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Teddy Riley Is an Unsung G. The Rump-Shaking Maestro Is Finally Getting His Just Due  Teddy Riley Is an Unsung G. The Rump-Shaking Maestro Is Finally Getting His Just Due 

You can call Teddy Riley many things: master of the ’90s R&B jam, baby-making songwriter; The Original Rump Shaker (yes, it needs the capital letters); remixer extraordinaire (I mean, the man turned the Rugrats theme into a bop, for goodness sakes.)

A Dozen+ Songs Touched by Teddy Riley, and You Ain’t Even Know A Dozen+ Songs Touched by Teddy Riley, and You Ain’t Even Know

Best believe if you love hip-hop, R&B, soul, gospel, or any form of black music, you have quite a few of Teddy’s jams on your music app or iPhone. From Big Daddy Kane to Jay-Z, Michael Jackson to SWV, Teddy Riley was the man behind the boards of some of pop’s greatest hits; and some songs, well, they were just for us,…

Sandy Still Speaks: New Sandra Bland Doc Uses Her Voice to Uncover the Still-Unknown Tale of a Fatal Police Stop in Texas Sandy Still Speaks: New Sandra Bland Doc Uses Her Voice to Uncover the Still-Unknown Tale of a Fatal Police Stop in Texas

Like me, Sandra Bland hailed from a “girl family.” She was the fourth of five sisters. Her siblings’ names, like hers, all start with S—Shante, Sharon, Shavon, Sandy, and Sierra. They were a close-knit clan who always had each other’s backs, whether it was in Chicago or Villa Park, Ill., where their mother moved them…

Take That Selfie Thing to the Next Level: The 2018 Root Self-Care Gift Guide on Black (AF) Friday  Take That Selfie Thing to the Next Level: The 2018 Root Self-Care Gift Guide on Black (AF) Friday 

Last year we did a gift guide on being woke; this year, we desperately want to awaken from this nightmare of the Trump administration and its hell-bent mission of disenfranchising and subjugating those who are not rich, straight, white, male, and morally bankrupt.

Floridians May Not Have Elected Andrew Gillum but Did Vote to Restore Voting Rights to Over 1 Million Ex-Felons Floridians May Not Have Elected Andrew Gillum but Did Vote to Restore Voting Rights to Over 1 Million Ex-Felons

Much to our eternal chagrin, Floridians did not elect Andrew Gillum as governor of their deservedly designated simple-minded (and often repressive) state. However, on Election Day, they did vote “yes” on Amendment 4, a citizen-proposed ballot initiative that will enable more than one million ex-felons to regain their…

If We’ve Ever Needed the LDF Before, We Sure Do Need Them Now If We’ve Ever Needed the LDF Before, We Sure Do Need Them Now

To attend the LDF’s 32nd annual National Equal Justice Awards Dinner themed: “Justice. Equality. Democracy,” is to swell with a sense of pride in the organized, brilliant pushback of our people in courts all over the land; it’s to know that two black women (Sherrilyn Ifill and Janai Nelson) are at the helm of this…

Lost-Found ‘Negro’: Never-Before-Seen Chapter From Autobiography of Malcolm X Open to the Public Lost-Found ‘Negro’: Never-Before-Seen Chapter From Autobiography of Malcolm X Open to the Public

When I was growing up, The Autobiography of Malcolm X was like manna; it was part of my introduction to “black consciousness,” at least from a proto-nationalist, the-black-man-is-god perspective. Malcolm was larger than life, especially for us inner-city girls who were as well versed on Surahs as Psalms; his words our…

Crooked Lines: Ahead of the Midterms, 3 Women of Color Highlight Racial Gerrymandering in North Carolina Crooked Lines: Ahead of the Midterms, 3 Women of Color Highlight Racial Gerrymandering in North Carolina

For filmmaker Yoruba Richen, the germ for Crooked Lines, a documentary about the fight against racial gerrymandering in North Carolina, was born of the tragedy that was Donald Trump’s election in November 2016.

Banging From the Inside: Activist Cat Brooks Runs to Become Oakland’s First Black Woman Mayor Banging From the Inside: Activist Cat Brooks Runs to Become Oakland’s First Black Woman Mayor

Oakland, Calif., has long been a bastion of historical and cultural reverie in blackness. The “Detroit of the West” holds a special place in African-American esteem: Oakland incubated a nascent Black Panther Party; gave us Hieroglyphics, Too Short, and MC Hammer; and nurtured icons such as Elaine Brown, Zedanya, and …

Pooch Hall Facing 6 Years in Prison After DUI Involving 2-Year-Old Son Pooch Hall Facing 6 Years in Prison After DUI Involving 2-Year-Old Son

Although may be best known as a player on the Showtime series, Ray Donovan, most of us got to know and love Marion “Pooch” Hall from BET’s The Game.

ACLU Files Discrimination Complaint on Behalf of Black Students in Central California ACLU Files Discrimination Complaint on Behalf of Black Students in Central California

In response to claims of sustained racial abuse against the two percent of black students who attend the Visalia Unified School District, the ACLU of Northern California has filed a discrimination complaint against the district in court.

2 Texas Judges Sent 20 Percent of All Juveniles to State Prisons Last Year 2 Texas Judges Sent 20 Percent of All Juveniles to State Prisons Last Year

Two Harris County Texas judges accounted for more than one-fifth of all children sent to the state’s juvenile prisons in 2017. Unsurprisingly, the overwhelming majority of the children were black or Latinx.

Georgia College Students Circulate Petition to Have Clarence Thomas’ Name Removed From Building Georgia College Students Circulate Petition to Have Clarence Thomas’ Name Removed From Building

There may never be a full reckoning for prominent men in the public eye accused of sexual assault and rape, such as Kobe Bryant, R. Kelly or Nate Parker. But in a time where those harmed by the deeds of such men are coming forward—in addition to this being an era in which college buildings named for men who were…

Kobe Bryant Cut From Film Festival Jury After Blowback From 2003 Rape Case Kobe Bryant Cut From Film Festival Jury After Blowback From 2003 Rape Case

Looks like that 2003 rape allegation has caught up to Kobe Bryant after all these years.

30 Injured When Floor Collapses at Kappa Party During Clemson’s Homecoming Weekend 30 Injured When Floor Collapses at Kappa Party During Clemson’s Homecoming Weekend

It wasn’t “burning down the house”—more like, “falling through the floor,” as a raucous off-campus frat party turned disastrous at Clemson University during homecoming weekend.

White Man Verbally Assaults Older Black Woman on Flight, Calls Her an ‘Ugly Black Bastard,’ Airline Does Nothing White Man Verbally Assaults Older Black Woman on Flight, Calls Her an ‘Ugly Black Bastard,’ Airline Does Nothing

Racism, once again, reared its ugly head in the form of a pasty-faced colonizer who had the nerve to call an elderly black woman he was seated near on a flight an “ugly black bastard.” And despite this display of verbal abuse the man was not, I repeat, was not, removed from the plane for acting the way his face…

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