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Monday, November 30, 2020

The Onion Store Is Having a 15% off Sale and These Deals Better Make Me Laugh

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Atlanta Man Living at a Doughnut Shop to Help Give Underprivileged Kids Access to Essential Hygiene Products

You know, instead of dunking on white mess, why don’t we feel good and focus on some Black positivity instead? For example, a Black man in Atlanta has been working to give underprivileged kids access to essential hygiene products.

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Baltimore County Public Schools Closed After Ransomware Attack on Computer Systems

According to my friends with kids and my friend who teaches, distance learning is a less than ideal experience. It’s super impersonal, occasionally chaotic and unsurprisingly, super vulnerable to hackers. Baltimore County Public Schools has learned that last part the hard way, as its schools are all currently shut…

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Research Suggests WNBA Tipped Rev. Ralph Warnock’s Senate Run at Pivotal Point

The WNBA has been the standard-bearer for athlete activism in recent years, and the role they played in this year’s Georgia senate races could serve as a blueprint for years to come.

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The 10 Best Deals of November 30, 2020

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wants to Close 'Loopholes' Allowing Cops to Keep Credentials After Being Fired for Misconduct

When it comes to the subject of police misconduct, one thing we don’t talk about enough is how often cops are able to get fired from one job only to go to another department and get hired again. On Sunday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made it clear that he’s looking to close the “bureaucratic loopholes” in his state…

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NBA Reveals When Kobe Bryant Will Finally Be Inducted In Basketball Hall of Fame

It feels like we’ve been waiting for an eternity, but three of the greatest players in the history of the NBA—Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan—will finally be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in May 2021.

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Keep Your Gadgets Going With up to 43% off Anker Gear at Amazon Today

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Wrapping Paper Roll Call: Wishing You a Season of Wellness

So...did you get some R&R over the holiday weekend? If you’re like most of us here at The Root, you may need more than a long holiday to get yourself back to center, especially after the collective trauma of 2020. If this year has taught us anything, it’s that paying attention to our personal wellness—whether physical…

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4 Paris Police Officers Charged in Recorded Beating of Black Man as France Moves to Make Recording Police Illegal

The Black Lives Matter movement may have started in the U.S., but anyone who thinks police brutality and systemic racism in policing are uniquely American phenomena need only look to France to dispel that notion. On Monday, four Paris police officers were charged with beating a Black music producer on Nov. 21.

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Nationwide, Firefighters Escalated Claims of Discrimination, Racial Bias in 2020

Back in July, Black firefighters in Winston-Salem, N.C., protested outside Station 1 firehouse, demanding the termination of the current chief of the fire department and asking the city to seriously address years of racial and sexual harassment claims in the department.

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Tom Brady Lives to Lose, the Broncos Got Screwed and Other Takeaways from Week 12 of the NFL

There was football this weekend? Oh.

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Dream Easy on Cyber Monday With This $10 Cozy Sherpa Pillow

DreamEase Sherpa Comfort Pillow | $10 | Macy’s

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Lawsuit to Prevent Confederate Statues From Being Removed Heads Back to Georgia Courts

You know, you would think betraying your country and getting bodied for it hundreds of years ago would be enough to stop people from sympathizing with the Confederacy, but no. Instead, we’re in the year 2020, where a man in Georgia feels the need to file a lawsuit preventing the removal of two ugly-ass Confederate…

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Short-Sleeved Turtleneck Restaurant Owner Stars in Step Up: True to Twerking Respectability Politics in a Pandemic

We have BREAKING NEWS via Associated Press-N-Curl.

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Biden and Harris Announce All-Women Communication Team, Including Symone Sanders and Karine Jean-Pierre

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris announced their all-female communications team Sunday, including two women who are familiar with the musical stylings and cultural relevance of Salt-N-Pepa.

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Monday's Best Deals: Lighted Pine Tree, Fortnite Switch, Nixplay Digital Frames, No7 Serum Sale, Anker Charger Gold Box, and More

An Anker charger sale, Nixplay frames, and a Fortnite Switch lead Monday’s best deals.

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David Perdue Campaign Mocks Opponent Jon Ossoff for Eating at Black-Owned Slutty Vegan Restaurant

Over the weekend, Democratic Senate runoff candidate Jon Ossoff visited Black-owned vegan restaurant Slutty Vegan in Atlanta during a tour to support small businesses. Despite the fact that Republicans often champion themselves as fighters for small businesses, current Georgia Sen. David Perdue’s campaign decided it…

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Democrats Have a Messaging Problem. Will They Do the Work to Fix It?

