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The New Lynching Memorial and Legacy Museum Force Us to Bear Witness to Our Whole American Truth  The New Lynching Memorial and Legacy Museum Force Us to Bear Witness to Our Whole American Truth 

It’s time to take this story to the masses. It’s time to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. May the other side of his-story now be entered into the record, the narrative, the myth of these United States of America. Forever and ever. Amen.

Winston Duke
Says Black Women Have Been His No. 1 Fans Winston Duke Says Black Women Have Been His No. 1 Fans

Ever since the release of our favorite groundbreaking monster hit Black Panther, Tobagonian Winston Duke has accumulated a great following of fans for his portrayal of Jabari renegade M’Baku. He reprises his role as the Wakandan warrior in Avengers: Infinity War this week, so it is to be expected that the internet…

It Be Your Own People: On Universal FanCon and the Perversion of Community It Be Your Own People: On Universal FanCon and the Perversion of Community

My mother, God bless her (she’s still around, but still), grew up in a certain village in rural Nigeria. And to survive this upbringing, she had to adopt some beliefs, behaviors and coping mechanisms that would seem paranoid to untrained and Americanized eyes like mine.

Don Cheadle Talks Social Media and How He Deals With Trolls Don Cheadle Talks Social Media and How He Deals With Trolls

For many years, Don Cheadle has received massive praise for both his dramatic acting chops in works like Hotel Rwanda, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for best actor, and his comedic ability in the series House of Lies, for which he received a Golden Globe. Not only is he a beast of an actor and…

HBCU SpringComing Brings Black-School Spirit to New York City HBCU SpringComing Brings Black-School Spirit to New York City

Homecoming is traditionally a time for alums to return to their alma mater, kick it with old friends and pay respect to the institutions that (presumably) meant so much to them as graduates.

Happy Confederate Day! On Lynching Memorials and Winning the Narrative War Happy Confederate Day! On Lynching Memorials and Winning the Narrative War

On Monday, Alabama is set to observe Confederate Memorial Day, commemorating the sons of the South killed in the Civil War. No surprise there. Alabama loves fighting with Mississippi for the title of “most racist state” (though they actually may be running neck and neck with “everything south of the Canadian border,”…

The Takedown The Takedown

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. Want to submit your short story? We’re looking for well-crafted works of fiction of…

From Stand-Up to Broadway: Rick Younger Is the New ‘Mr. Duvall’ in Broadway’s Mean Girls From Stand-Up to Broadway: Rick Younger Is the New ‘Mr. Duvall’ in Broadway’s Mean Girls

You’ve probably seen Rick Younger’s face in countless commercials and TV shows. Last year, as I was watching the series finale of HBO’s Girls, I caught him as one of the few black people who made an appearance on the show. Younger was the police officer with Lena Dunham’s character in the last scene, and as we spoke…

Stans, Ranked Stans, Ranked

Rapper J. Cole’s new album, KOD, has reignited a recurring discussion about the appreciation of “real” hip-hop between his fans and the people who find him interminably boring.

Tracing
Your Roots: Where Were My Black Homeowning Ancestors From? Tracing Your Roots: Where Were My Black Homeowning Ancestors From?

Records reveal a proud legacy in Mississippi, yet data shows why we should not be all that surprised.

The Root’s Guide to the 10 Blackest Experiences of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival The Root’s Guide to the 10 Blackest Experiences of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

If Beyoncé can bring Wakanda to Coachella, we’re going to do the same for Tribeca, the annual film festival that reps the grit and greatness of New York City. As with last year, we here at The Root are here to give it to you, racks on racks of that beautiful black (except, perhaps, No. 5). This is by no means to say…

We Need a Yelp for Rating White People We Need a Yelp for Rating White People

On Monday I was in New York to sit on a panel for the San Francisco Human Rights Commission during the American Educational Research Association’s annual conference.

Miami’s 1st Afro-Latino Heritage Excellence Summit Weekend Embraced the Diaspora, Honored Univision’s Tony Dandrades Miami’s 1st Afro-Latino Heritage Excellence Summit Weekend Embraced the Diaspora, Honored Univision’s Tony Dandrades

Members of the African Diaspora converged into downtown Miami on April 13 and 14 to celebrate Afro-Latino excellence. The first annual Afro-Latino Heritage Excellence Summit highlighted the accomplishments of black Latinos in media, activism, education and the arts.

The Nonapology
Guide: Black-Woman Edition The Nonapology Guide: Black-Woman Edition

Since Cheeto Grease the Tyrant fumblingly assumed office thanks to the Assorted Colonizer Coalition of America at the conclusion of 2016 and the beginning of 2017, something interesting has happened:

John Lewis Is a Living Legend, and We’d Better Cherish Him While We Can John Lewis Is a Living Legend, and We’d Better Cherish Him While We Can

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) is a living legend of the civil rights movement and we get to take selfies with him. We can touch him. Wrap our arms around his shoulders. Most importantly, we get to listen to his speeches and live-tweet them.

From Starbucks to Hashtags: We Need to Talk About Why White Americans Call the Police on Black People From Starbucks to Hashtags: We Need to Talk About Why White Americans Call the Police on Black People

“Don’t you fucking walk away! Don’t fucking walk away from me!” the 20-something-year-old woman screamed as she followed after the 20-something-year-old guy who just got out of her car. It was 2 a.m.; only the streetlights were on, but the guy was clearly done with his girlfriend (probably ex-girlfriend at this point)…

Erica Garner Posthumously Wins Shorty Award for Social Media Activism Erica Garner Posthumously Wins Shorty Award for Social Media Activism

Erica Garner—activist, organizer, writer, comrade, sister, mother and daughter—is the recipient of the 2018 Shorty Award for social media activism.

Starbucks Witness: Implicit Bias Exists and White People Need to Speak Up When They See It Starbucks Witness: Implicit Bias Exists and White People Need to Speak Up When They See It

When two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks on Thursday for simply sitting there, being black and minding their business, people in the store who witnessed it were outraged, including Melissa DePino—whose video recording of the arrest went viral on social media.

How Physics Works and Other Things I Learned at All Star Code’s 5th-Anniversary Celebration How Physics Works and Other Things I Learned at All Star Code’s 5th-Anniversary Celebration

So I’m at All Star Code’s fifth-anniversary event at the High Line Hotel in New York City on Wednesday, and one of the program’s students, Alex Reyes, asks me if I know how the video game “Pong” works.

In HBO’s Problem Areas, Wyatt Cenac Explores Policing and Leaves Trump to Everyone Else In HBO’s Problem Areas, Wyatt Cenac Explores Policing and Leaves Trump to Everyone Else

When Wyatt Cenac unveiled his new late-night show, Problem Areas, at HBO’s New York City headquarters in midtown Manhattan last week, he wore a knit cardigan. From the front, it looked like a regular-ass knit sweater, the sort of soft, thick clothing appropriate for this year’s excessively chilly spring. It wasn’t…

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