Very Smart Brothas

A List of All the Times I Definitely Did Not Cry at All While Watching Inside Out

So Inside Out is a Pixar movie about a kid named Riley and mostly about the intersecting and competing emotions inside of her that exist like a control center in her brain and how all emotions—even the ...

Added October 21, 2020

I Too Have Pulled Out Some Peanuts During a Zoom Work Call, and I Don't Get Why Everyone's Mad at Jeffrey Toobin

It was a month ago, I think. Maybe two. Maybe last week. Time is a flat circle. I was on a Zoom call with either the people I don’t need to actually see in order to effectively communicate with them—which ...

Added October 20, 2020

Ice Cube Is Ellis From Die Hard

Do you remember this guy? If you’re my age (41) or older, you probably do. I’m sure Ice Cube does, because he’s old as fuck! If you don’t, his name is Ellis and he’s from a movie called Die Hard.Read more ...

Added October 16, 2020

Ice Cube is Ellis From Die Hard

Do you remember this guy? If you’re my age (41) or older, you probably do. I’m sure Ice Cube does, because he’s old as fuck! If you don’t, his name is Ellis and he’s from a movie called Die Hard.Read more ...

Added October 16, 2020

Watch: Minding Our Black Business With The Heiritage's Shawna Davis and Tiffany Mickel, Who Created a Deck of Cards Full of Black Queens

Along with my colorful collection of Crown Royal bags, tennis shoes and children, there’s probably nothing I have more of in my house than decks of playing cards. This is partially because of a habit I ...

Added October 16, 2020

I'd Rather Wait in Line for Hours for a Popeyes Chicken Sandwich Than to Vote

I’ve always believed that the single Drakiest Drake song is “Shot For Me.” It’s petty, it’s passive-aggressive, and it’s actually pretty damn mean and nasty, but its meanness and nastiness are obscured ...

Added October 15, 2020

A List of Things the Biden Campaign's Battle Rap Ad Inspire Me to Vote For

1. PestilenceRead more...

Added October 13, 2020

10 Potential Reasons Why Nike's SNKRS App Won't Let Me Be Great

This past weekend I did what I’ve done almost every weekend this year: took another L on Nike SNKRS app. If you’re into buying sneakers, I’m sure some (if not most) of you can feel me.Read more...

Added October 13, 2020

Mike Is Still the 'Greatest,' but LeBron Is the Best

The first NBA game I remember watching in full was in 1986 when Michael Jordan dropped 63 on the Boston Celtics in the playoffs. I’m certain I watched games before that one, either with my dad or on one ...

Added October 12, 2020

The Root Jams Weekly (10/9/2020): 'Baby Baby Baby'

My family will soon welcome a new baby into our household so it only makes sense to dedicate a playlist to songs about kids and/or songs with “baby” in the title. The Root’s weekly playlist is going to ...

Added October 09, 2020

The Wrong People Are Dying

Much of my family will be in New Castle, Pa., this weekend to mourn the losses and celebrate the lives of my Uncle Donnie (who died last month) and my Aunt Doe (who died in April). This is happening this ...

Added October 09, 2020

I Didn't Intend to Do This Product Review But Rescue!'s Fly Traps Work Like a Mug and Sharing is Caring

Do you need to get rid of some flies? I did. Wrote a song about it; like to hear it, here it go.Read more...

Added October 07, 2020

I Bought a Pair of Crocs. I've Even Worn Them Out in Public. Welcome to My Panama Talk

I’m not saying, nor alleging, that I’m cooler than you. You might have designer shades just to hide your fade and maybe even wear them around like you think that you’re cooler than me. But what separates ...

Added October 06, 2020

I Bought a Pair of Crocs. I Even Worn Them Out in Public. Welcome to My Panama Talk

I’m not saying, nor alleging, that I’m cooler than you. You might have designer shades just to hide your fade and maybe even wear them around like you think that you’re cooler than me. But what separates ...

Added October 06, 2020

'It Feels as if Impurities are Being Lifted Out of Your Face': A Product Review of ILERA Apothecary

I love anything from Detroit. If it’s made there, it is simply better than everything else. If you want your hair did, have it styled by a Detroiter at least once. A pair of gators? Detroit’s got you ...

Added October 06, 2020

Trashcan Lannister Attempts to Dunk on Joe Biden While Nation Anxiously Waits for Her to Get COVID-19 Too

Early this morning, backslid humanoid Termite Listeriosis emerged from her deep slumber on a dumpster in an outhouse adjoined to a Barbie Dream Trap House to remind the world that a) she still exists and ...

Added October 06, 2020

An Ode to Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Who Gave Us a Poem About Black Excellence That Was Beautifully Ahead of Its Time

Every so often the Internets gets into a running debate about Black famous folks. What is “Black famous?” Well, it’s the idea that a person is famous, and widely known (and typically beloved), amongst ...

Added October 05, 2020

The Root Jams Weekly (10/2/2020): 'Jams Upon Jams'

This week there has been absolutely too much going on—sometimes you just need to rock with your favorite jams of the moment to get through the day. This week’s list is made up of folks’ personal jams ...

Added October 02, 2020

If You're Happy President Trump Tested Positive for COVID-19, You're Just as Bad as He Is

Regardless of my feelings about his politics, Donald Trump is a human first. A husband. A father. An uncle. An American. And today I am deeply saddened by the news that both he and his wife, Melania, have ...

Added October 02, 2020

You Don't Need to Pull Your Mask Down to Talk to Me. You Don't Need to Pull Your Mask Down to Talk to Me. You Don't Need to...

...pull your mask down to talk to me. You don’t need to pull your mask down to talk to me. You don’t need to pull your mask down to talk to me. You don’t need to pull your mask down to talk to me. You ...

Added September 30, 2020

Yo, It's 8 'Nicks' Before Nickelodeon. Cut the 7 Shit Out. That Don't Math

If you spend some time on social media, you may have scrolled right past one of the most important discussions happening in the 21st century: How many “Nicks” are there before “Nickelodeon” in the old ...

Added September 30, 2020

America Ain't Better Than This

I forget exactly how old I was. Maybe 9. Maybe 10. It was summer. A Sunday. Dad and I were preparing to spend the day at the hoop courts behind Reizenstein—him running full on the main court with the rest ...

Added September 30, 2020

A List of Broke-Ass Shit Still Less Broke Than Y'all's Broke-Ass President

1. Lonzo Ball’s jump shotRead more...

Added September 28, 2020

Power's Tasha St. Patrick Doing Push Ups in Jail Was The Most Ridiculous Shit I've Seen In Years. I Love It

Whew chile. So I’ve been watching Power Book II: Ghost. I have to be honest, I am mostly hate-watching it because it centers Tariq St. Patrick, who I have been WAITING to get killed for seasons now. Instead ...

Added September 28, 2020