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Queen Sugar Continues to Make Beautiful Television. I Hope It Never Ends Queen Sugar Continues to Make Beautiful Television. I Hope It Never Ends

In the ending of “Copper Sun,” the second to last episode of Queen Sugar’s second season, the song “Fall Into My Arms” by Ngaiire plays as Ralph Angel stares at and walks into Blue’s room. Blue is his son; he’s largely raised him alone but with the help of his family, particularly Aunt Vi, but he recently found out at…

That Time in High School That I Didn't Get Hired at McDonald's That Time in High School That I Didn't Get Hired at McDonald's

I don’t know about you, but where I lived in the mid-90s, there weren’t many places for a high schooler to get a job, or so I thought, anyway. Close to me was the world’s most perseverant Hardee’s of all time, McDonald’s, a Bruno’s and a Winn-Dixie, the last two both grocery stores.

6 Jobs I Might Have to Look Into Now That I Know You Can Get a W-4 for Being a Real Ninja 6 Jobs I Might Have to Look Into Now That I Know You Can Get a W-4 for Being a Real Ninja

On the list of things I’ve always wanted to be in life, placing “ninja” on LinkedIn is definitely high on the list. Of course, that desire ebbs and flows because who the hell ever thinks they’re going to be an actual, real-live ninja? But as it turns out, that shit is legit a real job.

We Don't Trust the Criminal Justice System Until It Clears a Black Man of Sexual Assault. Then We're All In We Don't Trust the Criminal Justice System Until It Clears a Black Man of Sexual Assault. Then We're All In

In what I imagine will eventually be a very regretful decision on her part, Angela Rye—noted #BlackGirlMagic trumpeter, public speaker, CNN contributor and women’s empowerment scion—decided to jump out the window in defense of her “brother,” Charlamagne Tha God (CTG).

VSB and The Glow Up are Making Boss Moves in Washington, D.C., July 19th! Come Through! VSB and The Glow Up are Making Boss Moves in Washington, D.C., July 19th! Come Through!

A few months back, we took to the streets of Los Angeles to talk about being Urban by Nature. We gathered a few hundred Angelenos for a night of discussion, drinks and networking.

Set It Off Has One of the Blackest Scenes in All of Cinema That Nobody Ever Talks About Set It Off Has One of the Blackest Scenes in All of Cinema That Nobody Ever Talks About

Set It Off is a movie I love watching. It’s such a nonsensical movie for so many reasons that it all blends perfectly, if you let the liquor tell it. It’s one of the greatest mediocre movies in the African-American Cinematic Theater canon. Once you add in the soundtrack, it really is iconic for so many reasons. But in…

10 Thoughts About Boyz n The Hood, Released 27 Years Ago Today, and Why It Still Matters 10 Thoughts About Boyz n The Hood, Released 27 Years Ago Today, and Why It Still Matters

On July 12, 1991, Boyz n the Hood hit theaters nationwide after early screenings in Los Angeles and New York City. As a 12-year-old living in Germany at the time who saw it while visiting relatives in Five Points, Ala., that summer, the movie changed a lot for me. Apparently, I wasn’t alone.

5 Super Smug-Ass Types of People Who Need To Cut the Shit 5 Super Smug-Ass Types of People Who Need To Cut the Shit

Smug is a funny word. It’s a word whose definition does it no real justice. But what is the definition? Glad you asked. Smug is an adjective that means having or showing an excessive pride in oneself or one’s achievements. You know the type, the folks who are super duper self-satisfied and feel superior in most…

10 Personal Reflections a Year After Becoming Part of The Root 10 Personal Reflections a Year After Becoming Part of The Root

What a difference a year makes. Just a little over a year ago, Damon and I signed those final signatures to complete the process to transition into becoming part of The Root. Like most things in life, it’s important to reflect on milestone moments. By this point last year, Damon had begun working as a senior editor at…

It’s Not That I Won’t Stop Watching #InMyFeelingsChallenge Videos, It’s That I Can’t Stop Watching #InMyFeelingsChallenge Videos It’s Not That I Won’t Stop Watching #InMyFeelingsChallenge Videos, It’s That I Can’t Stop Watching #InMyFeelingsChallenge Videos

Drake’s Scorpion album may be whatever the digital-media age equivalent of a coaster would be, but that doesn’t stop it from having some bangers. “God’s Plan” still goes hard in the paint as does “Nice For What.” And thanks to a new viral video dance challenge based on Drake’s song “In My Feelings,” I believe started…

I've Been Family-Free for a Whole Week and I've Discovered How Boring That Can Be I've Been Family-Free for a Whole Week and I've Discovered How Boring That Can Be

Becoming a parent is a life-changing event. Nothing is the same after your child is born and I mean literally the moment they’re born. Everyday from that moment forward starts to look different and gradually separates it from even the life that existed the day before their birth.

The 10 Most Awesome Parts of The Roots x Backstreet Boys x Jimmy Fallon's 'I Want It That Way' Classroom-Instruments Video The 10 Most Awesome Parts of The Roots x Backstreet Boys x Jimmy Fallon's 'I Want It That Way' Classroom-Instruments Video

1. Black Thought—possibly the greatest rapper of all time, in the back row in a white, cat-daddy ensemble, complete with white, cat-daddy hat—getting his entire life with a triangle.

Power Is Finally Back. I Can't Wait For Every Character to Die Power Is Finally Back. I Can't Wait For Every Character to Die

(This article contains mild spoilers. Very mild.)

10 Things Easier to Comprehend Than Household Income of $117,000 Being Considered Low-Income in the Bay Area 10 Things Easier to Comprehend Than Household Income of $117,000 Being Considered Low-Income in the Bay Area

We all know that the cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area is insane. According to a report by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the median price for a single-family home in the Bay Area is $935,000. The median. Because of this high cost of living, a family earning $117,000 is considered…

So It Turns Out ‘Electric Boogie,’ the Song Your Mama ’nem Electric Slide To, Is About a Vibrator. Life Is Different Now So It Turns Out ‘Electric Boogie,’ the Song Your Mama ’nem Electric Slide To, Is About a Vibrator. Life Is Different Now

If you’ve been to a black celebration of any sort, you have either done or watched other people do the Electric Slide. It’s a staple in the black community and each generation passes down the routine, ensuring its survival. Where there are black people, there are electric sliders.

10 Reasons Why Coming to America Is the Best Black Movie of All Time 10 Reasons Why Coming to America Is the Best Black Movie of All Time

I’m a black-movie connoisseur and African-American-movie advocate. If a black movie exists, I’m checking it out and I don’t care what country it comes from.

Have Fireworks All of a Sudden Gotten More Powerful or Something? Have Fireworks All of a Sudden Gotten More Powerful or Something?

It’s almost the end of June, which means that in Washington, D.C., and, I assume, most other major metropolitan areas, fireworks, in preparation for July Fourth, have been going off for almost an entire month. It’s not uncommon to hear explosives being detonated at all times of day. Just yesterday, at roughly 5:25…

What Rooting for Germany in the World Cup as a Black Man in America Is Like What Rooting for Germany in the World Cup as a Black Man in America Is Like

On Saturday afternoon, I took my son to get a haircut at a pretty well-known barbershop in Washington, D.C., near Howard University. I had on my Germany away jersey because Germany was playing Sweden, and I love that jersey. Mexico won earlier in the day, making this a must-win for Germany for them to have a chance to…

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