Mourning in America: The Root Watches the Inauguration so You Don’t Have To

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Tomorrow, Jan. 20, 2017, our lives will change forever. President Barack Obama will become former President Obama, and Donald Trump will become ... President Trump. I can’t.


Many black folks up and down my social media timelines are protesting the inauguration and spending their time and energy on other (read: uplifting/black) things.

Fellow journalist Jamiliah Lemieux will be live-tweeting The Wiz. Social and digital consultant Mary Pryor is doing the same—black film pending. Other people will be indulging in various other forms of self-care, like massages, hair appointments or prayer circles.


However, we here at The Root will be watching, with plenty of libations and support. We’re hosting a Watch What Happens Live!-esque broadcast on The Root Live, where we will be reminiscing about our favorite President Obama moments, imagining what a Trump America will be, watching critiquing the inauguration, drinking plenty of brown happy juice and leaving you with our hope for the future of our country.

The bottom line is this: We’re watching this inauguration so you don’t have to. You’re welcome. So tune in on our Facebook page tomorrow, starting at 11 a.m. ET, for three one-hour broadcasts with these special guests: Very Smart Brothas’ Damon Young, musician-writer-model Maiysha Kai, The Root Managing Editor Danielle Belton, Married to the Medicine’s Dr. Heavenly, Revolt’s Rashad Drakeford, the Women’s March on Washington’s Danielle Kwateng and our bartending journalist Tiy Hampton as we discuss, imbibe and mourn.

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Tweet with us using the hashtag #TheUnauguration.

Pretty. Witty. Girly. Worldly. One who likes to party, but comes home early. I got stories to tell. Prince (yes, that Prince) called me excellence. Achievement unlocked.

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It makes me sad that this is the only site under this umbrella that gives me an “unsafe site” warning when I try to click it. Can you guys have someone look into that?

Also, we should emphasize that in addition to not watching, people should not tweet about it either. Tweeting is probably a better measure than ratings these days.