Amid the music and fanfare of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is a sight some may find surprising: a funeral procession. The uniquely New Orleans tradition known as a jazz funeral has become common at Jazz Fest.
The 'George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People' Comment
Mike Myers is proud to have been standing next to Kanye West when the rapper made his infamous "George Bush doesn't care about black people" comment. The comedian opened up about the incident during a 2005 telethon to support victims of Hurricane Katrina, in which West went off script to lambast the commander-in-chief.
Neil deGrasse Tyson on Creationism, Celebrity & Kids
"Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey" host Neil deGrasse Tyson, always provocative, sat with National Geographic News and talked about kids, the role of scientists, and the debate about teaching creationism in schools.
Strike Up a Jazz Conversation to Enthrall More Listeners
Jason Moran, one of today's best-known younger jazz musicians, is a true believer that his art form can transport and transform an audience. Newly named the artistic director for jazz at the Kennedy Center in Washington, the musician now has a public platform to share his passion.
Step Afrika! holds week-long step camps for young people around the world. Led by the award-winning and multi-talented artists of Step Afrika!, the camp combines core Step Afrika! values of teamwork, commitment, discipline and academic achievement with excellent performance and artistic training. Each camp culminates with a “unity step” performance for family, friends and the public, and is held at Anacostia High School in Washington, D.C. The Washington Performing Arts sponsored the camp for...
Misty Copeland made headlines around the world as one of the first African-American soloists for the American Ballet Theatre. Her remarkable rise to greatness shows how faith in your body can take you places you never imagined.
After spending two years researching the history of what he calls white supremacy in the United States, The Atlantic's National Correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote a ground-breaking article, The Case for Reparations. In this clip, he tells The Root Managing Editor Lyne Pitts how he sees the United States today.
How Deeply Rooted Biases Affect How Police Enforce the Law
In some communities, the long-tense relationships between law enforcement and minority communities are suddenly very public and very hard to ignore. Special correspondent Jackie Judd reports from Oakland on efforts to improve relations, using research from Stanford University on the deep and often hidden biases on race and inequality.
Former NYPD Officers Talk Police-Minority Relations
A major topic of conversation in recent months has been the often fraught relationship between police and minority communities. Last week, PBS NewsHour Weekend spoke to the President of the Brooklyn chapter of the NAACP and retired NYC police lieutenant Julian Harper, who were critical of police.