Oprah Brought SuperSoul Conversations to the Apollo and Aligned All of Harlem's Chakras

When Oprah builds it, we all come. She’s got this undeniable Midas touch, which is why we want her to save America by running for president, but we don’t deserve the precious soul that is Oprah as the leader of the free world. In fact, in order for her to keep her limitless effervescence, it’s best that we keep Momma…

Unique Views, Episode 31: 10 Minutes With Loretta Devine on a Shaky Cellphone

When we tell y’all that we are trying, I don’t think y’all understand what that really means. This podcast is held together with shoestring and bubblegum. It’s not a joke when we call ourselves the Sanford and Son of podcasts, and as Ms. Patti LaDanielle, aka The Root’s social-content producer, Danielle Young, told…

Throwing Shade at Throwing Shade: How TV Land’s New Show Leeches Off Black Gay Culture

I imagine that Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi are lovely white people, but that doesn’t make the formal rollout of their new TV Land late-night show Throwing Shade any less grating. And before anyone else mentions it for the umpteenth time: Yes, plenty of us are well aware that these two have been using that title for…

Unique Views Podcast, Episode 23: It's Family Time With Omar Gooding and Angell Conwell

This is the second time that the pod squad—myself, Ms. Patti LaDanielle, and The Root Senior Editor Stephen A. Crockett Jr.—have had something to do with Bounce TV. So excuse us if we're feeling ourselves a bit. OK, so maybe I am feeling myself, by myself, but that's because Stephen doesn't deserve to feel himself.…

Unique Views Podcast, Episode 13: How Crab Dinners Made BuzzFeed's Quinta B. Broke

“Hate“ is a strong word. It should only be used for intense situations like brussels sprouts, Donald Trump and the cancellation of NBC's The Black Donnellys. In this vein, I say that I do not hate Danielle Young, aka Patti LaDanielle, aka Ms. Patti Patti. But she's close. She's kind of like broccoli, Mike Pence and…