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Michael B. Jordan, Your Villainous Hotep Boyfriend, Will Play Your Doubtful Fireman Boyfriend Next Michael B. Jordan, Your Villainous Hotep Boyfriend, Will Play Your Doubtful Fireman Boyfriend Next

The next time you want to pout and act ungrateful over something trifling, like your server being too slow with the free breadsticks or your roommate leaving her socks on the dang couch again, please remember that you were placed on this earth at the exact same time as one Michael B. Jordan, and that fact alone is…

2 Dope Queens on Getting HBO Coins, Meeting Oprah and Their Responsibility to Black Women 2 Dope Queens on Getting HBO Coins, Meeting Oprah and Their Responsibility to Black Women

Black comediennes have a special place in my heart. From Whoopi Goldberg and Mo’Nique to Tiffany Haddish and every other melanin-heavy sista onstage, there’s incredible depth and a tooth-and-nail fight in how they got to where they are. It’s inspiring, to say the least.

‘She Ready’ for HBO: Tiffany Haddish Signs Deal With Premium Cable Outlet to Develop New Projects ‘She Ready’ for HBO: Tiffany Haddish Signs Deal With Premium Cable Outlet to Develop New Projects

HBO just gave you another reason not to let go of your ex’s HBO Go password to keep tuning in once #DemThrones goes off the air.

The Wire, the Best Show in History, Ended 10 Years Ago and Changed TV Forever The Wire, the Best Show in History, Ended 10 Years Ago and Changed TV Forever

HBO’s The Wire signed off a decade ago this coming March. Eclipsed in popularity by mainstream shows Sex and the City and The Sopranos on the same network, the Baltimore-set crime drama never received any major television awards, and the showrunners struggled at times to actually complete its five seasons. (Note: if…

This Video of White People Who Are Sticking by Roy Moore Is the Whitest and Most Insane Thing That Ever Happened This Week This Video of White People Who Are Sticking by Roy Moore Is the Whitest and Most Insane Thing That Ever Happened This Week

I’m not going to do a minute-by-minute recap of this video. I can’t. You just have to watch it. I’m literally too flabbergasted to do so. And I don’t get flabbergasted often, but this video ... good gotdamn. Watching white folks whitefolkin’ is something we’re all used to by this point, but Meek Mill could not…

Thanksgiving and Chill: All the Shows to Binge-Watch Before You Get ‘The Itis’ Thanksgiving and Chill: All the Shows to Binge-Watch Before You Get ‘The Itis’

It’s that time of year again. White folks are clamoring at Starbucks for their pumpkin-spice lattes, and black folks are calling around to make sure Aunt Sheila is still making her signature turkey this year ... it’s Thanksgiving! And while many of us side-eye the massacre and theft masquerading as a family-friendly…

SportsBalls and Benefit Galas: I Went to All These Things and Managed Not to Almost Kill Myself (Yet) SportsBalls and Benefit Galas: I Went to All These Things and Managed Not to Almost Kill Myself (Yet)

There are literally too many things to go to in the fall. During that season in New York City, every charity group, institution, media company and rando (including The Root) throws a ball, gala or fancy party of some kind. Our own shindig, The Root 100, goes down Nov. 9.

Watch: Kimberly Hébert Gregory Is Dominating TV

Kimberly Hébert Gregory is having a strong 2017, appearing in five different shows on five major networks. Even though she’s having a breakout year, she’s been acting in TV and film for more than a decade and in plays for even longer.

Fantasy Writer Nnedi Okorafor Releases Comic Short Inspired by Chibok, Nigeria, Schoolgirls, Has Novel Developed for HBO Fantasy Writer Nnedi Okorafor Releases Comic Short Inspired by Chibok, Nigeria, Schoolgirls, Has Novel Developed for HBO

It’s an amazing thing to see the sci-fi/fantasy/comic book world expand to reflect the real world. ’Bout time.

