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Emotions Fill the Arena as Kobe Bryant and Others are Inducted Into the 2020 Class of the Basketball Hall of Fame

It’s been going on a year and a half since NBA superstar Kobe Bryant’s devastating death on Jan. 26, 2020. Over the weekend, the sports world celebrated Bryant’s life and achievements as the “Black Mamba ...

Added May 16, 2021

Federal Trial Arraignment Date for Ex-Minneapolis Officers Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane Set for July

A federal trial arraignment date has been set for former Minneapolis police officers Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane, three of the four officers involved in the death of George Floyd. As ...

Added May 16, 2021

Damon Weaver, Child Reporter Who Interviewed President Barack Obama at the White House, dies at 23

Damon Weaver, the young, gifted and Black student reporter who interviewed President Barack Obama at the White House in 2009, died on May 1, at the age of 23, according to his family.Read more...

Added May 16, 2021

'You Left Us': Another Proud Boy Turns Out To Be Not So Proud of His Former Cult Leader Donald Trump

Here’s a question: Why are the Proud Boys still a thing? Read more...

Added May 15, 2021

Video Footage Shows What Led to Death of Schizophrenic Black Man Who Was Taken to Charleston Jail From Mental Health Facility

On the morning of Jan. 5, 2021, 31-year-old Jamal Sutherland died at the Charleston County jail in Charleston, S.C. He was there because he had been arrested the previous night on misdemeanor assault charges ...

Added May 15, 2021

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt Booted From Tulsa Race Massacre Commission After Signing Anti-Critical Race Theory Legislation

Last week, The Root reported that Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed into law yet another Republican white fragility bill prohibiting teachings in K-12 schools that include conservative’s favorite new boogie ...

Added May 15, 2021

Kevin Seefried, the Man Who Stormed the Capitol With the Confederate Flag, Is Going on Family Vacation While Awaiting Trial

Kevin Seefried, the giant asshole with the even larger Confederate flag who was captured walking the halls of the Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection—also known as “what happens when cream chipped beef ...

Added May 15, 2021

She's a Business, Man: New Study Confirms Black Women Are More Entrepreneurial Than Their White Counterparts

Here at The Glow Up, we’ve been clued in to Black women’s entrepreneurial prowess for a while now—it’s one of the reasons this vertical exists. That said, the rest of the world is still catching up to ...

Added May 14, 2021

Investigation Concludes That Despite Hospital Staff's 'Lack of Empathy and Compassion,' No One Is Responsible for Dr. Susan Moore's Death

On Dec. 20 of last year, Dr. Susan Moore died from COVID-19 complications just weeks after she posted a viral Facebook video in which she complained that her doctor and the staff at Indiana University ...

Added May 14, 2021

Parents at New York School Upset After Students Receive Assignment That States George Floyd Didn’t Die From Knee on Neck

Is there some sort of teacher lottery going on that I don’t know about? I feel like every day a single teacher is chosen to do some unnecessarily racist shit. Like the Hunger Games, but the only thing ...

Added May 14, 2021

Ohio City Agrees to $10 Million Settlement for the Family of André Hill

I’m somewhat surprised that we still haven’t reached the point where legislators are pushing police reform. Even if they’re unmoved by the loss of life, you would think they would grow tired of paying ...

Added May 14, 2021

Blake Griffin, Malcolm Gladwell Discuss Police Brutality, Social Justice on Season Premiere of The Pursuit of Healthiness

Most of us only know six-time NBA All-Star Blake Griffin because of his exploits on the court. But if you pay a little more attention, you’ll see that he’s a burgeoning stand-up comedian—who’s actually ...

Added May 14, 2021

Deleted Video From 2019 Shows Crazy QAnon Congresswoman Harassing AOC Through Her Office Mail Slot

Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is a problem.Read more...

Added May 14, 2021

McMichaels Attorneys Want to Exclude Jailhouse Phone Calls, Including One That Appears to Refer to Ahmaud Arbery Shooting as a 'Good Deed'

On Wednesday, attorneys for Greg and Travis McMichael, two of the three men involved in the death of Ahmaud Arbery, asked a pre-trial judge to allow Arbery’s past arrests into evidence because apparently ...

Added May 14, 2021

The Root's Clapback Mailbag: Systemic Whiteness

This is the part where I usually explain that you are about to read DMs, letters and tweets from our readers. I also try to say something funny here. But today, that part is at the end.Read more...

Added May 14, 2021

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Continues to Love Up on Law-Breaking Whites, Plans to Pardon All Residents Who Violated COVID Health Mandates

So one day God was on a bender. He was going through a bad break up and was really tying one on. Well, because God is God, he got hungry and the only thing open was a place called Ted’s Chili Hole. He ...

Added May 14, 2021

Auntie Unfiltered and Toccara Jones Celebrate the Big-Bodied Girls

“Titties are supposed to hang.” Read more...

Added May 14, 2021

PBS Announces Four-Part Muhammad Ali Documentary Set for September

For those of us who can’t get enough sports docs—personally, I would inject them directly into my veins if I could—another blessing is upon us. Read more...

Added May 14, 2021

Let's Zen TF Out With Big Sean and Get Our Minds Right With His Mom, Myra Anderson

As you probably know by now, May is Mental Health Awareness Month and...may you be blessed with the ability and opportunity to get your mind right.Read more...

Added May 14, 2021

'The Truth Often Gives Fiction a Run for Its Money': The Root Presents: It’s Lit Talks Justice and Romance Novels With Stacey Abrams

Spring is in full swing and a mask-free life is on the horizon—are you feeling that new energy yet? Here at The Root Presents: It’s Lit!, we’re feeling kinda new ourselves, with a new logo that reflects ...

Added May 14, 2021

Mic Drop: Get on the Floor or Get in Your Bag

Congratulations! You’ve made it through another week and are headed into a weekend that—at least in New York—will be what one calls “in the streets” weather. You know, where you’re out and about and drinking ...

Added May 14, 2021

Slay Titans in This Week’s Good-Ass Games at Good-Ass Prices

Well, y’all. Between the countless bots and the global superconductor shortage, it’s looking like obtaining a PS5 or Xbox Series X is going to be a hassle for the foreseeable future. Though, as a wise ...

Added May 14, 2021

Prince Harry Says Cycle of 'Genetic Pain and Suffering' in the Royal Family Compelled Him to Leave, Not Meghan

OK, we can all retire the term “Megxit” now—yes, us here at The Root, too—even in jest. Meghan Markle’s difficult induction into the royal family and brutal treatment by the British press has long been ...

Added May 14, 2021

Beam Me Up (to 2009), Scotty: Nicki Minaj Re-Releases Hit Mixtape, Featuring Drake and Lil Wayne

Are you still bumpin’ “Itty Bitty Piggy” in your car or crib, 12 years later? Well, a second helping of bacon has been served!Read more...

Added May 14, 2021

NBA to Recognize Social Justice Efforts With Creation of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award

With more and more NBA players using their platforms and resources to inspire change and fight for social justice, the league has unveiled a new method to laud their individual efforts. Read more...

Added May 14, 2021