Exclusive: Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax Speaks Out on Sexual Assault Allegations and His Future in Virginia [Updated]

The top three elected Democrats in the state of Virginia have been mired in controversy for the last week. On Friday, Feb. 1, a medical school yearbook pictures from 1984 surfaced showing two people in blackface and a Ku Klux Klan uniform on Gov. Ralph Northam’s page, as well as showing a racist nickname in his class…

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Super Bowl Preparedness, Kamala Harris and Her Non-Misdemeanor Mac and Cheese

Last week, The Root caught up with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms at the United States Conference of Mayors annual convention in Washington D.C. Mayor Bottoms shared her thoughts on the impact of the government shutdown; on Atlanta’s Superbowl preparedness; how the 2020 election runs through Georgia and why…

Sen. Kamala Harris Is a 54-Year-Old Black Woman, and Yes, She Dated Willie Brown. So What?

Listen up everyone because this will likely be the first, last and only time I will write these words: We have to talk about California Sen. Kamala Harris’ dating life. Why? Is it relevant to her qualifications to be president? No. Is it because her previous relationships were scandalous in some way that reflects on…

I Expected to Hate Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Then Marvel Made It Extra Black

You know that feeling you had when you finished watching Black Panther the first time? The credits were rolling and you sat there experiencing a mix of emotions—shock, happiness and validation, all while SZA and Kendrick Lamar’s “All the Stars” flowed throughout the theater? Imagine having all of those feelings again,…

Nobody Should Be Talking About Beto and Gillum in 2020 Until We Understand Stacey Abrams in 2018

This past September at a Congressional Black Caucus party, I caught up with one of the main players of the “Stacey Abrams for Governor” campaign. I’d been covering the Georgia election from day one so I had a pretty honest relationship with most of the team. At that point, Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp had been…

How Stan Lee, Creator of Black Panther, Taught a Generation of Black Nerds About Race, Art and Activism

When I was a kid, I didn’t live close enough to a comic book shop to get there on my bike. My parents would have to take me to Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, Va., and I’d get my comics off the old spinner racks at Waldenbooks. As the years went on and specialty comic shops opened, my friends and I had a comic book ritual…

Tomi Lahren Can’t Fill a Room, The Root Hates Black Men, and Other Things I Learned at Politicon 2018

Genre conventions are all the rage in America. There is Walker Stalker Con for he Walking Dead, IDCon for true-crime Discovery Channel shows, and new comic book conventions pop up every weekend. Fan conventions are like clothing lines for celebritie —everybody thinks they’re a good idea and half of them don’t work…

The Governor’s Debate Between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp Is Everything That’s Wrong with Georgia Politics

Tuesday night was supposed to be fire. In the 24 hours before the first Georgia governor’s debate between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp the national press started dropping bombs like Outkast. First, Richard Fausset of the New York Times posted a story about Stacey Abrams attending the burning of the…

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