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‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ Reveals a Cast Ready to Make You Laugh

Screenshot: Issa Rae Presents/ YouTubeQuinta Brunson, Gabrielle Dennis, and Ashley Nicole Black will star in a new half-hour sketch comedy series along with creator Robin Thede and executive producer Issa Rae.Considered to be the first sketch comedy written by, directed by, and starring...

Last Known U.S. Slave Ship, the Clotilda, Said to Have Been Discovered In Alabama

Photo: Bojan Jeremic/ iStockOn Wednesday researchers announced they’ve located the remains of the last known ship known to bring enslaved Africans to what we now call The United States.According to the Alabama Historical Commission, slave importing was officially banned in 1808, though an illegal trans-Atlantic slave trade...

COMMENTARY: You’re So Different: OK, But What Makes You Black?

By Melba V. Pearson-Mecham, The Root (Note: "America. In Black" is a weekly essay series published on TheRoot.com that examines the myriad experiences of blackness in the United States.) “You’re so different. You’re so articulate. Why do you talk like a white girl? You’re the whitest...

Kamala Harris Reintroduces Bill Addressing the Black Maternal Healthcare Crisis

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris reintroduced the Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies (Maternal CARE) Act on Wednesday, her 2018 bill that seeks to address the ongoing black maternal health crisis. “Black mothers across the country are facing a health crisis that is driven in part...

I Went to a Final Rehearsal of the All In The Family / The Jeffersons Revival— and the More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

By Tonja Renée Stidhum, The Root I owe a lot of my love for comedy writing to Norman Lear. As a typical black child raised by her loving grandmother, I plopped my (then) tiny butt in front of the single TV in the house every day...

Sybrina Fulton, Mother of Trayvon Martin, is Running for Miami-Dade County Commission

Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images for EssenceSybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teen who was gunned down by racist coward George Zimmerman in Florida in 2012, is running for office in Miami-Dade county.Fulton confirmed Saturday that she’ll be putting her name in for a...

After Pulling the Plug on Empire, Fox CEO Addresses Diversity Concerns

Empire is gone, mayne. Deadline reports that after five seasons of twists, turns and trysts, the Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson-led series will be bowing out after its upcoming sixth season. “We are turning the final season into a large TV event, we are trying...

The Largest Class of Black Women Ever Is Preparing to Graduate From West Point Military Academy

Less than a year after Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams became the first black officer to command the United States Military Academy and two years after Simone Askew became the first black woman to lead the Corps of Cadets, West Point will graduate its...

In the Face of the Black Maternal Mortality Crisis, This Doula Is Providing Expectant Mothers With the Support and Care They Desperately Deserve

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The story has to be told in such a way where we’re not making people lose hope.The specific “story” Chanel Porchia-Albert is referring to is that of the black maternal mortality crisis. She knows all about the daunting statistics surrounding black motherhood as a mother...

Fox News for Negroes? Upcoming ‘Black News Channel’ Looks Pretty Conservative

Thursday’s announcement of the launch of a groundbreaking news channel aimed at black audiences set the internet on fire. There would finally be a news organization focused on issues important to the black community. Or maybe it’s a Trojan horse. Upon taking a closer look at...