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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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 the red carpet over the past few years, Zendaya falls in the latter category, serving a seemingly ceaseless series of stylistic slays that have only evolved along with career. The…

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Flavor Flav Arrested for Alleged Domestic Violence Incident in Nevada

I don’t know what it is about the growing list of rappers who allegedly can’t keep their hands to themselves, but we unfortunately have to add another artist to the roster.

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1 Dead After 2nd Fatal Shooting in a Week at Grambling State University

A college homecoming event turned violent when one person was killed and seven others were injured in a shooting early Sunday morning at Grambling State University in Louisiana.

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On the Next Stop of Their Controversial Tiffany's Campaign, the Carters Get Cute—but Blue Ivy Steals the Show

Who wants that perfect love story anyway (anyway)? If you ever wondered what “Love on the Run” might look like after over a decade of marriage, three children, millions more dollars, and some very public personal reckonings, Jay-Z and Beyoncé are giving us an updated glimpse at their version of marital bliss in the…

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The Supreme Court Just Made It Easier for Cops to Brutalize Black and Brown People

In a ruling Monday that was met with little fanfare and didn’t become a trending topic on social media, the “Supreme Court sided with police in two separate rulings on qualified immunity, a legal doctrine shielding officers from lawsuits that has been at the center of protests and debates in Congress and state…

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John McCain’s Daughter Reflects on Her Time on The View in Upcoming Memoir, Calls Show ‘A Toxic Work Environment.’ Sure, Jan.

Despite Whoopi’s plea back in December of 2019, it appears John McCain’s daughter still won’t stop talking.

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Welp, That Didn't Take Long: Ben Simmons Gets Booted Out of Practice, Suspended by the 76ers

As Lauryn Hill once famously crooned, “It could all be so simple, but you’d rather make this hard.”

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Trump on Colin Powell’s Death: ‘He Made Plenty of Mistakes, but Anyway, May He Rest in Peace!

The president of people who wear pajama pants with provocative statements across the ass just couldn’t be nice, even while supposedly giving condolences.

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Thomas Markle Claims He 'Doesn't Understand' Why Meghan Has Cut Him Off. We Can Think of a Few Reasons...

“Why does Thomas Markle just not shut up?” It’s a question we and countless other have asked countless times since Meghan Markle became Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. It’s also the question that opened her estranged father’s latest interview with the British media, as he appeared on Good Morning Britain Tuesday to once…

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Watch Out World, He’s 'Ye' Now: Kanye West Legally Changes His Name, Debuts New Look to Go With It

I hate to break it to you, but I’m not calling him Ye.

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Cut the Check: Dawn Staley Joins UConn’s Geno Auriemma as the NCAA's Highest-Paid Woman's Coach

South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley is really, really, really good at her job. And with most employers, when you’re good at your job, they lavish you with gratitude, promotions, raises, and the like to keep your morale high so you can continue to perform your job at the best of your ability.

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Fox News Couldn’t Wait to Politicize Colin Powell’s Death

Anti-vaxxers have literally begun hijacking the death of former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell from complications of COVID-19 as proof that the vaccine doesn’t work. They conveniently don’t mention that Powell was severely autoimmune compromised with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that attacks the immune…

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You've Gotta Be Stupid AF to Get Suspended by the NHL for a Fake Vaccination Card, and Evander Kane Is Stupid AF

With the coronavirus hell-bent on keeping the entire world in a figure-four leglock, once you step outside of your crib, there aren’t a whole lot of places you can go where you’re not required to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination.

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Monday, October 18, 2021

'I’m Learning It’s OK to Be Who I Am': Chlöe Bailey on Owning Her Sexuality, Self-Acceptance, and Upcoming Solo Album

Beyoncé once said: “You know you that bitch when you cause all this conversation.”

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'I'm Just Doing What I'm Supposed to Do': Keshia Knight Pulliam Pays It Forward With HBCU Class in Session Series

In its efforts to recognize the hustle of the aspiring entrepreneurs and go-getters sprinkled throughout historically Black colleges and universities throughout the country, Now and Later has launched its #RecognizetheCHEW Class in Session Series to showcase the impact of the HBCU experience.

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Melissa Harris-Perry Makes It Official as Host of Public Radio Weekday News Show The Takeaway

If you’ve never quite gotten over the loss of spending weekend mornings with Melissa Harris-Perry’s late, great, eponymous show on MSNBC, you are in luck. On Monday, WNYC Studios and PRX announced that Harris-Perry, who has been serving as interim host of nationally-syndicated public radio news show The Takeaway

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A Postgame Analysis of the Big Daddy Kane and KRS-One Verzuz Battle

On Sunday, the team at Verzuz debuted a battle that showcased the culture that birthed the careers of Timbaland and Swizz Beatz, the Verzuz Founding Fathers.

