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Thursday, September 30, 2021

The City Where Daunte Wright Was Killed Has a New Policing Policy

Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black father, was fatally shot on April 11, 2021.

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ACLU Lawsuit Accuses Louisiana Officers of Beating a Black Man in Jail

Louisiana law enforcement is once again being accused of abusing another Black man.

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‘It’s Really Good. Of Course, I Love Him Anyway’: Dolly Parton Praises Lil Nas X’ Cover of ‘Jolene’

Is there anything Lil Nas X can’t do well?

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The Black-White Vaccination Gap May Be Gone but Republicans, Whites Still Hesitant

According to recent data, the disparity in vaccination rates among Black and white Americans has essentially closed.

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'Bye, Peach': Porsha Williams Confirms Exit From The Real Housewives of Atlanta After 10 Seasons

Last week, we told you that The Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA) star and model Cynthia Bailey would be turning in her peach and saying goodbye to the Bravo series after 11 seasons.

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Fully Vaccinated Senator Known as Fat Wolverine Stands With NBA Players Who Refuse to Get Vaccinated

If you are an unvaccinated NBA Player, I want you to think about one thing and one thing only: Texas Sen. Ted “I left my constituents freezing while I took my family to Cancun” Cruz stands with you.

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Missouri Rep. Cori Bush Shares Deeply Personal Story of Rape, Abortion During Hearing

Editorial note: This article includes descriptions of rape, sexual assault.

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Republocrats? Manchema?: Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema Are Ruining Biden’s Agenda, and They Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way

Either Democratic (allegedly) Sens. Joe Manchin III (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) are doing some The Spook Who Sat by the Door shit in which they are actually Republicans who ran as Democrats only to mess everything up from the inside, or….there is no other option. Of course they are Republicans. Their states…

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'I Feel Safe With Books': The Root Presents: It's Lit! Talks Tiny Reparations With Phoebe Robinson

Raise your hand if you thought 2020 was going to be a magical year—bonus points if you used phrases like “20-20 vision” when describing the new vistas you expected to open to you in what turned out to be a deeply disturbing year. Suffice to say, 2020 scoffed at our best laid plans, a moment comedian, actress, producer…

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New York Students Stage School Walkout in Protest of District's Response to Racist Incidents

Schools across the country are making the news as sites of heated political debates and culture wars as parents and teachers waste the school board meetings on defining Critical Race Theory and political flags. Students in one school district are doing something about the sudden uptick in racist incidents at their…

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My HBCU Comeback Moment: A Home Away From Home

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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Racist Social Media Star Who Called for a Race War Cries in Court as He's Sentenced to Prison on Firearms Charges

Paul Nicholas Miller was calling for a race war and using ethnic slurs when he spoke to his thousands of followers on social media before the law caught up with him in March. Tuesday, Miller cried in court as a judge sentenced him to 41 months in prison on multiple firearms charges, according to NBC Miami.

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Weird Flex, But OK: Ellen Pompeo Says She and Denzel Washington ‘Went at It’ on the Set of Grey’s Anatomy

Ellen Pompeo is spilling some arguably unnecessary tea about her time working with Denzel Washington.

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Whole Foods Gets Dragged Over Anti-Racism Sign

“Racism has no place here. We support the Black community.”

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School Board Members Ask President Biden for Protection From Violent Threats Over Critical Race Theory and COVID-19 Mandates

School board members around the country are asking President Joe Biden, the FBI and Secret Service to protect them from threats stemming from COVID-19 and Critical Race Theory debates. National School Boards Association president Viola Garcia and interim executive director and CEO Chip Slaven wrote a letter outlining…

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In Loving Memory of Tim Scott

Dearly Beloved,

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Role Call: Haile Gerima's Sankofa Finds a Home at Netflix, Thanks to Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY

Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Releasing and acclaimed filmmaker Haile Gerima have partnered up to bring the latter’s groundbreaking 1993 film Sankofa back to the masses. Per a press release sent to The Root, the film is being re-released in stunning 4k and was “developed from 20 years of research into the trans-Atlantic trade…

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Massachusetts High School Football Game Ends After Brawl Over Racial Slurs

There’s something so American about racial slurs being thrown around at a high school football game.

