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Mar 24, 2020. 13 comments

Supreme Court Rules Comcast Can Be Racist as Long as They’re Not Just Racist

Supreme Court Rules Comcast Can Be Racist as Long as They’re Not Just Racist

In a major setback to entertainment mogul Byron Allen’s discrimination suit against Comcast, America’s highest court tossed out a lower court’s decision, essentially ruling that Allen must prove racism was the media conglomerate’s only motivating factor in rejecting a partnership with Allen’s black-owned company.

In a 20-page, 9-0 decision, the United States Supreme Court tossed out a 2019...

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Mar 22, 2020. 9 comments

What Were You Doing When You Were Seven? This Kid Was Spending $600 on Food and Care Packages for People Put Out by Coronavirus Pandemic

What Were You Doing When You Were Seven? This Kid Was Spending $600 on Food and Care Packages for People Put Out by Coronavirus Pandemic

With stories and constant updates regarding the coronavirus pandemic continuing to spread across media, it has become a rare thing to come across news that isn’t bleak and anxiety-inducing.

There are, however, positive and even inspiring stories connected to the crisis that come out every so often, such as NBA players pledging funds to aid out-of-work arena employees.

Well, now we have some...

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Mar 14, 2020. 3 comments

Serena Williams Says She'll Be Spending the Next Six Weeks in Solitude Due to 'The Rona'

Serena Williams Says She'll Be Spending the Next Six Weeks in Solitude Due to 'The Rona'

When news first broke about the pending pandemic that was the coronavirus, we had jokes. (To be fair, nobody asked them to name a virus after a popular Mexican beer.) But now, we’re all feeling the burden.

From the NBA suspending its season to workers struggling to make decent paychecks and millions of children being kept out of school , Americans are feeling overwhelmed by all the precautions...

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Mar 09, 2020. 10 comments

LeBron James on Playing With No Fans in Attendance Due to Coronavirus Scare: 'Nah'

LeBron James on Playing With No Fans in Attendance Due to Coronavirus Scare: 'Nah'

News of the coronavirus has spread faster and wider than the virus itself, it seems. Now we’re seeing reports that even the sports world is being impacted by it as professional sports teams face the very real possibility of having to play in empty stadiums with no spectators.

According to USA Today, multiple NBA team executives have said they’ve considered playing behind closed doors but only...

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Mar 04, 2020. 3 comments

3 Wrongly Convicted Black Men Who Spent 36 Years in Prison Set to Receive $2.9 Million Each

3 Wrongly Convicted Black Men Who Spent 36 Years in Prison Set to Receive $2.9 Million Each

When I was 16, my mother and my next-door neighbor, who we called “Crow,” dropped me off for my first year of college.

I thought my mother would be happy that she would no longer have to scream “Did you put the seat down?” when she heard me in our only bathroom, but I was wrong. Before she exited the tiny dorm room, just as the first tear slid down her face, Crow reminded her that I would be...

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Feb 02, 2020. 18 comments

Nothing but Bad Apples in This Bunch: Entire Class of Georgia State Troopers Fired Over Cheating Scandal

Nothing but Bad Apples in This Bunch: Entire Class of Georgia State Troopers Fired Over Cheating Scandal

The Root’s Michael Harriot once asked a simple yet profound question: “Where are the good cops ?”

Whenever there’s a new story in the news about a police officer committing an act of police brutality, an extrajudicial killing, racial profiling or any other act of corruption, we’re always given this “one bad apple spoils the whole bunch” narrative; the inference being that the problems with...

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Jan 28, 2020. 20 comments

How Did So Many People Get the Kobe Story So Wrong?

How Did So Many People Get the Kobe Story So Wrong?

If you were a Kobe fan as much as I was, then you know that both he and Michael Jordan often repeated the now-famous Phil Jackson quote that characterized their superstar careers:

“Let the game come to you.”

As a perennial basketball benchwarmer, I never knew what that phrase meant until a barrage of alternative facts confused the country on Sunday.

In an age where information is faster and...

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Jan 27, 2020. 6 comments

Everyone Is Reeling From the Shocking Death of NBA Star Kobe Bryant

Everyone Is Reeling From the Shocking Death of NBA Star Kobe Bryant

As news broke about the tragic and untimely death of NBA icon Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday, an outpouring of condolences flooded social media platforms as fans, celebrities, athletes and coaches around the world reacted in shock and disbelief.

NBA Legend Kobe Bryant and 13-Year-Old Daughter Killed in Helicopter Crash [Updated]

Updated 1/26/19, 6:10 p.m. ET: Los...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Dec 20, 2019. 9 comments

White Woman Claims Pittsburgh Public Schools Passed Her Over for Promotions, Raises Over Less Qualified Black Employees

White Woman Claims Pittsburgh Public Schools Passed Her Over for Promotions, Raises Over Less Qualified Black Employees

A white secretary for Pittsburgh Public Schools is alleging she’s the victim of reverse racism.

Kristen Frankovich, a chief executive secretary who has worked for the school district since 2007, filed a racial discrimination suit against it on Thursday. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Frankovich claims in every position she’s held, she has been “consistently passed over for raises,...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Dec 16, 2019. 20 comments

Exclusive: Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin Endorses Joe Biden for President

Exclusive: Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin Endorses Joe Biden for President

In an exclusive conversation with The Root, the mayor of America’s third-blackest city announced his endorsement of former Vice President Joe Biden for President of the United States, explaining how he came to his decision, why the election is not just a referendum on Trump and why he rejects the notion that “moderate” Democratic candidates are bad for the party.