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'I Changed the Whole Game': Billy Porter Calls Out the Double Standard in Praising Harry Styles' Nonbinary Fashion

All his life he had to fight. No, really—as Pose star Billy Porter recently told the U.K.’s Sunday Times, the extravagant, gender-fluid looks he’s become known for wearing on the red carpet are the result of tremendous emotional labor and personal and professional jeopardy over his now decades-long career. Since…

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Judge Denies Dismissal of Criminal Case for Empire Star Jussie Smollett

Though it feels like it’s been fourscore and 75 years ago since the world first became embroiled in the curious case of Empire star Jussie Smollett, it appears there’s yet another update.

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Ex-Intel Official: Those Trump Pee Tapes ‘Probably Exist’

Former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, who made a name for himself after releasing the “Steele Dossier” which claimed that Trump was in Russia’s pocket, defended his work in his first on-camera interview since 2017.

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Just In Case It Wasn't Abundantly Clear Beforehand, Candace Parker Cements Her Status as a WNBA Legend

On Sunday, with the Chicago Sky trailing by nine points in the fourth quarter of Game 4 of the WNBA Finals, did anybody really think Candace Parker would fall short in her quest to bring her hometown its first-ever WNBA championship against the Phoenix Mercury?

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'She Went Out Strong': Dorothy Steel, Who Made Her Feature Film Debut in Black Panther, Dies at 95

Dorothy Steel demonstrated that it’s never too late to follow a dream. Born in 1926, she was 88 years old when she landed her first acting role, launching a career that would soon lead to her feature film debut as an elder of the Merchant Tribe in 2018's Black Panther.

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Jury Selection Begins in Ahmaud Arbery Murder Trial

Ahmaud Arbery committed the crime of jogging in a neighborhood where three white men decided he didn’t belong. The three men reportedly chased him down and killed him. Now those men, who decided Arbery’s fate on Feb. 23, 2020, are set to face trial.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars End Their Losing Streak, the Arizona Cardinals Can't Be Beat and Other Takeaways From Week 6 of the NFL

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Let’s get to this football.

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‘This Might Be My Last Show’: Bow Wow Threatens to Leave Millennium Tour

It looks like Bow Wow, real name Boward Woward Shad Moss, is ready to get the Millennium Tour “outta his system.”

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Colin Powell, First Black Secretary of State, Dies From COVID Complications

Colin Powell, the retired four-star general who was the first African American to serve as Secretary of State, died from COVID-related complications on Monday. He was 84 years old.

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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Cellphone Video Captured a Louisiana Sheriff's Deputy Violently Slamming a Black Woman's Head Against Pavement

A sheriff’s deputy in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana was caught on video as he held a Black woman by her hair and slammed her to the ground multiple times.

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Philadelphia Passes Bill to Keep Police From Pulling Over Drivers for Minor Traffic Violations

In a first-of-its-kind move for a major U.S. city, Philadelphia has banned its police force from pulling over motorists for minor offenses, including broken taillights or improperly displayed registration.

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A Black Trans Actor Claims They Were Dropped From the 'Hamilton' Cast After Requesting a Gender-Neutral Dressing Room

Suni Reid, a Black transgender cast member of the touring production of “Hamilton,” has filed a discrimination suit against the show’s producers with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Los Angeles.

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Saturday, October 16, 2021

A Viral TikTok Video Shows a Woman Falsely Accusing a Black Comedian of Breaking Into Cars at Their Nashville Apartment Complex

Well, this isn’t funny: Nashville-based comedian Joshua Black said a woman falsely accused him of breaking into cars at the apartment complex they both live at. She said he fit the description of the suspect. It turns out that he didn’t.

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A Black Louisiana State Trooper Says His Potential Firing Is Retaliation for Speaking Out About Ronald Greene's Death

A Louisiana state trooper who has publicly criticized his department for the violent arrest and death of Ronald Greene is at risk of losing his job. He says that his potential termination is an act of retaliation by the state police.

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Netflix Fires Organizer of Planned Trans Employee Walkout Over Dave Chappelle's Recent Special

Days before a planned walkout of trans employees and allies at Netflix in protest of Dave Chappelle’s latest “comedy” special The Closer, the streaming giant confirmed that it has fired one of the staffers leading the charge.

