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Monday, June 14, 2021

Black Ross Employee Remains Calm While KK-Karen Calls Her a 'Black Bitch'

Normally, I’m not one to praise Black people for remaining calm and peaceful in the face of aggressive white racism—because I don’t believe we should have to. Why the hell do I have to take the proverbial high road when there’s a belligerent melanin-not in my face calling me a nigger, and God gave me hands, feet and…

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Simone Biles Reveals the Inspiring Words That Unlocked Her Potential in Latest Trailer for Simone vs. Herself

I hate Mondays as much as everybody else, but today, in particular, isn’t quite so bad since it means that we’re less than 24 hours away from the debut of Facebook Watch’s Simone vs. Herself.

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10 Books Celebrating the Rich History of Black Cuisine to Honor Juneteenth

In recent years, Juneteenth has become another date to celebrate all facets of Blackness—and that, of course, includes the food. Because it’s June, everyone loves an excuse to set up their grill or pit or whatever method of fire bearing, meat-smoking device they so choose and light the F up.

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America, Bernie Mac Is Getting a Biopic. But Who Should Play Him?

On Friday, we told you about the upcoming biopic about the life and successful career of on of the OG Kings of Comedy, Bernie Mac.

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Redfall Steals the Spotlight During an Otherwise Meh E3

The annual gaming extravaganza known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) went down this weekend, and one cursory glance at Twitter would show you that folks were generally underwhelmed by what they saw. I, on the other hand, was simply whelmed by this year’s conferences. Considering that we’re in year one of a…

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‘I Was a Troll, Full Stop. And I Am Sorry’: Chrissy Teigen Issues Lengthy Apology Following Bullying Scandal

The world has a lot to say about “cancel culture”—whether or not it works, or if it even exists in the first place.

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They're All Gonna Laugh At You

One of my greatest fears isn’t success. It’s what happens to your career, your psyche, your very livelihood, after your fame transitions from being a blessing to becoming a fucking burden.

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Maryland Officers Caught on Video Tasing and Kneeing Black Teens While Enforcing Anti-Vape Laws on the Boardwalk

Police officers in Ocean City, Md., are apparently being investigated after video footage showed them beating and tasing Black teens Saturday for committing the egregious crime of *checks notes* vaping on the boardwalk.

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Minneapolis Woman Dead After Car Drives Into a Crowd of People Protesting Against Police Violence

A Minneapolis woman is dead after a man drove his car into a group of people who were peacefully protesting against police violence.

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Drake Says Certified Lover Boy Album Is Coming Before the End of Summer. We’ll See About That

Over the weekend, Drake gave an update on when fans and followers can expect the release of his upcoming sixth-studio album, Certified Lover Boy.

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Newsmax 'Reviewing' Host's Racist Tweets About How White People Being in the Military 'Made a Big Difference With Morale'

In today’s episode of The Fragile Whites Say the Darndest Things, Greg Kelly, a host on Newsmax—which is basically Fox News’ illegitimate love child that it only claims during tax season—posted then later deleted a pair of racist tweets about how the existence of white people in the military and government made him…

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Lying Ass Liar Kayleigh McEnany Says She ‘Never Lied,’ and That May Be the Biggest Lie of All

Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McFiberton, of the New Hampshire McFibertons, couldn’t tell the truth if her life depended on it.

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The Phoenix Suns Are Breaking Generational Basketball Curses In Real Time

My allegiance to the Orlando Magic runs deep.

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Ted Cruz Continues Courting Trump, Files Lawsuit for His Boo to Reclaim Millions He Gave to Campaign

I don’t know how campaign financing works, but I know that I have a Ted Cruz rule in my house which states, “Where did Ted Cruz fall on this issue?” and then I do the exact opposite of whatever it is. It has never failed me. Not once. Mostly because Ted Cruz looks like a fat Eddie Munster and also because his politics…

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5 American Cities That Thrive on Black Culture

The word long doesn’t adequately express what we’ve experienced over the last 15 months. As we face another summer that looks far different from summers past, one thing is certain, and that is our need as melanated beings to be in spaces and places that celebrate our existence.

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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Thousands of Teachers Protest Laws that Dictate What They Can Teach About Race in Class

Teachers in more than 20 cities gathered to let G.O.P. lawmakers know that they ain’t down with attempts to dictate they can and can’t teach in class.

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The Grave of a Former Slave Turned Florida State Senator May Be Buried Under What's Now A Tampa Parking Lot

Robert Meacham, who became a Florida state senator after being freed from slavery, is one of more than 1,200 people buried at a site that is now believed to be a parking lot for the Italian Club Cemetery in Tampa, Fla.

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Students Help the School From Remember the Titans Forget Its Racist Namesake

Everyone remembers the Titans, but soon, we’ll have one less reason to remember T.C. Williams–the namesake of the Alexandria, Va. school where the football team immortalized by the Denzel Washington-led film calls home.

