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So, Richard ‘All Lives Matter’ Sherman, Now You Want to Speak Out on Police Violence?

Until the Seattle cornerback explains that he’s no longer Mr. All Lives Matter, black folks need to ignore his press conferences and focus on the black athletes who are risking it all for a cause. So, Mr. All Lives …

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White America Must Heal Itself: 2016 Is 1965 and 1984

In our attempts to appeal to the collective American conscience, it seems we have overestimated its existence. Last weekend, during a writing retreat, I ended up in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Iowa entered the Union as a free …

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Eyewitness to Carr Shooting in Charlotte, NC: ‘Riot Police Shot Him … They’re Fabricating All of This’

Multiple eyewitnesses insist that Charlotte-Mecklenburg riot police shot Justin Carr with rubber bullets. The Root speaks with Jimmy James Tyson, a first responder who rendered medical assistance to Carr, about what he …

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture Opens, Housing ‘Sacred’ Objects

In an interview with The Root, the museum’s deputy director, Kinshasha Holman Conwill, shares the stories within. It’s no easy task to encompass the history of a race of people with varying cultures, languages and …

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Tired of Waiting: An Artist’s Duty in 2016

Your Take: Artists need not only to make art but also to raise their voices when it comes to activism. “We who feel lava in our eyes and hearts find it hard not to shake or scream.” —The Transformations Suite “I …

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No More Drama: Why Aren’t There More Black Female Comedies on TV?

Black women have proved able to bring the drama on television; now it’s time to have black women bring the laughs. If you’re flipping television channels this fall looking for something to watch, odds are you will …

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In Case You Didn’t Notice, Charlotte, NC, Is in the Middle of a Major Battleground State This Election

The city’s protests over the death of Keith Lamont Scott could potentially disrupt everything, from who goes to the White House to who controls the U.S. Senate to who stays in the governor’s mansion. Keith Lamont …

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‘Love Jones: The Musical’ Is A Theatrical Spin On A Classic ‘90s Love Story

Nearly 20 years after its big screen release, “Love Jones” is receiving a theatrical makeover with “Love Jones: The Musical.” The national tour, which stars an all-star cast featuring Tony Grant (as Darius …

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Simone Biles’ Mom On Keeping Her Daughter Grounded and Goal-Focused

When three-time, all-around world gymnastics gold medalist Simone Biles stumbled on the beam at the Rio Olympics in August, her fans probably had their hearts in their mouths. But the Olympian’s mom, Nellie Biles, …

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The Full Cost Of Incarceration In The U.S. Is Over $1 Trillion, Study Finds

A new study examining the economic toll of mass incarceration in the United States concludes that the full cost exceeds $1 trillion ― with about half of that burden falling on the families, children and communities of …

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