It’s about time that black girls see themselves represented in comics.
Isabella Soto has big dreams of becoming a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre.
New data shows that less than 11 percent of Flint, Mich., children are proficient in reading. According to the Michigan Department of Education, reading rates have significantly dropped since the start of the Flint water crisis in 2014, from 41.6 percent to 10.7 percent.
For someone who likes to call out “fake news,” 45 is the king of misinformation. In the past few weeks, Donald Trump has repeatedly tried to take credit for the steadily declining black unemployment rate. But is it true? Watch above.
The Root just turned 10! To celebrate, some of our nearest and dearest will sit in the hot seat to answer 10 burning questions. First up is our very own editor-in-chief, Danielle Belton. Watch above.
Racism is bad for you. Surprise!
There’s been a lot of talk about Oprah Winfrey running for office in 2020. We really don’t deserve a presidency from Oprah or our forever FLOTUS, Michelle Obama, but we can always dream.
If there’s one fact I’ve learned over and over again in my 26 years on this planet, it’s that as a woman, I’m never safe, and the world could not give a damn about changing that.
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…