Sunday, December 5, 2021

The Root

1099 POSTS 0 COMMENTS

Yes, Baby, Yes!

by Tonja Renée Stidhum -- 2020 is unprecedented-ish. Remember back in 2017, a mysterious “Black-ish” episode titled “Please, Baby, Please” (based on the Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee children’s book of the same name) became wrapped in some controversy because of its reported politically-charged themes?...

National African-American museum removes, apologizes for ‘Whiteness’ chart

by Anne Branigin -- Following an outcry from conservatives, the National Museum of African American History and Culture has removed a graphic from its website that attempted to explain how deeply embedded white-dominant culture and values are in American culture. The chart, entitled “Aspects and Assumptions...

Tim Scott won’t acknowledge systemic racism and defunding police because he actually wants to stop systemic racism…by defunding the police

I believe words matter...sometimes. But sometimes, words are stupid. For instance, remember when Republicans were upset because President Barack Obama wouldn’t say the words “radical Islamic terrorism” because Obama was kinda busy hunting down Osama Bin Laden and killing him? That was stupid. Then again, I am a...

White House butler who served 11 presidents, including Obama, dies from coronavirus

by Anne Branigin --  For five decades, former White House butler Wilson Roosevelt Jerman helped make sure everything at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was as it should be. He began his career there as a cleaner when Dwight Eisenhower took office in 1952, eventually rising through...

Michigan State Rep. Tested Positive for COVID-19, Says Hydroxychloroquine Helped Save Her Life

by Zack Linly -- As President Trump continues to push the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 symptoms, medical experts remain divided on the use of a drug that has yet to be proven as a safe and effective remedy for the virus. Despite...

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

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

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...