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Saturday, June 12, 2021

$4 Billion in Federal Relief for Black Farmers on Hold After White Farmers Cry Discrimination

About $4 billion in federal stimulus money designated to forgive loans for Black and minority farmers remains in limbo because white farmers claim that this loan forgiveness program is unconstitutional and discriminatory against them.

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Two White Families Got Riled Up After Two Black Students Beat Their Kids for School Honors in Mississippi

Just when you thought we may have finally gotten a break from hearing the word “recount” ad nauseum after the most recent election cycle, two white families broke the respite after two Black students beat out their kids for graduation honors at a West Point, Miss., high school.

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NC Plantation Cancels Juneteenth Event Where 'Massa' Would Have Waxed Poetic About the Confederacy

The Historic Latta Plantation in Huntersville, N.C., recently advertised a Juneteenth event that aimed to tell the stories of “white refugees,” Confederate soldiers who were sad about losing the Civil War and freed slaves living “high on the hog”—all from the perspective of an unemployed slave master.

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Friday, June 11, 2021

Derek Chauvin Attorney Seeks to 'Impeach the Verdict' in Ex-Cop's Murder Conviction, Citing Jury Bias

Attorney Eric Nelson is still out here pulling out all the stops in an effort to free his murdering-ass client, ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted in the death George Floyd.

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In Honor of Black Music Month, Cari Champion Treats Us to A Life in Tracks

I believe the phrase is “music soothes the savage beast,” but music also plays an integral role in amplifying our life experiences and shifting our moods. In related news, it also helped keep millions of Black people sane during Donald Trump’s four-year kleptocratic reign.

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School Board in Georgia's Cobb County Bans Critical Race Theory

Another day, another group of Republicans are in their feelings that America was and is racist as fuck. A school board in Georgia’s Cobb County voted on Thursday to ban the teaching of Critical Race Theory in schools.

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Beyoncé's Internet Made Me Listen to Destiny's Child's 'Cater 2 U' for the First Time in Like 15 Years. I Have Thoughts

One of my favorite things to happen on Beyoncé’s internet is when I come across some meme or viral something that has taken off and I know immediately why within seconds of seeing it, usually because fuckery is or was afoot.

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Louisville Metro Police Department Set to Fire Officer Who Struck Kneeling Protester With a Baton

The Louisville Metro Police Department has moved to fire an officer who struck a person that was surrendering with a baton during a Black Lives Matter protest last year.

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How We Do: What to Gift Your 'I Do' Crew

The Root has so enjoyed kicking off wedding season with “How We Do,” our series of gift guides, style experts and love stories, aimed at helping our readers find some inspiration for their own nuptials and unions. But if you’ve ever planned a wedding, you know it’s not just about you (no really, it’s not). It…

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Why Everyone Is Wrong About Critical Race Theory In Schools: A Very Special Clapback Mailbag

You’re probably thinking: “Hasn’t The Root already done an explainer on Critical Race Theory?”

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Black Creativity Abounds in These Latest Project Announcements From Issa Rae, Kenya Barris, John Legend and Sanaa Lathan

Look, whoever said I have the same 24 hours as Issa Rae lied.

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2021 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced; Darnella Frazier Receives Special Citation

Darnella Frazier, the teenager brave enough to document the nine minutes and 29 seconds that Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into George Floyd’s neck has been recognized with a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation. The honor was announced by Aminda Marqués González, co-chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board, during the…

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Auntie Unfiltered Discusses the 'Panic After the Panny'

Y’all, I have got to admit it: I have been waiting for things to open back up since the pandemic began, but now that it is actually on the verge of happening, I am feeling a little bit anxious and apprehensive.

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Chiney Ogwumike Takes One Step Closer to Broadcast Superstardom With Chiney

While Chiney Ogwumike has made a name for herself during her seven-year stint in the WNBA, it’s off the court where she’s rapidly becoming a household name.

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Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Nicki Minaj and SZA Are All Coming in Hot, Just in Time for Hot Girl Summer

Earlier this week, we told you about Megan Thee Stallion’s return to social media following a monthlong hiatus. We also mentioned that she dropped a teaser for her new single, “Thot Shit,” that was set to be released on Friday. Well, hotties today is that day, and boy, Tina Snow did not disappoint!

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White House Finally Moving Forward With Investigations Into Civil Rights Cold Cases Related to Unsolved Murders of Black People

In 2019, former President Donald Trump signed a law commissioning the Civil Rights Cold Case Records Review Board, which would be granted the power to “declassify government files and subpoena new testimony in the hopes of reopening cases or revealing publicly why many were never fully investigated,” according to a

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How We Do: Haki and Safisha's Legacy of Black Love

For over 50 years, Drs. Haki R. Madhubuti and Safisha Madhubuti have been building together alongside a community that reads like a who’s who of the Black Arts Movement. That includes both raising a successful blended family and launching numerous independent African-centered institutions in Chicago, where in 1967,…

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Cincinnati Racist Accused of Calling Black Uber Driver Racial Slur and Vandalizing His Car Over Malfunctioning GPS

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: White people are crazy!

