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Monday, May 31, 2021

Naomi Osaka Pulls Out of French Open Amid Controversy Over her Choosing her Mental Health Over Meeting With the Press

Tennis giant Naomi Osaka has dropped out of the French Open after clashing with the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and one day after officials threatened to expel her from the upcoming Grand Slam tournament all over her refusal to show up for press conferences after her matches. Listen: Media is important, and it’s…

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Kamala Harris Tweets 'Enjoy the Long Weekend' and White People who Call Other People 'Snowflakes' Got Reeeaally Triggered

Let’s be very real about one thing: For all of their claims that liberals are easily offended “snowflakes,” white conservatives are undoubtedly the most overly sensitive, perpetually triggered, crying-over-nonthing-est people in the world.

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How We Do: The Root Ushers in Wedding Season

Memorial Day is many things: a national holiday of remembrance; a date that this year coincides with a much-needed remembrance of a national tragedy; the unofficial start of summer; and the so-called official day we can all start wearing white again—well, at least until Labor Day. (The latter being an arbitrary and…

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Texas Democrats Block Republican Voter Suppression Bill by Walking TF Off the House Floor

On Sunday, The Root reported that the GOPropagandist-controlled Texas Senate approved what is very clearly a voter suppression bill that was negotiated behind closed doors, pushed “earlier than usual” and one that arbitrarily makes it more difficult to vote. Well, on Sunday night, state Senate Democrats banded…

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The Stories We've Told: A Look at the Tulsa Race Massacre From The Root Archives

The first time most (white) Americans likely heard about the Tulsa Race Massacre was when HBO’s Watchmen opened its first episode—aired on October 20, 2019—with the devastating reenactment of the death and destruction that took place on May 31-June 1 in Greenwood, the Black neighborhood known as “Black Wall Street.”

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Sunday, May 30, 2021

DHS Warns That White Supremacist Groups Might Target and Attack Tulsa Race Massacre Anniversary Events

White supremacists represent America’s greatest terrorism threat. The FBI has said it. The Department of Homeland Security has said it repeatedly. White conservative extremists keep on proving it. This is why government officials are constantly having to warn us that groups of the neo-Nazi variety might attack…

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Texas Senate Approves Voter Suppression Bill That was Negotiated Behind Closed Doors and Pushed 'Earlier Than Usual'

Republicans really are the worst.

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Iowa Woman Who Hit Black 12-Year-Old and Latina Teen With Her SUV Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

Nicole Poole Franklin, the white supremacist from Des Moines, Iowa, who on Dec. 9, 2019, hit a Black 12-year-old boy with her SUV and, on the same day, ran over a 14-year-old girl and admitted she did it because she thought the girl “was a Mexican,” has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty in…

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Saturday, May 29, 2021

DOJ Wants Federal Judge to Dismiss Lawsuits Over Trump Forcibly Removing Peaceful Protesters for Bible Photo-Op

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Karen Calls Cops on Michigan Black Woman for Talking Too Loudly, Cops Entertain That White Nonsense by Fining Black Woman

Many racial stereotypes come from a bit of truth. For example, a lot of Black people are loud—which is to say, we tend to have a fair amount of bass in our voices compared to our white counterparts and that shit tends to carry.

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Tulsa Race Massacre Commemoration Event Cancelled Because Reparations Demand for Survivors Was Too High

For Black America, the demand for reparations is always an uphill battle. Even when lawmakers and other elected officials appear to be for reparations, it often seems like they’re only half-in. For example, there’s never any proposed legislation that green lights actual monetary compensation for descendants of…

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Friday, May 28, 2021

Texas Spent Over a Million Dollars Fighting a Lawsuit Filed by Prisoners Asking for Sanitary Supplies and Social Distancing Measures

I really don’t fuck with Texas politicians, y’all. These motherfuckers really never miss an opportunity to be dumb, cruel, or just flat-out trash. A group of prisoners in the state filed a lawsuit last year to have hand sanitizer, soap, and proper social distancing measures implemented in prisons to help combat the…

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Legislation to Ban Black Hair Discrimination in Illinois Schools Passes State House

The state of Illinois is about an inch away from adopting a new law that would prohibit schools from discriminating against Black hair. The bill is currently on its way back to the state Senate so that lawmakers can vote on an amendment to name it for the Black 4-year-old who prompted its proposal after he was sent…

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Joey Bada$$ Opens Up About Mental Health Among Black Men in America: 'It's Such a Taboo Topic'

When he’s not out here starring in Oscar award-winning films, Joey Bada$$ is juggling a thriving music career, the demands of fatherhood, and plenty of other opportunities as he continues to ascend. As such, he’s a prime candidate for Spotify’s podcast Best Advice, which features both up-and-coming artists and legacy…

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The Root's Clapback Mailbag: Reverse Clapbacks

Answering emails, tweets and DMs from pissed-off readers can take a huge toll on a person’s psyche, but what about me? Who’s there for me when I need a response? Who can I run to, to fill this empty space with laughter? Who can I run to, when I need love?

