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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Grand Jury Declines to Indict Former Georgia State Trooper Who Fatally Shot Black Motorist

A grand jury decided on Monday not to indict a former Georgia State Trooper who fatally shot a Black motorist last year. What was his crime? Having a broken taillight.

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Despite Conservative Attempts to Cancel Her, University of North Carolina (Finally) Grants Nikole Hannah-Jones Tenure

Nikole Hannah-Jones, the New York Times journalist, MacArthur “genius grant” recipient, The Root 100 honoree and creator of The 1619 Project, has finally been granted tenure at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after a prolonged, unnecessary saga.

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10 of 17 Diversity and Inclusion Council Members Quit After NH Gov. Chris Sununu Signs Bill Restricting, Well, Diversity and Inclusion

Imagine being a governor who is so staunchly against teaching diversity and inclusion that you forget you have a diversity and inclusion council and sign legislation that causes more than half of said council’s members to bounce on your ass.

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Carmelo Anthony Is the Inaugural Recipient of the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award

On Tuesday, ESPN and the NBA report that Carmelo Anthony was named the inaugural winner of the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award, which we previously reported recognizes a current NBA player for “pursuing social justice and upholding the league’s decades-long values of equality, respect, and…

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Federal Authorities Warn That Extremist Violence Could Rise as COVID-19 Restrictions Are Eased

There has been a lot of talk lately about “going back to normal” as the country begins to reemerge at what is hopefully the tailend of the pandemic. Unfortunately, normal in this country includes frequent incidents of mass violence, and a new Homeland Security bulletin warns that domestic extremists may be plotting to…

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What If White People Are Wrong?

I believe America is a racist country, but I understand why some people don’t.

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Still Black, Still Proud: Unpacking the Untold Story of Harlem's 'Summer of Soul'

The Harlem Cultural Festival. Have you ever heard of it?

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Bye, Phylicia: Social Media Reacts to Phylicia Rashad's Message of Support for Bill Cosby's Overturned Sexual Assault Conviction

Bill Cosby is a free man.

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PageTurners: It's Getting Hot in Here

It’s so hot outside that the covers of my paperback books have curled back onto themselves in response the ever-present humidity that is blanketing much of the country.

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Federal Investigation Alleges Active-Duty Marine Was Linked to Hate Group, Plotted to Bomb DNC and Kill Black People

In recent years, we’ve seen both a rise in domestic extremism, and a disturbing amount of former and active-duty service members implicated in domestic terror plots. An active-duty Marine was discharged from the Marine Corps last year after coming under federal investigation for allegedly plotting to bomb the…

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Overturns Bill Cosby's Sexual Assault Conviction

Embattled comedian Bill Cosby has served more than two years of his 3 to 10-year sentence for sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004. On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned Cosby’s conviction, not because the court believes him to be innocent, but because…

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Lil Nas X Reveals Trailer for Montero Cinematic Universe, aka His Debut Album, and Wow, This Kid Is Really Iconic

Lil Nas X has definitely collected all the infinity stones.

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Hey Swizz Beatz and Timbaland—the BET Awards 2021 Red Carpet Stars Have Some Verzuz Matchup Ideas!

Every time there’s a Verzuz match, the Twitter convo inevitably progresses into who the next matchup should be—and often evolves into a whole list of ideal matchups. There are still a whole lot of folks we’d love to see participate in a Verzuz, so The Root hung out at the BET Awards 2021 red carpet and asked the stars…

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The Future 25: A New Name for the Next Generation of Changemakers Who Are Doing Big Things

On Jan. 31, 2011, The Root unveiled its first annual Young Futurists list to honor “25 African Americans between the ages of 16 and 21 for being true innovators.”

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Not Like This

After 23 Grand Slam titles, 79 major appearances, and 24 seasons on the WTA tour, the uncomfortable truth is that Serena Williams’ reign as the most dominant force in sports is finally drawing to a close.

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House Votes to Remove All Confederate Statues From US Capitol. Some Republicans are Predictably Big Mad

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted to remove all Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol as well as a bust of former Chief Justice Roger Taney, the white supremacist lawmaker who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott ruling that said Black people aren’t U.S. citizens. Predictably, members of a certain party that…

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Here We Go Again

As one of the most unpredictable seasons in NBA history limps to its conclusion, a condensed schedule, rampant injuries, and the looming threat of COVID-19 have worked hand-in-hand to ensure that this war of attrition is one for the ages.

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The Truth About This Verzuz? It Belongs to Bobby Brown and Keith Sweat!

Calling all the Roni’s to the floor!

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

WNBA Legend Maya Moore to Receive Arthur Ashe Courage Award at 2021 ESPYS

After pressing pause on her WNBA career so that she could devote herself full-time to prison reform advocacy, 2020 The Root 100 honoree Maya Moore is being recognized for her commitment to the cause.