More than three weeks after Democrats’ disappointing showing on Election Day, party leadership is still arguing over what went wrong. Beyond winning the White House—and activists argue that had it not been for their activism and street-level organizing, Democrats would have lost that race, too—there aren’t too many…

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They Came, They Saw, They Grandpa'd. Tyson-Jones Bout Ends In Highly Questionable Draw

After a stressful year that’s oftentimes felt like a nightmare, Saturday night felt like a dream come true.

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Make It Feel a Little More Festive in Your Socially Distant Home With This Lighted Pine Tree, Now 65% Off

6.5 Ft. Winchester Pine Tree With Clear Lights | $189 | Macy’s

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GTFOH Trump Watch: Old Man Trump Just Keeps Babbling to Himself

It’s hard to let go of the past.

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Long Live Our King: Disney+ Honors Chadwick Boseman With Special Tribute in Black Panther Opening Credits

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, Disney Chairman Bob Iger announced in a tweet that the company’s streaming platform, Disney+, would pay tribute to its beloved Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman. “To all fans of #BlackPanther: watch the film on #DisneyPlus late tonight, for a special tribute to someone that was and…

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'We Have a Right to Walk in the Park': Laverne Cox Recalls Recent Transphobic Attack

Laverne Cox (Bad Hair, Promising Young Woman) recently shared details of a transphobic attack that occurred while she and her friend were walking at Griffith Park in Los Angeles.

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Soul Train Awards 2020: Y'all Thought the Hip Hop Awards Was the Only Show With a Cypher?!

Black Hollywood has awakened from its Thanksgiving weekend ‘itis-induced nap and prepared itself for yet another awards show! This time, it’s the Soul Train Awards, presented by BET.

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Wilton Gregory Has Become the First African American Appointed Cardinal in the Catholic Church

The Catholic Church has elected Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C. to the rank of cardinal, making him the first African American in history to hold that title.

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Bid Adieu To No-Shave November With 30% off Viking Revolution Beard and Shaving Products and Kits

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Diamond and Silk Return to Share Their Hot Mess Expertise on So-Called Election Fraud With a Boost From Trump

After losing yet another court case to challenge the election’s results, not to mention requesting numerous recounts that have confirmed over and over again that Joe Biden received the majority of votes to be the next president, outgoing President Donald Trump is still shamelessly pushing the lie that all the facts…

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Former NBA Player Nate Robinson Knocked Out in Boxing Match Against Youtube Creator Jake Paul

In a strange match-up that only makes sense in 2020 (and even then, just barely), former NBA player Nate Robinson squared up in the boxing ring against Youtuber Jake Paul on Saturday night, and lost.

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Saturday, November 28, 2020

Steve McQueen's Lovers Rock Authentically Captures the Joyful Resilience of the Black Diaspora

When I went to London for the first time, I thought it was Jamaica. As a nine-year-old born and raised on the Caribbean island, I thought of the UK in terms of what I’d seen on TV and read in the literature books set in Britain that were part of my primary school curriculum—as a place that was grey-scale and rainy,…

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Trump Administration Fast Tracking Executions and Trying to Bring Back Firing Squads Before Biden's Inauguration

Donald Trump’s presidency has been one long nightmare come to life, in part because the administration he built has appeared hellbent on showing they are villains. From kidnapping immigrant children from their parents, to going to court over and over again to make it harder for people to access affordable healthcare…

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U.S. Women's National Soccer Team Kneel and Support Black Lives Matter in Game Against the Netherlands

The U.S. women’s national soccer team (USWNT) showed their support for racial justice by donning Black Lives Matter jackets and kneeling on the field ahead of their 2-0 winning game against the Netherlands on Friday.

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Friday, November 27, 2020

The 10 Best Deals of November 27, 2020

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Officials Release Video Footage of Texas Officers' Violent Arrest of Black Teen Who Drove to Parents' House Instead of Pulling Over

For people who damn near use, “I was in fear for my life” as a catchphrase whenever they need to justify deadly use of force, cops don’t seem to understand that citizens—especially Black people—can be afraid and act out of fear, too.

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Here Are All the Black Friday 2020 Self-Care Deals To Get You Through the Holiday Season

And so the holidaze begins. As we all search for gifts for ourselves and loved ones for the plethora of holidays we’ll be celebrating throughout the month of December, it might be easier to find lifestyle Black Friday deals all in one place. That’s where I come in. I’ve compiled all the best Black Friday deals to get…

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For the Culture: Spend This Long Weekend With Some of Our Greatest Authors and Artists

Right about now, you’re hopefully on your third (or fourth) round of leftovers, giving new meaning to the term “comfort food”—and no judgments, since we can use all the comfort we can get as this tortured year comes to a long-awaited close. But as you’re feeding your body, don’t forget to nurture your mind and soul,…

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Auntie Unfiltered with Tichina Arnold and Tisha Campbell

Hey nieces and nephews!

