The Root 100 gala co-host A.J. Calloway breaks down why Barack and Michelle Obama are the epitome of black excellence.
Raquel Willis was recognized on The Root 100 this year for her unapologetic voice and dedicated work to elevate the transgender community. Watch above for her personal story about how hiding her true identity while working as a journalist in Monroe, Ga., shaped her advocacy.
The Root 100 honoree Lena Waithe made history earlier this year when she became the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing, and we have a feeling it won’t be her last. Watch above.
The Root 100 honoree Michael Smith breaks down what people really mean when they tell him and his co-host, Jemele Hill, to “stick to sports.” Watch above.
Gabrielle Union was raped while working at a Payless shoe store 25 years ago. She bravely details her sexual assault in her new book, We’re Going to Need More Wine. Union has been vocal about her assault since the beginning of her acting career and has become a leading voice for women of color in conversations about…
I’ve always been convinced that my grandmother has a direct line to God. But on the evening of Sept. 5, I prayed she would be wrong about her most recent revelation.
North Philadelphia is home to a new John Coltrane mural. But this isn’t the first mural of the legendary saxophonist to go up in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood of North Philly. The first mural, which sat near Coltrane’s former Strawberry Mansion home, was torn down in 2014 to make way for a new development.
For years, activists have pushed to remove Philadelphia’s Frank Rizzo statue. Now the Rizzo statue in Philly’s Center City section shares the floor with an 800-pound Afro pick, a new sculpture by black artist Hank Willis Thomas. The sculpture is part of a series hosted by Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Monument Lab, and…
Updated Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, 2:52 p.m. EDT: Becca Brennan, the owner of Summerhill, plastered over the holes in the wall that caused a storm of controversy when she referred to them as “bullet holes” in a press release, according to Gothamist. The repairs happened late Tuesday night. At a town hall in July,…
Did Grandma ever tell you to lie on the floor and cut off the TV during a thunderstorm so you wouldn’t get struck by lightning? We can’t be the only ones.
School is back in session, and it’s time to learn about a system that funnels black and brown kids from schools into our criminal-justice system. It’s called the school-to-prison pipeline, and it’s affecting black children as early as preschool. Watch above.
If you’ve ever watched Beyoncé perform, you’ve probably noticed Ashley Everett whipping her curly, red locks by her side. Everett is Beyoncé’s beloved dance captain, and she’s been working with Queen Bey for over a decade. She knows all about loyalty and has become one of the key players behind Beyoncé’s flawless…
Representation matters. We know this and still, representation is missing from the media we consume. For Matthew A. Cherry, seeing other black directors in action assured him that filmmaking was an attainable goal after he transitioned from the NFL.
The first time Ariell Johnson imagined herself as a superhero was when she laid eyes on Storm of The X-Men.
Two hundred and forty-one years ago, America gained its independence from Britain. Since then, July 4 has been celebrated with American flags, parades, fireworks and barbecues. The word “freedom” is often associated with the day.
Jasmyn Lawson is probably ghostwriting your favorite GIFs. No, really.
Gun violence is the leading cause of death for black men and boys ages 15 to 34 in the United States. Community activists have been organizing against gun violence for decades, and there is still so much to be done. But there are a lot of misconceptions about how gun violence really affects black communities across…
Mike Brown was 18.
Los Angeles looks a lot different than it did in 1992. The smoke and shattered glass are long gone, but the memories of the Los Angeles uprising, commonly known as the “L.A. riots,” have had lingering effects on black Angelenos.