Chris Wilson is a force for economic opportunity in Baltimore despite being sentenced to life in prison. As a 17-year-old, Chris Wilson was sentenced to life for murder. Today, he’s a full-time scholarship student (with plans to attend Harvard), director of workforce development and owner of two social enterprises that employ marginalized local residents. He runs a community business school for local “below market” entrepreneurs and a “low tech” incubator for brick-and-mortar businesses that...
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.
Shaka Senghor is a writer, mentor and motivational speaker whose story of redemption has inspired youth and young adults at high schools and universities across the nation. He is the Detroit Local Engagement Manager for BMe (Black Male Engagement. He is the founder of The Atonement Project which he teaches at The University of Michigan, and founder of the Live In Peace Digital and Literary Arts Project, He is also a recipient of the 2012 Black Male Engagement (BMe) Leadership Award. He has...
Prisoners Deserve a Second Chance: Yusef 'Bunchy' Shakur
Yusef "Bunchy" Shakur (born Joseph Ruffin) is an activist, author, and businessman in Detroit. A co-founder of the Zone 8 gang, he was in prison starting at age 19. By his release, he had changed his name and become a community-focused activist. He is the author of the memoir "The Window 2 My Soul," and opened the Urban Network Bookstore in 2009.
Elizabeth Alexander Poetry Reading at The White House
In celebration of National Poetry Month, American poet, Elizabeth Alexander delivers a a brief excerpt from her newly-released memoir “The Light of the World” during a poetry reading at The White House. She is the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University and a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. With the support of the President’s Council on Arts and Humanities, forty students from local-area schools will participate in a poetry workshop.
Senior Editor Genetta Adams, Associate Editor Danielle Belton, Senior Writer Kirsten West Savali and Social Media Editor Kimberly Wilson discuss the charges brought by Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby against the six police officers involved in Freddie Gray's death.
Watch The Root Staff Discuss the Midterm Elections with Georgia Rep. Stacey Abrams
The Root is doing an occasional series of interviews with up-and-coming politicians. Georgia Rep. Stacey Abrams, an honoree in The Root 100 for 2014, is a leader in the voter-registration movement in her state. She speaks with The Root’s Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele about the importance of voting in the upcoming midterm elections.
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.
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.
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...
Root TV: I'm Black, Undocumented & Torn About Obama's New Immigration Plans
In the Root TV segment above, Jonathan Jayes-Green spoke with The Root’s Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele about how Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration will affect his life, and why it is imperative that we connect the dots between the distrust that both black citizens and undocumented immigrants have for law-enforcement.
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 video interviews w...