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Friday, April 30, 2021

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Wants Justice Department to Suspend Police Grants Amid Investigation Into Policing Practices

After former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the U.S. Justice Department has launched an investigation into the city’s police department to determine whether it “engages in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or…

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For the D: How to Get More of the 'Sunshine Vitamin' Into Your System

Raise your hand if you have been told that you are vitamin D deficient! Never before have we heard so much talk about vitamin D, how important it is, and how many of us walk around with much less of it than we should have—seems like something we should’ve known a long time ago! But here we are, and here’s all you need…

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Time to Hit the Lab in This Week’s Good-Ass Games at Good-Ass Prices

Happy Friday, folks! I don’t know about y’all, but I love a good fighting game. While I barely have the time these days to stay in the lab like I used to, I still try to pick up my fight stick from time to time. This week has quite a few fighting games on sale across all consoles, so I figured why not celebrate the…

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Couple Appears in Court After Attacking Black Hotel Clerk and Allegedly Using Racial Slurs in Connecticut; Victim's Attorney Says They Have 'No Remorse'

Last June, a couple from New York was caught on video attacking a Black hotel clerk in Connecticut. An attorney for the victim, Crystal Caldwell, said he believes the attack was racially motivated because “racial comments and slurs” were made while she was being beaten by the white man who is also alleged to have made…

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What Were Some of My Favorite Moments From the 2021 NFL Draft? I'm Glad You Asked

On the eve of America’s new favorite holiday and the release of a new DJ Khaled album, football connoisseurs far and wide were treated to a beautiful evening of tears and triumph as the 2021 NFL Draft gave us all everything we needed and more—unless you’re The Root Senior Editor Stephen Crockett Jr., who was last seen…

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The Funk Boutique: We're Rooting for Everybody Black

“Zazie has such a power and presence about herself that is so undeniable.”

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Janet Mock Goes Off-Script, Airing Out Ryan Murphy, the Pose Writers' Room and Unequal Pay at Final Season Premiere Party

Everyone has a breaking point. Janet Mock may have hit hers at the premiere party for Pose’s final season on Thursday night, as she gave a speech that can only be described as—in the words of The Root’s Entertainment Staff Writer Tonja Stidhum—a “PLOT TWIST.”

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3 Suspects Charged in Home Invasion of Black Family in Michigan; Family Says Racial Slurs Were Shouted

Just after midnight on Monday, a mother and her two children were awakened by sounds of intruders breaking into their Walled Lake, Mich., home. The mother’s 13-year-old son heard the commotion and swiftly woke up his 9-year-old brother. Moments later, the two boys’ mother was in their room armed with a gun and…

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The Root's Clapback Mailbag: We Have Questions

While I’m generally known for my quiet, kind-hearted demeanor and as someone who accepts racism quietly and would never push back when someone else says or does something stupid or racist, beneath this placid, compassionate exterior lies a heart that constantly asks the same question over and over again. (Why are you…

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Until Justice Is Real: What’s Next After Chauvin Was Found Guilty of Murdering George Floyd

Hearing the guilty verdict handed down to Derek Chauvin last week brought up a lot of emotions for all of us. One of those emotions was relief—and nothing showed that relief more than the faces of the Floyd family. Despite the facts and video capturing all 9 minutes and 29 seconds of the murder of George Floyd, it was…

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Auntie Unfiltered Discusses Securing the Bag With Kandi Burruss

Kandi Burruss has been in the game a long time. She has had success as a member of the group Xscape; as a songwriter who has penned such eternal classics as “Bills, Bills, Bills” for Destiny’s Child and the girl anthem “No Scrubs” for TLC; as a member of the fan-favorite Real Housewives of Atlanta franchise; as the…

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Tucker Carlson Calls Joy Reid 'The Race Lady.' Hopefully Reid Challenges Him to a Cage Fight

I don’t enjoy violence.

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Philly Museum Apologizes for Keeping Bones of a Black Child Killed in MOVE Bombing Raid for More Than 30 Years

The University of Pennsylvania has issued an apology after it was discovered that one of its museums stored remains of a MOVE bombing victim for more than 30 years.

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'Shame Stifles You': The Root Presents: It's Lit! Reject Shame With Tarana Burke and Tanya Fields

Shame is a universal condition—no one is immune. In fact, it might be argued that shame is also one of the strongest drivers of human behavior, often causing our worlds to revolve around it. We have it inflicted upon us—especially those of us in already marginalized groups—and in turn, inflict it upon others. We live…

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British Actor Noel Clarke Accused of Sexual Misconduct; Michaela Coel Supports 20 'Brave Women' Who Came Forward

Content Warning: The following article contains details of alleged sexual misconduct, including unauthorized sharing of explicit photos, groping, harassment and bullying.

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Racist 'Promposal' Sparks Outrage at Minnesota High School

The Big Lake School District in Minnesota is responding to outrage after a photo of a racist “promposal” has gone viral.

