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‘I Will Continue to Press On and Fight’: Maya Rockeymoore Cummings Announces Run for Late Husband’s Congressional Seat

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By Jay Connor, The Root Baltimore was dealt a devastating blow with the unexpected death of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings in October, and as the city that Donald Trump once belittled as “a disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess” recovers from the loss of its longstanding...

Ain’t We Lucky We Got Good Times Coming to a Live Studio Audience?

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If you’re scratchin’ and survivin’ while awaiting another installment of the “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” series from ABC, well, it looks like you’re going to be successful and thrivin’, instead. According to Variety, the network has confirmed a double-episode special of All...

Colin Kaepernick Celebrated His 32nd Birthday by Feeding the Homeless in Oakland

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While most of us spent our Sunday basking in the triumphant return of the Popeye’s chicken sandwich, others—like exiled NFL quarterback turned activist Colin Kaepernick—spent theirs being far nobler. The Hill reports that Kap spent the day providing the homeless with free food and supplies...

Barack Obama Calls Out ‘Cancel Culture’ in the Era of Donald Trump

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For all eight years of his presidency, Barack Obama was the epitome of class and grace, ever speaking to how to bring opposing sides to common ground, whether during a beer summit or in offering a hand to recalcitrant Republicans. Now, the nation’s forever...

Longest Serving Black Congressman John Conyers Jr. Passes Away at 90

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John Conyers — the longest serving black congressman in U.S. history — has passed away. The longtime Michigan Democrat who represented Detroit died Sunday at age 90. PBS Newshour’s White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor broke the news on Twitter that he died in his sleep, after...

She’s Our Hero: In HBO’s Watchmen, Regina King Kicks White Supremacist Butt

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By Felicé Leon, The Root Black women do it again. In HBO’s Watchmen, the queen, Regina King, plays Angela Abar, a superhero who kicks white supremacist butt. For the record, Regina King has always been a superhero in our eyes—only difference is that this time, Hollywood...

Study Projects African Americans Will Be Twice as Likely as Whites Not to Participate in 2020 Census

According to a new report, black Americans are much less likely to participate in the upcoming 2020 census, and if you think the NAACP is about to let that happen, you’re in for a rude awakening. From Huffington Post: Black Americans are roughly twice as likely...

Elijah Cummings, the Longtime Congressman From Maryland, Is Dead at 68

Rep. Elijah Cummings, the long-serving Democratic congressman from Maryland, died early Thursday morning at the age of 68. Cummings died at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital at 2:45 a.m. Thursday “due to complications concerning longstanding health challenges,” the lawmaker’s office said in...

Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G., Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan Among 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

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According to Pitchfork, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced its nominees vying to be added to the 2020 list of inductees. The lengthy list includes Whitney Houston, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and The Notorious B.I.G.— this is his first...

Transgender Comedienne and Activist Referenced in Dave Chappelle’s Sticks & Stones Dies by Suicide

Daphne Dorman, the transgender woman referenced in Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special, Sticks & Stones, has died, <a class="sc-145m8ut-0 gxupKx js_link sc-1out364-0 fwjlmD" href="https://deadline.com/2019/10/transgender-activist-mentioned-in-dave-chappelles-sticks-and-stones-netflix-special-dies-1202759052/" data-ga=" amazon,” was 44 years old. Advertisement Dorman is mentioned during a “hidden extra” addition to Chappelle’s special, which airs as a type...