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Friday, October 15, 2021

Please Make It So: Trump Claims His Supporters Won’t Vote in 2022 or 2024 If America Doesn’t Solve the Great 'Election Fraud of 2020'

Former president of America and current president of white people who dress in bedsheets claimed his followers can’t be counted on in future elections until the Republican Party addresses his baseless and senseless claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him.

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The Prince Estate Just Blessed Us With a Previously Unheard Demo of 'Do Me Baby,' and I'm Not Clutching My Pearls—You Are

Hold onto your raspberry berets and get ready to clutch your imaginary purple pearls!

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After Splitting From the Joe Budden's Podcast, Rory and Mal Get the Last $10 Million Laugh

After their contentious split from The Joe Budden Podcast in May, many assumed co-hosts Rory Farrell and Jamil “Mal” Clay would either dissolve into thin air or return to whatever nebulous outside endeavors occupied their time. But because God is great all the time—except for when he took an extended vacation during…

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Bill Cosby Sued by Artist and Former Cosby Show Actress Lili Bernard

Former Cosby Show actress and artist Lili Bernard filed a suit on Thursday against Bill Cosby, citing a 1990 hotel incident in which she claims Cosby drugged and raped her in Atlantic City, N.J., when she was 26 years old.

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The Root's Clapback Mailbag: Respectfully...

Because there wasn’t much controversy in the news this week, I assumed this week’s Mailbag would be light on content. So instead of discussing the emails, DMs and tweets from aggrieved white people, I wanted to focus on something entirely different:

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The Chicago Police Union Has Told Officers to Defy COVID-19 Vaccine and Mayor Lori Lightfoot Is Pissed

On Friday, the day that Chicago employees must report their coronavirus vaccination status, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the union representing Chicago police officers are still at odds.

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Happy Birthday to Tito Jackson! This Is a Tito Jackson Appreciation Post

Today, October 15, is the birthday of one Toriano Adaryll Jackson. If you are Black, or have spent any amount of time around Black people or are not Black but maybe came into adulthood in the 70s and 80s, then you know Toriano by his more common moniker, Tito. Yes, October 15th is Tito Jackson’s birthday. We should…

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Howard University Didn't Have a Women's Rugby Team, So a Black Woman Spawned a Movement by Creating One

In Shona, a Bantu language spoken by a large percentage of the Zimbabwe population, the name Takunda means “we have overcome, conquered.” And true to that definition, 19-year-old Takunda Rusike is creating a lane for Black women to play a sport that historically has catered to the opposite end of the color spectrum.

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Texas School Official Advises Teachers to Offer Books With Opposing View of the Holocaust. You Know Slavery Is Next

There are times when hearing the other side can be helpful, and then there are times when no one gives a shit about the other side.

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4 Security Guards Charged in 2014 Death of Black Man in Detroit-Area Mall

Four security guards were charged with involuntary manslaughter nearly eight years after the death of a Black man who was pinned to the floor at Northland Center Mall in Southfield, Mich., Attorney General Dana Nessel said on Wednesday.

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My HBCU Comeback Moment: A Tailgate to Remember

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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We Love to See It: Megan Thee Stallion Secures Yet Another Bag, Enters Huge Development Deal With Popeyes

Real Hot Chicken Shit!

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Kevin Durant Keeps the Faith, Believes Kyrie Irving Situation 'Will Work Out'

Above all else, Kevin Durant wants to win.

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A Conspiracy of Whiteness: Did an ESPN Insider's Email Inadvertently Reveal How the NFL Blackballed Colin Kaepernick?

Hidden in the stories surrounding the racist and homophobic emails between now former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden was an interesting tidbit about ESPN Insider Adam Schefter’s communication with Gruden and Bruce Allen, the then-president of the Washington Football Team.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Dwyane Wade’s Son Zaire Signs With Utah Jazz's G-League Affiliate Team

Looking to follow in his father’s NBA footsteps, Zaire Wade, son of three-time NBA champion Dwayne Wade, is taking his talents to the pros.

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Henrietta Lacks, Whose Cells Were Taken and Used in Scientific Breakthroughs, Receives Posthumous Award

Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer on Oct. 4, 1951, but her legacy and tumor cells still live on 70 years later.

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Ex-Louisiana State Trooper Pleads Not Guilty in Black Motorist’s Brutal Beating

A former Louisiana State Police trooper facing a federal charge in the 2019 beating of a Black motorist with a flashlight—which was captured on police body cameras—pleaded not guilty on Wednesday.

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A Black Father of 5 Who Was Shot 7 Times in California May Be a Victim of a Hate Crime, Police Say

A Black cement mason and father of five in California is recovering after being shot seven times in what police say may be a possible hate crime.

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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 ...