Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is often remembered for his nonviolent fight for civil rights and his moving calls for justice. And as a reverend, the Atlanta native also called on congregations nationwide to take on the same fights when he echoed his views from church pulpits.
When remembering Martin Luther King Jr., society often removes some of his most radical politics from discussion.
Martin Luther King Jr. is perhaps one of the most famous civil rights leaders in the United States. His name is synonymous with words like “nonviolence,” and “racial justice.” It’s easy to see Dr. King as a symbol for peace.
The Root sat down with some of the women and men who appear in Lifetime’s groundbreaking documentary series, Surviving R. Kelly, to chat about their relationships with the singer and why they decided to speak out. Watch above.
If there’s anything 2018 showed us, it’s that America needs to do better—to say the least.
Trey Songz shares his views on the police department and playing an officer in his new film Blood Brother, which hits theaters today. Watch the interview clip above.
Tidal just launched its first animated project, Footprints, a series dedicated to celebrating the African and Indigenous roots of Latin music that are often overlooked. Episode one, which is narrated by Afro-Latinx artist Amara La Negra, highlights the work of black Latinx like Joe Arroyo and Celia Cruz.
Every Root 100 gala is special, but this year was particularly momentous. Along with celebrating our 100 honorees, The Root also celebrated its 10th anniversary. Watch a recap of the beautiful night above.
The midterms didn’t go how many of us had hoped they would. But tonight, there’s one huge glimmer of hope, and that’s the fireball that is Ayanna Pressley. Massachusetts’ first black congresswoman-elect delivered some much-needed inspiration on election night.
Misty Copeland just keeps making history. This time, she made it to Disney!
Andrew Gillum called on Florida Gov. Rick Scott to declare a “state of emergency” after Markeis McGlockton was killed by gunfire this July. His killer, Michael Drejka, claimed he fired in self-defense after a parking lot dispute and initially dodged arrest under Florida’s “stand your ground” law. This incident brought…
It’s been one year since the #MeToo movement went viral and conversations about sexual misconduct became more prevalent than ever in the media. In light of the movement, CBS recently asked Hillary Clinton about her support of former president Bill Clinton following his infamous affair with Monica Lewinsky and his…
For the last day of Latinx Heritage Month, The Root is highlighting Mariana Grajales Cuello, the “Mother of Cuba.” This Afro-Cuban woman helped lead the fight against Spanish rule on the island and lost everything in her fight for the freedom of Afro-Cubans.
Janel Martinez, creator of Ain’t I Latina? guest hosts Episode 2 of “Mi Gente Afrodescendiente,” which highlights Arturo Schomburg, one of the most influential curators of black history.
For Latinx Heritage Month, The Root is highlighting black Latinx who’ve made history. “Mi Gente Afrodescendiente” (My People of African Descent) is a series that sheds light on Afro-Latinx figures whose stories are often left out of our history books. In episode 1, actress and Dominican native Dascha Polanco (Orange…
I’ll be the first to admit that Insecure’s “Obsessed-Like” episode put me all the way in my feelings. That helpless feeling you have after someone ghosts you is one of the most trash feelings ever. If you haven’t been ghosted at this point in your life, brace yourself because the way life is set up, it’ll probably…
Sanaa Lathan broke the internet when she revealed her big chop last September. Lathan, who has dazzled the big screen since the late ‘90s, has rocked a number of styles throughout her career— but this moment was different.
Did you know that on average, there was one queer person (pdf) killed a week in 2017? Most people don’t, and that’s a problem.
Nicki Minaj is on track to make history once again following the release of her fourth studio album Queen. As Minaj climbs up music charts, industry experts predict Queen will debut at No. 1. If predictions hold, this will be Minaj’s third number one album, making her the first woman to snag three number one rap…
White supremacists behind the original Unite the Right rally that terrorized Charlottesville, Va., in 2017 with violent protests, decided to have another riveting event. This time, in our nation’s capital. But the group was dwarfed by counter-protestors. This is their story.