In the late ’90s, I went to a meeting at one of the biggest record labels. I was scheduled to do a quick interview with the president. I knocked on his door and he waved me in. Then he sized me up and fixated on my navy-blue messenger bag with the Rawkus Records logo stitched on it.
Editor’s note: For Black History Month, The Root is speaking to the relatives of our most cherished African-American heroes in a series called Living With History. To open the series, we interviewed a descendant of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. Last week we did a Q&A with the descendants of Ida B. Wells…
President Trump had a lot to say about President Obama’s vacations and his costs to American taxpayers. Yet, a new report confirms that Trump’s travel costs—made more exorbitant because of his refusal to stay in the White House on weekends—is on track to far surpass that of Obama.
Y’all’s president is one vacationing-ass bitch. It hasn’t even been a smooth full month into Tropicana Jong-il’s four-year term (insert laugh track here) and the man has taken every weekend off. To his credit, much like his racism, his xenophobia, his sexism, his narcissism, his creepy obsession with his daughter, and…
HBCUs have a rich history and powerful mystique that continue to shape African-American culture and inspire academic success. In popular culture, HBCUs have provided the context for movies, such as School Daze and Drumline, and television series, such as A Different World and The Quad.
The protests against President Trump show no signs of slowing. In fact, even on this day off for most, anti-Trump activists are using the federal holiday to partake in actions that give outlet to their frustration with the executive branch.
After a much-needed respite from the public eye, former First Lady Michelle Obama will soon be back in our lives.
Name a successful president who takes campaign assistance from a “frenemy” of the United States, pretends not to know what his vice president does and does not know, and radically alters foreign policy towards the nation that helped him get into the White House.
Milo Yiannopoulos is a snide, racist piece of shit who benefits from the lowered expectations typically afforded to even the most mediocre white man. He has been referred to as a “beast” who “obliterates” political correctness as if PC culture—even at its peak—ever stopped a hate-mongering white dude with daddy issues…
Jay Z’s music streaming service Tidal has partnered with social justice organization, Sankofa.org, to exclusively premiere 17, a 17-minute visual EP inspired by the men, women and children who have fallen victim to racial and police violence, including Trayvon Martin who died at the age of 17 nearly five years ago.
Saturday’s British Challenge Mixed Martial Arts (BCMMA) 18 event had just started when Joe Harding got on his fancy and started dancing. His opponent Johan Segas took the opportunity to kick the shit out of him and the whole fight reminds me of 2008. Obama was voted into office and we were all dancing in the streets.…
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Today, for Black History Month, I’d like to tell you about something that has been long forgotten in the legacy of Africans in America. You may have heard these stories and dismissed them as fabulous folklore or passed-down legends that bloomed into fable over the years, but trust me, this ain’t no Paul Bunyan fairy…
Now anyone who knows the genius of James Brown knows that that man kept “the pocket” thumping. Sadly, one of the drivers of Brown’s most iconic grooves—and one of hip-hop’s most sampled drummers—Clyde Stubblefield, has died. He was 73.
Some in the news media didn’t need President Donald Trump’s amazing news conference on Thursday to ask health professionals whether they thought Trump was mentally sound.
And the president is seemingly caught in another whopper. And by that doggone “fake press” at that.
Donald Glover is staying busy. The rapper and comedian, fresh off his two Golden Globes and NAACP Award for the breakout hit, Atlanta, was recently announced as the voice of Simba in Disney’s live-action version of the ’90s classic, The Lion King. He will be joined by James Earl Jones as Mufasa, a role Jones held in…
The White House budget office has reportedly drafted a list of American programs that President Trump could cut to put a dent in domestic spending, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which produces beloved TV show for children Sesame Street.
After calling President Obama “my nigga” at his very last White House Correspondent’s dinner, we knew Larry Wilmore had less than zero fucks to give about respectability politics or not speaking his black-ass mind.
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