Perfect Music Moments in Black History: The Roots and Common ‘Act Too (The Love of My Life)’

The Roots’ fourth album, 1999’s Things Fall Apart, is largely regarded as the album that put them over the top. While Organix, Do You Want More?!!!??! (personal fave) and Illadelph Halflife were all dope albums with superb hits—“Silent Treatment,” “Clones,” “Proceed” and “What They Do” immediately come to mind—Things

From the Roots to Chris Rock: How Tina Farris Launched a Successful Tour-Management Company—and Now Wants to Empower Women

It was a cold morning in Washington, D.C. Before Tina Farris landed at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, she texted me that she had left her scarf in Los Angeles, which she wouldn’t need after leaving D.C., so I offered to bring her mine, as we planned for me to shadow her for the day. Farris, who was…

Black-ish Taught Me More About Slavery in 22 Minutes Than My Entire Education (Plus, That Roots Cartoon Was Epic)

The whole issue of slavery is one fraught with a legacy of pain, trauma and, yes, white guilt, and this country didn’t even apologize for this mass tragedy until 2009. If you think I found out that little stat from a history book, nope—I learned it from the season premiere of ABC’s Black-ish, which produced one of…