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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
Mchezaji "Che" Axum, Agronomist and Director of Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education at the University of the District of Columbia, explains in one minute the importance of urban gardening and tells us how to get started.
manCODE Panelists Discuss Fatherhood and Importance of Role Models
About 180 African-American men came together in New York City at The Root's manCODE to network, share insights and engage with a multigenerational panel of black men from all walks of life. The event is designed to provide a safe space where men can speak openly about issues of family, business and social justice. The panel was moderated by Kweli Washington, executive vice president of strategy and client revenue solutions at Tinypass, and featured actor-singer Rotimi; Emery Snipes, the...