Is Lawrence From Insecure Trash? An Important Debate Is Lawrence From Insecure Trash? An Important Debate

It’s a question that has dominated the conversations about Insecure, both on Facebook and Twitter and at happy hour and game nights. Of course, Lawrence wasn’t the main character on the show, and Insecure featured several other compelling storylines, but there seems to be a consensus about each non-Lawrence character…

The Near-Perfect Insecure Season Finale and Issa’s, Molly’s and Lawrence’s Baby Steps to Adulthood The Near-Perfect Insecure Season Finale and Issa’s, Molly’s and Lawrence’s Baby Steps to Adulthood

When I was 24 years old, a co-worker of mine felt like giving me her opinion of people my age. “I never date 24-year-olds,” she said. “They think they know everything.” At the time, the observation offended me because I almost certainly thought she was throwing shade my way. As a matter of fact, I know she was, but…

I Love Watching Insecure With Twitter and I Hate Watching Insecure With Twitter I Love Watching Insecure With Twitter and I Hate Watching Insecure With Twitter

I like to watch certain shows alongside social media because it gives me the chance to see what other people are thinking without being burdened by the sound of their voices interrupting the dialogue. This has long been true for me when it comes to reality shows like Love & Hip Hop and The Real Housewives of Atlanta,…

From The Wire to The Deuce: David Simon, George Pelecanos and Lawrence Gilliard Jr. Discuss HBO’s Newest Series From The Wire to The Deuce: David Simon, George Pelecanos and Lawrence Gilliard Jr. Discuss HBO’s Newest Series

In an early scene of The Deuce, premiering on HBO on Sunday night, smooth-talking C.C. (Gary Carr), freshly permed and curled and in a pin-striped suit, spots a fresh-faced white girl to spit that talk. He’s in a bus station in New York City in 1971, and pimping is still a viable living for a black man.

Mahershala Ali to Give True Detective a Much Needed Shot of Melanin Mahershala Ali to Give True Detective a Much Needed Shot of Melanin

Mahershala Ali is still out here collecting checks, and he will be joining the third season of HBO’s True Detective.

Insecure Takes Us Back to 1997 With a Convo About Oral Sex I Thought We Weren’t Having Anymore Insecure Takes Us Back to 1997 With a Convo About Oral Sex I Thought We Weren’t Having Anymore

One of the best things about Insecure is the credit it gives the audience. Considering how, in this day and age, just existing as a black person is treated as a controversy in the mainstream media, Insecure is one of the few shows on television in which the point of it all is not to be black but to be human. Everyone…

5 Questions the Game of Thrones Season Finale Answered for Black America 5 Questions the Game of Thrones Season Finale Answered for Black America

By now we shouldn’t have to discuss how Game of Thrones parallels the social, political and economic climate of black America. But this season, the show wasn’t just a metaphor for being black in America—it was a guide for survival. It was a parable about resistance. It was a preamble for the resistance (and by “the…

This Week’s Game of Thrones Was a Replay of Every Black Fight Ever This Week’s Game of Thrones Was a Replay of Every Black Fight Ever

Wait ... was I the only person in the Seven Kingdoms who thought this whole let’s-capture-a-White Walker-and-bring-him-back plan was the stupidest idea since the male romper? (No, that is not a homophobic or gender-normative statement. The male romper is a shitty idea, and by “shitty,” I mean that the good Lord has…

On ‘Hella LA,’ Insecure Allows Us to Escape and Reminds Us What We’re Escaping From On ‘Hella LA,’ Insecure Allows Us to Escape and Reminds Us What We’re Escaping From

A couple of hours before last night’s episode of Insecure aired (or streamed), Natasha Rothwell, the actress who plays Kelli, tweeted a message to fans:

Game of Thrones Shows Us How America Treats White Supremacy Game of Thrones Shows Us How America Treats White Supremacy

Every time I watch an episode of Game of Thrones, I am left uttering the same phrase as the proverbial man who believes the thermos is the greatest invention of all time because it keeps hot things hot and cold things cold: “How do it know?”

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