Grand Theft Airport: Republicans Are Trying to Snatch the Busiest Airport in America From Black Leadership

I love a good heist movie—Now You See Me, Dead Presidents, all of those Oceans movies. I can even enjoy really terrible heist movies like Widows and Takers. The key to a good heist story is the thieves have to kind of be the good guys and the crime has to make some kind of sense. Clearly, Republicans in Georgia have…

Chance the Rapper, Cops and the Chicago Way: Talking the Windy City Mayoral Race With Amara Enyia

Chicago has had a rough couple of weeks when it comes to the American news cycle. The Night King decided to make the city his vacation spot, Jussie Smollett and the Chicago Police Department have been in a fight to see who sounds the least credible, and R. Kelly’s latest arrest is a reminder of why it’s taken so long…

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…

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