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Ashton Sanders to Portray Bobby Brown in Upcoming Biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody

Whitney Houston will be getting the biopic treatment (albeit, for the 50-leventh time) soon, thanks to the upcoming feature from Sony and TriStar Pictures, I Wanna Dance With Somebody.Read more...

Added September 23, 2021

Steph Curry Is Having a Hell of a Week

This weekend, Steph Curry is setting aside his love for basketball in order to embrace another one of his passions: golf.Read more...

Added September 23, 2021

'This Isn’t About Good People or Bad People': The Root Presents: It's Lit! Explores The Purpose of Power With Alicia Garza

“Black Lives Matter” has become a rallying cry for racial justice—as well as a highly organized movement—around the world, but for its co-founder Alicia Garza, its was a childhood spent with a mother who ...

Added September 23, 2021

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Says Asymptomatic Students Exposed to COVID-19 Can Go to School

In this episode of “Gov. Ron DeSantis Is Trying to Kill Floridians,” the Florida governor announced a new “symptom-based” approach to COVID-19 quarantine rules, allowing children without symptoms to go ...

Added September 23, 2021

The Root Institute 2021: Cryptocurrency and The New Creator Economy

We are experiencing the next frontier of digital assets with a peer-to-peer system called Bitcoin, founded in 2009 by Satoshi Nakamoto and various brave internet visionaries. Today, bitcoin and cryptocurrency ...

Added September 23, 2021

My HBCU Comeback Moment: Homecoming at Albany State

In this multipart series, HBCU alums share their favorite moments from their alma mater as a testament to what these institutions have meant to them.Read more...

Added September 23, 2021

Bipartisan Police-Overhaul Talks Fail Because Republicans Love Cops More Than Black People

Lawmakers hoping to reach a bipartisan compromise on revamping America’s broken policing policies watched it all go the same route as the Fat Boys; despite best efforts, the talks ended with the same issues ...

Added September 23, 2021

The Root Institute 2021: How Black Women Will Change the Tech World

The world of technology seems to shift and transform every nanosecond, making it that much more difficult to stay on top of what’s new. But staying on top is exactly what Mutale Nkonde and Angela Benton ...

Added September 23, 2021

R.Kelly’s New York Trial Nears End as Prosecutors Begin Closing Arguments

“For many years, what happened in the defendant’s world stayed in the defendant’s world. But no longer.”Read more...

Added September 23, 2021

NFL Star Aaron Jones Recovers Pendant Containing His Father's Ashes After Losing It During 4-Touchdown Game

After scoring four touchdowns in Monday night’s showdown against the Detroit Lions, you would think Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones would have plenty to celebrate. However, during the game ...

Added September 23, 2021

The Root Institute 2021: Black Women, Are We Thriving or Simply Surviving the Workplace?

“When I show up in a room, there are three things I just know automatically,” says former White House Director of Political Affairs Minyon Moore, also the co-author of the NAACP Award-winning For Colored ...

Added September 23, 2021

‘Large Nostrils’: Methodist University Suspends Sorority After Racist Presentation

On Tuesday, Methodist University announced the suspension of one of their sororities after social media outrage over a racist presentation made by a member featuring Black student football players. Read ...

Added September 22, 2021

9 Oakland Officers Disciplined for Sharing Racist and Sexist Social Media Posts

Nine Oakland police officers have been disciplined following an independent investigation into some racist and sexist posts shared on social media. Read more...

Added September 22, 2021

Melvin Van Peebles, the Godfather of Black Film, Is Dead at 89

Actor-writer-director-composer Melvin Van Peebles—a Renaissance man who promoted Black economic empowerment and helped usher in a new era of Black filmmaking with his best-known work, the 1971 film Sweet ...

Added September 22, 2021

Racist Petition to Reinstate Slavery Circulates at Missouri High School: Report

The Newberg, Ore., school district isn’t the only one with racist students showing out on the first days of school. Apparently, the school district in Park Hill, Mo., is also catching heat after students ...

Added September 22, 2021

PageTurners: In Both Fiction and Nonfiction, This Week's Authors and Characters Play 'Make Believe'

If you told me you didn’t play pretend as a child, I wouldn’t believe you. Even as adults, a made-up world from our imagination is probably better than what we have going for us in reality.Read more ...

Added September 22, 2021

Nipsey Hussle's Alleged Killer Finally Gets Trial Date Following Multiple Delays

After two years, a trial date has finally been set for Eric Holder, the man who allegedly shot and killed Nipsey Hussle—birth name Ermias Joseph Asghedom—on March 31, 2019 in South Los Angeles.Read more ...

Added September 22, 2021

Racist Petition to Reinstate Slavery Circulates Missouri High School: Report

The Newberg, Ore., school district isn’t the only one with racist students showing out on the first days of school. Apparently, the school district in Park Hill, Mo., is also catching heat after students ...

Added September 22, 2021

The Cast of Netflix's Dear White People Reflect on the Impact of the Series and the Legacy It Leaves Behind for Future Black Creators

It’s been a long, grueling wait thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Netflix’s Dear White People—the brainchild of creative force Justin Simien—has finally returned for its fourth and final season.Read ...

Added September 22, 2021

The Root Institute 2021: A Fireside Chat With LaChanze

After the lights went out on Broadway in 2020 due to the pandemic, and after the brutal killing of George Floyd, a stalwart collective of 300 theater professionals took the opportunity to shine a light ...

Added September 22, 2021

Woman Suing Nicki Minaj and Husband Kenneth Petty for Harassment and Intimidation Finally Speaks Out in First Onscreen Interview

Trigger Warning: The following article includes descriptions of sexual assault, and harassment.Read more...

Added September 22, 2021

Rep. Madison Cawthorn Calls Vaccine Mandates ‘Modern-Day Segregation’

Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) is an asshole.Read more...

Added September 22, 2021

Lawd, Gov. Ron DeSantis Found a Black Doctor Who Opposes Mask and Vaccine Mandates. So He Made Him Florida’s Next Surgeon General

It was allergy season and God couldn’t find a tissue. Finally, he walked into a parking lot and blew his nose onto the punishing asphalt and thus Florida was born.Read more...

Added September 22, 2021

The Root Institute 2021: A Fireside Chat With Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi is an award-winning actress, producer, change agent and breakout star of ABC’s Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated series black-ish. Shahidi is now the executive producer and lead of its Freeform ...

Added September 22, 2021

Jaylen Brown on the Importance of Black Head Coaches: 'They Deserve to Have a Seat at the Table, Too'

Aside from being a terrific basketball player, Boston Celtics All-Star Jaylen Brown is a real one.Read more...

Added September 22, 2021