Anne Branigin
Staff writer, The Root.
Oct 29

I have a relative that is incarcerated that I’ve assisted in applying for this payment. He is at Angola and the Louisiana State Penitentiary system isn’t exactly always on the up and up, so...our fingers are crossed at this point. He says some inmates applied and did receive a check early on, but of COURSE it’s not Read more

Oct 28

Mazel to you my brotha! I’m gonna co-sign by saying please please please people...go to the doctor on the regular; I do understand there are some who are uninsured...there may be free clinics (I know..not great) that could be of help. Read more

Oct 1

The one thing that helped me get over my overwhelming sense of guilt and shame over losing three pregnancies was actually reading an article about celebrities who had lost pregnancies. These were people who had access to the best medical care, a private chef to cook all the “right” foods, personal trainers to help Read more

Sep 14

Thank you, Anne, for shining a light on Lewis Hamilton. I’ve tried off and on for years with polite nudges to get The Root to follow and report on him for his profession as a Formula 1 driver.

Jul 15

I signed a petition about this last night, and plan to call and email the judge’s clerks and the school board members today. As a special education teacher, I found it especially horrifying how none of Grace’s teachers advocated for her. One of them was supposed to attend her hearing, but had to leave the Read more

Jul 10

We can begin by thinking about Black wealth and Black prosperity in terms of extractors—systems or enterprises drawing money out of the Black community—and investment, as scholar and writer Andre Perry advises. But it also requires questioning the philosophies that lay the foundation for how federal, state, and local Read more

Jun 26

There’s a line from Chappelle’s most recent special where he says “how can you kneel on a man’s neck for 8:46 and not think you’ll feel the wrath of God.” Read more

Jun 23

Far as I know, this is the first year that mail-in ballots have been available in Kentucky without requiring an applicant to show cause as to why they can’t vote in personactual absence from your county on the day of election, disability/age, things like that—so there’s just no way KY issued anywhere close to 850,000 Read more

Jun 22

Effin Turtle Man and his ilk. If they can’t win legitimately, they will lie, cheat and steal to keep power. 

Jun 19

I just remembered an emergency services precedent from my work history that is a bit informative on this topic. Fire departments have been facing an employment-justification crunch because fire codes and human behavior (esp. smoking, esp. around bed time) have lowered the frequency at which they’re needed (and Read more

Jun 11

I have been putting on makeup for my weekly WebEx meetings because I have to find some reason to beat my face I have nowhere else to be.

Jun 4

Tom Cotton is a sitting US Senator. He can espouse this view from any podium in the US Capitol, or from his office. His position affords him whatever publicity he desires. The NYT was not needed to ensure his views were heard.

Jun 2

For non-Kentuckians, the KSP is one step short of the FBI. They have state-wide authority and real tech behind them. It’s necessary b/c so many of our counties are dirt-poor. They don’t play with local b.s. good-old-boy crap (which, IME, exists everywhere). Read more

May 30

With a lot of experience at 0 or negative spoons, I’ve got an addendum to the theory. When you’re in spoon debt, you *will* have a coping mechanism. Not expecting this can leave you feeling trapped, not in control of your actions, and unable to stop because it’s adding stress instead of addressing the original spoon Read more

May 29

I have fibromyalgia and ME and Spoon Theory has been the easiest way for me to explain to others how and why my body work the way it does. One of my daughters has depression, and she started using the phrase “I’ve only got a couple spoons left, what do I use them on?” as she makes decisions about her day. Read more