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Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar Appears to Defend Fundraising Event Co-Hosted With White Supremacist.

Here’s a question: If Republicans aren’t racist then why do they keep appearing to be so buddy-buddy with white supremacists? I mean, KKK leaders are showing up at GOP campaign rallies; neo-Nazi’s are running for office as Republicans; David Duke and the “very fine people” at the “Unite the Right” rally in…

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H.E.R. Brings Back 'Lights On' Festival With Erykah Badu, Ari Lennox, Lucky Daye, Masego and More

If you’ve been looking for a reason to slide to the west side, then H.E.R. might’ve just given you one!

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Mural of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and David McAtee Vandalized in Louisville

In what seems to be the latest in a string of vandalisms around the country, a mural in Louisville, Ky., dedicated to Black people killed by police violence was vandalized early Monday morning.

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Phylicia Rashad Joins Cast in Nikyatu Jusu's Supernatural Thriller Nanny

One of our beloved Black TV and film matriarchs is starring in a new supernatural thriller, y’all!

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Gird Your Loins and Grab Your Stacy Adams, Because Cat Daddies Are Back on the Prowl in Detroit

What our “new normal” looks like may still be in question, but in Detroit, the city’s Avenue of Fashion recently hosted a heartwarming sight. Dozens of men dusted off their Stacy Adams and favorite—and in many cases, flashiest—suits to compete in the Times Square competition for best dressed. Reporter Charlie Langton…

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The Funk Boutique: The Season Ushers in a Bevy of Star-Studded Collabs—and Ballet

Here are some words the uniformed might use to describe ballet: “awkward,” “formal,” “slow,” “complex”… you get the gist.

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Still Sprung: T-Pain Takes The Root Down Memory Lane With Behind-the-Scenes Stories of His Biggest Hits

T-Pain, is the king of Auto-Tune. Full stop.

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KKK Applications Asking for Race, Address and Blood Type Distributed in Indiana

I know that it is the year of our Lord and Lil Nas X 2021, and America is going through a “racial awakening,” (in which America gets half-woke then doses off and says a bunch of racial slurs in its sleep then blames it on the Ambien like Roseanne) but it appears that the country isn’t so anti-racist that we don’t…

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Big Beauty Tuesday: Melissa Butler Is the True Beauty Behind The Lip Bar

The past year-and-half has been one of the most challenging in American history—physically, psychologically and fiscally. But for Melissa Butler, founder of The Lip Bar, it was yet another in a series of challenges she’s not only overcome but welcomed while growing her now nine-year-old brand, which has evolved from a…

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Y'all Want to Reminisce About DMX? These Stars From the BET Awards 2021 Red Carpet Gon' Give It to Ya

Losing DMX this past spring was absolutely devastating to hip-hop. One of the many ways fans and peers paid tribute was through storytelling. DMX was always the most effervescent character in his stories—it was a Ruff Ryder’s [Role], indeed.

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Georgia’s Emory University Is the Latest School to Rename Buildings Named After a Racist Dead Guy

Is it just me, or is it starting to feel like every other week another college or university is taking steps to address its “legacy of racism.” The latest school to acknowledge its racist history is Georgia’s Emory University, which announced on Monday it would begin the process of renaming some of its buildings to…

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'Bring More Black Farmer Voices Together': How the Black Farmers Collective Is Growing a Black-Led Food System Rooted in Black Liberation

When Ray Williams first heard about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s multibillion dollar loan forgiveness program for farmers of color meant “to remedy centuries of government discrimination,” the managing director of the Black Farmers Collective and urban farmer at Yes Farm thought it was a long time coming.

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How Come Nobody Told Me Phil Jackson Was Racist?

Outright calling somebody a racist is a pretty serious accusation.

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76-Year-Old Black Woman Released From Prison Amid Pandemic, Sent Back for Missing Phone Calls While Taking a Class

Gwen Levi, 76, was one of around 4,500 federal inmates who were released from prison and sent to home confinement as a precautionary health measure during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the mother and grandmother is back behind bars because for a few hours of one day, she was taking a class that caused her to miss…

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Ice Cold: Migos Take a Deep Dive Into the World of Drip in New Docuseries for YouTube Originals

It’s pretty well known that Migos told us back in 2018 they were about to come through drippin’ alongside frequent collaborator Cardi B. But if you needed yet another reminder, this new YouTube series is just what the drip doctor ordered.

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Mario Golf: Super Rush Is a Good Sports Game and an Even Better Friendship Killer

When Mario Golf: Super Rush was announced earlier this year for the Nintendo Switch, the reaction from me and my friends could be boiled down to “Yo, that looks fun!,” which was quickly followed by “Know what else looks fun? Me beating your punk ass.”

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Die Another Day

Fresh off playing arguably the best game of his career, in the most important game in the history of the Los Angeles Clippers franchise, Paul George said something that stuck with me. The seven-time All-Star was asked if he receives more criticism than his NBA superstar peers and he kept it a buck.

