December 20, 2012
Henry Louis Gates Jr. and the team chose page-turners by Zadie Smith, David Maraniss, Toni Morrison and others.
by Akoto Ofori-Atta onJune 28, 2012
From abuse to a McBeef with Jay-Z and, yes, even celibacy, the singer opens up in Soulacoaster.
December 12, 2010
Haven't made a list? Better start. The holidays have arrived, and shopping is in full force. The joy of giving is in the gift, so The Root has bravely spent the last few evenings searching for special expressions of tradition, culture and creativity.
by Washington Post onJune 30, 2010
While a few authors have made it into mainstream literature, many can't escape the publishing industry's narrow category of African-American literature.
by Felicia Pride onApril 27, 2010
Why two new black self-help books don't get it right. No, conversate isn't a word. And yes, there are some things that black folks need to stop doing. But there's a difference between enabling and empathy.
by Helena Andrews onApril 22, 2010
There's a fine line between ''superhero'' and ''villain.'' I should know. I've been both.
April 14, 2010
Nell Painter, a leading American historian, talks about her latest book, "The History of White People." In this conversation with The Root's editor-in-chief, Henry Louis Gates Jr., she discusses the definition of whiteness, the racialization of human beings and white privilege.
by Michael E. Ross onJanuary 7, 2010
The author, scholar and MacArthur “genius” winner charts a new course in post-academic life.
by Donnell Alexander onNovember 19, 2009
Wil Haygood’s new biography shows how the boxer Sugar Ray Robinson became a father to athletic style.
November 2, 2009
Forget about Paradise Lost and The Canterbury Tales. Here's a list of books that students should be reading in school.
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