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Painting Black Men to Be Seen and Respected as Powerful Figures in the Art World

Jordan Casteel wants to change the staleness of the high art world and how it views black men. The Denver artist has been painting portraits of people in her community before she was an art student at Yale and it evolved as she made a home in Harlem, N.Y.

Today Is National Black Poetry Day. Here’s a Totally Biased List of 10 Black Poems You Should Hear Today Is National Black Poetry Day. Here’s a Totally Biased List of 10 Black Poems You Should Hear

Today is national black poetry day and I am, among many things, a black poet. I could link to Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman” or some other literary poets, but there are these things called books that you should totally check out.

The Root, Very Smart Brothas and The Glow Up Went to Los Angeles to Get All Urban by Nature The Root, Very Smart Brothas and The Glow Up Went to Los Angeles to Get All Urban by Nature

For the first time ever, The Root teamed up with Very Smart Brothas and The Glow Up for a panel event all about black folks and the great outdoors. We tapped OWN publicist James Ward III and marketing and advertising professional Crystal Marie McDaniels, as well as our own Maiysha Kai, Damon Young and Panama Jackson…

Watch: Who Is Feminism For?

For Women’s History Month, Jezebel and The Root are partnering for JezeRoot, a series that focuses on women of color, domestic workers and sex workers.

VSB and The Glow Up Are Getting Urban by Nature in Los Angeles on March 29! Come Through! VSB and The Glow Up Are Getting Urban by Nature in Los Angeles on March 29! Come Through!

Hey, young world (who lives in the greater Los Angeles area or has lots of money and time to fly out to L.A.)! Do you enjoy the great outdoors? Do you hike, bike or like to go outside? Do you like free events? If the answer to any of those questions is yes and you’re going to be in L.A. on March 29, then you should…

Be a Hero for Hire and Help The Root Make Kinja Better  Be a Hero for Hire and Help The Root Make Kinja Better 

Editor’s note: Thank you to everyone who participated; we got enough volunteers. Also, apologies to our non-18-to-35 readers! The firm conducting the survey was specifically interested in that age group, but that doesn’t mean if you’re over 35 we don’t love you. We love you! We read all your comments, and we all…

Jezebel + The Root + Women’s History Month = JezeRoot Jezebel + The Root + Women’s History Month = JezeRoot

We shouldn’t need a Women’s History Month.

Watch: You Have a Black Man to Thank for Your Video Games

All right, listen up, gamers. Gerald Lawson is the pioneer of games you almost never hear about.

Watch: Rise of a Black Panther Comic Book Writer

Evan Narcisse is the writer of the hit comic series Rise of the Black Panther. It tells the early story of Black Panther, aka T’Challa, becoming King of Wakanda.

Watch: Rashida Jones Says #MeToo and Time’s Up Must Be Inclusive

In a panel discussion moderated by Ava DuVernay at the Makers Conference on Monday, women in Hollywood discussed the #MeToo movement and Time’s Up initiative.

Watch: 5-Year-Old Steals Halftime Show at NBA Game With His Epic Dance Moves

The Cleveland Cavaliers-vs.-Golden State Warriors basketball game on Martin Luther King Jr. Day was aight (spoiler alert: Warriors won ... again), but the real show was 5-year-old Tavaris Jones’ dancing during halftime. The young Detroit native kept the crowd entertained when LeBron James wasn’t busy crying scoring.

Watch: Is MLK’s Legacy Under Attack?

In November, President Donald Trump’s administration released declassified FBI documents on President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. But the release also included a batch of Martin Luther King Jr. documents filled with allegations of “abnormal” sexual behavior and of being a “slow thinker” and a “Marxist” (pdf).

Before The Glow Up: The Root Staff Reveal Their Younger Selves in a #FlashbackFriday Series of Embarrassing Photos Before The Glow Up: The Root Staff Reveal Their Younger Selves in a #FlashbackFriday Series of Embarrassing Photos

It’s never all work and no play here at The Root, y’all. Though we work hard, we always make time for fun—including making fun of one another—because we’re one big ol’ happy, dysfunctional family. And because our family is spread out across the country, most of these hijinks take place on our messaging system, Slack.

The Glow Up With Supermodel Veronica Webb Is on The Root

Beauty is more than what you look like. It’s more than when you’re dressed nice or you bothered to dust on a little foundation. It’s more than when your shoes are both comfy and cute (or wildly impractical but still to die for). It’s more than when your nails are freshly polished, your melanin is popping and your…

Moving Day Moving Day

Hi everyone.

Hey, Y’all! We’re Over Here on The Root Now!  Hey, Y’all! We’re Over Here on The Root Now! 

Hey, young world! Welcome to our new digs. You already knew that we were moving to a deluxe apartment in the sky. We got the keys a little bit earlier than anticipated, so here we are.

VSB in NYC, Explained VSB in NYC, Explained

(Photo courtesy of Jonathan Newton/Washington Post; Flyer courtesy of Panama Jackson/VSB)

Okra Is Garbage and Zoodles Are Lies: GMG Staffers Share Their ‘Unpopular Opinions’ on Healthy Eats

This is Unpopular Opinions, a weekly romp through the Gizmodo Media Group staff’s personal Slack conversations that boldly reveal scandalous opinions that many would deem unpopular. So, basically it’s a conversation that proclaims, We schaid what we schaid.

We Hate What You Love: GMG Staffers Reveal Their ‘Unpopular Opinions’ on Your Fave TV Shows We Hate What You Love: GMG Staffers Reveal Their ‘Unpopular Opinions’ on Your Fave TV Shows

This is Unpopular Opinions, a weekly romp through our staff’s personal Slack conversations that boldly reveal scandalous opinions that many would deem unpopular. So, basically, it’s a conversation that proclaims: We schaid what we schaid.

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