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I'll Be Around

This month makes 10 years from the weekend I drove from Pittsburgh to D.C. for a party to celebrate both the three-year anniversary of the launch of VerySmartBrothas—the blog Panama Jackson, Liz Burr, and I created in 2008—and the release of Your Degrees Won’t Keep You Warm At Night, a self-published compilation of…

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Families of Black Men Killed by Cops Push for Serious Reform

The families of Black men killed by police spoke with White House officials and senators Thursday about the passage of a meaningful reform bill that will address police brutality, with the May 25 anniversary of George Floyd’s death being the goal date.

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Billboard Music Awards 2021: The Weeknd, Megan Thee Stallion, Drake, Saweetie Among Nominees

On Thursday, Billboard announced its nominees for the annual Billboard Music Awards. This year’s ceremony will air live at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and will include fan-voted categories for Top Social Artist and Top Collaboration. Because y’all know how we get down ‘round this way, let’s go ahead and get into…

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She's One of a Kind: Get Creative With Your Gifting This Mother's Day

What type of mom do have? If she’s a great one, the question isn’t whether she’s biological, adoptive, bonus, spiritual, or chosen (We see you, house mothers!); a great one has a vital role in creating the person you are—and loves you unconditionally through all your growing pains. Chances are, she cherished every…

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In a Confession Letter, Matt Gaetz’s Friend Claims the Embattled Congressman Paid for Sex With Minor: Report

Welp, it looks like Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz better start working out so that he can fight off attackers in prison because he’s about to lose his job and go straight to the pokey if anything in his former friend’s letter is true.

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Lupita Nyong’o Confirms Ryan Coogler 'Reshaped' Black Panther 2 to Be 'Respectful' of Chadwick Boseman

Black Panther 2 will soon begin production in Atlanta, and director Ryan Coogler recently made headlines when he penned an op-ed explaining exactly why he wasn’t boycotting the state of Georgia after the passing of voter suppression bill SB202. Of course, many fans are likely curious about the cast and crew as they…

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

White Farmers Sue Federal Government Because Black People Truly Can’t Have Anything

The recently passed COVID relief bill had $5 billion in provisions intended to help Black and brown farmers who have historically been the victims of systemic racism within the Department of Agriculture. Predictably, white folks have a problem with that and have filed a lawsuit against the federal government, claiming…

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Investigation Into Anjanette Young Raid Finds More Than 100 Complaints Against Chicago Cops and 'Significant Deficiencies' in Search Procedure

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability has just completed its 16-month-long investigation into the February 2019 raid conducted by Chicago police officers into the home of 50-year-old Anjanette Young, who was made to wait handcuffed and naked while officers searched her home for a suspect who did not live there.…

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Teyana Taylor Airs Out Grievances With Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music Label: 'I Felt Underappreciated'

As a card-carrying member of the “Teyana Taylor Can Do No Fucking Wrong” fan club—“Issues/Hold On” or “Wake Up Love” will immediately bring you to your senses if you feel otherwise—I was on the brink of writing my senator when I learned in December that the same angel that gave us “Come Back to Me” was retiring from…

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T-Pain Handles Racist Call of Duty Players in the Best Way Possible: Absolutely Destroying Them

T-Pain’s internet presence is truly one of the most delightful things we’ve got going for us. If you weren’t aware, the R&B singer is an avid gamer who streams on Twitch from time to time. When he recently encountered a group of racists in the lobby for a match in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, well, shawty snapped.

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College Debate Tournament Canceled After Morehouse and Other Colleges Withdrew, Citing Racism of Other Schools

The debate team for Atlanta’s Morehouse College recently withdrew from a tournament for reasons that, as far as I can tell, boil down to one thing: Black people can’t exist in predominantly white spaces without battling racism.

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The Sacramento Kings Just Made History for All the Wrong Reasons

You ever had that friend that just can’t get right?

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Get Lifted: What Are the Real Benefits of a Meditation Practice?

There has been a lot of talk about meditation in recent years. Everyone claims to be doing it, and countless apps have been created to help people with their practice, and introduce newcomers to its benefits. But what is meditation, exactly? According to Webster’s dictionary, the definition of meditation is: “to…

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Pose: The Final Season: How the Series Set an Industry Standard for LGBTQ+ Safe Spaces

To kick off the month of May, Pose fans will be living, werking and posing for the very last time.

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Was Drake’s Views Really Fire or Did It Leave a Lot to Be Desired? Let’s Argue

On this fifth anniversary of Drake’s fourth studio album Views, I think it’s high time we say what needs to be said.

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Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat Pulls the Plug on NFT Auction That Would Have Allowed the Winner to Destroy Original Drawing

This whole Non-Fungible Token (NFT) craze has me convinced that rich people just don’t know what to do with their money. The more I research it, the more the concept seems like one that managed to teleport from the year 2000 just as the dot-com bubble was bursting. Considering that the whole idea is the epitome of…

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‘Uncle Tim’ Hashtag Blocked on Twitter After Sen. Token Tim Scott Gave His Rebuttal to Biden’s Address to Congress

Here at The Root, we don’t do house negro shame. Sure, there are plenty of Black people who sit comfortably at the feet of white men waiting all day for a pat on the head and “good boy,” but we don’t call people out on it. OK, maybe we do but that was mostly Omarosa and she earned it.

