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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Study Finds That Job Applicants With "Distinctively Black" Names Get Called Back Less For Interviews

Remember when Raven-SymonĂ© got up on The View back in 2015 and started talking sideways about how she wouldn’t hire someone if they had an overtly Black-sounding name? A study found that apparently, some major employers might be guilty of putting that sentiment in practice.

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60-Year-Old Philadelphia Man Exonerated After Wrongfully Spending Over 30 Years in Prison

Curtis Crosland of Philadelphia spent over 30 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. Now, after a review of his case, he’s a free man once again.

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Simone Biles Withdraws From Uneven Bars and Vault Finals at Tokyo Olympics

Simone Biles won’t compete in Sunday’s uneven bars or vault individual finals at the Tokyo Olympics, USA Gymnastics announced in a statement on Friday.

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Friday, July 30, 2021

Georgia Cops Arrest Black Man After Answering Mental Health Call. One Cop Sicks Police Dog on Him for Seemingly No Reason

Attorneys for a Black man in Alpharetta, Ga., said their client will file a lawsuit following an incident in which he was viciously attacked by a police dog while being taken into custody, and one that proves once again that cops have no business answering calls regarding unarmed citizens suffering a mental health…

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Role Call: Chinonye Chukwu Highlights the Resilience of Mamie Till-Mobley in the Upcoming Film Till and Tupac, Biggie and Suge Knight's Documentary Hits the Big Screen

MGM’s Orion Pictures and Chinonye Chukwu have partnered to tell the story of a mother’s pursuit for justice of the lynching of her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till. Danielle Deadwyler, who is widely known for her role in HBO’s Watchmen, will be portraying Mamie Till-Mobley and has been cast alongside Whoopi Goldberg, who…

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'Skate': Silk Sonic Debuts New Single and Music Video to Help Us Glide Into the Summertime

I don’t know about you, but given the tumultuous year we had in 2020 (and continue to have in 2021, high-key), I’ve been beyond ready to roll and ride into better days and better times. Now, thanks to the brand new hit from Silk Sonic (aka Anderson. Paak and Bruno Mars), it looks like I’ll be able to do just that!

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Police Shootings Continue Despite Protests, Reform Promises and the Pandemic. Cops Are Using Crime Victim Laws to Shield Their Identities

Despite a seemingly unending wave of anti-police violence protests, a pandemic that unfortunately also often seems unending and calls for police reform by politicians, activists and community members, fatal police shootings continue on a daily basis. To add insult to injury, a number of police departments across the…

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Meet Patrick Moster, the German Cycling Coach Who Got Booted From the Olympics for Being a Racist-Ass Racist

Patrick Moster, the German Cycling Federation’s sporting director, has been unceremoniously dismissed from the Tokyo Olympics after a microphone caught him being a fucking racist-ass racist during Wednesday’s men’s time trial.

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The Root's Clapback Mailbag: The Content of Dumb Characters

I wish dumb people were smarter.

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Do It Like It’s Your B-Day: Obama Planning Big 60th in Martha’s Vineyard

Black America’s forever President Obama is turning 60.

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Trump Wanted DOJ to Say the 2020 Presidential Election Was Corrupt, Then Added: 'Leave the Rest to Me'

Current mob boss and Former President Donald Trump wanted the Department of Justice to lie and say that the perfectly normal and secure election that didn’t have him as the projected winner was corrupt.

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Oh My God! The Orlando Magic Finally Did Something Right!

As has been well documented on this very site, my 32-year tenure as an Orlando Magic fan has been a winding road paved in torment and agony. When the Magic were swept in the 1995 NBA Finals? The Artist Formerly Known as My Father chased me around the house with a broom. When Tracy McGrady bragged about making it to…

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Biden Needs to Grant Clemency to the Over 4,000 People on Home Confinement

After 16 years of incarceration, 76-year-old Gwen Levi was finally at home reconnecting with friends and family, and taking care of her elderly mother. She was even starting to learn the computer skills necessary to become a COVID contact tracer and re-enter the workforce. While Levi, a mother, grandmother, friend,…

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DaBaby Pretends Not to Know Who Questlove Is After Being Called Out for His Homophobia

Amid the growing outrage over DaBaby’s homophobic comments at Rolling Loud last weekend, hip-hop aficionado and The Roots drummer and songwriter Questlove spoke his piece on the matter as well.

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New Zora Neale Hurston Anthology to Be Released in 2022, Titled You Don't Know Us Negroes

In the immortal words of Black Twitter: “Stay out of Black folks’ business”—and arguably, few writers have known how to interpret the layers and nuances of Black folks’ business better than journalist, essayist and novelist Zora Neale Hurston. Hurston’s insistence upon eschewing elitism and assimilation to center a…

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Video Shows White Texas Deputy Laying on Black Teen as She Screams 'I Can't Breathe'

Another day, another violent arrest of a Black person that began with an alleged nonviolent offense.