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Does Common Have the GOAT Hip-Hop Career? Making the Case

A few months ago, I was a guest on a podcast that I really enjoy called the 80z Babies Podcast. The show—hosted by Yinka Diz and Outlaw—focuses largely on 90s and 00s era hip-hop and breaks down classic hip-hop albums, and attempts to make good albums into classics (like one of their latest episodes, Jay-Z’s Vol.

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'It’s a Cautionary Tale of What Happens if You Don’t Get Free': The Root Presents: It’s Lit! Talks The Secret Lives of Church Ladies With Deesha Philyaw

Amid a year with very few things to celebrate, one of its most celebrated books was Deesha Philyaw’s The Secret Lives of Church Ladies. To date, the short story collection has been a 2020 National Book Award finalist, won the 2020 Story Prize, a 2020 L.A. Times Book Prize for first fiction, and the 2021 Pen Faulkner…

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Trymaine Lee's Into America Marks the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre With 'Blood on Black Wall Street'

Each week, Into America, hosted by MSNBC correspondent Trymaine Lee, examines what it means to be Black in America—as told by the people who have the most at stake.

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Bird Box(ing): Trevante Rhodes to Star as Mike Tyson in Hulu Biopic Series

Go ahead and picture Trevante Rhodes working on Mike Tyson’s famous lisp with a dialect coach because the actor has been cast as the legendary professional boxer for a new Hulu series.

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Kamala Harris Becomes 1st Woman to Give Commencement Speech at U.S. Naval Academy

Vice President Kamala Harris is going to have to get used to being a lot of firsts.

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If There's a Such Thing as Rage-Quitting In the NBA, Devin Booker Did Exactly That Last Night Against the Lakers

If I busted my ass all season to earn the second-best record in the league, and in turn, the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference NBA Playoffs, only to face the reigning champs—who are technically the No. 7 seed, but not really—in the opening round, I’d probably be pissed, too.

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Patrisse Cullors Is Stepping Down From the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation to Focus on New Things

Nearly eight years ago, she co-founded the organization named for arguably the largest modern civil rights movement the nation and world have ever seen. Now, Patrisse Cullors is stepping down from the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation to focus on other aspects of the career and platform she has built for…

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San Jose Shooter Faced Disciplinary Hearing for Racist Remarks on Day of Attack: Report

The gunman who shot and killed nine Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) co-workers before killing himself was under investigation for reportedly making racist remarks to coworkers.

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Bill Cosby Denied Parole After Refusing to Complete Sex Offender Treatment Program

The Pennsylvania Parole Board has denied Bill Cosby’s parole, Deadline confirmed on Thursday. Cosby has been incarcerated at Pennsylvania’s State Correctional Institution at SCI Phoenix located in Collegeville for nearly three years after being convicted for drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University…

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'We Don't Just Change on a Dime': The Importance of Prioritizing Mental Health and Self-Care as We Transition Into a Post-Pandemic World

Psychotherapist Chamin Ajjan knows that folks are going through so much right now—mentally, emotionally and physically.

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Black Student at Nebraska High School Called 'Animal' on Science Test

Another day, another racist-ass teacher trying it. Today’s fuckery takes us to Ralston, Neb., where a high school science teacher used a picture of a Black student without his consent on a test and labeled him an “animal.”

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Roxane Gay Is Launching Her Own Imprint at Grove Atlantic

If you’ve been hungry for more work from Roxane Gay, you are soon to be sated. Via a press release provided to The Root, publisher Grove Atlantic has entered into a partnership with the bestselling author of Hunger, Bad Feminist, Difficult Women and other incredible works (as well as meriting her own MasterClass) to…

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Mother of Tamir Rice Fighting to Prevent Officer Who Shot Her Son From Getting His Job Back

The mother of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy who was fatally shot over six years ago by Cleveland police, is fighting to make sure that the police officer responsible for the shooting doesn’t get his job back on the police force.

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2 Tacoma Police Officers Charged With Murder and a 3rd Charged With Manslaughter in Death of Manuel Ellis

Weeks before George Floyd was murdered by ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, another Black man in Tacoma, Wash., died in police custody shortly after telling the officers who were restraining him, “I can’t breathe.” That man was 33-year-old Manuel Ellis, and on Thursday, two of the police officers involved…

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Can’t Stop Karening: Amy Cooper Files Lawsuit Against Ex-Employer Alleging Discrimination After She Was Fired When Central Park Video Went Viral

Whatever happened to just taking the L? Whether it be the former president and his acolytes or the Central Park Karen, there’s an alarming lack of folks going, “you know what, that’s on me, I fucked up.” One would hope a year was enough time for Amy Cooper to realize why she was wrong, why she faced the consequences…

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Walmart Apologizes for Email Sent Out to Customers That Included the N-Word

I’m starting to think that anonymous racists choose to be anonymous while doing their dirty work because they’re embarrassed by their lack of white supremacist creativity.

