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Trump-Supporting Piece of Shit Robert Kraft Does the Least He Can Do

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is in the news today for sending his private plane to China to get 1.7 million N95 masks for health care workers in Massachusetts.Read more...

Added April 02, 2020

Netflix's Uncorked Reminded of A Fun Story About Unconventional Support From My Father

Since we’re all stuck (or should be) inside the house for the foreseeable future (despite various projected goals for peak contagion and flattening curves—shoutouts to the homies Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx ...

Added April 02, 2020

The Coronavirus Killed My Friend. His Blood Is on Donald Trump's Hands

On Sunday the 29th, the New York Times published “Nothing Matters Anymore (Except What Actually Does)“—my essay about some of the existential crises the coronavirus has thrust on us, the violence of the ...

Added April 02, 2020

10 People I Hate the Most on Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, Ranked

I have no data to back up this claim, but I’d bet a so fresh and so clean (clean) $20 that probably 75 percent of the people I know have seen Netflix’s Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. Read more ...

Added April 01, 2020

10 Things Everyone Loves but I Pretty Much Hate

So there’s an unpopular opinion prompt thing going around Facebook—where you’re asked to list 10 things everyone loves but you kinda hate. I get annoyed with these sort of things sometimes because people ...

Added April 01, 2020

Introverts Hate This Shit Too, Y'all

I grew up on a block with killers, crack dealers, dope fiends, stick-up kids, at least two arsonists, arbitrarily unchained pit bulls that “don’t all bite like that, really,” niggas with cases, girls with ...

Added March 31, 2020

The Sneaker Resale Market Is One of the Few Seemingly Unaffected by the Damned Coronavirus

If your soul so beckons you to fly to Atlanta in April, right now, you can literally buy a round-trip ticket from Washington, D.C., for $36. You might not be able to do shit while you’re there, but hey ...

Added March 30, 2020

A Word of Encouragement to All the Black Men Who Desperately Need Haircuts Right Now

I see you, fam. Really, I do.Read more...

Added March 30, 2020

The Sneaker Resale Market Is One Of The Few Seemingly Unaffected By The Damned Coronavirus

If your soul so beckons you to fly to Atlanta in April, right now, you can literally buy a round-trip ticket from Washington, D.C., for $36. You might not be able to do shit while you’re there, but hey ...

Added March 30, 2020

Unfortunately, The Worst People Will Survive This Too

The compulsion to convince ourselves that bad things will eventually happen to bad people can be seductive and cathartic. It’s also embedded in most of the lessons taught to us as kids. Children’s stories ...

Added March 27, 2020

DJ Shadow's Endtroducing..... Is the Album That Changed the Way I Listened to Hip-Hop

Like a lot of black men who grew up in the ’90s, hip-hop is the soundtrack for my life and has been for as long as I can remember. I can remember “borrowing” cassette tapes from my older sister—she had ...

Added March 27, 2020

DJ Shadow's Endtroducing..... Is The Album That Changed The Way I Listened to Hip Hop

Like a lot of black men who grew up in the 90s, hip hop is the soundtrack for my life and has been for as long as I can remember. I can remember “borrowing” cassette tapes from my older sister—she had ...

Added March 27, 2020

10 DVDs I Just Discovered I Own After Looking at My DVD Collection for the First Time in 7 Years

I closed on my house in June 2012. At that point, when moving from my apartment into my house, I made some choices about things to unpack because in the years that I lived in my apartment I never used ...

Added March 26, 2020

How to Be a Successful Writer in 2020

It’s a question I’m asked during book talks, while signing books after said talks, on panels, in emails, through DMs, at happy hours, and even once in between games at LA Fitness. I try to be as transparent ...

Added March 26, 2020

The Dads of The Root Provide Some Insights Into Their New, Shut-In Realities

The coronavirus has most of us staying inside the house—if possible—and that’s creating some new realities for our country. Parents are becoming teachers as well as employees while having to learn time ...

Added March 26, 2020

I'm Glad You're Going to Write the Great American Novel While We're All Shut-In but I Have Little Kids

It feels like months ago when word started coming down that the coronavirus might shut down our whole lives for weeks, maybe even months. Turns out it was really, like, last week when the “stay your ass ...

Added March 25, 2020

My Nephew Wanted to Go to Morehouse College. He's Going to the University of Alabama. We Just Lost One, One.

Back in October 2019—in a version of the world that is very different from the version we live in now—my nephew, along with probably a hundred other prospective students, visited the campus of Morehouse ...

Added March 25, 2020

My Nephew Wanted to Go To Morehouse College. He's Going to the University of Alabama. We Just Lost One, One.

Back in October 2019—in a version of the world that is very different from the version we live in now—my nephew, along with probably a hundred other prospective students, visited the campus of Morehouse ...

Added March 25, 2020

What Color-Coding the Books in My Office Taught Me About Life

Nothing. Read more...

Added March 24, 2020

Are We Obligated to Snitch on and Publicly Shame Coronavirus Deniers?

If you’re the type of person who believes, for instance, that AIDS can be cured with paprika, your belief is definitely dangerous, and you probably need some lotion. But because the Venn diagram of “people ...

Added March 23, 2020

To the Person Who I Apparently Share an Email With, You Have a Job Offer on the Table, Bro

My real name, while not traditional, isn’t exactly unique. This means that I remember when Gmail first dropped, I did a mad dash (did you have to be invited back then? I can’t remember) to get my FIRSTNAME ...

Added March 20, 2020

To The Person Who I Apparently Share An Email With, You Have a Job Offer On The Table, Bro

My real name, while not traditional, isn’t exactly unique. This means that I remember when Gmail first dropped, I did a mad dash (did you have to be invited back then? I can’t remember) to get my FIRSTNAME ...

Added March 20, 2020

We're Just Not Built for This (and It's Fine to Admit That)

When faced with a life-altering and potentially life-ending crisis—a cancer diagnosis, for instance, or a terrorist attack—the performance of resilience can be an anesthetic; an anxiety-engulfing balm ...

Added March 20, 2020

Some Observations I Observed During My Trip to Target Today in the Midst of These Pandemic Times

I went to Target today. Actually, I went to PetSmart and Target today because one of our fish went to be with his ancestors and one of my kids was despondent over this fact. Now, we told him that because ...

Added March 19, 2020

Some Observations I Observed During My Trip to Target Today In The Midst of These Pandemic Times

I went to Target today. Actually I went to PetSmart and Target today because one of our fish went to be with his ancestors and one of my kids was despondent over this fact. Now, we told him that because ...

Added March 19, 2020