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Angela Helm Angela Helm Dec 31, 2019. 5 comments

Resist! Maxine Waters Stayed True to Her Purpose of Impeaching the Orange Menace

Resist! Maxine Waters Stayed True to Her Purpose of Impeaching the Orange Menace

On this fifth day of Kwanzaa, we celebrate Nia, which means purpose, and also surges in popularity as a name every time Nia Long releases a film. “Imani” is the only other principle that even comes close, according to research from the Love Jones Institute for Boyz in the Hood.

My aunt Kujchagulia Ujima Jenkins disagrees. But I digress.

So yes, Nia is a word you have most likely heard, and the...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Dec 28, 2019. 13 comments

Baltimore Raven QB Lamar Jackson Is the NFL’s Probable MVP, Quite Possibly a Superhero and the Personification of Self-Determination

Baltimore Raven QB Lamar Jackson Is the NFL’s Probable MVP, Quite Possibly a Superhero and the Personification of Self-Determination

On the second day of Kwanzaa, the black nationalists gave to me…a hard-ass word to pronounce! But in fact, Kujichagulia (pronounced: koo-gi—as in Coogi sweater—cha–goo–lee-ah—as in Aaliyah) is probably my favorite principle in the Kwanzaa pantheon.

To practice Kujichagulia, or self-determination, always celebrated on Dec. 27, is to define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Dec 14, 2019. 14 comments

New Kentucky Governor Restores Voting Rights to More Than 100,000 Formerly Incarcerated

New Kentucky Governor Restores Voting Rights to More Than 100,000 Formerly Incarcerated

Fresh into his new job as governor of Kentucky, Democrat Andy Beshear signed an executive order Thursday to restore voting rights to more than 140,000 formerly incarcerated Kentuckians—a move that inordinately affects voting rights for African Americans in the Bluegrass State.

As the Washington Post reports:

On its face, Mr. Beshear’s executive order is race-blind. But the Kentuckians it...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Dec 04, 2019. 12 comments

Revolution, Reparations, Revelry: The Root’s Black (AF) Gift Guide 2019

Revolution, Reparations, Revelry: The Root’s Black (AF) Gift Guide 2019

The theme from last year’s Black AF Gift Guide was

self-care ; in 2017, it was about being woke . This year, we’re talking “Revolution, Reparations, and Revelry,” because we like alliteration, and because these three go together like greens, yams, and ham (turkey ham, if you don’t swill swine. If you don’t eat meat, please pass).
Revolution

First up is Revolution—which is defined as “radical...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Nov 19, 2019. 8 comments

Afro-Brit Kingsley Ben-Adair to Portray Barack Obama in James Comey Miniseries

Afro-Brit Kingsley Ben-Adair to Portray Barack Obama in James Comey Miniseries

Looks like a Kingsley is set to play our once and forever KANG, Barack Hussein Obama, in an upcoming miniseries based on James Comey’s tell-all memoir.

James Comey Spills the Tea on Donald Trump and His Pee

Apparently, Michael Cohen isn’t the only person Donald Trump tried to get to act as a fixer for…

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Deadline reports that director Billy Ray tapped Afro-British actor Kingsley...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Nov 19, 2019. 8 comments

Never Forget: 5 Years After His Death, Family, Activists Continue to Build Tamir Rice’s Legacy

Never Forget: 5 Years After His Death, Family, Activists Continue to Build Tamir Rice’s Legacy

The tragedy of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, the young black boy with the cherubic face, will never leave me. We see a lot of extrajudicial abuse and murder here at The Root, but this one is especially long-abiding, given his age, how Tamir and his sister were treated after he was shot, and, of course, the fact that

those responsible received no kind of punishment for killing him.

And yet. And...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Nov 02, 2019. 1 comments

Oprah Winfrey Kicks Off Her New Book Club on Apple TV+ With Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Water Dancer

Oprah Winfrey Kicks Off Her New Book Club on Apple TV+ With Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Water Dancer

Like so many other companies getting into the content game, the traditionally hardware-focused Apple launched Apple TV+ today with a promising partnership with the master of the media universe, Oprah Winfrey, whose Oprah’s Book Club will now be available to more than 900 million iPhones worldwide.

Everyone’s favorite billionaire sat down with award-winning author, essayist and journalist...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Oct 15, 2019. 9 comments

No Murder Charges for Georgia Cop Who Fatally Shot Naked Black Man in Mental Health Crisis

No Murder Charges for Georgia Cop Who Fatally Shot Naked Black Man in Mental Health Crisis

I mean, why wouldn’t he be charged with murder?

