Ellis Cose, author of the upcoming book The End of Anger, says African-American leaders understand that some things are harder for President Obama to do because he is not white. He spoke to The Root's Omar Wasow in the latest installment of The Vine video series.
Prof. Linda Hill tells Henry Louis Gates Jr. that leaders are self-made, not born. And that thing about finding a mentor? Think again.
Syndicated radio host Bev Smith recently won the prestigious Max Robinson Award for her work to combat HIV/AIDS. In an audio interview, the talk-radio queen goes "beyond fame" with The Root's Anji Corley, discussing modern courtship rituals, whether the NAACP is still relevant in 2011 and how to use what you have to get what you want.
The late Chuck Brown, a pioneer of go-go music, had his ups and downs -- he was once a homeless alcoholic -- but after decades in the business he received his first Grammy nomination in 2011. Fresh from the Grammy Awards, Brown talked to The Root about how he discovered his own sound, his favorite rappers and the one thing he couldn't pass up.
In the latest segment of the Vine series on African-American power and leadership, Russell Simmons tells The Root's editor-in-chief, Henry Louis Gates Jr., what he says to his Jewish friends about his close relationship with Louis Farrakhan. He also reveals the moment he first knew that he had made it, and his views on the enduring appeal of hip-hop.
In this exclusive interview, Nurse Jackie actress Anna Deavere Smith talks about her new one-woman show, Let Me Down Easy. In it she explores health care, illness and death and impersonates everyone from Lance Armstrong to a retired boxer to Eve Ensler.
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