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This Ain’t What Jesus Died For

Floyd Mayweather (L) and Jake Paul pose during a press conference at Hard Rock Stadium, in Miami Gardens, Florida, on May 6, 2021.Photo: EVA MARIE UZCATEGUI/AFP (Getty Images) “A wise man told me, ‘Don’t argue with fools’‘Cause people from a distance can’t tell who is who…” Advertisement I think Jay-Z was onto something. While the […]

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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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Nas Almost Changed His Verse On ‘Sorry Not Sorry,’ His Collaboration With DJ Khaled And Jay-Z

This weekend DJ Khaled released his 12th album, Khaled Khaled. It boasted appearances from some of the music world’s biggest names. Two of them are Jay-Z and Nas, who joined forces for the track “Sorry Not Sorry.” Khaled recently shared a behind-the-scenes look at the song’s recording process, and it shows Nas considering changing his […]

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DJ Khaled Brings Jay-Z, Nas — And Yes, Beyonce — Together In A Lavish Video For ‘Sorry Not Sorry’

It’s been no surprise that DJ Khaled’s eventful rollout for his 12th album, Khaled Khaled, has been a completely on-brand experience from him. From lengthy social media posts in all-caps to a massive billboard that revealed the album’s release date, Khaled is pulling out all the stops for his new project and the music on […]

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Swipe Left: Bumble Match Results in Capitol Rioter Being Turned in to the Feds and Facing Charges

Photo: XanderSt (Shutterstock) Imagine spitting game so trash the shit potentially gets you sent to jail? Couldn’t be me. Though apparently that’s the case for a New York man who was turned in to the FBI after bragging about allegedly storming the Capitol to a Bumble match only a week after the riot transpired. Advertisement […]

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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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Tyler Perry Is Making a Madea Cinematic Universe—Prequel Series in Development at Showtime

Madea’s Family Reunion (2006)Photo: Lions Gate Entertainment Turns out, Tyler Perry isn’t done with Madea. Well, not completely. You see the headline—it looks like Perry is attempting to take Marvel’s crown and make his own MCU…the Madea Cinematic Universe, that is. Advertisement In a retirement comeback reminiscent of Jay-Z’s short-lived bow-out (actually, Perry has him […]

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*Crying Emoji*

Photo: Danielle Belton AntisocialThe society column for people afraid of society, written by The Root’s Editor-in-Chief and resident Bipolar Disorder expert/sufferer. So this is hard! Even though I always knew this day would eventually come, I never really expected it to come! After all, being editor-in-chief of The Root was my dream job! To give […]

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YOOOO, Trump Played TF Out His Own People LOL!: Trump Campaign Dupes Supporters Into Automatic Recurring Donations

Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) Donald Trump is a con artist—and he wouldn’t even be a good one if his marks were smarter than a box of dull hammers and rusty nails. Most Americans realize that the Trump presidency was a four-year-long con and that the biggest suckers involved were Orange Juissolini’s own supporters. What […]

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Barack Obama Explains Why A Song From Jay-Z’s ‘The Black Album’ Means So Much To Him

Barack Obama hasn’t been the president of the United States for over four years now, but he still has plenty of admirers who are eager to hear from him. That especially true of his music preferences, as he often shares well-received playlists. Fans were surely delighted a few weeks ago, then, when the former POTUS […]

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I Don’t Know Which Very Smart Brotha Needs to Hear This, but Maxwell’s ‘Ascension’ Is Actually the Best Song Ever

Screenshot: YouTube/Maxwell Before we get into this, let me first start by setting the framework for this entire piece with the wise words of Linnethia Leakes: “I said what I said.” Advertisement Now that that’s established, I think it’s time that the real truth about the best song ever finally be released. For context, over […]

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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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Black Farmers Ask Lindsey Graham to Apologize for Being Lindsey Graham

Photo: Susan Walsh (Getty Images) The Department of Agriculture is supposed to help farmers. Full stop. The problem is that America is built on white supremacy and as such, the Department of Agriculture not only helped white farmers, “…it systematically denied Blacks and other people of color access to the same loan and grant programs […]

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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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A List of All the Biases That Prevent Me From Considering Drake One of the Greatest Rappers Ever (Which He, Unfortunately, Is)

Photo: Claus Andersen (Getty Images) 1. He reminds me of hotel shampoo so much that I’ve just started calling him Hotel Shampoo. Advertisement 2. The irrational and disproportionate emotional and spiritual attachment I have to the rappers I listened to and loved when I was younger, which makes it more difficult for a “newer” person […]

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Following the Oprah Interview, Meghan Markle Has Full Support From the Queen…Bey!

