New York City Gets An 'F' When It Comes To Awarding City Contracts To Black-Owned Businesses, According To City Comptroller 

New York City sucks when it comes to awarding contracts to women and minority-owned businesses, according to the city comptroller office’s grading scale, as detailed in its 2018 report. Most of the city’s departments received a “D” for the fourth consecutive year for doling out a minuscule $1 billion in contracts…

What It Means That a Black Woman Is Leading Julián Castro’s Campaign for President

WASHINGTON, D.C.—When Maya Rupert walked into then-Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro’s office with a tricky problem to solve, she expected some resistance. It was November 2015, and the agency had long been mulling a rule that would require HUD-funded shelters to accept transgender people under…

Maxine Waters Calls Donald Trump a 'Bluffer' Ahead of the State of the Union Address 

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters has never bitten her tongue when it comes to expressing her disdain for Donald Trump, the white-supremacist-in-chief. During an interview with The Root, Rep. Waters told us how to push back against Trump’s bully tactics, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s leadership and how she feels empowered by the…

Newark Mayor to Trump: Forget the Wall! Our City’s Water Has ‘Dangerously High’ Levels of Lead

Newark, N.J., Mayor Ras J. Baraka wrote a letter to Donald Trump, urging the president to ditch his potential plan to fund his long-sought border wall with emergency funds and instead send some of that money to Newark to replace faulty lead lines that are leaking “dangerously high levels of lead” into the city’s tap…

Rashida Tlaib, the Hypocritical Cuss Word Controversy, and the Myth of Political Civility

As a young boy growing up in Detroit during the 1980s, I remember the late Coleman A. Young, the city’s first black mayor, cussing people out—usually news reporters. If you grew up in Detroit then or in the early 1990s, one of your favorite pastimes was joking about Coleman—we called him by his first name—telling…

Mike Espy Didn't Make History in Mississippi, But He and Other Black Candidates Definitely Made Progress

JACKSON, Miss—The U.S. Senate runoff between Mike Espy and Cindy Hyde-Smith got most of the national attention, but that race may not have been the most important one in Mississippi this election cycle. That’s why it’s important to not let disappointment about Espy’s failed bid to become one of the rare black…

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