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I Reconnected to My Father, Only to Disconnect From Him Again I Reconnected to My Father, Only to Disconnect From Him Again

My father has never really been a major part of my life. Not having a father around was pretty much a normal thing throughout my childhood. My birth mother passed away from breast cancer when I was three-years-old, which left myself, my brother and sister to be raised by family. My aunt became my mother as she stepped…

The Pop Up: Once You Hear the Voice of Roc Nation’s Darling, Victory Boyd, You’ll Realize Why Jay-Z Loves Her

Victory Boyd is Roc Nation’s newest darling. She’s a young black queen from New Jersey by way of Detroit. In fact, Victory’s dad, John Boyd (who came with her to The Root’s office) founded the Boys and Girls Choirs of Detroit. Why am I telling you about Victory’s dad before I tell you more about her? It’s because the…

Oprah Admits to Crying Over Lost Love, Shares What TV Is Missing About Black Love and More at the Premiere of Love Is ___ Oprah Admits to Crying Over Lost Love, Shares What TV Is Missing About Black Love and More at the Premiere of Love Is ___

OWN set up a pink carpet, as opposed to red, for the premiere of the network’s newest show, Love Is ___, on Monday. It’s a romantic dramedy that stars Will Catlett (Black Lightning) and Michele Weaver as Yasir and Nuri respectively, characters based on power couple Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil.

Hannibal Buress Is a Grown Man Who Plays Tag in a Movie, but Would He Play Tag With Kanye West? Hannibal Buress Is a Grown Man Who Plays Tag in a Movie, but Would He Play Tag With Kanye West?

“I’m Hollywood?” Hannibal Buress asked me, completely puzzled as to why I’d be congratulating him on his latest movie role in Tag, where he plays Sable, the only black friend in a group of white dudes who have been playing tag once a year, every year, for the last 30 years. Yeah, let that sink in.

The Pop Up: Sol Development’s ‘Helicopter’ Is a Haunting Tale of Police Brutality in America

The Root is celebrating Black Music Month with stories that dig into the soul of black artistry and with The Pop Up, our new video series featuring in-office performances from black artists we adore. Sol Development are our first performing artists for The Pop Up, and they do not disappoint.

Judge of Characters: Your President Is Clueless

This week, the orange crayon of a human being proved that he’s just as clueless as we all thought he was. Donald Trump’s list of stupidity starts with champing at the bit to meet with Kim Kardashian West and goes into not knowing the words to “God Bless America,” then extends down to claiming that footballers who…

Kerry Washington Executive-Produced Facebook Watch’s Five Points, and Now I Want Her to Produce All the Things Kerry Washington Executive-Produced Facebook Watch’s Five Points, and Now I Want Her to Produce All the Things

Kerry Washington is a gem in Hollywood. She shines bright in front of the camera, but did you know sis also gives you the business behind the camera, too?

Energetic and Nostalgic Performances by Bell Biv DeVoe, Tony! Toni! Toné and More Helped the Apollo Spring Gala Raise Over $2 Million Energetic and Nostalgic Performances by Bell Biv DeVoe, Tony! Toni! Toné and More Helped the Apollo Spring Gala Raise Over $2 Million

This week the legendary Apollo Theater celebrated the 13 years of its star-studded annual Spring Gala. Every year the iconic Harlem landmark gathers every ounce of black excellence it can find to raise funds for its year-round artistic- and community-programming initiatives.

Is Black Music the Well Many Other Artists Drink From and Profit From More Than Black Artists? Is Black Music the Well Many Other Artists Drink From and Profit From More Than Black Artists?

What is black music? For many, it’s soul, funk, R&B, hip-hop and essentially all genres of music that reflect roots in blackness. But the industry doesn’t hear us. Music is very much a culture of “We make it, they take it.” We’ve seen it throughout history in the theft of everything we exclusively create within music,…

ColorComm’s Young, Fabulous and Fly Creator Lauren Wesley Wilson Shares Her Goals for Black Women in Business ColorComm’s Young, Fabulous and Fly Creator Lauren Wesley Wilson Shares Her Goals for Black Women in Business

Black women have always made a way, no matter what. There’s not a lane for us? We create it. There’s not a seat at the table of us? We build the seat and the table. That’s exactly what Lauren Wesley Wilson has done with ColorComm.

