The Mall in Washington, D.C., is an awkward place for a rally, especially one that’s drawn a smaller crowd than usual. The lawn between the Capitol steps and the Lincoln Memorial is almost two miles long. Every building around here is constructed at a scale to make you feel tiny in the face of the state.
Attorneys for Timothy Davis, an unarmed black man whose brutal beating in a local market at the hands of Columbus, Ohio, police was caught on video, have filed a civil rights complaint against the city.
It’s hard to assign an accurate definition for the oft-employed phrase “That’s some white people shit” because, well, the best-possible definition is located within the phrase. “That’s some white people shit” literally means, “That’s some shit so exclusive to whiteness that it deserves its own phrase.”
It’s an amazing thing to see the sci-fi/fantasy/comic book world expand to reflect the real world. ’Bout time.
In high school, I took a Spanish class in which I learned that I would be called “Esteban” instead of Stephen. I took to calling myself Esteban the rest of the school year and also talked about myself in the third person:
Today’s post was not intended to be about Issa Rae. After writing about the season finale of Insecure last week, I wanted to move on to other topics for discussion. But then, at last night’s Emmys, Rae, in a moment of candor, found a way to make all her fans proud to be a part of the #IssaHive. When asked who she was…
When we launched The Root 100 in 2009, it was the perfect time to celebrate black excellence. The arrival of the country’s first black president was an occasion to champion the achievements of today’s African-Americans heroes—achievements that could exist only in our ancestors’ wildest dreams.
“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” —Solomon, Proverbs 20:13
Y’all looking to get murked out in these streets. You can’t just run around wearing a clown mask chasing a terrified child, especially with It currently playing in theaters, and expect the scenario to end well.
1. Sean “Spicy Facts” Spicer is a liar.
A California high school’s “unique learning experience” designed to teach its students about slavery is drawing national attention after a concerned mother spoke out about it last week.
There are many injustices in our nation’s criminal-justice system. But one of the greatest injustices occurs before the accused are even convicted of a crime. It’s the application of our money-bail system, and it works like this: Let’s say a mother is accused of shoplifting at a department store and is arrested. A…
Thousands lined up outside the City of Praise Family Ministries church outside Washington, D.C., on Saturday to celebrate the life of comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, who died Aug. 19.
We all have that one friend who just can’t let shit go. You know the one I’m talking about. The homeboy who thinks someone stepping on his shoe is a plot by his rivals to ruin his new Jordans. The homegirl who thinks the waiter has a vendetta against her because one of her mozzarella sticks was short, which means she…
Hip-hop has become a cultural powerhouse that fuels everything from fashion to corporate profits. They rap in beer commercials. Politicians come to Jay-Z for endorsements. With all its faults, more than any form of art that ever existed, hip-hop has always openly acknowledged the most powerful force in America: Money.
Not trying to be flip, but what can you say when lynching paraphernalia is being spread around the United States like Whole Foods in the hood?
The Emmys began last night with a skit featuring disgraced former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, a clear reference to Melissa McCarthy’s brilliant impersonation of him on Saturday Night Live, and an act in which the consequencelessness of whiteness has never been better exemplified. Whatever hope there is…
Now that “I’m not racist” has become the new “God knows my heart,” perhaps we should stop referring to people as racists, and instead say they were acting like racists. For instance, Donald Trump acted like a racist when he big-upped the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis during a presidential press conference. Or, better…
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