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NeNe Leakes Reveals Husband Gregg Leakes Is Battling Cancer Once Again

NeNe Leakes may be well known for her shade and jokes on Bravo’s popular reality series Real Housewives of Atlanta, but the latest news regarding her husband’s health is no laughing matter.

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If It's Up, Then We're Stuck On Cardi B's Beautiful Pregnancy Photos

We’re still running “WAP”-inspired acronyms into the ground, right? Well, I think it’s safe to say Cardi B is experiencing a Winning-Ass Pregnancy!

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Monday, June 28, 2021

United Nations Human Rights Chief Releases Report Calling for Reparations as a Way to Address Anti-Black Racism

The murder of George Floyd last year was the unexpected catalyst for the current state of race relations not only in America, but the world as well. His death spurred a historic report by the human rights chief for the United Nations that is calling on countries to fight harder against anti-Black racism and to “make…

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Case Files for 1964 Lynchings of Civil Rights Activists Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner Made Public for the First Time

I was a teenager the first time I saw the movie Mississippi Burning, and despite knowing even at that young age America’s capacity for hate and racism, I remember thinking: “Nah, that can’t be real.”

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Politicians, Lawyers and Military Officials Found to Be Members of Neo-Confederate Groups. In Other News, Water Is Still Wet

One thing that has become incredibly apparent in recent years is that a certain portion of the population seems to be sincerely shocked to find out that white supremacists have decent paying jobs. Considering that we just had a white nationalist president only two seconds ago, it shouldn’t come as too much of a shock…

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Who Is LeVar Burton? He's the Jeopardy! Host Frontrunner and So Much More

This actor, director and children’s television host is most known for his work in Roots (1977), the Star Trek: Next Generation franchise (1987-1994) and Reading Rainbow. (1983-2006). He’s also the popular pick to succeed the late, great Alex Trebek in hosting duties for the popular game show, Jeopardy!

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Tyrese Gives Update on Friendship With ‘The Rock’ Following Years-Long Feud: 'I Think We’re Both Better Men On The Other Side of All That Stuff'

What is F9, if not the Fast & Furious franchise persevering? (Y’all see what I did there? Marvel fans, that was for you.)

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Apparently, There's a Right Way to Be Black and Gay—and Thankfully, Lil Nas X Is Having None of It

It is the year 2021 of our Lord, and Lil Nas X has been out and proud since Pride Month 2019—and bringing you the rapture since the release of “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” this March. But despite the artist’s unapologetic and increasingly fearless unveiling of his identity, there are some who still believe they…

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Y'all Coming to the Summer Olympics? Who All Gon' Be There?

After spending over a year trapped inside of our apartments, this Pfizer and Moderna coursing through our veins mean it’s finally time to return outside. And yes, there will be plenty of pool parties and debauchery to make up for the Thanos snap that stole last summer, but for those truly dying to turn up, after a…

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The 'Thotyssey' Continues: Zola Cast Talk Sex Positivity and the Makings of a Perfect 'Ho Trip'

“Y’all wanna hear a story about why me & this bitch here fell out? It’s kind of long but full of suspense,” and with these words began perhaps the most epic thotyssey of our time.

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Toyota Defends Being Top Donor to Republicans Who Voted Against Certifying 2020 Election Results

Last year, 147 Republican lawmakers voted against certifying the election results that declared President Joe Biden our new commander-in-chief, while declaring y’all’s ex-President Donald Trump the commander-in-nothing-but-Twitter-bans-and-failed-blogs.

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Fatal Shooting of 2 Black People in Massachusetts Being Investigated as a Hate Crime

A tragedy occurred in Winthrop, Mass., on Saturday when a man and woman, both Black, were fatally shot by a white man who stole a plumber’s truck and crashed it into a house. Officials are now investigating the shooting as a hate crime after discovering white nationalist rhetoric allegedly written by the assailant.

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Da Brat Is Soooo, Soooo, Soooo Funkdafied in Love in New WE TV Series Brat Loves Judy

Da Brat is continuing to brat-tat-tat-tat with her boo thang Jesseca “Judy” Dupart and it looks like we’ll get to come along for the ride. WE TV will be debuting a series following the couple titled Brat Loves Judy.

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Hey Queens and Kings, How Are You Celebrating CROWN Day?

For many Americans, this upcoming weekend is a celebration of the country’s independence from England—despite the persistent lack of freedoms afforded to marginalized people within this so-called liberated country’s confines. But for Black hair advocates, there’s another (and arguably better) Independence Day to…

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Black Museum Wants to Turn Charlottesville's Robert E. Lee Statue Into New Artwork

Now that Charlottesville’s infamous statue of Robert E. Lee has been removed from its pedestal and out of the public eye, the question of w...