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Monday, September 27, 2021

The Chiefs Have Some Things to Fix, the Rams Are in the Super Bowl Mix and Other Takeaways From Week 3 of the NFL

Oh, there was football this weekend? Let’s talk about it.

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'The Lights Are On and We Are Back!': Winners From the 2021 Tony Awards

The 74th annual Tony Awards took place on Sunday, with a fully vaxxed, in-person ceremony airing live across CBS and Paramount+.

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Sunday, September 26, 2021

A Right-Leaning Group Has Created Materials to Teach People How to Combat Critical Race Theory in Their Communities

A conservative nonprofit group has created materials to train people on how they can fight the teaching of critical race theory in their communities, because how dare anyone learn about systemic racism’s hold on our society?

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Trump Suggests Stacey Abrams Might Be a Better Georgia Governor Than Brian Kemp

Here’s something you might not have expected to hear this weekend: during one of his seemingly never-ending rallies, former President Donald Trump suggested that Stacey Abrams might have been a better governor than Republican Brian Kemp.

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Texas School Board Moves Forward With Process to Fire Black Principal Accused of Teaching Critical Race Theory

A Texas school board has voted to move forward with a process that could end with the firing of James Whitfield, a Black principal that became embroiled in controversy over critical race theory allegedly being taught at his school.

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Saturday, September 25, 2021

USDA to Form Commission to Tackle Racial Disparities That Hurt Black Farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is launching a commission dedicated to rectifying the agency’s history of discriminating against Black farmers.

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A Maryland Parking Lot That Was Once the Site of a Historic Black Cemetery May Be Sold A Property Management Firm

Activists in Bethesda, Maryland are working to prevent the sale of an asphalt parking lot that was once a historic Black cemetery and preserve the bodies of several freed slaves and their descendants that may lie below.

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Grand Jury Indicts Former Louisiana State Trooper for Beating Black Motorist 18 Times with a Flashlight

Jacob Brown, a former Louisiana state trooper who was caught on body camera footage as he struck Black motorist Aaron Larry Bowman 18 times with a flashlight, has been indicted by a grand jury for a civil rights violation.

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Friday, September 24, 2021

‘I Have Spoken With Her. We Are Hanging In There’: Wendy Williams’ Brother Gives Update on Her Condition

It seems things are starting to look up for Wendy Williams!

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North Carolina Principal Apologizes for ‘White’ Sign Pictured Over School Drinking Fountain

From exposés written on police brutality to the influx in racial hate crimes, everything going on in America right now has made me a lot more suspicious of white antics. Some things are genuinely a misunderstanding, but most times Black people are right to assume something sinister is happening.

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Florida Lawmaker Proposes Abortion Ban, ‘Florida Heartbeat Act’

While Gov. Ron DeSantis is completely botching the state’s COVID-19 response, other Republican lawmakers have their eyes set on ruining their constituents’ lives another way.

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It's Go Time: Odell Beckham Jr. Set to Make Season Debut on Sunday for the Cleveland Browns

It’s been almost a year since we’ve seen superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on the football field. And barring any last-minute setbacks, he’ll be making his season debut for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, according to ESPN.

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The Funk Boutique: The New Yeezys Look Like Something Off of a Golden Crust Menu

What, and I cannot stress this enough...the hell?

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Rihanna Told Me I’m Pretty and Other Amazing Things That Happened at Savage x Fenty

On Wednesday night, Robyn Rihanna Fenty hosted a viewing party for the Savage x Fenty Vol. 3 movie that premiered today. The party started at 9:30 p.m. on a Wednesday and featured caterers walking through the party with cajun style shrimp, chicken and waffles, mini-burgers and towers of chocolate.

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The Root Institute: HBCUs—the Legacy, the Now, the Future

Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are having a moment. This happens every so often, usually after some period of social unrest where racial divisions divide and the desire for safe spaces becomes not only a need, but a must. In the wake of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis…

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The View Co-Hosts Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro Pulled Off Air Live on TV After Testing Positive for COVID Moments Before Interview With VP Kamala Harris

On Friday morning, Vice President Kamala Harris joined the ladies of The View where she discussed among other things, the current Haitian migrant crisis and Texas’ anti-abortion law.

