Tag: writers

‘It’s a Spiritual Thing’: The Root Presents: It’s Lit! Explores the Ethereal With Akwaeke Emezi

Photo: Kathleen Bomani, Illustration: Angelica Alzona To read Akwaeke Emezi is to be constantly reminded that we are all more than flesh and bone. To be in conversation with the bestselling author is to understand what it is to be spirit simply shrouded in flesh—or, as Emezi refers to themselves, drawing on the Igbo spirituality […]

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The Obama Cinematic Universe Continues With New HBO Docuseries and Book

President Barack Obama as he returns to the White House following a trip to the Arctic Circle on September 3, 2015 in Washington, DC.Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) I’m pretty sure if you looked up the phrase “booked and busy” in the dictionary, you’d see a picture of Barack and Michelle Obama. Advertisement Okay, so […]

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Dr. Ian Smith Claims He Was Fired After Attempts to Combat Racial Discrimination on The Doctors, Files Complaint

Dr. Ian Smith attends JCPenney and Michael Strahan’s launch of Collection by Michael Strahan on September 30, 2015.Photo: Bryan Bedder (Getty Images) Dr. Ian Smith has filed an “unlawful discrimination” complaint against ViacomCBS and Dr. Phil’s Stage 29 Productions in relation to being fired as sole host of the CBS show The Doctors. Smith, who […]

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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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Nikole Hannah-Jones Rejects UNC-Chapel Hill Position for Job at Howard U Along With Ta-Nehisi Coates

Photo: Monica Schipper (Getty Images) Nikole Hannah-Jones will not be joining the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill—despite the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist finally being granted tenure at the school following a long, white tears–infused drama that should never have been entertained by the school’s board of trustees. Instead, Hannah-Jones and famed […]

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John McCain’s Daughter Leaving Show She Was Never Qualified to Be on in the First Place

Meghan McCain attends the 2015 Trevor Project NextGen Fall Fete on November 13, 2015 in New York City.Photo: Robin Marchant (Getty Images) Quick, look into the headline! It’s a bird! It’s a plane, its— No, it’s The View saying so long to Meghan McCain! As predicted by Page Six Thursday morning, the conservative arch-cohost announced […]

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PageTurners: It’s Getting Hot in Here

Blackout, Hell of a Book, The Beauty in BreakingImage: Quill Tree Books, Dutton Books, Riverhead Books It’s so hot outside that the covers of my paperback books have curled back onto themselves in response the ever-present humidity that is blanketing much of the country. Luckily for us, this week’s releases happen to be hardcovers. It’s […]

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A Resurfaced James Baldwin Interview Gives an Intimate Look Into His Life and Prescience on White Fragility

James Baldwin at his home in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France, on Nov. 6, 1979.Photo: Ralph Gatti/AFP (Getty Images) Whether via written or spoken word, there is no shortage of evidence of James Baldwin’s brilliance. The novelist, playwright, poet, essayist and civil rights activist was not only prolific during his 63 years of life, but an unabashed truth-teller […]

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Exclusive: The Smithsonian Channel Recruits Storytellers to Explore the Meaning of Juneteenth

Maimouna Youssef aka Mumu Fresh, left, Jason Reynolds, and Nic Stone America continues to reckon with how to commemorate Juneteenth, the bittersweet holiday honoring the belated emancipation date of enslaved people on June 19, 1865. This year, The Smithsonian Channel is choosing to commemorate the date with a slate of thought-provoking original programming on its […]

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When Tweets Come Home to Roost: UK Columnist Fired for Post Correlating Meghan and Harry’s Baby and George Floyd

An arrangement of UK daily newspapers photographed as an illustration on March 9, 2021.Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP (Getty Images) Social media remains free of charge, but you know what else is? Shutting up. Julie Burchill, a now-former columnist for Britain’s Sunday Telegraph, learned the hard way that racism literally doesn’t pay. Advertisement In response to Sunday’s […]

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Roxane Gay Is Launching Her Own Imprint at Grove Atlantic

Roxane Gay accepts her Freedom to Write Award at the PEN Center USA’s 25th Annual Literacy Awards Festival at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif.Photo: Matt Sayles/Invision for PEN Center USA (AP) If you’ve been hungry for more work from Roxane Gay, you are soon to be sated. […]

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VSB Co-Founder Damon Young Wins the Thurber Prize for American Humor

Photo: Thurber Prize/Sarah ‘Huny’ Young, courtesy of Damon Young It’s Lit!It’s Lit!Where all things literary live at The Root Once you’ve been a part of The Root family, we will forever claim you (because Black excellence deserves Black pride). So, despite his recent departure from the daily grind of our beloved news and opinion site, […]

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