Auntie Unfiltered: Working With All Black Coworkers

Have I ever told y’all how blessed I am to be working at The Root?

People who criticize us always start with “Y’all are owned by white people” to try and take us down.


Listen. Yes, we are owned by white people, but my workplace is black as fuck.

Yes, the company that owns The Root is white, but The Root has editorial independence, and we make our own decisions here. Every decision about what to run on the site is made by a team of Black women that consists of our editor in chief, Danielle Belton; our managing editor Genetta Adams; the managing editor of The Glow Up, Maiysha Kai; and me, the news editor.


Our writers are black. Our video team (Hey Ashley! Hey Felice! Hey PJ! Hey jessica!) is black. Our social media editor, Corey P. Townsend is black. It don’t get no blacker. Our freelancers are black. We write about the black experience. We talk about things from the Black perspective.

Our work Slack is black as fuck. We joke on each other. We discuss current events and popular culture in our black ass voices. We argue things like which joker is the big joker (for the record, it’s the Guarantee because that’s a guaranteed book, niggas) or whether or not deviled eggs should have relish in them (they should, niggas) and the greatest argument ever: flats are superior to drums when eating wings.

I told y’all. It’s black as fuck here.

But what about people who don’t have the privilege of working in an all black environment? What about those that have to navigate whiteness as they earn their paycheck? Should they be seeking out an all black workplace as well?


This is the topic of this week’s Auntie Unfiltered.

I have gotten tons of emails, comments and DMs across social media. I appreciate all of you. If you have a question, comment or concern, or if you need advice or even if you have a topic you think I should discuss, please email me at


News Editor for The Root. I said what I said. Period.

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