Thursday, September 29, 2022

The Root

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15 beloved Black banned books you must read now!

by Angela Johnson -- This September 18-24 is Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read, which began in 1982. Across the country, there have been continuous efforts to ban books from libraries and schools that deal with issues of race and sexuality. And...

‘House of the Dragon’ star discusses racist backlash from ‘Game of Thrones’ fans

by Stephanie Holland -- Another day, another fandom hurls racist attacks at a Black actor. As a lifelong fan of sci-fi/fantasy and comic books, who at times has had to prove I belong, I’m so exhausted with writing stories about actors of color being harassed by...

Serena Williams: “I’m evolving way from tennis”

by Stephanie Holland -- We use the term G.O.A.T. a lot when talking about superstar athletes. In case you’re unfamiliar, it stands for Greatest of All Time. Very few actually live up to this description, but one person who exemplifies this standard is Serena Williams. After 23 Grand...

Tyler Perry took care of Cicely Tyson for the last 15 years of her life

by Stephanie Holland — Tyler Perry receives a lot of criticism about his TV series and movies. And honestly, most of it is deserved. However, one thing he always gets right is respect for his elders. Over the years, he’s featured our best acting legends in...

Denzel Washington honors Jackie Robinson at MLB All-Star Game

by Stephanie Holland -- With the 2022 Major League Baseball All-Star Game taking place in Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, there was no way the event could happen without a tribute to the most influential Dodger ever: Jackie Robinson. And there’s no one better to deliver that...

Emmys 2022: Quinta Brunson makes history, Issa Rae, Donald Glover among nominees

by Shanelle Genai -- Nominees for the 2022 Primetime Emmys were released on Tuesday. Revealed by comedic actor JB Smoove and Melissa Fumero, the two undoubtedly brought joy to those itching for recognition but since you already know how we do things ‘round this way, let’s...

Viola Davis conquers colonizers in ‘The Woman King’ trailer

by Stephanie Holland -- "The Woman King" trailer is a call to arms for Black women everywhere. When Viola — as Nanisca, commander of the real-life Agojie warriors —said, “We fear no one. And we fear no pain. I offer you a choice, fight or we...

SUNDAY SPECIAL: I travel the globe preaching sermons – and I love it

by Mark Jefferson -- Currently, I serve as Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Virginia Theological Seminary. Our theological institution turns 200 in 2023. To celebrate and commemorate the occasion, our Seminary president presented me with the unique challenge to preach 200 sermons by VTs’ bicentennial....

Where did all the white people go?

by Michael Harriot -- Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released its first trove of demographic data from the 2020 census, leading many to divest in cryptocurrency and put all of their money in the rapidly emerging washcloth market.   But where are the white people...

Oprah Winfrey presents: The dismantling of a fairy tale

Once upon a time, there was a dominant institutional threesome consisting of white supremacy, colonialism and imperialism… On Sunday night, a combination of royal watchers and casually indifferent watchers sat down to watch the highly anticipated exclusive interview special, Oprah With Meghan and Harry: A...