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“The Most Beloved Man on the Planet”: Ken Burns on Muhammad Ali

Ken Burns, the celebrated documentarian whose films have chronicled America’s story from jazz to baseball to war, is out with his and his team’s newest work, a four-part documentary about the life of Muhammad Ali. The film, called simply Muhammad Ali and produced by Burns, daughter Sarah Burns, and David McMahon, tells Ali’s full life […]

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B’Gosh, This Is Cute! OshKosh B’gosh’s Today Is Someday Campaign Pays Tribute to Black Icons

Screenshot: OshKosh B’gosh (YouTube) What does the world looks like for our trailblazers of tomorrow? To find out, OshKosh B’gosh believes we can all benefit from taking a look back at where some of our icons began. On Tuesday, an inspiring new back-to-school campaign, Today is Someday, was unveiled by the much-beloved babies and children’s […]

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I’m Happy That Nikole Hannah-Jones and Ta-Nehisi Coates Are Going to Howard. Now, Howard Folks Get to Be More Insufferable. Yay

Photo: Mike Coppola/Zach Gibson (Getty Images) Yesterday, Academic African America was abuzz with the exciting news that Nikole Hannah-Jones had not only rebuffed the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s last-ditch attempt to save face by granting her tenure, but was taking (or bringing, depending on where you are located) her talents to Howard University in […]

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WNBA Legend Maya Moore to Receive Arthur Ashe Courage Award at 2021 ESPYS

Photo: Nicholas Hunt (Getty Images) After pressing pause on her WNBA career so that she could devote herself full-time to prison reform advocacy, 2020 The Root 100 honoree Maya Moore is being recognized for her commitment to the cause. Advertisement At this year’s ESPY Awards, the former Minnesota Lynx forward will be honored with the […]

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Yes, Kenya Barris Pays Attention-ish to the -Ish Universe Jokes

Kenya Barris speaks onstage during Culture Creators Leaders and Innovators Awards Brunch 2018 on June 22, 2018.Photo: Jerritt Clark (Getty Images) Kenya Barris spoke out on some things in a recent profile-ish. In this week’s cover story for The Hollywood Reporter, Barris pretty much covered all of the main topics surrounding him—touching on why he […]

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With Fight the Power, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Chronicles America’s History of Social Justice

Image: The History Channel When you hear the name Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, not only is his status as an NBA legend cemented until the end of time, but his activism off the court is arguably just as profound. And as that passion for social justice has manifested in a multitude of ways throughout the course of […]

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Mod Squad Actor Clarence Williams III Dies at 81

Clarence Williams III attends the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ on August 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Jason Kempin for FIJI (Getty Images) Clarence Williams III, the versatile actor widely known for his role of Linc Hayes on ABC’s The Mod Squad, has died of colon cancer at age 81, The […]

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Claressa Shields Gives Serena Williams Her Flowers: ‘When I First Saw Her, That’s Who I Wanted to Be Like’

Photo: Gregory Shamus (Getty Images) Claressa Shields, who last I checked is pretty damn good at beating the dog shit out of people, recently became boxing’s first-ever two-division, undisputed world champ after adorning Marie-Eve Dicaire’s face with her fists. And for her encore, she’ll be taking the plunge into mixed martial arts to deliver more […]

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Mark Your Calendars for June 6 Because The Kings Cometh

Fans of the sweet science—that’s boxing to you mere mortals—know that between 1980 and 1989, there were four fighters that ushered in a boxing renaissance that not only blessed us all with bitter rivalries, but a smorgasbord of legendary bouts. Advertisement These “Four Kings”—Roberto Durán, Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, and Sugar Ray […]

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Serena Williams, Steph Curry Among Athletes Who Lend Support After Naomi Osaka Withdraws From French Open

Photo: Julian Finney (Getty Images) We’ve all been there. Sometimes the demands of our jobs become too much, and before we’re able to preserve our well-being in whatever ways we deem fit, our mental health suffers as a consequence. Advertisement Professional athletes are no different. But in a cruel twist of fate, the immense scrutiny […]

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