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Former heavyweight champ Leon Spinks battles prostate cancer

by Jay Connor -- In 1978, boxer Leon Spinks shocked the sports world by defeating Muhammad Ali in a lopsided 15-round split decision. Now with his boxing days far behind him, the 66-year-old now finds himself in the midst of an even more important...

Oscars 2020: 80 Years After Hattie McDaniel Became the 1st Black Academy Award Winner, Hair Love Somehow Became The Night’s Only One

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On February 29, 1940, Hattie McDaniel, arguably the most well-known black actress in the entire world at the time, took to the podium at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub inside the legendary Ambassador Hotel, in Los Angeles, to accept her Academy Award for Best Supporting...

This Year’s NBA All-Star Game Will Pay Tribute to Kobe Bryant with New Format

As the tragedy of the death of Kobe Bryant continues to reverberate throughout the NBA community, the league has unveiled drastic changes ahead of its annual All-Star Game in order to pay tribute to the legendary Laker. On Thursday, the NBA announced that its All-Star...

Exclusive: Rep. Ayanna Pressley Reveals Beautiful Bald Head and Discusses Alopecia for the First Time

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Ayanna Pressley loves playing with her hair. Before she became a Massachusetts Congresswoman (and a high-profile member of “The Squad”), Pressley would experiment with different hairstyles and textures, getting a weave and even cutting her own hair. Lately, she’s been experimenting with lace-front wigs. “One...

Report Reveals New Details About Talk Show Host Tavis Smiley’s Sexual Misconduct Allegations at PBS

An independent investigator hired by PBS to evaluate claims of sexual misconduct against Tavis Smiley has concluded that the former late-night talk show host was involved in sexual relationships with his employees and guests for decades. During that span, Smiley was also found to...

Tyler Perry Teases New Netfix Thriller, A Fall from Grace

https://www.instagram.com/p/B6s7yXanpMI/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Before ending a historic year — opening the first black-owned film and television production studio, Tyler Perry is going out with a bang a teaser for his upcoming Netflix thriller, A Fall from Grace. The Madea-made mogul wrote, produced and directed the film, which marks...

Gerrymandering Is At The Heart Of The 2020 State Elections

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Over the last decade you may have heard the term gerrymandering thrown around. It refers to the process where legislators draw up heavily partisan districts for their states that often result in them getting a majority of the vote. According to NBC News the...

In Memoriam: The Root Honors Those We Lost in 2019

By Ericka Blount Danois, The Root The year 2019 took us on a rollercoaster ride of emotions: It began with the swearing-in of the most diverse Congress in U.S. history and culminated with the impeachment of the president. In between, we witnessed rap going country...

Democratic Candidate Mike Bloomberg Exploited Prison Labor To Make Campaign Calls

Billionaire, former New York City mayor and stop and frisk advocate Mike Bloomberg is currently making a long shot bid at buying the presidency. Apparently, he was exploiting prison labor to do so which is just so on...

Kwanzaa 101 for the Uninitiated, Self-Conscious, or Confused

by Moji Alawode-El, The Root Y’all, Kwanzaa is LIT. Seriously. What other uniquely African-American holiday invites you to spend seven days talking about the realest stuff? People get so caught up in how it’s a made-up holiday, but come on—a holiday is a group...