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My Washer Broke and I've Had to Outsource My Favorite Chore—Washing Clothes. I've Learned a Few Things

Washing clothes is my favorite chore. I don’t know exactly when this started, but since I was younger, I’ve always enjoyed the process of washing, drying and folding my clothes. I always felt like if I at least had clean clothes, I could go anywhere and do anything. It’s a feeling that’s stayed with me through today.

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BET Awards 2021: Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby, Drake, Cardi B Among Nominees

The BET Awards, which recently revealed that it would be holding its 2021 ceremony live at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, has just announced their nominees for this year.

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White Cops Take Trophy Hunting Photo of Smiling Black Bank Robbery Suspect, and We Have Questions

KRS-One taught me that “overseers” said fast enough and over a long period of time sound a lot like “officers” in his seminal text, “Sound of da Police,” so it isn’t shocking to me that cops do corrupt things.

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Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre: Directors Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams Reflect on 100 Years of Racist Terrorism

This year, it’ll be 100 years since the extremely grotesque act of domestic terrorism known as the Tulsa Race Massacre, which occurred on May 31 and June 1, 1921.

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The Little-Known Story of Bill Traylor, One of America's Most Important Artists of the 20th Century

Bill Traylor’s extraordinary life story is American history. The self-taught artist began his unique drawings in his 80s and produced over 1,200 works. His drawings depicted memories from the plantation and the Black Southern experience throughout the 20th century.

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Bad Poetry, Blogs, Open Mics and Nightclubs: A Story About My Writing Journey on Pass The Peas With Panama Jackson

You know, I think I’ve told the story of how Very Smart Brothas came to be a million times at this point. In fact, Damon and I have done it so much I’m fairly certain I know exactly what he’s going to say before he says it. But what neither of us has spent a ton of time talking about, individually and as a collective…

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‘I Had to Go So Deep Within Myself:’ Lauren London Talks Without Remorse and the Importance of Prioritizing Her Spiritual Journey

It’s an undeniable fact that the last year and a half has been a time filled with tremendous loss on multiple fronts.

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A Criminal Injustice: How a City Ignored the Rape, Murder and Terrorism of Black Women for Four Decades

The most disrespected person in America is the black woman.
The most unprotected person in America is the black woman.
The most neglected person in America is the black woman.
—El Hajj Malik El Shabazz

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Singer John Davis, One of the Real Voices Behind Milli Vanilli, Dead at 66 Due to Coronavirus

John Davis, known as one of the true voices behind once-popular R&B group Milli Vanilli, has died at the age of 66 due to complications from the coronavirus, Variety reports. His daughter Jasmin confirmed the news via a Facebook post on May 24.

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Massachusetts Elementary School Teacher Fired After Being Exposed as White Supremacist Writer Who Hid Behind Pseudonyms

This week, a Massachusetts elementary school teacher was fired after he was exposed as an unabashed white supremacist writer who routinely published his work on white nationalist websites under multiple pseudonyms.

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Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams Gave Us Glimpse Into Their Group Chat and Now I’m Feeling All the Feels

Kelly, can you handle this? Michelle, can you handle this? Beyoncé, can you handle this?

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The Hell Is Wrong With Y'all?

Who raised y’all?

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5 Arrested in the Attempted Murder of British BLM Activist Sasha Johnson

Five men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in the shooting of prominent British Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson, who remains in critical condition.

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Exclusive Trailer: PBS POV Documentary The Neutral Ground Explores the Power a Losing Confederate Has in the U.S.

Here at The Root, we’ve provided exhaustive coverage on the ongoing fight in connection with the removal of Confederate monuments across the nation. The pushback against this glorification of inherently racist symbols has finally gotten some real results within the past few years. Sometimes protestors have to take…

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$55 Million Later, Naomi Osaka Becomes the World's Highest-Paid Woman in Sports for the 2nd Consecutive Year

If you thought a global pandemic would stop one of the greatest athletes of our time, you’re sadly mistaken.

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Nikole Hannah-Jones Tenure Goes Back to the Same UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees That Took Issue With The 1619 Project Journalist

The same conflicted (read: cowering racists) board of trustees at a North Carolina university have received a resubmitted tenure application for Nikole Hannah-Jones after supporters of the New York Times Magazine’s The 1619 Project journalist called the board out for being full of shit.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Dumb Crimes: 8th Noose Found at Amazon Construction Site in Connecticut Despite Heightened Security

Racists are a weird bunch. I mean, that’s obvious given that they’re so pressed that colors and cultures that aren’t theirs simply exist. But the thing that truly baffles me is how much effort racists put into being racist. In recent weeks, several nooses have been found at a construction site for an Amazon warehouse…

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Illinois City Will Investigate Police Department a Year After Eric Lurry Died While in Police Custody

An Illinois city has hired a private attorney to investigate its police department over the death of Eric Lurry while in police custody a little over a year ago.

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The Cast of A Different World Take a Trip Down Memory Lane, and I’ve Never Wanted to Be a Hillman Alum So Bad

Mellifluous.

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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...