Judge of Characters: George Washington Took Teeth From the Mouths of Slaves

I’ve always been taught that the first president of the United States of America had wooden teeth because his gums were not fertile ground for strong, pearly whites. It was just common knowledge. But recently, writer Michael Coard revealed something that’s widely unknown: Washington’s dentures were made not of wood…

Judge of Characters: Colonizers Are Having a Hard Time Stomaching Black Panther’s Success

It’s official: Black Panther is a blockbuster hit, and our feelings will never be done with this film. This movie has emotionally affected us all. While there are many melanated people who are swathed in pride because of Black Panther’s representation and all-out beauty, there are just as many (if not more)…

Hey, Dude: Black Panther Wasn’t Filmed in Africa, Just Like Star Wars Wasn’t Filmed in Space 

I am the last person to believe in black sacred cows. You want to go after the Obamas? Go for it. You want to question the quality of Beyoncé’s music? Have at it. You want to say that some of Ava DuVernay’s movies are boring? Be my guest. We’re ’bout that life here at The Root. Never scared. We slaughter sacred cows,…

Judge of Characters: What Happens When White People Go Back to Their Roots?

As a fan of Justin Timberlake’s music (not his life choices), I must say that I am perplexed by how casual he was about sharing with the world that he’s going “back to his roots” with his new album, Man of the Woods. White people wanting to go back to their roots makes me nervous. What does that even mean? Am I alone…