There are some people out there who get upset whenever we say, “Black labor built this country.” But these are, indeed, #facts. Here’s a quick history lesson.
News flash: The history of labor in America is racist AF.
As a child, Alison Désir was given the nickname “Powdered Feet.” “It actually comes from the Haitian Creole saying, ‘You never see the person, just the footprints of where they’ve been in powder,’” Désir tells The Root.
Twenty-five years ago, Martin hit the airwaves. The sitcom showcased comedian Martin Lawrence and was a cult classic.
Black and Proud is a video series on The Root that focuses on the pride that our favorite black celebrities, tastemakers and thought leaders feel about being black. Many of them talk about our resilience and strength throughout history, and some talk about our undeniable talents, while others mention our dance skills,…
The look has been given many names over the years: the “high and tight,” the“fashy,” the “synth” and the “undercut.”
The first black actor Brian Tyree Henry saw on television was Jasmine Guy, in A Different World. Henry was absolutely enamored.
Some might say that Maxine Waters’ career in politics was a prophecy.
Christian Herrera started dancing when he was 4 years old. He said he knew that he would be a dancer when he did his first split at his grandmother’s house.
They’re on our butts, arms, thighs and breasts. You name it.
For centuries, black women have been measured by a white standard of beauty.
If there is one thing that Sammy Sosa, an Afro-Latino man, and his skin-bleaching fiasco has taught us, it’s to be proud of who you are.
In the 1980s, San Francisco Bay Area native Damani Baker and his family migrated to the Caribbean to join the Grenada Revolution.
So, what, exactly, is jazz? We know it’s black music, we know that many of the artists of the genre are political. But how does one define an art form so heavily based on improvisation and live instrumentation?
Loyalty. It’s not something to be bought or sold. In life, one could only wish to find a tribe of loyal people.
A black woman owning the narrative on a Broadway stage is an act of power.
What’s nearly 100 pounds and made out of 7,000 sheets of paper? If you guessed a sculpture of one of the greatest rappers of all time, you’d be correct.
“We think of artists usually in history as European, as male, as being trained in a certain way,” said Rujeko Hockley, co-curator of “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85,” an exhibition currently on display at the Brooklyn Museum.
Very seldom does one encounter a leader as valiant, sharp and fearless as Malcolm X (aka el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz), born May 19, 1925, in Omaha, Neb., as Malcolm Little.