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Lil' Rel Knew His Bestie Tiffany Haddish Would Have a Successful Career

Comedians Lil’ Rel Howery and Tiffany Haddish are besties. While both of their stars are shining brighter with each new role and opportunity, things were always this golden for the both of them.

Smart, Funny and Black: Amanda Seales Has Created the Blackest Game Show Ever

Amanda Seales is a lot of things: comedian, intellect, actress, opinionated Instagram commentator, among many other labels. But did you know she’s also the host of one of the best game shows the world has ever seen?

Judge of Characters: Confronting Racism Does Not Make You Racist

The Root is a platform that unapologetically confronts racism. But it seems that the racists we call out often attempt to flip the script on us—specifically me and Judge of Characters—by labeling me a racist.

When the Beat Drops Proves That Bucking Started With Black Women and Thrived in Atlanta's LGBT Community When the Beat Drops Proves That Bucking Started With Black Women and Thrived in Atlanta's LGBT Community

Imagine it’s the early 1990s and you spot an audition in the newspaper to be a dancer in Michael Jackson’s iconic “Remember the Time” video. So, at a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed 17-years-old, you show up to the audition and nail it. You get the gig. There’s nowhere to go but up from there, right? Wrong! Well, wrong-ish.

What is a Fuckboy and How Does One Avoid Them?

One of Amanda Seales’ best and most reliable qualities is her ability to tell it like it is. The actress (Insecure), comedian and creator of the Smart, Funny and Black traveling game show has this delightful talent of jumping on a topic, giving her opinion and then shaping thought-provoking conversations about said…

Will Packer's What Men Want Is More Than a Mel Gibson Reboot With a Black Woman Will Packer's What Men Want Is More Than a Mel Gibson Reboot With a Black Woman

What Women Want was a rom-com that came out in 2000 and starred Mel Gibson as this deplorable single playboy who was given the gift of hearing women’s thoughts. Fast forward 18 years later and there’s a reboot of the classic, What Men Want, starring Taraji P. Henson and now, she’s got the gift of hearing mens’…

Taraji P. Henson Has It All: Dishes on New Role, Wedding Plans and Almost Being Cast in Girls Trip Taraji P. Henson Has It All: Dishes on New Role, Wedding Plans and Almost Being Cast in Girls Trip

Taraji P. Henson has landed herself another leading lady role, and this time, it’s a rom-com. You’ve probably seen Mel Gibson in What Women Want back in 2000. Well, this version takes a #BlackGirlMagic spin and gives Henson the gift and the curse of hearing men’s inner thoughts, out loud.

'I Did It and So Can You': OWN's Star Entrepreneur Mahisha Dellinger Wants You to Mind Your Business

Mahisha Dellinger is a study in self-sufficiency. Growing up in the Sacramento, California neighborhood of Meadowview, dubbed “Danger Island” due to its high rates of crime, Dellinger learned early on how to take care of herself. With her mother often working and her older brother entangled in gang culture, Dellinger…

Soledad O'Brien Wants Journalists to Stop Playing Games and Call a Racist a Racist

There’s a lot of people out here, namely, journalists who refuse to call out Donald Trump as a racist. One seasoned newsperson, Soledad O’Brien, ain’t having it!

BlacKkKlansman Allows You to Laugh at the Ridiculousness of White Supremacy, Then and Now

“With the right white man, you can do anything,”John David Washington says as Ron Stallworth—the black Colorado Springs, Colo., police officer who went “undercover” in the Ku Klux Klan—in Spike Lee’s latest joint, BlacKkKlansman. This sentiment is also an entire mood. Oh, AmeriKKKa.

Spike Lee Wants Us to Respect Our White Allies: 'White People Have Died For Justice' Spike Lee Wants Us to Respect Our White Allies: 'White People Have Died For Justice'

Spike Lee is well-respected as one of Hollywood’s biggest and blackest directors. On Friday, his latest, BlacKkKlansman arrives in theaters; the movie tells the story of Colorado Springs undercover detective Ron Stallworth, a black man who joined the Klu Klux Klan in the 1970s.

Is Watermelon Racist or Nah?

Did you know the watermelon is from Africa? Or that it’s actually a berry? And that they’re delicious AF? Yet given its history via racist white America, the watermelon can be triggering for black folks.

MC Lyte Talks Racial Bias, Female Rap Beef and the Longevity of Hip-Hop MC Lyte Talks Racial Bias, Female Rap Beef and the Longevity of Hip-Hop

MC Lyte recently performed with a nostalgic lineup at the Cincinnati Music Festival, proving once again that black don’t crack. Lyte (born Lana Michelle Moorer) looks and sounds like what happens when you mind your business and drink water.

Jesus, Take the Wheel Because Your Shepherds Have Turned Into Sunken-Place Sheep

Black people meeting up with Donald Trump never ends well. So please tell me why these “urban” pastors of “inner-city” churches decided to sit down with The Orange One?

Danielle Brooks Shines Bright as Her Character Faces Darkness in Season 6 of Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black took Netflix by storm. The chronicle of a white woman’s prison sentence gave us glimpses into the world of women in prison, particularly women of color. From petty thieves to murderers, shows like OITNB remind us of the humanity in everyone.

Judge of Characters: Stand Your Ground Only Works for White People

Florida’s Stand Your Ground law faced heavy scrutiny back in 2012 when George Zimmerman, a white-passing neighborhood watchman saw Trayvon Martin walking down the street minding his own business. Zimmerman deemed Trayvon scary and a “punk” and followed him. Their confrontation left Trayvon dead and his killer a free…

The Pop Up: pineappleCITI Just Might Be Your New Favorite Rapper

Some say hip-hop is an overstuffed musical genre. That’s both a gift and a curse because it means there’s a variety of ways to express yourself as a hip-hop artist. And that’s what rapper pineappleCITI loves about music—self expression.

The Root Packs the House for Very Smart Brothas' and The Glow Up's Boss Moves Event in Washington, D.C. The Root Packs the House for Very Smart Brothas' and The Glow Up's Boss Moves Event in Washington, D.C.

Do people still call Washington, D.C., Chocolate City? I’m asking for a friend and also because my people, my people, you guys showed up and showed out at our Very Smart Brothas and The Glow Up Boss Moves event on Thursday, July 19th—sponsored by Toyota—filling the Long View Gallery with beautiful boss blackness that…

Michael Arceneaux's Debut Book, I Can't Date Jesus is For Those Who Unapologetically Bop...With Chicken Wings

“I just want to be in Miss Tina’s book club,” Michael Arceneaux says in a matter-of-fact way as he’s chatting about life, love and all things Beyoncé when he bopped his way to The Root’s office for an interview.

Michael Bae Jordan Attempts to Use Milk Analogy to Explain His Love For Black Women Michael Bae Jordan Attempts to Use Milk Analogy to Explain His Love For Black Women

We love Michael B. Jordan. He’s a dreamy man with a face you wanna squeeze, but also lick. But his dating habits have left a lot to be desired by black women. Michael B. usually canoodles with the likes of Becky and Karen. And many black women are upset, mostly because they think they deserve Michael B. Jordan. We do.

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