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Because Everybody Loves a List, Ulta Beauty Named Its MUSE 100, Honoring Black Voices in Beauty

In the coming weeks, The Root will unveil the 2021 class of The Root 100, our highly anticipated annual list of the most influential African Americans. As our regular readers know, it’s not our only list celebrating Black excellence; we also recognize our favorite tastemakers via The Glow Up 50 and up-and-comers…

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Black Virginia Beach Family Receives No Help With Neighbor From Hell

If you’ve watched Lovecraft Country, then you might remember when Leti moved into a white Chicago neighborhood with her sister and friends. The neighbors put up warning signs, tied bricks to the steering wheels of cars and burned a cross on the lawn during her housewarming party.

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Blacks Are Still Getting Arrested at Higher Rates for Marijuana Possession, Even in States Where It's Legal

It doesn’t even matter if cannabis is legal or not.

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The NBA Makes It Official: Players Who Refuse to Get Vaccinated Won't Be Paid for Missed Games

As the National Basketball Players Association and the NBA continue to negotiate how the league’s health and safety protocols will be implemented this upcoming season, the NBA is making one thing abundantly clear: If you’re an unvaccinated player and miss games due to local COVID-19 guidelines, your paycheck is gonna…

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Sage Steele Calls ESPN's COVID-19 Mandate 'Sick' and 'Scary'

In recent months, we’ve seen more and more businesses enact strict guidelines in order to protect their profitability and curb the spread of the coronavirus. Specifically, many of them have made COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory, and in turn, going as far as to terminate employees who refuse to comply. While…

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If You've Got $90 and a Yeezy Fetish, Kanye Has a Hoodie to Sell You

No one hoodie should have all this power, but when it’s designed by Kanye West, it inevitably will. The latest drop in Ye’s Yeezy x Gap collaboration dropped Wednesday, and suffice to say we were a little...underwhelmed. Since news of the entertainer-designer’s 10-year deal with the brand broke last year, we’ve been…

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WATCH: The Insecure Series Finale Trailer Is Here and I'm Not Crying—You Are

Mirror Bitch, Mirror Bitch, on the wall—this final season of Insecure is about to make me bawl!!

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Though Absolutely No One Asked, Bill Cosby Apparently Has Some Thoughts About R. Kelly; Chuck D Also Weighs In

On this week’s edition of Celebs Say the Darndest Things, Bill Cosby and hip-hop icon Chuck D are the latest to give their unsolicited two cents about R. Kelly following the entertainer’s guilty verdict in Brooklyn federal court on Monday.

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Our Kind of People Is A Treasure Trove of Good Writing and Solid Acting. Just Kidding. It's Terrible, and I Love It

Two episodes into the FOX straight-to-series show Our Kind of People and I’m about ready to crown it as one of the most ridiculous shows of all time. Which is saying something considering that it’s brought to us by Lee Daniels, the same man who brought us The Butler where a solid 80 percent of the movie was entirely…

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Video of Former Security Guard Shooting Alvin Motley Jr. Shown in Court

The video of former security guard Gregory Livingston fatally shooting Alvin Motley Jr. at a Kroger gas station was shown in court for the first time on Tuesday at a probable cause hearing.

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All-Black Team Will Attempt to Climb Mount Everest for the First Time

For the first time ever, an all-Black team will attempt to scale all 29,032 feet of Mount Everest.

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When a Snake Fights a Rat There Is No Winner: Trump Loses Case Against White House 'Apprentice' Omarosa Manigault Newman

Former President Donald J. Trump, aka “Touch me and I will sue you!,” has lost another court case after former White House “apprentice” Omarosa Manigault Newman challenged the orange overlord’s nondisclosure agreement after writing her tell-all book about working in Satan’s administration.

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Ibram X. Kendi, Jordan Casteel and Daniel Lind-Ramos Are Among Winners of 2021 MacArthur 'Genius' Grant

“My first words were ‘Are you serious?’” recalled The Root 100 and Time 100 honoree Ibram X. Kendi upon learning that he’d also been chosen as a 2021 MacArthur fellow—and the recipient of one of the foundation’s “Genius” grants.

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Following R. Kelly’s Guilty Verdict, Ex-Mentee Sparkle Speaks Out

On Monday, disgraced R&B entertainer Robert Sylvester Kelly, known to most as R. Kelly, was found guilty on all nine counts of racketeering and sex trafficking in violation of the Mann Act.

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To the Surprise of No One, Jonquel Jones Is Your 2021 WNBA MVP

Connecticut Sun forward Jonquell Jones is a lot of things.

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Dylann Roof's Death Sentence Appeal Denied

Dylann Roof’s ass gon’ die. Eventually.

