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More Than a #FatGirlRunning: Ultra Runner Mirna Valerio Shuts Down Naysayers and Promotes Self-Care More Than a #FatGirlRunning: Ultra Runner Mirna Valerio Shuts Down Naysayers and Promotes Self-Care

Blossoming as one of the faces of body positivity, ultra runner Mirna Valerio proves that she’s more than just a FatGirlRunning. The multidimensional author of A Beautiful Work in Progress has been making her way around the internet—and on the pavement.

Fear of an Angry Black Woman: Why Mo’Nique Was Right Fear of an Angry Black Woman: Why Mo’Nique Was Right

Whether or not you decided to pull out your spreadsheet and add Netflix to the infinitely long list of things on the black boycott list, including Pepsi, the NFL, SheaMoisture, H&M and Cracker Barrel (to be fair, I don’t think Cracker Barrel did anything racist, but every time I go there, it just feels like some…

Justin Timberlake Claims He Made Peace With Janet Jackson, so Why Do I Still Want Michael Jackson’s Ghost to Haunt Him in Retaliation? Justin Timberlake Claims He Made Peace With Janet Jackson, so Why Do I Still Want Michael Jackson’s Ghost to Haunt Him in Retaliation?

When Justin Timberlake revealed to Apple Music’s Beats 1 host Zane Lowe that he “absolutely” made peace with Janet Jackson following the controversy that erupted from the 2004 Super Bowl, all I could hear was one of my favorite Negro colloquialisms: “Bitch, you lying.”

Hey, Dude: Black Panther Wasn’t Filmed in Africa, Just Like Star Wars Wasn’t Filmed in Space  Hey, Dude: Black Panther Wasn’t Filmed in Africa, Just Like Star Wars Wasn’t Filmed in Space 

I am the last person to believe in black sacred cows. You want to go after the Obamas? Go for it. You want to question the quality of Beyoncé’s music? Have at it. You want to say that some of Ava DuVernay’s movies are boring? Be my guest. We’re ’bout that life here at The Root. Never scared. We slaughter sacred cows,…

Roe v. Wade 45: My Mother and My Abortion Roe v. Wade 45: My Mother and My Abortion

My mother and I were never close. It’s probably because we’re so alike—stubborn, unyielding and always right. It’s hard to have a healthy relationship with someone with whom you spend most of your time butting heads. There were times in my life when my mother and I went months without speaking, only coming together…

Do We Really Need a Super Fly Remake? Do We Need Any of These Blaxploitation Remakes? Do We Really Need a Super Fly Remake? Do We Need Any of These Blaxploitation Remakes?

Last fall, Variety reported that Sony was working on a remake of the 1972 blaxploitation flick Super Fly.

Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart Is a Loving Look at the Legacy of Lorraine Hansberry

I wanted to be able to come here and speak with you on this occasion because you are young, gifted and black. ... I, for one, can think of no more dynamic combination that a person might be. ... And that is why I say to you that, though it be a thrilling and marvelous thing to be merely young and gifted in such times,…

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Your Roots: Were My Ancestors Freed in a Big Court Case? Tracing Your Roots: Were My Ancestors Freed in a Big Court Case?

The largest manumission case in U.S. history led to a unique community in Virginia.

Protect Your Tresses: Hair-Care Tips for the Reluctant Fitness Enthusiast Protect Your Tresses: Hair-Care Tips for the Reluctant Fitness Enthusiast

Stomping out the pavement for a few miles four times a week is how I’m able to gain my clarity and preserve my sexy. But just as frequently, my dreadlocks and scalp kick my ass just as hard as my fitness regimen. And when I try to recruit a new fitness buddy, I’m frequently met with frustrating rejections because of…

Aziz Ansari and Shitholes: Men Understand Consent Like White America Understands Racism Aziz Ansari and Shitholes: Men Understand Consent Like White America Understands Racism

America is still in the throes of two ear-deafening shouting matches over private episodes that somehow became public knowledge. Although they were vastly different occurrences, they parallel each other in that the responses to both incidents were both loud and angry.

The Black Woman’s Tale: Why Margaret Atwood’s Espousal of White Feminist Beliefs Shouldn’t Surprise You The Black Woman’s Tale: Why Margaret Atwood’s Espousal of White Feminist Beliefs Shouldn’t Surprise You

2018 is off to a pretty interesting start. At the conclusion of the painful year that was 2017, various women of assorted celebrity backgrounds assembled to simultaneously weaponize their privilege and latch onto the momentum and resurgence of Tarana Burke’s “Me Too” movement. This gave birth to a new movement on Jan.…

Watch: Black Colleges in the Age of Trump Chronicles Donald Trump’s Treatment of HBCUs Watch: Black Colleges in the Age of Trump Chronicles Donald Trump’s Treatment of HBCUs

When Stanley Nelson agreed to discuss his new op-ed documentary on HBCUs’ strained relationship with the Trump administration, I struggled to find the terms to describe him.

Let’s Get Lit: Black Lightning Is the Superhero Show for the Trump Era Let’s Get Lit: Black Lightning Is the Superhero Show for the Trump Era

Let’s make a black-superhero television show, shall we?

Watch: MLK Now 2018 Live from Harlem’s Riverside Church  Watch: MLK Now 2018 Live from Harlem’s Riverside Church 

Hundreds of people have gathered at Harlem’s famed Riverside Church to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at this year’s MLK Now 2018. MLK Now is organized by Blackout for Human Rights, and this year The Root has the honor of being the official media partner of the event.

What Does It Mean to Have a ‘Gentrified’ Martin Luther King Jr. When Some Blacks Are the Gentrifiers? What Does It Mean to Have a ‘Gentrified’ Martin Luther King Jr. When Some Blacks Are the Gentrifiers?

My first real experience with the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. happened in 1980, just 12 years after his tragic assassination in Memphis, Tenn. I was a 14-year-old freshman at Loyola High School, a prestigious Jesuit all-boys school in Los Angeles built on the philosophy that rigorous academic training would…

The #MeToo Movement Won’t Kill Any Sexy Movies in Hollywood, Because You Know What’s Sexy? Consent The #MeToo Movement Won’t Kill Any Sexy Movies in Hollywood, Because You Know What’s Sexy? Consent

I was scrolling through my Twitter timeline, minding everyone else’s business, when I came across an article entitled, “How the #MeToo Movement Could Kill Some Sexy Hollywood Movies,” via the Hollywood Reporter. After rolling my eyes so hard they could be on a river, I decided to take a gander.

Watch: Our Video Series Shares Never-Been-Told Stories of the Memphis Sanitation Workers

In Memphis, Tenn., 1968, 1,300 sanitation workers braved the bitter cold to engage in a revolutionary 65-day action to defend their right to personhood. These men struggled against the noose of white supremacy to proclaim their dignity. They stood, shoulder to shoulder, armed with picket signs and perseverance,…

Baggage vs. Experience: What Do You Take With You and What Do You Leave Behind? Baggage vs. Experience: What Do You Take With You and What Do You Leave Behind?

On a recent The Root After Dark Twitter chat, I asked people to tell me how quickly they fall for people and how soon after that they reveal their feelings. The responses were wide and varied, but there was a recurring theme: A lot of people said that even if they felt something right away, they were slow to speak on…

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