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Andrew Wiggins' Refusal to Get Vaccinated Could Create Some Big Problems for the Golden State Warriors

Earlier this month, we reported that due to newly imposed coronavirus guidelines in New York City and San Francisco, this upcoming NBA season could lead to players for the Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks being forced to sit out home games should they decline to receive the COVID-19 vaccine:

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The Root Institute 2021: Retracing Our Steps, Preserving Our History

Each of the two authors who spoke with Michael Harriot for The Root Institute have committed to telling our stories in ways that best represent the texture and richness of our lives. That mission has propelled them to take their passion on the road to learn more about their ancestry.

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Senate Democrats, Why Are You Silent on Voting Rights?

We’re at a quintessential moment in our democracy. Without a shadow of a doubt, voting rights is one of the major issues facing our country today. So much of our future depends on our ability to have access to the polls and the levers of power it holds. Yet, Congress went on recess with no voting rights legislation…

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Derek Chauvin Appeals His Conviction in the Death of George Floyd

On Thursday night, Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted in the murder of George Floyd, filed an appeal to overturn his conviction without an attorney.

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The Root Institute 2021: Generation X Are the Original Influencers

In the news these days, we hear a lot about Boomers, Millennials and Gen Z and their impact on various parts of our society, including culture, politics and the world of work. Generation X—my generation—is the generation that is often left out of or forgotten during these discussions.

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R. Kelly’s Defense Presents Closing Arguments Comparing Him to Martin Luther King Jr., Hugh Hefner and Mike Pence

As the sex-trafficking trial of disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly nears its end, the defense team presented closing arguments in Brooklyn federal court on Thursday.

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Candace Parker Clips the Dallas Wings, Phoenix Mercury Eliminate New York Liberty in First Round of WNBA Playoffs

Ladies and gentlemen (non-binary folks, too), the WNBA Playoffs are here! What a time to be alive. But before we dig into Thursday night’s festivities, allow me to bring everyone up to speed on the WNBA’s playoff format that’s been in place since 2016:

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10 Black Female Officers Accuse DC Police of Racial and Sexual Discrimination in Class-Action Lawsuit

Black women have to carefully navigate the workplace to avoid the Angry Black Woman trope when speaking up about injustice. This much is true for the former and current Black women officers who filed a class-action lawsuit against the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

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.

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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.

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'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 never hesitated to call out injustice in everyday life, and raised her firstborn child to do the same. Now…

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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 to class even if they were exposed to the virus.

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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 have taken over the financial market space. The next generation of internet investors are flocking to this…

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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.

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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 that have haunted these talks for more than a year.

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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, our experts in this episode of The Root Institute, encourage us to do. Nkonde’s expertise in AI, and Benton’s deep…

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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.”

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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, ESPN reports that something awful occurred: The football-shaped medallion he was wearing that contained his father’s…

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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 Girls Who Have Considered Politics. “One, I walk in the room knowing that I’m Black...I walk in the room knowing…

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Wednesday, September 22, 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.

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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.

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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 Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song—died Tuesday night at 89.

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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.

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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.

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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 circulated a petition to bring back slavery on social media last week.

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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.

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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 in their own impactful way: with a signed petition calling out the Broadway community for its lack of diversity and…

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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 spinoff series, grown-ish, where she plays Zoey Johnson, an ambitious, fashion-forward college student, on her…

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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.

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The Root Institute 2021: Storytelling Is a Revolutionary Act

When the war against “Critical Race Theory” (placed in quotation marks because what they are calling Critical Race Theory and what Critical Race Theory actually is are two different things) is won by those who would have our children learn only a very whitewashed version of our nation’s history, who will tell our

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Trump Sues Niece and the New York Times in Hopes of Becoming Relevant Again

My sister once told me that there was nothing scarier than a white man losing his power. I think she may have been talking about the X-Men but the same applies here as former President Trump—you know, the man who still claims that the election was rigged against him—is reportedly suing his estranged niece and the New…

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The Chiefs Have Some Things to Fix, the Rams Are in the Super Bowl Mix and Other Takeaways From Week 3 of the NFL

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