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Michael Che Comes Under Fire for Repulsive Jokes About Simone Biles

I’m sorry, but did someone proclaim this week to be National Dudes Say the Dumbest Things Week and didn’t tell us about it?

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Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Becomes Third Black Lawmaker Arrested for Protecting Voting Rights

On Thursday, Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee became the third Black House Democrat to be arrested in three weeks for participating in a voting rights demonstration outside of the Hart Senate Building.

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What in the Hell Are the Los Angeles Lakers Doing?

While the Los Angeles Lakers are the only team on planet Earth who are able to routinely flip marginal assets into big-name players—for those who don’t believe Laker privilege is a real thing, try being an Orlando Magic fan for a decade or three—I have no idea how in the hell Russell Westbrook is supposed to restore…

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A Woman of Color Is the Least Likely to Receive Mentorship. How Can We Unlock Her Potential?

What’s better than being The Baddest Bitch in the Room? Paying it forward; which is what music management impresario turned producer turned author/screenwriter Sophia Chang is doing with Unlock Her Potential, the platform she launched last fall to give women of color one of the key components they most often lack on…

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I Do Not Love America

Somewhere, at a television station I cannot find, there exists a clip of me singing the national anthem with tears streaming down my face.

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Thursday, July 29, 2021

'The Black Male Needs to Put These Black Chicks in Their Place': A Karen Has Lost Her Mind in California

Listen: It is well known that white women suffer from Black woman envy. In Kim Kardashian’s America and on Bhad Bhabie’s internet, there is no doubt about this. But that white woman melanin-vy doesn’t always manifest itself in appropriation and Black-fishing—sometimes it’s just a white woman who decides to sit down…

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Chris Paul Joins Forces With Basketball Hall of Fame to Launch HBCU Tournament

In recent years, we’ve seen NBA superstar Chris Paul do plenty to put on for HBCUs. He regularly pays tribute with his attire, led an early voting march and unveiled an “HBCU Sneaker Tour” in October, and currently attends Winston-Salem State to complete his bachelor’s degree in communications. And in keeping that…

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You’re Not a Hero, You’re Just a Maskhole: Capitol Police Will Arrest Visitors and Aides Who Don’t Wear Masks

White folks and hoteps listen up: You aren’t courageous or a patriot or an abolitionist because you don’t wear a mask; you’re just a maskhole. And now the Capitol Police are going to arrest your ass.

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AAFCA TV Honors 2021: Barry Jenkins, Jurnee Smollett, Jonathan Majors Among Winners

The third annual African American Film Critics Association TV Honors has announced the recipients for the 2021 season!

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Jay-Z and Will Smith Invest in Company to Help Low-Income Folks Go From Renters to Homeowners

“I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man.

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Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher Apparently Don't Know the Meaning of Water Nor Soap. They Are Not Alone. I Haz Questions

A few days ago, between news of GOAT-level USA gymnast Simone Biles pulling out of some events at the 2020-in-2021 Tokyo Olympics for mental health reasons, and DaBaby literally sounding dumber and dumber with each sentence, you might have also seen slow news day fodder in the form of comments made by Ashton Kutcher…

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Michigan Prosecutors: No More Searches Without Probable Cause in Routine Traffic Stops. Police Association: Whaaaaah?

Prosecutors in Ingham County, Mich., recently announced they will no longer pursue criminal charges in cases where police officers pulled motorists over for something minor and then went on a fishing expedition searching for evidence of more serious crimes. It’s a new policy meant to reduce the potential for racial…

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'What Made That Decade Special?': The Root Presents: It's Lit! Revisits the Enigmatic '80s With Adrian Loving

I was born in the mid-’70s, but I am distinctly a child of the ’80s. It is the era in which I came of age, alongside a generation raised largely on John Hughes and “Quiet Storm.” In fact, the oft-forgotten Generation X was in many ways foundational—and groundbreaking. In many ways, we are the bridge between the analog…

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Exclusive Clip: Grown-ish Will Tackle Police Brutality, BLM Uprisings, Looting and White Fragility

Watch out world...the final season of Grown-ish is going there.

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Texas Deputy Attorney General Calls Simone Biles a ‘National Embarrassment,’ Offers Weak-Ass Apology

Apologies are like coupons; they come with a list of rules.

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The City-Dweller’s Guide To The Outdoors (Part 2): Goat Kisses And Peaceful Walks

(This is part two of a two-part series where writer Christina Blacken takes the Ford Bronco Sport to Chicago’s surrounding wilderness).

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Silk Sonic Is Inviting Us All to a ‘Summertime Jam’ This Friday, But All I Wanna Know Is: Will the Album Be There?

*Deep, heavy, Negro spiritual sigh*

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White Man Arrested, Accused of Purposely Ramming Stolen SUV Into Interracial Couple’s Minnesota Home

Last weekend, a white man in Cold Spring, Minn., reportedly rammed a stolen SUV into an interracial couple’s house in an alleged racially motivated attack. Police say he exited the vehicle in front of the home after placing a large slab of granite on the gas pedal and that there was a teddy bear in a noose hanging…

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Willie O'Ree, NHL's 1st Black Hockey Player, Set to Receive Congressional Gold Medal

Willie O’Ree, the first Black person to ever play in the NHL, is finally getting his flowers—or should I say his Congressional Gold Medal.