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What's Beef? Quavo, Kendrick Perkins Squash Their Social Media Feud

After exchanging social media jabs for what seems like an eternity, I’m happy to report that Migos standout Quavo and former NBA champ Kendrick Perkins have finally squashed their long-simmering beef.

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Girls Inc. Launches Inaugural Film Festival in Partnership With Marsai Martin; Amber Ruffin Set to Host

Girls Inc., the nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering girls and women everywhere to be “Strong, Smart and Bold,” has announced its inaugural film festival event, The Root has learned.

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Hey Y'all, We Need to Stop Sleeping on Sea of Thieves

I’m a big fan of sandbox games that give you the tools to make your own fun. Most of my favorite gaming memories aren’t well-crafted story beats but the cool, funny, stupid, and/or amazing things I’ve managed to make happen just by screwing around in a game.

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

It's E3 This Weekend! So Let's Talk About Everything That's Not Going to Happen

It’s that glorious time of the year where all the biggest game studios wheel out meticulously crafted, gameplay-light trailers for games that will likely be delayed into the next year, a.k.a E3! I’m sure you’ve seen many articles about what might be announced this weekend. Seeing as our play cousins at Kotaku have…

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Police Officers in Ohio Charged With Dereliction of Duty for Actions During George Floyd Protests Last Year

You don’t need me to tell you that cops didn’t exactly take it too well when thousands of people marched in the streets last year to demand they stop being violent, racist assholes with authoritarian tendencies. Images from protests across the country showed that cops only doubled down on the racist, authoritarian…

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KK-Karen Vandalizes Statue of Only Black Person to Travel With Lewis and Clark

There are some white people in this world who just wake up every morning and choose saltiness over every other flavor on the flavor spectrum. Like, I’m honestly starting to think they don’t cook with spices because they’re already so full of salt that they’re afraid they might spontaneously combust if they even smell…

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Michigan State Rep. Cynthia Johnson Continues to Receive Racist, Sexist Death Threats

Hey, The Whites™. I’m gonna need you to either nut the fuck up or shut the fuck up already. You can’t be out here in your feelings all the damn time, being so offended that people simply think this country isn’t all it’s been cracked up to be, and then turn around and talk about how we’re too sensitive. You wanna talk…

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Dove and the CROWN Coalition’s Latest Collaboration Is a Love Letter to Black Hair, Black Beauty and Nina Simone

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day...and thanks to this new collaboration between Dove, Verve Records, UMe and the Nina Simone Charitable Trust, Black women everywhere will hopefully be feeling good—about their natural hair, that is!

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The Queen of Basketball Gives Lusia Harris Her Long-Overdue Flowers

If you have no idea who Lusia “Lucy” Harris is, you’re not alone.

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Sasha Obama Is 20 Today, and I'm Not Old, You're Old

Maybe it’s because I’m from the South Side of Chicago and vividly remember meeting a pre-parenthood Michelle Obama back in 1994, but like a distant relative who only catches up with the cousins every few years, I have a specific timeframe that flashes through my mind every time I think of the Obama daughters. You…

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Ronald Greene's Death Prompts Internal Investigation Into Louisiana State Police Unit's Handlings of Black Motorists

A unit of the Louisiana State Police—the same police department that was involved in the in-custody death of Ronald Greene and accused in the merciless beatings of Antonio Harris and Aaron Bowman, all of whom are Black men—is now under internal investigation by a panel made up of other state police officials tasked…

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White People Are Crazy!

White delusion is both dangerous and often comical.

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'I Grew a Sense of Wonder': The Root Presents: It's Lit! Mines the Miracle of A Little Devil in America With Hanif Abdurraqib

After several books of poetry and essays and a New York Times bestselling meditation on A Tribe Called Quest, acclaimed author and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib was halfway through his fifth offering—an exploration and critique of the history and dynamics of Black performance in America—when he suddenly “shifted…

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New Number, Who Dis?

As someone who struggles with varying degrees of social anxiety, I find great comfort in familiarity. I eat damn near the same thing almost every single day (either shrimp, a fish of some sort, or chicken), I’ve gone to the same barber for the past seven years (and like an ain’t-shit husband, only cheat on her when…

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Black Ross Employee Remains Calm While KK-Karen Calls Her a 'Black Bitch'

Normally, I’m not one to praise Black people for remaining calm and peaceful in the face of aggressive white racism—because I don’t believe...