Isley Brothers Verzuz Earth Wind & Fire Took Us on a ‘Voyage to Atlantis’ and We Experienced a ‘Fantasy’

The Isley Brothers Verzuz Earth Wind & Fire (2021)Screenshot: YouTube Have you ever experienced something and you just knew you became an elevated version of yourself after said experience? That was Easter Sunday 2021 for all of Black Twitter and beyond, due to the epic event that was The Isley Brothers Verzuz Earth Wind & […]

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BLM Los Angeles Co-Founder Appears to Respond to Criticism From Tamir Rice’s Mother [Updated]

Screenshot: @DaShaunLH/ Twitter Updated, TIME, DATE: This story has been re-edited and re-structured to reflect that Melina Abdullah did not specifically reference anyone in her video where she called out critics of the Black Lives Matter movement. Advertisement On Tuesday, The Root reported that Samaria Rice, Tamir’s mother, criticized Until Freedom founder Tamika Mallory over […]

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Turns Out, Kanye Is Not the Richest Black Man in America [Corrected]

Kanye West speaks on stage at the “Kanye West and Steven Smith in Conversation with Mark Wilson” on November 07, 2019.Photo: Brad Barket/Getty Images for Fast Company (Getty Images) Correction: 3/18/2021, 12:15 p.m. ET: *record scratch* Laaaaaa, la, la, laaaa wait ‘til we (and a bunch of other media) get our wealth valuations wrong. Kanye […]

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La, La, La, La, Kanye West Got His Money Right—Now Worth $6.6 Billion, Reportedly Richest Black Man in the U.S.

Kanye West speaks on stage at the “Kanye West and Steven Smith in Conversation with Mark Wilson” on November 07, 2019.Photo: Brad Barket/Getty Images for Fast Company (Getty Images) Remember when Kanye West first burst into the mainstream scene and referred to himself as “Kanye Cheddar?” Well, now he has a lot of damn cheese. […]

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Mic Drop: Throw Open Your Doors and Windows, Spring Bangers Are Here

Anderson .Paak, Bruno Mars, Silk Sonic – “Leave the Door Open”Screenshot: YouTube Spring has sprung, and so have a bunch of artists who have been fairly “hush-hush” during the last year. I guess we can give them a pass since we were in a global panorama, but now that the weather is getting warmer and […]

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2021 Grammys Fashion Affirmed What We Already Knew: Black Women Are Superheroes

Megan Thee Stallion, left, Cardi B and Doja CatPhoto: Kevin Winter (Getty Images) If you watched the 63rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night, you might’ve sensed a theme. In a ceremony full of diverse and necessarily distanced performances, it may have been unintentional on the part of the show’s producers, but it certainly didn’t […]

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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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Black HerStory, Black History and All the Feels Are in Store for This Week’s Virtual Events

Image: Courtesy of Big Hassle Media Now that the second week of March has come to a close, I’m not sure what to be more excited about: the fact that we get to spring forward this weekend or the fact that the end of this seemingly never-ending quarantine may be closer than originally thought? While […]

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Country Singer Mickey Guyton Becomes 1st Black Woman to Co-Host the Academy of Country Music Awards

Mickey Guyton attends a special screening and reception for “Patsy & Loretta” presented by Lifetime on October 09, 2019 in Franklin, Tennessee.Photo: Jason Kempin for Lifetime (Getty Images) On Thursday, the Academy of Country Music announced the hosts for its 56th annual awards ceremony. Advertisement Per a press release sent to The Root, country music […]

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Brandy Set to Star Alongside Eve, Naturi Naughton in Upcoming ABC Drama Pilot Queens

Brandy attends the ‘BET Her Fights Breast Cancer’ special event at Riverside Epicenter on September 20, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.Photo: Marcus Ingram for BET (Getty Images) Have you ever wanted to see Brandy star in a musical drama with Eve and Naturi Naughton? Well if you answered yes, then boy have I got news for […]

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WWE Superstar Big E Is Bringing the Power of Positivity to Black History With Our Heroes Rock!

Photo: WWE Ettore Ewen, a.k.a WWE Superstar Big E, is a lot of things. He’s a 10-time WWE tag team champion, the current intercontinental champion, a podcaster, a voice actor, an author, and in my brief time talking to him, I learned he’s also a man with a sincere passion for Black history. Like many […]

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Jhené Aiko to Host the 2021 Grammys Pre-Show, Which Will Open With a Marvin Gaye Tribute

Jhené Aiko, host of 63rd Annual Grammys Premiere Ceremony.Photo: Courtesy of the Recording Academy Jhené Aiko has a song on her latest album Chilombo titled “Magic Hour”—and it looks like she’ll be the MC of several “magic hours” as the 32-year-old songstress has been confirmed as the host of the 63rd Annual Grammys Premiere Ceremony. […]

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The Black Messiah aka D’Angelo Made His Verzuz Debut to Close Out Black History Month and I’m Still Not Over It

D’Angelo performs at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on August 21, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Photo: Ethan Miller (Getty Images) Y’all. I’m still not over it. No, seriously—I’m not. It’s been nearly 48 hours since the ever-elusive artist D’Angelo blessed us all with his “D’Angelo and Friends” Verzuz battle at the legendary […]

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Singer-Songwriter Johnny Nash, Known for Hit ‘I Can See Clearly Now,’ Dead at 80

Johnny Nash during his first visit to London for various public appearances, 3rd September 1968. Photo: Ron Case/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images (Getty Images) Johnny Nash, the singer, songwriter and producer best known for the legendary hit “I Can See Clearly Now” has died at the age of 80. Nash’s son, Johnny Nash Jr. confirmed he died […]

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