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Black Homeowner in Indiana Files Discrimination Complaint When Appraisal of Home Increases by $100,000 After Removing Black Identifiers From Home

Photo: Andy Dean Photography (Shutterstock) We talk about redlining like it’s a thing of the past, but like most of America’s racist systems it hasn’t really gone away—it’s just simply evolved. A Black homeowner in Indianapolis has filed a discrimination complaint after an appraisal on her house increased by $100,000. Advertisement All she had to […]

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Mic Drop: It’s Friday…You Know, the Freakin’ Weekend

Little Simz, Cleo Sol — “Woman” Screenshot: YouTube Friday. The freakin’ weekend. The day that we all wake up looking forward to the moment our eyes open on Monday morning. As it gets warmer and we shift into a new season, the week’s music releases have been too good to wait until Monday. So I’ll […]

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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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Tending Each Other’s Gardens: Growing Into Authenticity and Identity as My Mother’s Child

Photo: fizkes (Shutterstock) Throughout my life, my mother always had a habit of asking me to evaluate her parenting. For years, to avoid uncomfortable conversations I’d say, “Yes, you’re a great mom,” and “Yes, I had a fine childhood,” thinking I was doing what was right to protect us both from a lot of arguing […]

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A Starlet’s Secret Weapon: The Hollywood Reporter Names ‘Image Architect’ Law Roach Its 1st Black ‘Stylist of the Year’

Image: The Hollywood Reporter It’s one thing to construct the looks of of-the-moment talents like Zendaya and The Queen’s Gambit star Anya Taylor Joy; it’s quite another to hold center stage with two of the industry’s hottest starlets flanking you like couture-clad backup singers. But so it is for 2019 The Root 100 honoree Law Roach, […]

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L.A. City Attorney’s Office Will Not File Charges Against Quavo or Saweetie in Connection With Elevator Incident: Report

Saweetie and Quavo attend the 2019 GQ Men of the Year celebration on December 05, 2019.Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for GQ Men of the Year 2019 (Getty Images) We have some updates regarding the elevator incident involving rappers Quavo and Saweetie, which immediately went viral after footage was leaked shortly after their breakup was announced. […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jodeci Is Unbeatable In a Verzuz Battle: A Scientific Breakdown of Black Excellent Proportions

Screenshot: Jodeci “Freek’n U” Video As is often the case after Verzuz “battles,” folks get to ruminating on potential matchups, etc. Also, I’m folks; I do this after every Verzuz. Last night’s love-fest featured Method Man and Redman, two staples of 90s era hip-hop, though Method Man has become quite the actor, and Redman is, […]

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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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The Funk Boutique: Untouchable Forces in Fashion

Balenciaga tank, boot, pant, and chain dress. Chopard jewelry.Photo: Lelanie Foster for The Cut Effortlessly lounging by a poolside dripped in Balenciaga chains and Chopard jewelry, the lady of the hour Andra Day speaks with Angela Bassett for the cover story of The Cut’s April edition about how her life has changed since the release […]

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Producer Hit-Boy Reflects on the Impact of DMX, Other Influential Artists on 10 Songs That Made Me

Photo: Theo Wargo (Getty Images) In case you haven’t heard Spotify’s 10 Songs That Made Me, you’re missing your blessing. In their latest Music + Talk show, they’ve created a unique listening experience by allowing influential tastemakers and creatives to reflect on the 10 songs that’ve left a tremendous impact on each of their lives. […]

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Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, City Girls All Tapped for Rolling Loud Miami 2021

Megan Thee Stallion performs during the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles, California on March 14, 2021; Yung Miami (L) and J.T. of musical group City Girls attend day one of the 2018 BET Awards Radio Remotes on June 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California; Roddy Ricch performs at the 2019 BET Experience at […]

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Verzuz Alert! Blaze Up & Chill Out With These OG Rappers in Honor of 4/20

Rapper/actors Method Man (R) and Redman arrive at the 2004 Fox Network TCA Summer Party on July 16, 2004 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Kevin Winter (Getty Images) Last month, we witnessed the iconic Verzuz matchup between Wu-Tang Clan members and two of New York’s finest Ghostface Killah and Raekwon. Now, we’re being blessed with another […]

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Google is ‘Having a Party’ in Honor of Luther Vandross’ 70th Birthday and We’re Here for It

Google Doodles celebrates Luther Vandross’ 70th Birthday with Artwork by Sam Bass.Screenshot: YouTube/Google Doodles OK. So maybe Google isn’t having an actual party, but the headline is correct in its initial sentiment. Advertisement Today the world is in fact honoring the man who took over the airways in the ‘80s with his velvety-smooth vocals: Luther […]

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DMX’s Public Memorial to Be Held at Barclays Center

DMX performs on stage during the Live Nation presents Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour on September 1, 2016.Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Live Nation (Getty Images) The public memorial for Earl “DMX” Simmons will be held in Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Advertisement According to Variety, DMX’s manager confirmed the public memorial will be take place […]

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Mic Drop: Aye, Must Be the Money

Cautious Clay – Karma & His FriendsScreenshot: YouTube Ah, yes…money. It’s what makes the world go round, right? The secret to any good come-up song—or anything come-up related—is the connection to money and how money can make most things better. Dollar-dollar bills are always on someone’s brain at some point or another, but the ugly […]

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Country Artists Mickey Guyton, Kane Brown and Jimmie Allen Make History at 2021 ACM Awards

Mickey Guyton speaks onstage at the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards on April 18, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee; Kane Brown attends the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada; Jimmie Allen at the 54th Academy Of Country Music Award on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Photo: […]

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