The Root Interviews Director, Main Actress of Belle
During the 2014 Root 100 Release Reception at the Dr. Fisher House on Martha's Vineyard, members of The Root staff interviewed director Amma Asante and actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw about the Hollywood motion picture Belle, a period drama based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle.
Black-ish Woes: Is My Success Making My Child Less Driven?
At the heart of the ABC series Blackish lay one question: How do you go about instilling certain traits and values in your children about hard work and success if your kids are having a much more privileged upbringing than you had growing up? It's a question that is furrowing the collective eyebrows of middle-class and upper middle-class black parents who fear that their own successes will cause their children to not develop certain qualities that would help them get to the top.
Watch The Root Staff Debate the Term 'Dark-Skinned'
It’s a pretty convincing case for why we should start using more descriptive vocabulary to describe different complexions and stop thinking of white hues as the standard.
Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features expert advice for TV and film’s most complex characters. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.
What Nigerians Think About Boko Haram, America Wanting to Help
It's been seven months since Boko Haram abducted over 200 schoolgirls from their boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria, and the subsequent #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign was born.
In the Root TV segment above, The Root's Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele speaks with Chika Oduah—an independent journalist working in Nigeria—about what this entire experience has been like for Nigerians, especially their being at the forefront of the philanthropic cause that was “en vogue” for the better part...
It’s been 50 years since voting-rights protesters on a bloody bridge in Alabama declared that black lives matter. As the unceasing struggle for justice continues, we take a look at The Selma-to-Montgomery March by numbers.
Police Cover-Up, Prosecutor Misconduct Could Lead to New Trial for 3 in Prison Since 1996
A hearing for a new trial for three Cleveland men convicted of murder will include claims that a former Cuyahoga County prosecutor and East Cleveland Police withheld key evidence that resulted in a wrongful conviction.
Hey, Internet! Let's #MakeItHappy! From Kid President
The internet is awesome, but it can also be a really negative place. To help try and fix the problem, Brad and Robby teamed up with Coca-Cola to give you a #MakeItHappy lesson. How will you make the internet more happy? Let us know with the #MakeItHappy!
A grassroots effort is underway in several US cities to encourage more black women to breastfeed their babies by teaching them the benefits of the age-old practice, which is sometimes shunned in African-American communities.
Senate to Begin Hearings for Loretta Lynch, Obama’s Attorney General Nominee
Loretta Lynch is promising a fresh relationship with law enforcement — and with Congress — as she appears before a Senate committee Wednesday in her bid to become the nation's first black female attorney general. CBS2's Susan McGinnis has more on the story.
Our staff watches a lot of local news from all over the country. We’ve noticed over the years that many newscasters have interesting names, so we put them all together to salute those oddly-monikered individuals.
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Oprah Shares a Poem Commemorating Civil Rights Movement
From all over the country they came to march for change. Black and white, old and young, every creed and occupation, they came as one. Watch and listen as Oprah shares a poetic narration of the history of the civil rights marches from Selma, Alabama, to the state capitol in Montgomery.
Convictions Erased for South Carolina Civil Rights Protestors
The convictions of nine South Carolina black men who integrated a whites-only lunch counter during the height of the civil rights movement were tossed out Wednesday during an emotional hearing before a packed courtroom.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal is joined by Joel Christian Gill to talk about his graphic novels, “Strange Fruit vol. 1: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History” and “Tales of the Talented Tenth”. Gill is the Associate Dean of Student Affairs at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal is joined by Liana and Jabari Asim to talk about protest and the criticism of pop culture figures. Liana Asim is a playwright and a librettist. Jabari Asim is an author, poet, and playwright.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal talks with Derrick White his memories of historian and scholar, Vincent Harding. White is a visiting associate professor teaching in the Department of History at Dartmouth College. White is the author of "The Challenge of Blackness: The Institute of the Black World and Political Acitivism in the 1970s".
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal is joined in the studio with Nicole Fleetwood to talk about the Black icon. Fleetwood is an Associate Professor of American Studies at Rutgers University. Fleetwood’s latest book, “On Racial Icons: Blackness and the Public Imagination” is forthcoming from Rutgers University Press in June 2015.
Ask A Slave is a comedy web series directed by Jordan Black, based on the actress' time working as a living history character at the popular historic site, George Washington's Mount Vernon. All questions and interactions are based on true life events. Real Questions. Real Comedy.
Ask A Slave: Season 1 Episode 3: You Can't Make This Stuff Up
Ask A Slave is a comedy web series directed by Jordan Black based on the actress' time working as a living history character at the popular historic site, George Washington's Mount Vernon. All questions and interactions are based on true events. Real Questions. Real Comedy.