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) chats with Disney CEO Robert Iger as Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (2nd R) embraces Beyoncé (R) as they attend the European premiere of the film The Lion King on July 14, 2019. Photo: Niklas Halle’n/AFP via Getty Images (Getty Images) Meghan Markle may have gotten a somewhat passive-aggressive show […]

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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 […]

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Jack Dorsey’s Square Is Buying Tidal For Hundreds Of Millions And Giving Jay-Z A Seat On Square’s Board

A couple months ago, there were reports that Square, the mobile payments company of which Twitter co-founder/CEO Jack Dorsey is also founder/CEO, was in talks with Jay-Z’s streaming service Tidal to buy the platform. It turns out those were more than just rumors, as both Dorsey and Jay have confirmed that the deal is just […]

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Jay-Z, Tiffany Haddish, Common, Stacey Abrams Among Guests to Help Celebrate Legendary Artist and Activist Harry Belafonte

Jay-Z on January 23, 2019 in New York City; Tiffany Haddish on December 03, 2019 in Beverly Hills, Calif.; Common in Paris on September 14, 2019; Stacey Abramson April 11, 2019 in New York City.Photo: Nicholas Hunt for The Reform Alliance, Emma McIntyre for Netflix, Joel Saget / AFP, Mike Coppola (Getty Images) Harry Belafonte, […]

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History Meets the Present on the ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Album

A movie’s message doesn’t have to end with the closing credits. Black filmmakers and musicians have been making the most of “inspired by” albums that are anything but afterthoughts; they boldly extrapolate from the story told onscreen. “Black Panther,” “The Lion King” and now “Judas and the Black Messiah” — the director Shaka King’s film […]

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Jay-Z, Lin-Manuel Miranda, And More Will Appear At A Virtual Event For Harry Belafonte’s 94th Birthday

On March 1 legendary activist, singer, and actor Harry Belafonte will celebrate his 94th birthday. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a fundraising event through his organization Gathering For Justice will be held on February 28 to commemorate the big day, featuring a healthy collection of celebrity friends and fans. Among the names on the guest […]

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Jay-Z Sells Half of Ace of Spades Champagne to LVMH

When Jay-Z clicked into a video call last week with Philippe Schaus, the chief executive of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton’s drinks business, the Zoom backgrounds told the story. Jay-Z spoke from a partly covered terrace of his Los Angeles home, wearing a casual sweater, accessorized by the outdoor living room and greenery around him. […]

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Beyoncé’s BeyGOOD Foundation Teams Up With Adidas and Bread of Life to Provide Texas Winter Storm Relief

Beyoncé Knowles Carter in “A Year Of #BeyGOOD’ video recapScreenshot: Beyoncé/YouTube Unless you’re a U.S. Senator representing the very state you abandoned for a warmer climate and blamed that recklessly cruel decision on your children, chances are you’ve been wondering how you can help (if you’re able to) assist the victims of the recent winter […]

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Stiff Where?! Blue Ivy Has Never Seen a Ceiling In Her Whole Life—Which Is Why She’s So Icy Park

Blue Ivy in Ivy Park “Icy Park” adScreenshot: YouTube What’s better than a brown skin girl simply being the best thing in the world? A brown skin girl who won’t hesitate to let you know she’s the best thing in the world. Cue Blue Ivy, the illustrious daughter of Beyoncé Knowles Carter and Shawn “Jay-Z” […]

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Michael B. Jordan And Jay-Z To Produce TV Series About Muhammad Ali

NewsOne Featured Video Mogul Jay-Z and actor Michael B. Jordan are teaming up to bring the story of a sports icon to the small screen. According to Deadline, the two are working on a television series about the life and legacy of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali. Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society All In At Amazon: […]

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Jay-Z, Nipsey Hussle’s Longtime Collaborators, And More Share How ‘What It Feels Like’ Came About

The highly-anticipated film Judas And The Black Messiah was finally released on Friday, and with it came a star-studded soundtrack. One highlight is Jay-Z and Nipsey Hussle’s “What It Feels Like,” which was the first official collaboration between the two rappers — and, sadly, the last: Nipsey was killed nearly two years ago at his […]

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