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The Unbearable Whiteness of the Democratic Party...and America

There is an open secret that most of your favorite activists know, even if they never mention it during their television appearances:

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Alabama Honors 3 Black Women Whose Bodies Were Subjected to Experimental Surgery

If you make it to Montgomery, Ala., you’ll want to pay a visit to the state’s newest monument dedicated to three Black women whose bodies were experimented on by a 19th century doctor best known for advancing women’s health.

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Professor Who Allegedly Yelled Racial Slurs and Spit on Black Woman Resigns Amid Felony Charges

Alberto Friedmann, a professor at the National University of Health Sciences, has resigned after being charged with multiple felonies for allegedly yelling racial slurs and spitting on a Black woman with her child outside of a grocery store.

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In Her First Interview as a Newlywed, Issa Rae Advocates for Self-Care

When we last checked in with the powerhouse known as Issa Rae (born Jo-Issa Rae Diop), she was celebrating her marriage to longtime love Louis Diame in the south of France. But if you thought planning her dream wedding would slow the super-producer down, as she tells Self magazine, it was also a missed opportunity to…

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The Ongoing Prank Wars Between Nick Cannon and Kevin Hart Reach New Heights—Literally

It appears the ongoing “prank wars” between Nick Cannon and Kevin Hart have reached new heights—literally.

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ESPN's Carousel of Chaos Continues With Jay Williams' Removal From NBA Countdown. Could Jalen Rose Be Next?

In recent months, there has been a lot of chaos at ESPN.

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Watch: The Yee-Haw Agenda Is Hella Strong and Hella Black in the New Trailer for The Harder They Fall

Gather ‘round, cowpoke and cowpoke-ettes!

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Lawsuit by Former Aurora, Colo., Cop Fired for Photos Mocking Elijah McClain’s Death Is Dismissed

An outrageous amount of audacity, gall and gumption are apparently unwritten requirements for joining the boys in blue.

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Karl-Anthony Towns Tears Into the Minnesota Timberwolves at NBA Media Day: 'It Hasn't Been Easy Since I Came Here'

For the first time in two years, the NBA kicked off its preseason with media day Monday, which is kinda like picture day for grown-ups—since your “parents” still pick out your outfits—but way cooler. As the name suggests, aside from taking a few pics in your flyest new threads (or jerseys in this instance), it’s also…

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The U.S. Has Expelled Nearly 4,000 Haitian Migrants in 9 Days Because America Is an Exclusive Nightclub

It only took nine days for America to get rid of some 4,000 Haitian migrants, including hundreds of families and children, without any chance for asylum because America has a velvet rope around it and bouncers have instructions not to let anyone in, especially people from Haiti.

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Investigators Looking Into Suspected Arson Fire at Portland, Maine Church With Black Lives Matter Sign

“Black Lives Matter” signs have been drawing unwanted attention to businesses and family homes, making many supporters of the movement very viable targets.

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Texas GOP Proposed Redistricting Map Would Reduce Black and Hispanic Majority Congressional Districts

Even though people of color have made up 95 percent of the state of Texas’ growth over the last 10 years, the GOP’s proposed congressional map would reduce the number of districts in which they make up the majority of eligible voters, according to the Texas Tribune.

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Barack Obama Will Finally Break Ground on Historic Presidential Library. So Why Are Some Chicagoans Upset?

On Tuesday, Black America’s forever President Barack and forever first lady Michelle Obama will break ground on the 44th president’s unique library, and as with most amazing things attached to the Obama legacy, it is not without controversy.

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R&B Singer-Songwriter Andrea Martin Dies at 49

On Monday, Andrea Martin, the talented singer-songwriter who wrote for a handful of our favorite R&B artists, died at the age of 49. The cause of death is still unknown.

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UMass Investigating Racist Email Sent to Black Student Organizations

University of Massachusetts Amherst has launched an investigation into the origins of a racist email sent to Black student organizations on campus. The email encouraged students to “consider doing the human race a favor and getting sterilized.”

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So, About That Rematch: Tyron Woodley Settles Bet, Gets 'I Love Jake Paul' Tattoo

In August, mixed-martial artist Tyron Woodley suffered a fate worst than death: He lost in a split decision against serial idiot Jake Paul—yes, that Jake Paul—in his first-ever boxing match.

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Cementing Her Status as a Style Star, Zendaya Has Been Named the 2021 CFDA Fashion Icon

In the world of fashion, there are the perpetually stylish, and there are icons . To the surprise of virtually no one who’s kept an eye on ...