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Dancing Through the Pain: 'A Mother's Rite' Moves Us Through a Parent's Worst Nightmare

When we think of ballet, we may think of tutus and pointe shoes, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake—and hopefully, of Misty Copeland and the other rare black ballerinas who have risen to prominence in the genre. But while we celebrate the accomplishment of seeing black and brown faces take center stage, rarely do we…

Baltimore Cop Suspended After Viral Video Shows Him Brutally Beating Unarmed Man Baltimore Cop Suspended After Viral Video Shows Him Brutally Beating Unarmed Man

A Baltimore, Md. police officer has been placed on suspension in response to a video of the cop brutally beating a man for allegedly refusing to show his identification, And, irony of ironies, the city has refused to identify the police officer.

Mural Depicts Dallas Cowboys' Dak Prescott in 'The Sunken Place' for Anti Protest Comments Mural Depicts Dallas Cowboys' Dak Prescott in 'The Sunken Place' for Anti Protest Comments

Although Michael Jordan’s “Republicans buy sneakers too” (a statement he might not have actually said) is oft-cited as a juxtaposition to the very public activism from many contemporary athletes, he was definitely not the only star of the ‘90s finding oxygen and endorsements behind the both sides shield. Where a…

Video Shows Detroit Cop Beating a Naked Black Woman Who May Have Been Mentally Ill Video Shows Detroit Cop Beating a Naked Black Woman Who May Have Been Mentally Ill

An unnamed Detroit police officer who was captured on video viciously pummeling a naked black woman in a hospital has been suspended without pay.

Video: Louisiana Cops Strangle Black Man to Death for Asking to See Arrest Warrant Video: Louisiana Cops Strangle Black Man to Death for Asking to See Arrest Warrant

Once, for a writing prompt, I was asked to describe how it felt to be white.

Mississippi Cop Caught on Video Using Stun Gun on Handcuffed Shoplifting Suspect Mississippi Cop Caught on Video Using Stun Gun on Handcuffed Shoplifting Suspect

A dashboard camera video released to the public by a Mississippi police department shows one of its officers using his stun gun on a shoplifting suspect who was already handcuffed and complying with officers’ commands.

'Stop Fingering Me Though, Bruh!' Cop Sued For Turning Police Pat-Down Into Prostate Exam 'Stop Fingering Me Though, Bruh!' Cop Sued For Turning Police Pat-Down Into Prostate Exam

A Washington, D.C., resident has filed a lawsuit against a Metropolitan DC police officer alleging that the cop violated this citizen’s constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure during an impromptu stop, frisk and rectal examination.

Eric Garner’s Widow Moves Into Her Dream Home … Without Her Husband or Daughter Eric Garner’s Widow Moves Into Her Dream Home … Without Her Husband or Daughter

Esaw Snipes, the widow of NYPD choking victim, Eric Garner, whose last words repeated the refrain, “I can’t breathe,” recently moved into a dream home, but of course, remains bittersweet that her husband and daughter could not be there to share it with her.

Chicago Cop Under Investigation After Being Caught on Viral Video Saying 'I Kill Motherf--kers'  Chicago Cop Under Investigation After Being Caught on Viral Video Saying 'I Kill Motherf--kers' 

One of Chicago’s finest is under investigation after he was caught on camera harassing two black men and quipping, “I kill motherfuckers.”

South Carolina Police Union Whines About Police Brutality Novel The Hate U Give Being on A School's Summer Reading List South Carolina Police Union Whines About Police Brutality Novel The Hate U Give Being on A School's Summer Reading List

Do you hear that? That’s the sound of blue tears, wailing in the distance as a South Carolina Police Union gets all big mad because Angie Thomas’ award-winning novel The Hate U Give, which centers around police brutality, being included in a school’s summer reading list.

Video Shows at Least 5 Cops Aiming Guns at Black Woman With Her Hands Up; LAPD Says She Is a Kidnapping Suspect  Video Shows at Least 5 Cops Aiming Guns at Black Woman With Her Hands Up; LAPD Says She Is a Kidnapping Suspect 

The footage is enough to make your stomach drop. In it, a black woman can be seen slowly exiting a vehicle with her hands up and turning around. As the camera pans to the left, you see at least five cops, all of them with their guns drawn and pointed at the woman, who slowly makes her way to the ground.

Watch: 1st Trailer for Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story Released Watch: 1st Trailer for Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story Released

Paramount just dropped the first trailer for Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, the six-part documentary centered around the life and death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin that is being produced by Jay-Z.

White Georgia Cop Faces Voluntary Manslaughter Charge in Death of Black Motorist White Georgia Cop Faces Voluntary Manslaughter Charge in Death of Black Motorist

For at least the second time this week, a white police officer has been charged in the death of an unarmed black person.

Officer Who Killed Unarmed Teen Antwon Rose II Charged With Homicide Officer Who Killed Unarmed Teen Antwon Rose II Charged With Homicide

Officer Michael Rosfeld, the East Pittsburgh police officer caught on camera shooting an unarmed 17-year-old in the back as he ran away, has been charged on one count of criminal homicide.

Pennsylvania Mayor Urges Cops to Treat Pittsburgh Protesters Like It’s 1963 Pennsylvania Mayor Urges Cops to Treat Pittsburgh Protesters Like It’s 1963

The mayor of a Pittsburgh suburb called on police officers to go old school on the people protesting the officer-involved shooting of a 17-year-old, even offering a photographic example: a historic photograph of cops attacking kids with water cannons and police dogs during the Birmingham, Ala., 1963 Children’s Crusade.

All Black People Are Victims of Police Brutality  All Black People Are Victims of Police Brutality 

Editor’s note: This week, The Root will examine the many facets of law enforcement and its effects on the black community with our weeklong series Unprotected, Underserved: The Policing of Black America.

Antwon Rose Jr. and When White Privilege Kills Black People Antwon Rose Jr. and When White Privilege Kills Black People

The funeral for Antwon Rose Jr. took place Monday morning at Woodland Hills Intermediate School in Swissvale, a borough that sits several miles east of Pittsburgh. Like the East Pittsburgh borough where Rose was killed, Swissvale is one of at least a dozen different intersecting municipalities that Pittsburgh’s…

Funeral for Antwon Rose, Pittsburgh Teen Killed by Cops, to Be Held Today Funeral for Antwon Rose, Pittsburgh Teen Killed by Cops, to Be Held Today

The family of Antwon Rose II, the 17-year-old shot three times in the back by an East Pittsburgh Police officer last week, will lay him to rest on Monday.

Mary J. Blige to Star in Horror-Thriller Body Cam With Police-Brutality Theme  Mary J. Blige to Star in Horror-Thriller Body Cam With Police-Brutality Theme 

Award-winning singer and Oscar-nominated actress Mary J. Blige is going to add a horror flick to her repertoire after signing on to star in the police-brutality-themed thriller Body Cam, which is being made by Paramount’s Players division.

Antwon Rose Was Our Nephew Antwon Rose Was Our Nephew

I spent last Saturday afternoon, as I have many Saturday afternoons in the past six years, with my 17-year-old nephew and 19-year-old brother-in-law.

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