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Was Tim Scott Right When He Said 'America Is Not a Racist Country'? An Investigation

I’m part of the liberal media.

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The Death of Marvin David Scott III Has Been Ruled a Homicide

The death of Marvin David Scott III, a 26-year-old Black man who was first arrested and taken to a Texas detention facility in March and ended up dead, has been ruled a homicide.

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Ex-Georgia Sheriff’s Deputy Bragged About Beating Black Suspect and Arresting Black People to Keep Them From Voting, FBI Says

A former Wilkinson County, Ga., sheriff’s deputy was fired in November after the FBI contacted his sheriff and informed him that his deputy is being investigated for possessing illegal guns and potential ties to white supremacist terrorism. On Monday, the former deputy pleaded guilty in a federal court in Macon to one…

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Florida Republicans Are One Step Closer to Making It Harder for Non-White People to Vote

Florida Republicans are up to their anti-voter rights bullshit again and they aren’t pretending to hide their disdain for democracy. They have been fine-tuning their bill SB 90, which will make voting in the state much more difficult and passed it in the House on a party-line vote of 77-40 Wednesday.

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It's Draft Day! Let's Talk About It

The only thing better than waking up yesterday and hearing that Rudy Giuliani’s Upper East Side apartment was raided by the feds is waking up today and remembering that we’re less than 12 hours away from the 2021 NFL Draft. And because I’m such a kind, giving soul, here are your answers to some of the biggest…

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No Matter What Happened in the Derek Chauvin Trial, the Former Cop Was Leaving in Handcuffs: Report

If the jury in the trial of Derek Chauvin had found the former Minneapolis cop who kneeled on George Floyd’s neck until he died not guilty or if a mistrial was called, the Department of Justice planned to arrest him and charge him with federal police-brutality violations.

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TCM Exclusive Clip: Reflecting on the L.A. Rebellion Black Film Movement—an Alternative to Classic White Cinema

Being a Black person in the film industry often means having to create your own lanes in a highway filled with whiteness.

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Over 400 Former Jeopardy! Participants Demand Apology Over Contestant’s Alleged ‘White Power’ Gesture

A number of former Jeopardy! contestants are demanding action from the show’s producers following a recent disturbance from a current player that was caught live on television.

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'It Stops With This Generation': Monifa Bandele on the Cultural Mandate That Is We, As Ourselves

What does it cost a culture to ignore or outright deny its most marginalized and abused? One need look no further than America, which struggles under the weight of its hypocrisy each time it claims to be the “land of the free.” Simply put, it’s an integrity issue: How can you trust a country that refuses to prioritize…

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3 Suspects in Ahmaud Arbery Case Charged With Hate Crimes

The Department of Justice has charged three men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery with hate crimes.

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The Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Oprah Interview Cinematic Universe Continues...With a Documentary

The huge success of Oprah With Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special means that every possible way to milk that content will be explored. Hell, The Root (and I’m sure many other outlets) has gotten multiple stories and clicks out of it (including this one)!

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Louisiana Lawmaker Wants to Ban ‘Divisive Concepts’ Like Critical Race Theory, Also Wants to Teach About the ‘Good’ in Slavery

At this point, I just need the Republican Party to admit that it’s the answer to the age-old question: Is there a heaven for a Klan member?

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South Carolina Volunteer Fire Chief Under Fire for Racist Post Encouraging Cops to Let Black People Kill Each Other

A few years ago, The Root’s Michael Harriot wrote what I consider to be a brilliant response to white people’s “Black-on-Black” crime narrative. In the piece, Harriot pointed out all of the most obvious things, such as the fact that the vast majority of violent crime that happens in America is intraracial and the fact…

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Multiple Homes With Black Lives Matter Signs Have Had Their Tires Slashed in Sacramento Neighborhood

You know, maybe it’s because I grew up in the Wild West era of Xbox Live voice chat, but I generally find the current crop of right-wing trolls and provocateurs more bemusing than offensive. I just can’t take a group of people calling folks snowflakes seriously when they get so in their feelings they do shit like…

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Rory and Mal Cancel Divorce Proceedings, Make Their Triumphant Return to The Joe Budden Podcast

Going into business with friends is almost always a recipe for an ulcer or seven. I’ve experienced it first hand in many of my own professional pursuits, and it’s quite clear that rapper-turned-media personality Joe Budden has experienced much of the same with his podcast, The Joe Budden Podcast.

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Black Students at Private School in Connecticut Use Instagram to Call Out Racist Behavior of Faculty and Teachers

Unfortunately, it should come as no surprise at this point that teachers can be just as racist as any other group of people. You would think working around kids all day would make you a little more privy to their technological prowess, but apparently that’s not the case, as a group of Black students at a private…

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Issa Rae’s Raedio and The Read Team Up for Upcoming Original Comedy Album

The widely popular and always hilarious weekly podcast The Read with Kid Fury and Crissle will be partnering up with Issa Rae’s record label Raedio for an all-new comedy album, The Root has learned.

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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...