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The Jan. 6 Rally Was Supposed to Be Peaceful. So Why Was Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks Wearing Body Armor?

The mayonnaise-slathered rally on Jan. 6 was supposed to be a peaceful protest of white folks who don’t understand how elections work. Because they didn’t understand that the vote that day to certify the 2020 presidential election was procedural, they gathered outside the Capitol to yell and shout and “yee-haw” as…

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Simone Biles Thanks Fans for Helping Her Realize She's More Than Her Accomplishments

When your status as the greatest gymnast of all time is undisputed, it’s easy to lose yourself in your accomplishments. But after withdrawing from Thursday’s individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympics in order to “protect her body and mind,” Simone Biles took to Twitter on Wednesday to thank her fans for…

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We Need to Talk About Violence in the White Community (Seriously, We Do)

During Tuesday’s House select committee examining the Capitol coup attempt, there were tears. There was justifiable outrage over Republicans’ unwillingness to admit how close the throng of domestic terrorists came to overthrowing the government of the United States. There was shock, sadness and public shame.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Texas Republicans Lie on Martin Luther King Jr.'s Name in Critical Race Theory Attack. MLK III Was Having None of It

There’s a reason white conservatives tend to discuss race relations in America, and whatever it is they think Critical Race Theory is, in circles that are almost exclusively white and conservative. They know their weak-and-fragile-ass arguments will fall apart under the slightest bit of outsider scrutiny, so it’s best…

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We Want That Old Thing Back: Cross Colours Takes Center Stage at Nordstrom

Everything old is new again. The adage is old too, but what has us suddenly feeling young again is the revival of Cross Colours, a Black-owned cultural revolution when it hit its peak in the 1990s along with the hip-hop generation. With help from big names like Bruno Mars and Cardi B—who were drippin’ with “Finesse”…

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King Richard Trailer: Watch Will Smith Embody the Father of Tennis Superstars Venus and Serena Williams

“The most dangerous creature on this whole Earth, is a woman who knows how to think.”

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Scent of a Bad Gal: Rihanna Announces Fenty Parfum Is Coming Soon

If you’re a member of Rihanna’s Navy, no doubt you’re already well informed on how good the singer-actress-entrepreneur purportedly smells—it’s the stuff of celebrity legend.

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PageTurners: In Case You Forgot About Some Amazing Reads, They’ve Finally Been Rereleased as Paperbacks

Remember in 2020, when we all made resolutions to read more during lockdown but instead, we made a lot of sourdough and banana bread and downloaded TikTok?

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Aurora, Colo., Cop Faces Felony Charges, Accused of Beating Black Man With Pistol and Choking Him in Violent Arrest

Here’s a question: What the hell is wrong with the Aurora Police Department?

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Please Inject This 'Malice at the Palace' Documentary Directly Into My Veins

I haaaaaaaaaate strip clubs (Sorry! Paying women to disrobe has never been my ministry), but I can tell you exactly where I was on Friday, November 19, 2004.

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What Does the 15 Percent Pledge Look Like in Practice? Sephora's Trying to Show and Prove

By this point, anyone interested in equity in retail should be familiar with the 15 Percent Pledge, the initiative launched by Brothers Vellies founder Aurora James in June 2020, in response to both calls for racial justice and equity and the largely performative promises of the beauty and fashion industries. Calling…

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Don’t Let Critical Race Theory Haters Know This, But State Lawmakers Are Working to Remove ‘Whites Only’ Property Covenants

I know it’s hard to believe, but America used to be a fucked up place.

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‘C.R.E.A.M.’: U.S. Government Sells One-of-a-Kind Wu-Tang Clan Album That Once Belonged to Martin Shkreli to Help Cover Debts

On Tuesday, the United States government auctioned off a rare Wu-Tang album to an unknown buyer for an undisclosed amount.

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What Do You Give the Former President Who Has Everything? Minority Ownership in NBA Africa, Of Course

Our Forever President Barack Obama, who abandoned foreign policy in order to drop podcasts, curate playlists, and launch a cinematic universe that would put Marvel’s to shame, is now a strategic partner and minority owner of NBA Africa because of course, he is.

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Ed Buck Convicted on All Charges of 9-Count Indictment in Deaths of Black Men Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean

Tuesday marked the fourth anniversary of the day Gemmel Moore was found dead from a drug overdose in the West Hollywood, Calif., home of wealthy and white Democratic donor Ed Buck—it also marks the day Buck was finally held accountable for Moore’s death.

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Dog Park Karen Fired After Telling Black Couple to 'Stay in Your Hood'

A white woman has been fired from her job after being caught on video harassing a Black couple at a dog park in the Williamsburg section of...