Birmingham, Ala., Mayor...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Nov 14, 2019. 22 comments

The Black Person’s Guide to the Trump Impeachment Hearings

The Black Person’s Guide to the Trump Impeachment Hearings

The House of Representatives began impeachment hearings for President Donald J. Trump on Wednesday. While everyone seems to have a different idea of what this actually means, we decided to prepare this handy dandy guide that breaks the process down into digestible language without relying on bullshit phraseology about “American values” and the “integrity of our democracy.”

Impeachment starts...

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Nov 02, 2019. 20 comments

Black Health Advocates Want US Government to Take on Menthols As Hard As It’s Taken on Other Flavored Tobacco

Black Health Advocates Want US Government to Take on Menthols As Hard As It’s Taken on Other Flavored Tobacco

African American health advocates are taking aim at the Trump administration’s decision to go after flavored e-cigarettes—except for menthol, a flavor long popular among, and known to be more addictive for, African Americans.

The Trump administration, concerned by a rise in underage use of e-cigarettes, recently touted a ban on all flavored vaping products, but pulled back on banning menthol...

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Nov 02, 2019.

Democratic Party Leader Maya Rockeymoore Cummings Mulls Run for Her Late Husband’s Congressional Seat

Democratic Party Leader Maya Rockeymoore Cummings Mulls Run for Her Late Husband’s Congressional Seat

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, head of Maryland’s Democratic Party, says she’s considering running for the 7th Congressional District seat that was held by her late husband, Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings.

“I love Baltimore city, the counties of the 7th Congressional District, and the state of Maryland,” Rockeymoore Cummings said Thursday in her first public comments about her plans since her...

Nov 02, 2019. 14 comments

Beto, His Campaign Pockets Light and His Poll Numbers Low, Bows Out of His Run for the Oval Office

Beto, His Campaign Pockets Light and His Poll Numbers Low, Bows Out of His Run for the Oval Office

Former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke on Friday took himself out of the running for the Democratic presidential nomination, bowing to low campaign coffers and even lower poll numbers.

The once-darling of the Democratic Party, who won acclaim last year when he came within mere points of beating Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in historically red Texas, entered the race for the Democratic presidential...

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Nov 01, 2019. 13 comments

Georgetown Sets Goal to Raise $400,000 to Fund Reparations for Descendants of Those It Enslaved, but Effort’s Getting the Side Eye From Student Activists

Georgetown Sets Goal to Raise $400,000 to Fund Reparations for Descendants of Those It Enslaved, but Effort’s Getting the Side Eye From Student Activists

When Georgetown University students voted this spring to use student fees to pay reparations to descendants of the enslaved people Georgetown sold to keep its doors open in the 1800s, they made headlines in what’s become a national conversation on how to repay a very real debt owed to African Americans.

Georgetown Students Agree to Pay Reparations. No, Really

Welcome to 2019—where whole-ass...

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Nov 01, 2019. 11 comments

Russian Operatives Are Apparently Taking Their Disinformation Campaign on the Road—Moving From African Americans to the African Continent

Russian Operatives Are Apparently Taking Their Disinformation Campaign on the Road—Moving From African Americans to the African Continent

The Russians targeted African Americans in the run-up to election 2016 with deceptive social media accounts and websites purporting to be legitimate sources of information, and now, it looks like they’ve taken their disinformation campaign across the ocean to Africa.

Facebook says it’s shut down accounts linked to a Russian operative that were targeting several African nations, as the Bangkok...

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Oct 31, 2019. 17 comments

Not Only Does Facial Recognition Software Often Get Racial ID Wrong, a New Study Finds It Misgenders Trans and Nonbinary Folks Almost All the Time

Not Only Does Facial Recognition Software Often Get Racial ID Wrong, a New Study Finds It Misgenders Trans and Nonbinary Folks Almost All the Time

Nonbinary and transgender identities are increasingly being accepted and normalized throughout society, but not when it comes to high-tech facial recognition software developed by some of the largest tech firms in the world.

According to Forbes, a recent study by the University of Colorado, Boulder, found that when it comes to transgender and nonbinary people, facial recognition software...

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Oct 31, 2019. 19 comments

Ilhan Omar Draws Fire for Opting Out of House Vote to Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide—and Rile Turkey

Ilhan Omar Draws Fire for Opting Out of House Vote to Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide—and Rile Turkey

Rep. Ilhan Omar is drawing fire for basically abstaining on a House vote taken to formally acknowledge, for the first time in more than a century, the genocide of some 1.5 million Armenians in what is today the nation of Turkey.

Omar—the progressive Democrat and one of the collective of politically aligned freshman members of the House known as “the Squad”—angered advocates for the Armenian...

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Oct 31, 2019. 6 comments

Barack Obama Calls Out ‘Cancel Culture’ in the Era of Donald Trump

Barack Obama Calls Out ‘Cancel Culture’ in the Era of Donald Trump

For all eight years of his presidency, Barack Obama was the epitome of class and grace, ever speaking to how to bring opposing sides to common ground, whether during a beer summit or in offering a hand to recalcitrant Republicans .

Now, the nation’s forever president is calling out “cancel culture,” telling an audience at the annual Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago that shutting down a...

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Oct 30, 2019. 21 comments

Irony: Harris, Booker and Castro Face Uphill Battle in Race for the Democratic Nod for President Despite a Diverse Field

Irony: Harris, Booker and Castro Face Uphill Battle in Race for the Democratic Nod for President Despite a Diverse Field

Despite fielding one of the most diverse groups of presidential candidates, based on most recent poll numbers, the Democratic Party’s frontrunners in the race for who will become the party’s presidential nominee are—perhaps not-all-that-surprisingly—all white.

One major problem, the New York Times reports, is fear of four more years of Donald Trump, with much of the Democratic voting base,...

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