Reflecting on the n-word flap involving Rihanna and the Dutch magazine, Loop21 blogger Rob Fields says that the pervasive use of the pejorative by African Americans negates our right to become angry when others use it.
Writer-director Ava DuVernay's feature-film debut is a moving meditation on love and loss, life and death.
The Root reviews a new Jimi Hendrix children's book and listens to the latest from California King and Chocolate Genius, Inc.
The Root listens to Kanye West's new album and Pigeon John's Dragon Slayer.
The Root listens to Canadian rapper Shad and Earl Greyhound, and reviews the biography of a legend.
The Root listens to Lightspeed Champion, Lizz Wright and Tricky.
Never mind the endless debate about whether hip-hop is dead. Black rock lives, and is gaining momentum as a cultural force.
The rock band’s latest release, The Chair in the Doorway, stands out as a collection of first-rate songs wrapped in hard rock, metal, funk and blues.