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Nah, White Women ... You Can’t Have This One Nah, White Women ... You Can’t Have This One

In the aftermath of black people showing up out of nowhere—like little Kenard who snuffed out Omar on The Wire—to kill Roy Moore and the “alt-right’s” dream of making the documentary Mr. Molester Goes to Washington, everyone wants a little bit of credit. The Democratic Party is saying, “I told y’all.” The pundits are…

Turning My Life as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Daughter Into Fiction Turning My Life as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Daughter Into Fiction

As I read Time magazine’s big cover story “The Silence Breakers,” Toni Morrison’s refrain from The Bluest Eye and other stories she’s told kept echoing in my mind’s ear: “As quiet as it’s kept.” The magnitude of the force fields that surround open secrets—in this case, rampant harassment and abuse—should amaze…

Sex on the 1st Date: Yes or No? Sex on the 1st Date: Yes or No?

There was a time when sex on the first date was considered taboo. Is that still a thing?

#DanielShaver: It Is Not Black People’s Job to Create a White Lives Matter Movement #DanielShaver: It Is Not Black People’s Job to Create a White Lives Matter Movement

Daniel Shaver, 26, is dead. Mesa, Ariz., Police Officer Philip “Mitch” Brailsford, 27, a cowboy armed with an AR-15—with the words “You’re fucked” etched on the dust cover—executed him in a hotel hallway as he sobbed and begged for his life. The video of the 2016 shooting was not released until after Brailsford was…

5 Things Men Need to Understand About Foreplay 5 Things Men Need to Understand About Foreplay

Last week, over chicken wings and tequila, one of my girlfriends relayed a story to me that was hilarious, embarrassing and troubling all at the same time. She had a sexual encounter with a man who knew absolutely nothing about foreplay. He kissed her one or two times, slid into her without even making sure she was…

Watch: Meet the Teen Who Created an App to Protect Kids From Police Brutality

Two things inspired then-high school sophomore George Hofstetter to create an app that aims to prevent police brutality: the killing of Trayvon Martin and George’s worries for his younger brother’s future.

That Time I Staged a 1-Man Die-In, or ... Why I’m Banned From the Apple Store That Time I Staged a 1-Man Die-In, or ... Why I’m Banned From the Apple Store

I was chatting with Deputy Managing Editor Yesha Callahan on Monday about suffering through a terrible tragedy this weekend in which I cracked my iPhone screen. While telling her about my experience trekking through the holiday shopping crowd to the Apple Store, she assaulted me with a demeaning joke.

The Charter School Movement Is Complicit With Segregation The Charter School Movement Is Complicit With Segregation

Charter schools didn’t create segregation, but the charter school movement isn’t helping to end it, either.

K. Michelle’s New Album Is Basically The Shade Room: The Musical K. Michelle’s New Album Is Basically The Shade Room: The Musical

K. Michelle’s latest album, Kimberly: The People I Used to Know, is more or less an hourlong, multigenre “Fuck you” to various folks who have pissed her off for varied reasons through the years.

Snow Ain’t the Only Thing White During Christmas, so I Give You the Top 10 Blackest Holiday TV Shows and Movies Snow Ain’t the Only Thing White During Christmas, so I Give You the Top 10 Blackest Holiday TV Shows and Movies

My son Quinn loves Christmas. Like—he loves it in a watch-How the Grinch Stole Christmas-on-the-Fourth of July kind of way.

Is He Playing With Your Emotions and Wasting Your Time? Is He Playing With Your Emotions and Wasting Your Time?

Sometimes we want someone so badly, we overlook all the warning signs and red flags that should send us running in the opposite direction. Other times, we are already waist-deep in emotions and feelings before we realize that the dude has no intentions toward us, accepts no accountability for his actions and is really…

Raise Your Hand if You Smoke Weed! Raise Your Hand if You Smoke Weed!

While on vacation in California recently, I smoked weed in front of my mom for the first time.

Roy Moore vs. Doug Jones Has Nothing to Do With Little Girls; It’s About White Supremacy Roy Moore vs. Doug Jones Has Nothing to Do With Little Girls; It’s About White Supremacy

When die-hard Republicans engage in the often fruitless exercise of soliciting black and other minority voters to buck the stranglehold of the Democratic voting bloc and join the constantly shrinking tent of the Grand Old Party, they always resort to the same tactics. They declare themselves “the party of Lincoln” and…

Nominate the Leaders of Tomorrow for The Root’s Young Futurists Nominate the Leaders of Tomorrow for The Root’s Young Futurists

Who are the young, outspoken activists standing up for their communities and calling out injustice?

Taxicab Confessions: On Being Friendly When You Can’t Be Bothered Taxicab Confessions: On Being Friendly When You Can’t Be Bothered

The new World Trade Center in all its grotesque, sanitized and bleached whiteness still makes me a bit sick. I remember the towers before the planes hit; I remember the smoke and grief that wafted into Brooklyn after they fell.

Fear of the State, Fear of My Home: To Be Black and Queer in America Fear of the State, Fear of My Home: To Be Black and Queer in America

“I was called a faggot before I was ever called a nigger.”

On the Ground at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Opening in Jackson On the Ground at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Opening in Jackson

It is debatable whether the unexpected snow hitting the South, including Jackson, Miss., affected attendance at the grand opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History more than Donald Trump’s appearance Saturday.

If You Think the #MeToo Movement Means You Can’t Hug a Woman Anymore, You’re a Simpleton Who Needs to Hug a Wet Electric Socket If You Think the #MeToo Movement Means You Can’t Hug a Woman Anymore, You’re a Simpleton Who Needs to Hug a Wet Electric Socket

I swear on the immaculate weave on Janet Jackson’s head that men are ridiculous, and if I weren’t sexually attracted to them, I’d join the calls to ban them permanently. Yes, I am a man, but like 2Chainz, I’m different, so don’t lump me in with these fools who continually give me the gender equivalent of white guilt.…

Letting Him Back In: Why Are We Unable to Let Go of Our Problematic Exes? 

I can’t count how many times I played Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor,” singing along to the lyrics, woefully aware of the fact that she was telling my life with her song. I couldn’t let him go. I couldn’t get him out of my system. I kept letting him back in.

Emil Wilbekin’s Native Son Will Change the Way Black Gay Men Are Represented in the Media Emil Wilbekin’s Native Son Will Change the Way Black Gay Men Are Represented in the Media

Emil Wilbekin is a superstar journalist who intends to change the way black gay men are perceived and received in mainstream media. He intends to shift culture through his initiative, Native Son, which is inspired by James Baldwin’s Notes of a Native Son.

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