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Melania Trump Went to Egypt Dressed Like a Smooth Criminal and Twitter Got Jokes  Melania Trump Went to Egypt Dressed Like a Smooth Criminal and Twitter Got Jokes 

First lady Melania Trump never wanted to be here. She thought that she was marrying an old man with one foot in the grave and another on a banana peel, who not only keeps eating family-sized buckets of KFC original recipe but seems to be getting stronger.

Send Help: Can Somebody Get Melania Trump and Her Pith Helmet Out of Africa? Send Help: Can Somebody Get Melania Trump and Her Pith Helmet Out of Africa?

Could someone please tell Melania Trump that she is not Meryl Streep in Out of Africa, is not modeling for an old-school Banana Republic campaign, has no hopes of being rescued from her misery by Indiana Jones and can therefore chill with the “safari chic”?

10 Reasons Why Kanye West Going to Africa to Finish His Album Yandhi Might Work Out for Us All (It Also Might Not) 10 Reasons Why Kanye West Going to Africa to Finish His Album Yandhi Might Work Out for Us All (It Also Might Not)

Kanye West—you may have heard of him—is on the move. On the heels of recent comments about the 13th Amendment and his apparent undying love for our current president and emergency alerter, Kanye has decided to venture to Somewhere In Africa to finish recording his second (you could argue third) album of 2018, Yandhi.…

'Something I Cannot Accept': Rihanna Urges Support for Global Access to Education in New Op-Ed 'Something I Cannot Accept': Rihanna Urges Support for Global Access to Education in New Op-Ed

Internationally renowned entertainer, fashion and beauty icon, mogul and philanthropist: all of these describe Rihanna, but in a new op-ed for The Guardian urging all of us to get involved in the fight for equal access to education, the multi-hyphenate reflects on her childhood in Barbados, where she admits that she…

Is Watermelon Racist or Nah?

Did you know the watermelon is from Africa? Or that it’s actually a berry? And that they’re delicious AF? Yet given its history via racist white America, the watermelon can be triggering for black folks.

Yes, You Can Go Home Again: Model Adwoa Aboah Brings Burberry to Ghana

My mother and I recently decided to do DNA kits together in honor of Mother’s Day. (Please don’t @ me with warnings about how our information will be used; we’re grown, neither of us is a serial killer, and genealogy searches have taken us only so far.) Since we’re decidedly African American and slavery was not a…

10 Things I Learned From My 23andMe Results (That May or May Not Be True) 10 Things I Learned From My 23andMe Results (That May or May Not Be True)

Since I got my AncestryDNA results back, I decided I was going to check out the other services and find out as much information about me, myself and I as possible. I finally got my results back from 23andMe, and they’re interesting, to say the least. Full disclosure: I paid for this test out of my own pockets at the…

Fashion News From the Continent: Rwanda Rising  Fashion News From the Continent: Rwanda Rising 

Africa wants to be a player in the luxury fashion world, and it’s coming into the game strong. Last week alone, Lagos, Nigeria, was host to two separate fashion weeks featuring African designers. Rwanda is now the latest nation to get behind the creative talent in the design and textile industries, with government…

This Account Tweets the Lyrics to ‘Africa’ by Toto Over and Over Again This Account Tweets the Lyrics to ‘Africa’ by Toto Over and Over Again

I was trolling Twitter last night when I stumbled across the best thing I had seen on the internet that entire day.

I Got My AncestryDNA Results Back, and I’m About 40 Percent African. I’m Going to Wakanda! I Got My AncestryDNA Results Back, and I’m About 40 Percent African. I’m Going to Wakanda!

I got my results back from AncestryDNA. About damn time, too. I was like a crackhead, checking my email every single day HOPING I’d get an email letting me know that my results were ready and available, and every day there’d be nothing. At some point, I almost called them like they were holding up my tax refund and…

Whose World Is This? Black Panther Production Designer Hannah Beachler Walks Us Through Wakanda  Whose World Is This? Black Panther Production Designer Hannah Beachler Walks Us Through Wakanda 

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve already visited Wakanda—maybe two or three times during Black Panther’s record-breaking opening weekend. Otherwise, I know you wouldn’t want to spoil your upcoming trip by reading the incredible conversation The Glow Up had with the film’s production designer, Hannah…

10 Blackest Things About Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s ‘All the Stars’ Video From the Black Panther Soundtrack 10 Blackest Things About Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s ‘All the Stars’ Video From the Black Panther Soundtrack

1. The video is directed by Dave Meyers. And the little homies. We’re starting off strong. Real strong.

The Day It Became Easier to Say He’s Racist The Day It Became Easier to Say He’s Racist

The three television network evening news programs led Thursday with President Trump’s reported statement calling Haiti, El Salvador and African nations “shithole” countries and saying the United States should instead bring more people from countries such as Norway.

The Counter to Trump’s Xenophobic Racism Is Not Exceptionalist Immigrant Narratives The Counter to Trump’s Xenophobic Racism Is Not Exceptionalist Immigrant Narratives

Sometime Thursday, Donald J. Trump waddled into the Oval Office at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C., and not only blustered that immigrants from the countries of Haiti, El Salvador and the entire continent of Africa are “people from shithole countries” but also encouraged more immigration from countries such…

Ankara, Ankhs and the Ongoing Appropriation-vs.-Appreciation Argument: Is There a Right Way to Rock African Style? Ankara, Ankhs and the Ongoing Appropriation-vs.-Appreciation Argument: Is There a Right Way to Rock African Style?

We’ve been celebrating Kwanzaa Week here at The Root, which, for The Glow Up, also meant thinking up new outfits to wear for each night of the festivities celebrating the seven principles of what many lovingly call “Black Hanukkah.”

Sole Purpose: Gift Style With a Conscience for the Holidays 

Christmas is only two weeks away, and I haven’t done a thing. (Don’t even ask me what to do about Kwanzaa; I’m hoping for some celebratory guidance from my new colleagues here at The Root.)

Thousands of Zimbabweans Take to the Streets, Telling Robert Mugabe and ‘Gucci Grace’ to Kick Rocks Thousands of Zimbabweans Take to the Streets, Telling Robert Mugabe and ‘Gucci Grace’ to Kick Rocks

When Bob Marley sang “I’n’I a-liberate Zimbabwe” in 1979, he was praising the efforts of freedom fighters like Robert Mugabe, a Zimbabwean revolutionary who was once jailed for fighting against colonial British rule.

25-Year-Old American Jailed for Tweet Criticizing Zimbabwean Leader Robert Mugabe 25-Year-Old American Jailed for Tweet Criticizing Zimbabwean Leader Robert Mugabe

A young white American woman is finding her life held in the balance by an African dictator.

10 Cringeworthy Things Every Black Person Born Between 1975 and 1985 Did in Their Teens and 20s, Ranked  10 Cringeworthy Things Every Black Person Born Between 1975 and 1985 Did in Their Teens and 20s, Ranked 

10. Performed spoken-word poetry that included either aggressive enunciations of “clitoris” or a line about how “justice” ain’t “just us” because it “just ain’t for us”

From a Black DACA Recipient: African-American Support Critical to Reform From a Black DACA Recipient: African-American Support Critical to Reform

Mwewa* always knew she was undocumented. “I just didn’t understand what that meant and the consequences it would create for me,” she says.

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