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#MusicSermon Feeds Your Soul With Music History and Sound Every Week #MusicSermon Feeds Your Soul With Music History and Sound Every Week

Music is indelibly tied to memory. You remember what song you heard right before you got your first kiss or when you experienced your first heartbreak or when you blew out the candles at your sweet 16? The song you had your first dance to at your wedding reception is just as important as the song they sang when y’all…

I Reconnected to My Father, Only to Disconnect From Him Again I Reconnected to My Father, Only to Disconnect From Him Again

My father has never really been a major part of my life. Not having a father around was pretty much a normal thing throughout my childhood. My birth mother passed away from breast cancer when I was 3 years old, which left my brother and sister and me to be raised by family. My aunt became my mother as she stepped up…

Whiteness Is a Superpower Whiteness Is a Superpower

All superheroes are white. Superman is white. Spider-Man is white. Batman is white. Wonder Woman is white.

‘It Gets Better’: The Lie We Tell LGBTQ
Youths ‘It Gets Better’: The Lie We Tell LGBTQ Youths

Editor’s note: For Pride Month, The Root and Jezebel are teaming up once again for JezeRoot, with content by writers of color around everyday life for LGBTQ individuals.

School Board Member Blames Her Racist Facebook Posts on Michelle Obama, NFL Protesters School Board Member Blames Her Racist Facebook Posts on Michelle Obama, NFL Protesters

After being called out for a collection of racist social media posts echoing the sentiments of noted Twitter political pundit Roseanne Barr, a board member of Alabama’s second-largest school district passionately explained herself by citing Michelle Obama’s unpatriotic hate for America and kneeling NFL players’…

Black Women Will Save Us, but Who Will Save Black Women? Black Women Will Save Us, but Who Will Save Black Women?

During the Alabama special election between Roy Moore, a man with a history of predatory behavior toward teen girls, and now-Sen. Doug Jones, we heard again what has become a mantra for progressives: “Black women will save us.”

Slaves, Dinosaurs and White Jesus, Oh My! How Taxpayers Fund Crazy Christian Conservative Education Slaves, Dinosaurs and White Jesus, Oh My! How Taxpayers Fund Crazy Christian Conservative Education

Slaves who accepted Jesus into their hearts were better off than the ones who held on to African religions. Black people were pretty happy under Jim Crow until Northerners messed everything up. Noah brought dinosaurs onto his ark and Africans had dinosaur puppies, but the Nazis don’t want you to know that.

There Goes the Neighborhood: How Food Helps Drive Gentrification There Goes the Neighborhood: How Food Helps Drive Gentrification

Lezli Levene Harvell has enjoyed food all of her life. The festivals, invitations to private food events and the scene, in general, fascinated her. However, she also noticed a dearth of black people being celebrated in the culinary world and wanted to do something about it. A pediatric dentist by training, Levene…

Energetic and Nostalgic Performances by Bell Biv DeVoe, Tony! Toni! Toné and More Helped the Apollo Spring Gala Raise Over $2 Million Energetic and Nostalgic Performances by Bell Biv DeVoe, Tony! Toni! Toné and More Helped the Apollo Spring Gala Raise Over $2 Million

This week the legendary Apollo Theater celebrated the 13 years of its star-studded annual Spring Gala. Every year the iconic Harlem landmark gathers every ounce of black excellence it can find to raise funds for its year-round artistic- and community-programming initiatives.

10 Euphemisms for ‘Racist’ That Won’t Hurt White People’s Feelings 10 Euphemisms for ‘Racist’ That Won’t Hurt White People’s Feelings

Have you ever referred to someone or something as racist? I have.

‘Evilest White Woman on Earth’: The Criminal Injustice of Terra Morehead ‘Evilest White Woman on Earth’: The Criminal Injustice of Terra Morehead

Warning: This story is not about America’s criminal-justice system.

#Nigga, What? Afro-Brazilians Express Black Pride by Embracing a Problematic Word #Nigga, What? Afro-Brazilians Express Black Pride by Embracing a Problematic Word

Like most people who use Instagram, I peruse the platform to seek out black beauty—men and woman. I live in Brazil, a country that is more than 50 percent black. But you wouldn’t know that by the faces you see on television, in magazines and even on mainstream websites.

Is Black Music the Well Many Other Artists Drink From and Profit From More Than Black Artists? Is Black Music the Well Many Other Artists Drink From and Profit From More Than Black Artists?

What is black music? For many, it’s soul, funk, R&B, hip-hop and essentially all genres of music that reflect roots in blackness. But the industry doesn’t hear us. Music is very much a culture of “We make it, they take it.” We’ve seen it throughout history in the theft of everything we exclusively create within music,…

The Inheritance The Inheritance

Editor’s note: Welcome to The Root’s Sunday series highlighting the best in black fiction writers: It’s Lit! Each week we’ll feature a new story across all genres—from Afrofuturism to those stories that will bring a tear to your eye.

It Takes Heart to Fight: What Boxing Taught Me About White Supremacy It Takes Heart to Fight: What Boxing Taught Me About White Supremacy

Editor’s note: In recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Samoan writer Rudy Mageo shares his story.

For White People Who Pretend Not to Understand What Racism Is or How It Works: Here’s a Refresher Course For White People Who Pretend Not to Understand What Racism Is or How It Works: Here’s a Refresher Course

When Roseanne Barr was called out and subsequently fired for the racist tweet she made about Valerie Jarrett on Tuesday, two things happened at the same time.

When Barbecuing and Living While Black Becomes a Crime When Barbecuing and Living While Black Becomes a Crime

“Pay it forward” is something you hear a lot in the restaurants and shops of Oakland, Calif. If you see a stranger in distress and you can help, you stop what you are doing and support them. The concept of doing for someone as you would want them to do to you is a fundamental philosophy for many who are from this…

Exclusive: Ida B. Wells’ Great-Granddaughter Discusses Her Legacy, Growing Monument Campaign Exclusive: Ida B. Wells’ Great-Granddaughter Discusses Her Legacy, Growing Monument Campaign

Ida Bell Wells-Barnett—abolitionist, suffragist, journalist and organizer—is a legend. She is the blueprint for black women journalists who write and report on white supremacy, sexual and state violence, and modern-day lynchings carried out by police officers across the country.

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