Tag: human interest

Self-Care, Sleep and Sisterhood: Mommy Advocate Cynthia Simpson Shares Practical Takeaways About Motherhood

“As a mother, especially a Black mother, I think it’s important to be transparent about how you feel as a mother, and actually the highs and lows of motherhood.” — Cynthia Simpson, GatherBK, Co-Founder When Cynthia Simpson noticed that none of her friends were going through pregnancy at the same time she was almost four […]

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Allyson Felix Leads With Love as She Prepares for Her Final Trip to the Summer Olympics

Photo: Harry How (Getty Images) We live in a society of celebrity worship, in which human beings are far too often reduced to what they do instead of who they actually are. This happens all the time with athletes like LeBron James, who are celebrated for their feats on the court, yet admonished for having […]

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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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Feeling Restless? Why Insomnia Is Nothing to Sleep On

Photo: Prostock-studio (Shutterstock) How did you sleep last night? Did you sleep? Were you able to stay asleep? If not, you may have insomnia. According to the American Psychiatric Association, insomnia is the most common sleep disorder. The dictionary loosely defines insomnia as a prolonged and usually abnormal inability to get enough sleep, especially due […]

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The Root Is Nominated for a Webby Award. Here’s How You Can Help Us Clinch That ‘W’

Image: Courtesy of Webby Awards We in first place, we in first place, Webby for Public Service and Activism—we in first place! (Or whatever 2 Chainz said.) Advertisement Seriously though, folks: We here at The Root are excited to tell you that we’ve been nominated for a Webby for the third year in a row! […]

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My Mama Gives the Best Hugs—I Haven’t Had One of Hers in Two Years

Selfie of Tonja Stidhum and her mother Betty Stidhum in Chicago.Photo: Tonja Stidhum I’ll never forget the moment I told my mama I was moving to L.A. “I’m not happy here, Mama,” I told the woman I affectionately call “Dalai Mama,” as I explained to her that it was time to leave my beloved hometown […]

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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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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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NC Man Charged With Defacing MLK Monument With Anti-Semitic Depictions

People visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC on Martin Luther King Day on January 21, 2019. Photo: Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Getty Images) In the latest edition of how racist AND anti-Semitic can one be, a North Carolina man has been charged with ethnic intimidation after defacing a monument dedicated to Martin Luther […]

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Big Beauty Tuesday: My Mother, My Quarantine Buddy

Tell the truth: Could you peacefully quarantine with one of your parents? Maybe you already are—after all, the last year has had pretty much everyone reevaluating their living conditions and life, in general. For some, that’s meant leaving big cities, crowded apartments, overpriced rents, and otherwise suddenly untenable situations to return to the family home […]

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Funeral Held for Andrew Brown Jr., Black Man Who Was Fatally Shot by Police in North Carolina

Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) It feels like we’ve been trapped in a never-ending cycle of grief. Even as we felt palpable relief seeing Derek Chauvin be found guilty for the murder of George Floyd, we were immediately reminded that the cycle of police violence doesn’t take a break. Andrew Brown Jr. was shot and […]

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What’s Good? Demystifying ‘Self-Care’

Photo: pathdoc (Shutterstock) Over the past several years, the term “self-care” has been gaining popularity—according to Google Trends, the number of searches for “self-care” has more than doubled since 2015. But what, specifically, is self-care? The term is over- and misused, meaning many people don’t quite understand exactly what it means. Does it mean you […]

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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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Auntie Unfiltered Chats With Iyanla Vanzant

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with the Queen of fixing lives, Iyanla Vanzant. For the last seven seasons, Iyanla has dug in deep with all of her guests, getting them to self-reflect and look deep within to resolve various issues they have in their lives. Advertisement On April 10, the eighth and […]

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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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Unarmed Black Man Shot 10 Times by Sheriff’s Deputy Who Gave Him a Ride Home

Photo: Jaromir Chalabala (Shutterstock) Neither Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict nor the unending wave of anti-police violence protests that have taken place in America has put an end to police shootings of Black people. In fact, not only are the shootings still happening, but they’re getting more bizarre. On Wednesday, in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, a Black […]

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Baby, This Is Keke Palmer: Hustlers Star Is R29 Unbothered’s First-Ever Creative Advisor and Digital Cover Star

Keke Palmer attends Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research Angel Ball 2019 on October 28, 2019 in New York City. Photo: Steven Ferdman / AFP (Getty Images) I don’t know about you but when I pray to God about my career trajectory, I often ask: “Lord, let me be as booked and busy as MC […]

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Tennessee Woman Expresses Regret for Calling Police on Black Teen Who Was Dating Her Daughter After He Was Fatally Shot

Screenshot: Knox. News Last week, The Root reported that 17-year-old Anthony J. Thompson Jr. was shot and killed by police officers in the restroom of Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville, Tenn., after police responded to a call about a “possibly armed” student. Advertisement Law enforcement officials originally reported that before he was killed, Anthony […]

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The Glow Up 50: For the Love of Dap

The Glow Up 50The Glow Up 50Our annual celebration of the black tastemakers, trendsetters and innovators elevating the world of style. It’s no small thing to have an award named in your honor, but the designer known as Dapper Dan is no small entity—in fact, he’s larger than life. The journalist turned self-taught couturier born […]

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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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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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Alicia Garza Discusses Leaving Black Lives Matter, the Complications of Balancing Activism and Branding on Jemele Hill Is Unbothered

Photo: Ethan Miller (Getty Images) One thing is for sure, two things are for certain: Spotify’s Jemele Hill Is Unbothered isn’t always what we expect, but it’s always a treat. Advertisement On the latest episode, the award-winning journalist chops it up with Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, who dishes on her new book, The […]

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Bad Trip Star Eric Andre Racially Profiled by Police at Atlanta Airport

Eric Andre attends the premiere of Disney’s “The Lion King” at Dolby Theatre on July 09, 2019 in Hollywood, California.Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer (Getty Images) When TV host and comedian Eric Andre stepped foot into the Atlanta Hartsfield–Jackson International Airport airport to catch his flight, I’m sure the last thing he planned for was to get […]

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