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Kadir Nelson Puts Iconic Moments in Black History on Canvas

Renowned artist Kadir Nelson paints to reflect the strength and spirituality of black history to remind black people of their own beauty, divinity and inner hero.

This Producer Helped Craft Ariana Grande's Sound and He's Working With Your Other Faves, Too 

Khris Riddick-Tynes and Leon Thomas make up the production duo The Rascals. They’ve produced Ariana Grande, Ty Dolla $ign, Zendaya and Kehlani, to name a few.

A 'Triggering' Conversation With Rapper Killer Mike

Rapper Killer Mike stopped by The Root to chat about his new Netflix series, Trigger Warning, and be warned, some of his viewpoints may trigger you. I know some of them triggered me. We sat down with him to chat about Big Boi performing at the Super Bowl, gun control, cancel culture and more. Judge for yourself.

The Story Behind the Music of Black-ish’s Most Talked About Episode 

ABC’s Black-ish has never shied away from controversial topics and tonight’s show about colorism shouldn’t be any different. Ahead of tonight’s episode, we spoke to the composer Hilton Wright II, the co-producer of the music for one of the most memorable episodes, “Juneteenth.”

You’re Not Living Your Best Life: Leave These 6 Things Behind in 2018

You made it through 2018. Bless up! But your friends aren’t keeping it 100 with you. Luckily you have Corey Townsend, social media editor for The Root.

Angela Bassett Finishes Another Huge Year as the First Female Robot in Transformers Franchise Flick, Bumblebee

The queen that is Angela Bassett has had yet another huge year in film and television. The 60-year-old veteran actor (yes, that’s right. SIXTY.) was busy with major hits in 2018, including Black Panther, Mission Impossible: Fallout and 9-1-1. Now she’s finishing strong with her role as the first female robot in the…

Still One of The Cool Kids: David Alan Grier Talks Latest and Most Memorable Roles Through the Years

David Alan Grier is currently starring in Fox’s The Cool Kids, where he is joined by co-stars Vicki Lawrence (Mama’s Family, The Carol Burnett Show) and Leslie Jordan (American Horror Story, Will and Grace). The show is about a group of friends living in a retirement community who have no problem breaking every rule…

Creed II Director Breaks Down Importance of Showing Black Families in Cinema

Creed II broke box office records its opening weekend. Not bad for director Steven Caple Jr.’s second feature. “When I got the call to do Creed, I was working on this TV show Grown-ish,” Caple told The Root. “I was excited like anyone else would be but at the same time, you know, it came with a different wave of…

Director Malcolm D. Lee on Breaking Out of the Limiting Label of 'Urban' Films

Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of director Malcolm D. Lee’s first major film, The Best Man, which hit theaters in October 1999. Since then, he has directed multiple movies with predominately African-American casts, including this year’s Night School and last year’s blockbuster comedy smash, Girls Trip. But…

Queen Maxine Still Ain't Scared and She Expects Voters Not to Be Either

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who won’t allow bomb threats to intimidate her, is encouraging voters to “step up to the plate” on Election Day. The Root caught up with Auntie Maxine at this year’s Women in Media Awards in New York City.

What Black Voters Want in the 2018 Midterm Elections

The Root’s Video Producer Felice Leon and I went to Harlem to ask black voters what issues they want to see addressed. We found people who were more than ready to get to the polls but, as important as these upcoming elections are, we still found some folks were not motivated to vote.

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.

Watch: Inside the Mind of a Random Fly Director

Terence Nance is the lead visionary behind HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness and was recently named as the director for Space Jam 2. His first film, 2012's An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, won rave reviews at Sundance and put Nance on the map in the indie film world. The film even impressed Jay-Z, who became an…

Watch: Teenager Turns Bullying Into Booming Brow Beauty Business

At only 17 years old, Tania Speaks turned her pain into a huge profit after classmates bullied her for her bushy eyebrows. She is now the founder of the successful beauty product, Brow Boost—as well as the recent men’s grooming line, Beard Boost.

Watch: Joe Morton Takes Us Through His Iconic Film and TV Appearances

Joe Morton is widely known for his Emmy-winning role as Elijah Pope on ABC’s Scandal, but don’t get it twisted, Morton has been Forrest Gump’ing through a lot of iconic shows and films including What’s Happening, Sanford & Son, Terminator 2 and even M.A.S.H. “Papa Pope” walks us through some of his roles over the…

Spike Lee Compares David Duke’s Favorite President’s Administration to the KKK

BlacKkKlansman director Spike Lee sees a lot of similarities between the Ku Klux Klan and today’s administration, specifically around fear-mongering and coded rhetoric (see: the origins of Trump’s popular slogan- “America first.”)

Watch: Stars on the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards’ Red Carpet Put Some R-E-S-P-E-C-T on Aretha’s Name

MTV, I’mma let you finish—but Aretha Franklin was one of the greatest singers of all time, so I would expect the Video Music Awards to go above and beyond to pay her proper respect.

Broadway Star Uses His Platform to Bring the Arts to At-Risk Students

It’s back-to-school season, but not all students have access to art programs especially under the current administration. Actor, singer and activist Bryan Terrell Clark wants to change that.

11-Year-Old Nigerian Artist Creates Stunning Portraits of Figures in His Community

The youngest professional artist in Nigeria is gaining international exposure for his stunning lifelike portraits. Eleven-year-old Kareem Waris Olamilekan draws family members, friends and other community members from his makeshift art studio in Lagos. He also recently caught the attention of French President Emmanuel…

A Look at the Superfly Soundtrack, Then and Now

Superfly, the remake of the classic flick Super Fly, hits theaters today. The film’s soundtrack is executive-produced by Future.

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