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‘I’m From Here’: Washington, DC, Natives Fight Back Against the Whitewashing of Chocolate City ‘I’m From Here’: Washington, DC, Natives Fight Back Against the Whitewashing of Chocolate City

When I arrived in Washington, D.C., more than two decades ago to attend Howard University, one of the first things I noticed was the diversity of black people, all different kinds: rich ones, poor ones, bougie ones and the natives, born and raised in D.C., who introduced me to mambo sauce, go-go music and New Balance…

Cast of Queen Sugar Gets Real About Interracial Dating. Guess Who Was Told, ‘Don’t Bring the Oppressor Home’ Cast of Queen Sugar Gets Real About Interracial Dating. Guess Who Was Told, ‘Don’t Bring the Oppressor Home’

It’s the hot-button topic right now: interracial dating and love. Donald Glover faced criticism around the topic after the release of his viral hit, “This Is America.” The video screamed blackness and reminded everyone that all of the art Glover’s been providing lately is also saturated with black culture. So when…

Queen Sugar and Ava DuVernay Had the Sweetest Garden Party in NYC Queen Sugar and Ava DuVernay Had the Sweetest Garden Party in NYC

First things first: When it comes to Queen Sugar and director Ava DuVernay, I’m a total fan. I am biased. I am prejudiced. I am not objective at all. I love the show she created, which is beautiful and heartfelt. I love the actors who were cast to star in it, who are charming and talented. I love that DuVernay has…

‘Rafiki’ Actress Explains Why The Lion King Is One of Broadway’s Blackest and Most Legendary Shows Ever ‘Rafiki’ Actress Explains Why The Lion King Is One of Broadway’s Blackest and Most Legendary Shows Ever

The Lion King is still one of my favorite Disney movies (and stories) of all time. And I am obviously not alone. The movie has stretched onto the Broadway stage and been slaying for over 20 years! There’s no way this musical would have that sort of staying power if it wasn’t your favorite’s favorite.

When Your Privilege Is Whiter Than Top-Shelf Cocaine, This Happens When Your Privilege Is Whiter Than Top-Shelf Cocaine, This Happens

Here at The Root, we talk a lot about things like white privilege, whitesplaining, white fragility, etc. Some of the folks who read our site find it hard to understand these concepts, so it’s always helpful when we have an example that displays exactly what we mean. Today is one of those days.

Was Nicki Minaj’s SNL Performance Cultural Appropriation?  Was Nicki Minaj’s SNL Performance Cultural Appropriation? 

When Nicki Minaj took the stage to perform her hit song “Chun-Li” on the most recent episode of Saturday Night Live, “callout Twitter” rumbled with accusations of cultural appropriation and the fetishization of Asian culture.

‘Highly Offended’ White Teacher Kicked My 9-Year-Old Son Out of Class for Taking Knee During Pledge ‘Highly Offended’ White Teacher Kicked My 9-Year-Old Son Out of Class for Taking Knee During Pledge

When my 9-year-old son told me that he had been thrown out of his fourth-grade class for kneeling during the Pledge of Allegiance, I was mildly surprised by his actions, but furious with his teachers.

Malcolm X Matters: Icon’s Words Still Ring True Malcolm X Matters: Icon’s Words Still Ring True

As the #BlackLivesMatter movement continues to grow in strength like the perfect storm, the prescient words of Malcolm X (el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz) slice with laser-sharp precision through the rhetoric of politicians and pundits alike as if he still walked among us.

#BlackMomMagic: District MotherHued Caters to Millennial Moms of Color in Nation’s 1st ‘Momference’ #BlackMomMagic: District MotherHued Caters to Millennial Moms of Color in Nation’s 1st ‘Momference’

Even in the year of our Lord 2018, it is hard in these United States to find inclusive, welcoming spaces that actually feel that way if you’re a person of color. That’s why, often, if black people want to be represented in a space—whether it be hair, makeup, clothing (what is “nude”?), workspaces, you name it—we have…

Can Someone Donate a Shit for Me to Give About the Royal Wedding? Can Someone Donate a Shit for Me to Give About the Royal Wedding?

I remember exactly where I was when the news broke that Meghan Markle would become a member of the British royal family. It was like a dream. My head and heart were immediately consumed with so many competing thoughts and feelings, such as:

Read This Before Calling the Police: For Wypipo Who Have Considered Cops When Privilege Wasn’t Enough Read This Before Calling the Police: For Wypipo Who Have Considered Cops When Privilege Wasn’t Enough

As one of the world’s foremost wypipologists, I have been tasked with addressing the newfound epidemic of Caucasian cop-summoners that just began trending around ... oh, I’m going to say it started in 1619, give or take a few days.

Michael B. Jordan Talks Fake News, Internet Culture and Fahrenheit 451 Michael B. Jordan Talks Fake News, Internet Culture and Fahrenheit 451

Not even 24 hours after making his appearance at the Met Gala, Michael B. Jordan walked into the room I was sitting in with a huge smile on his face, a voice that sounded like it could use a throat lozenge, and a cologne that wasn’t too overwhelming and lingered nicely after he gave me a hug. We were here to discuss…

Solo: A Star Wars Story: A Promising Prequel With an Even More Promising Lando Solo: A Star Wars Story: A Promising Prequel With an Even More Promising Lando

The trouble with prequels is that it’s hard to raise the stakes when you already know certain characters are going to live. And in the same vein, you can predict who’s going to die, but Solo: A Star Wars Story was able to capture the exploration of a pre-New Hope universe with fun dialogue and action and great…

Some Did Choose to Return to Slavery Because They Chose Family Over Everything Some Did Choose to Return to Slavery Because They Chose Family Over Everything

It is 1857 and Kanye, a carpenter, has finally saved up enough money to buy his freedom from Massa West. Trouble is, he has to leave his wife, Kimba, and five children on the plantation until he can buy them out of slavery as well.

Bad Publicity Only Works for the Kardashians Bad Publicity Only Works for the Kardashians

In case you haven’t heard, no one showed up to Kanye West’s Yeezy X 2XU event in Sydney. First of all, I didn’t even know this was happening or a thing; nor do I know who or what a 2XU is.

Powerful, Immersive Play As Much as I Can Brings Voices of Southern Gay Black Men and HIV/AIDS Awareness to Harlem Powerful, Immersive Play As Much as I Can Brings Voices of Southern Gay Black Men and HIV/AIDS Awareness to Harlem

Currently, Angels in America, the most Tony Award-nominated play in history, is smack in the middle of its much anticipated revival on Broadway in New York City. Debuting in 1992, Tony Kushner’s iconic and surreal tale tackles external and internal homophobia, Reaganism, McCarthyism and the AIDS epidemic in a much…

‘White Caller Crime’: The Worst Wypipo Police Calls of All Time ‘White Caller Crime’: The Worst Wypipo Police Calls of All Time

According to the global white agenda, every year, white people pick one slogan on which they will focus their undivided attention. While they are certainly capable of multitasking their oppression, they like to devote their energy to specific marketing campaigns. In 2016 the “alt-right’s” “Make America great again”…

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