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White Oregon Man Accused of Fatally Shooting Black Teen Over 'Loud Music'

In Ashland, Oregon, a white man was arrested and is suspected of fatally shooting a Black teen in a motel parking lot Monday morning following a heated altercation that, according to authorities, started over loud music.

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The Root Presents It's Lit! Goes Black to the Future With Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham

Remember zines? Okay, maybe we’re dating ourselves, but younger versions of The Root’s Editor-in-Chief Danielle Belton and I (Managing Editor of The Glow Up, Maiysha Kai) were early fans of the format, maybe even producing a few zines of our own. (Okay, that definitely happened). Historically, zines organize various…

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Friday's Best Deals: Intel Core i9, LEGO Ship in a Bottle, Diamond Halo Earrings, Sony X800H 65" 4K TV, Philips Sonicare Electric Toothbrush, and More

An Intel Core i9 processor and LEGO Ship in a Bottle lead Friday’s best deals.

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'Don't Ever Talk to the President That Way': #DiaperDon Almost Soils Himself Going Off on a Reporter on Thanksgiving

“Any man who must say ‘I am the king’ is no true king” - Tywin Lannister

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Trailer Roundup: Auntie Is Wearing Her Red, White and Blue Hat at The Black Church This Thanksgiving Weekend

By the time you read this blog, you are probably overcoming the ‘itis—but it’s cool because we don’t have anywhere to go anyway! Sink back, lean into that ‘itis and enjoy your leftovers (they taste better because the seasonings had time to marinate, you know?) Want something to watch while you eat? I got you...

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Wrapping Paper Roll Call: Make This the Blackest Friday (to Cyber Monday) Ever

There have been few bright spots to celebrate in 2020—and even those have often been bittersweet. Take, for instance, the unprecedented uptick in interest in Black-owned businesses and creators (something we’ve always been invested in, but we digress) since non-Black America suddenly seemed to wake up to the…

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Thursday, November 26, 2020

The 10 Best Deals of November 26, 2020

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Publisher Hires White Man to Narrate Black Woman's Outkast Essay, White Man Reads in the Worst Southern Blaccent Ever

Every once in a while, I think to myself: “You know what? Maybe I use the word “caucasity” too often in my writing.” But every time I have that thought, a fresh white person surfaces and reminds me that it is not me who uses the word too much, it is white people who perpetrate acts of caucasian-flavored audacity too…

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LA County Moves to Overhaul Its Juvenile Detention System to Prioritize 'Care First' Over Punishment

It’s easily arguable that American society isn’t very forgiving to people who have committed crimes. For Black people and people of color especially, it often seems like rehabilitation is a concept the criminal justice system accepts in theory—not so much in practice. It’s easily arguable that America is a nation that…

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Thursday's Best Deals: AirPods Pro, Mario Kart Live, CBD Spiced Drops, New iPad, Super Mario 3D All-Stars, Ulta Soap & Glory, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and More

Apple AirPods Pro and Mario Kart Live for Switch lead Thursday’s best deals.

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Dallas Cowboys Strength and Conditioning Coach Markus Paul Dies at 54

Dallas Cowboys strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul died Wednesday night at the age of 54 after suffering from a medical emergency at the team’s practice facility in Frisco, Texas, on Tuesday.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Former Student Sues Illinois High School for Blatant, Widespread Racism

A former student has sued an Illinois high school, citing multiple racist incidents he experienced and observed during his time at the school.

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Too Faced's Mascara Set Really Is the Best and You Too Can Fall in Love for Only $28

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Set | $28 | Macy’s

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Michael Jordan Donates $2 Million of The Last Dance Proceeds to 'Help Feed America’s Hungry'

This holiday season is unlike any that we’ve ever faced.

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What the Root Crew Is Cooking (and Not Cooking) for the Craziest Thanksgiving Ever

Last year I spent Thanksgiving with—wait for it—17 people crammed into a two-bedroom, one-bathroom Jersey City apartment where the festivities spanned over the course of two days with enough food for each person to take home a to-go plate and still leave the host enough to last through the next week.

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This Holiday Season, Be Thankful You're Not Jason Whitlock

“It could be worse” seems to have overtaken the many versions of “I’m fine” on the list of the most common responses to “How are you doing?” Understandable, considering that we’re in a global pandemic and just responding with “I’m fine” feels both disingenuous and insensitive. But while “It could be worse” is…

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