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A Conspiracy Theory as to Why Ben Carson Wants to Raise Rent on Low-Income Housing A Conspiracy Theory as to Why Ben Carson Wants to Raise Rent on Low-Income Housing

For the more conspiracy sober-minded among us—we saw this coming a mile away—even if we had on Ben Carson’s thick glasses.

The New Lynching Memorial and Legacy Museum Force Us to Bear Witness to Our Whole American Truth  The New Lynching Memorial and Legacy Museum Force Us to Bear Witness to Our Whole American Truth 

It’s time to take this story to the masses. It’s time to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. May the other side of his-story now be entered into the record, the narrative, the myth of these United States of America. Forever and ever. Amen.

Prince’s Family Sues Illinois Hospital and Walgreens for Wrongful Death Prince’s Family Sues Illinois Hospital and Walgreens for Wrongful Death

All six of Prince’s siblings have joined together to sue personnel at an Illinois hospital that treated the music superstar after he suffered from an opioid overdose a week before his death. The family has also named Walgreens pharmacy in its wrongful death suit.

Happy Confederate Day! On Lynching Memorials and Winning the Narrative War Happy Confederate Day! On Lynching Memorials and Winning the Narrative War

On Monday, Alabama is set to observe Confederate Memorial Day, commemorating the sons of the South killed in the Civil War. No surprise there. Alabama loves fighting with Mississippi for the title of “most racist state” (though they actually may be running neck and neck with “everything south of the Canadian border,”…

Holy Hennessy! One South African Church Takes Jesus Juice to a Whole Nother Level Holy Hennessy! One South African Church Takes Jesus Juice to a Whole Nother Level

A South African church is ready to teach men to fish in a sea of Ciroc.

Neo-Nazi Who Went by ‘Tyrone’ Doxxed Out of Marines in Alleged Connection to Unite the Right Rally  Neo-Nazi Who Went by ‘Tyrone’ Doxxed Out of Marines in Alleged Connection to Unite the Right Rally 

I think one of the scariest parts of exposed racists is that they tend to have critical positions in society, like firefighter or middle school teacher or, I don’t know, police officer—you know, jobs where their judgment may have serious consequences for the black people with whom they may come in contact.

Singer Roberta Flack Rushed to Hospital From Apollo, Later Released Singer Roberta Flack Rushed to Hospital From Apollo, Later Released

As we continue to rapidly lose icons in the black music world, we’re thankful that all is well with legendary chanteuse Roberta Flack, who was rushed to a New York hospital during a Friday-night performance at the Apollo Theater.

Lawyer, Publicist, Assistant Drop R. Kelly Like a Bad Habit Lawyer, Publicist, Assistant Drop R. Kelly Like a Bad Habit

Like rodents fleeing from a taking-too-long-to-sink ship, most of R. Kelly’s team has bid the embattled singer adieu.

The Root’s Guide to the 10 Blackest Experiences of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival The Root’s Guide to the 10 Blackest Experiences of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

If Beyoncé can bring Wakanda to Coachella, we’re going to do the same for Tribeca, the annual film festival that reps the grit and greatness of New York City. As with last year, we here at The Root are here to give it to you, racks on racks of that beautiful black (except, perhaps, No. 5). This is by no means to say…

Kobe Bryant Directs New BodyArmor Ads That Come for Gatorade’s Salty-Sweet Ass Kobe Bryant Directs New BodyArmor Ads That Come for Gatorade’s Salty-Sweet Ass

Gatorade is the quintessential American sports drink. Or at least it pays to be—you’d be hard-pressed not to see its contents being poured over the head of any winning coach in a well-tread “surprise” splash. Also, it’s a great remedy for a hangover.

Lawyers Leach Millions From Prince’s Estate While His Family Hasn’t Seen a Dime: Report Lawyers Leach Millions From Prince’s Estate While His Family Hasn’t Seen a Dime: Report

As citizens of the Purple Nation prepare to commemorate the anniversary of the death of their monarch, Prince Rogers Nelson, a new report reveals that Prince’s family has yet to see a dime from his estate, while lawyers and “consultants” have cleared millions.

Iyanla Vanzant Has Hazel-E Read Her Lyrics to Famous Black Women, and Twitter Pops Its Butt in Laughter Iyanla Vanzant Has Hazel-E Read Her Lyrics to Famous Black Women, and Twitter Pops Its Butt in Laughter

There’s a short clip making the rounds on the interwebs about reality-TV personality Hazel-E getting “schooled” by Iyanla Vanzant, self-proclaimed life fixer, on Vanzant’s television show, Iyanla: Fix My Life.

Washington, DC, May Give 16-Year-Olds Right to Vote for President Washington, DC, May Give 16-Year-Olds Right to Vote for President

In the three years that I taught Intro to Journalism at the City College of New York, we’d have the most fun during our “Op-Ed” lesson, where students would have an in-class debate. Whenever we argued the question, “Should the drinking age be lowered to 18?” the pro side would inevitably argue that if kids can die in…

Michigan Man Faces Attempted-Murder Charges for Shooting at 14-Year-Old Who Asked for Directions Michigan Man Faces Attempted-Murder Charges for Shooting at 14-Year-Old Who Asked for Directions

Jeffery Craig Zeigler, a 53-year-old retired firefighter, was charged with assault with intent to murder and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony on Friday. Zeigler was charged after authorities say he shot at a 14-year-old, Brennan Walker, who was trying to get directions to get to school after…

Starbucks CEO Apologizes, Says He Wants to Meet With the Black Men Arrested in Philly Starbucks CEO Apologizes, Says He Wants to Meet With the Black Men Arrested in Philly

Remember Starbucks’ “Race Together” idea a few years back? The since-destroyed concept was that baristas at the high-priced coffee chain were to openly engage customers on race relations in the United States.

Philly Police Chief Cop-splains Why 2 Black Men Were Cuffed in Starbucks Viral Video Incident Philly Police Chief Cop-splains Why 2 Black Men Were Cuffed in Starbucks Viral Video Incident

Police across the country just can’t seem to break out of their M.O. of enforcing and reinforcing this country’s long-standing, irrational fear of black bodies.

Head of Russia Probe Says He’s Ready to Go if the President Gives Him the Boot Head of Russia Probe Says He’s Ready to Go if the President Gives Him the Boot

President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly shown his utter disdain for the rule of law, the FBI and the Justice Department, has clearly put a big-ass target on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s back.

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