Judge of Characters: Stop Wypipo 2018

Let’s all collectively take our minds off the very racist and problematic wart on America’s flabby white ass, Roseanne Barr’s peak caucasity, and focus on a few other wypipo in the world who need to be stopped. She exhausts me, but honestly, all wypipo do.

Judge of Characters: Wypipo Want Everything We Have, Even Our Oppression

Why are we still talking about who can and cannot say the n-word? White people, please hear me out. There will never be any occasion when you will need to use the n-word, ever. Even if Kendrick Lamar invites you onstage and the only word in the song is “nigga,” don’t say it. Censor yourself the same way I do with…

Cast of Queen Sugar Gets Real About Interracial Dating. Guess Who Was Told, ‘Don’t Bring the Oppressor Home’ Cast of Queen Sugar Gets Real About Interracial Dating. Guess Who Was Told, ‘Don’t Bring the Oppressor Home’

It’s the hot-button topic right now: interracial dating and love. Donald Glover faced criticism around the topic after the release of his viral hit, “This Is America.” The video screamed blackness and reminded everyone that all of the art Glover’s been providing lately is also saturated with black culture. So when…

‘Rafiki’ Actress Explains Why The Lion King Is One of Broadway’s Blackest and Most Legendary Shows Ever ‘Rafiki’ Actress Explains Why The Lion King Is One of Broadway’s Blackest and Most Legendary Shows Ever

The Lion King is still one of my favorite Disney movies (and stories) of all time. And I am obviously not alone. The movie has stretched onto the Broadway stage and been slaying for over 20 years! There’s no way this musical would have that sort of staying power if it wasn’t your favorite’s favorite.

Exclusive: Janelle Monáe Is Trying to Be as Free and Open-Minded as Possible With Virtual Reality and Pandora Exclusive: Janelle Monáe Is Trying to Be as Free and Open-Minded as Possible With Virtual Reality and Pandora

“When the world tells us that the very existence of us, or our skin color, could get us kicked out of Starbucks. When the world tells us that because of your skin color, the police can mistake your cellphone for a gun and you’re murdered, it’s important that I tell my story and I tell stories about us in the future…

Zazie Beetz Is the Only Thing That Matters in Deadpool 2

“I know white superheroes aren’t your thing,” The Root’s resident Suge Knight, also known as our deputy managing editor, Yesha Callahan, said to me as she tasked me with writing about Deadpool 2. No, white superheroes aren’t my thing, but Ryan Reynolds is my thing, and even more so, Zazie Beetz as freakin’ Domino!

Judge of Characters: Hello, 911? It’s Me, White America

What in the world happened this week? It seemed like racism was determined to show its casual and ugly face all over America with the terrible trend of #LivingWhileBlack. All of a sudden, black people are having the cops show up after someone white calls the cops because they’re afraid. These black folks have been…

The Parent Trap: Is Being Nude in Front of Your Kids Free Expression or Overexposure? The Parent Trap: Is Being Nude in Front of Your Kids Free Expression or Overexposure?

Every mother does motherhood differently. There isn’t one way to do it right, but in the internet-run world in which we now live, apparently there are many ways to do it wrong. You know, because the internet is filled with judges and juries.

The 2018 BET Awards Nominees Are ... The 2018 BET Awards Nominees Are ...

Does it look like I was left off “Bad and Boujee”? Seems like it was forever ago, but it was just last year at the BET Awards red carpet that hip-hop trio Migos sat or, uhm, stood with Complex’s Everyday Struggle hosts DJ Akademiks, Nadeska Alexis and (*cough* former host) Joe Budden, thus creating a beautiful moment…

Bad Publicity Only Works for the Kardashians Bad Publicity Only Works for the Kardashians

In case you haven’t heard, no one showed up to Kanye West’s Yeezy X 2XU event in Sydney. First of all, I didn’t even know this was happening or a thing; nor do I know who or what a 2XU is.

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