The recent outlier that was Amber Guyger, a white cop who actually was criminally charged and convicted in the shooting death of an unarmed black person, is certainly the exception to the rule, which is that white cops can kill black people in all manner of ways and face no judicial punishment.

And if said black person has a mental health...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Oct 11, 2019. 17 comments

Florida Man Who Killed Black Father Over Parking Space Will Stand His Ground in Prison for 20 Years

Florida Man Who Killed Black Father Over Parking Space Will Stand His Ground in Prison for 20 Years

The white Floridian who gunned down an unarmed father of three over a parking dispute has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Michael Drejka got the book thrown at him in the 2018 death of Markeis McGlockton, wherein the sentencing judge blasted the 49-year-old, calling him a self-appointed “handicapped parking space monitor.”

The AP reports that Circuit Judge Joseph Bulone said: “He just...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Oct 10, 2019. 3 comments

‘Am I Supposed to Be the Representation?’: A Black Mother Navigates Our Convoluted Mental Health System

‘Am I Supposed to Be the Representation?’: A Black Mother Navigates Our Convoluted Mental Health System

Waiting for Tearah, a short documentary about how a black family navigates the labyrinth mental health system in Hartford, Conn., is symbolic of mental health dysfunction on a national level—and a testament to the beauty, innovation, and the sheer determination and grit of black mothers who walk through walls for their children.

The 22-plus-minute film chronicles a slice of the life of...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Oct 08, 2019. 10 comments

Watch: Waiting for Tearah Spotlights How Our Children Are Languishing in Mental Health Facilities Far From Home

Watch: Waiting for Tearah Spotlights How Our Children Are Languishing in Mental Health Facilities Far From Home

To honor Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 6-12) , Frontline PBS and Firelight Media have partnered with The Root to bring you Waiting for Tearah, a short documentary by Juliana Schatz Preston.

Waiting for Tearah tells the story of one African-American family’s struggle to navigate America’s dysfunctional mental healthcare system. Tearah, then 16 years old and dysregulated, languished in a...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Oct 05, 2019. 10 comments

The Force Don’t Stop: Michael Jackson Musical, MJ, Still Coming to Broadway

The Force Don’t Stop: Michael Jackson Musical, MJ, Still Coming to Broadway

It’s back on like popcorn.

A musical on the life of Michael Jackson in his heyday originally called Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough, has morphed—like Jackson did many, many times in his life—into MJ. It’s scheduled to hit Broadway in the summer of 2020, according to Playbill.

A spokesman for the show announced the new title, saying it was a “better and stronger choice than relying on the title of...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Oct 04, 2019. 6 comments

Google Trolls BET Awards and the Homeless to (Shadily) Get Dark-Skinned Faces for Pixel 4 Technology

Google Trolls BET Awards and the Homeless to (Shadily) Get Dark-Skinned Faces for Pixel 4 Technology

Tech behemoth and Big Brother is Watching purveyor Google—through a third party company—dispatched workers to blackety-black events like the 2019 BET Awards in Los Angeles to get darker-skinned faces for a facial recognition database, but often used skeevy and immoral tactics to do so, according to an explosive report by the New York Daily News.

Now, on the face of it (ha), Google opening up...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Oct 03, 2019. 8 comments

Investigation Finds Fox Studios at Fault for Death of Black Stuntwoman on Set of Deadpool 2

Investigation Finds Fox Studios at Fault for Death of Black Stuntwoman on Set of Deadpool 2

On Aug. 14, 2017, racing pioneer and stuntwoman Joi “SJ” Harris died on the set of 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool 2, crashing into the side of a building on the downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, set.

Racing Pioneer Joi ‘SJ’ Harris Identified as Stuntwoman Killed on Deadpool 2 Set

Joi “SJ” Harris, the first African-American woman licensed in the sport of motorcycle track racing, …

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Oct 03, 2019. 5 comments

Yesterday in Georgia, Women in Prison Regained Some of Their Dignity

Yesterday in Georgia, Women in Prison Regained Some of Their Dignity

On Tuesday, the Georgia Dignity Act (House Bill 345) went into effect in all women’s prison facilities in Georgia, giving more than 3,800 women locked up in the state access to basic necessities like sanitary napkins, as well as affording them the decency of not being chained while pregnant or giving birth.

The bipartisan bill, written and by Georgia State Reps. Sharon Cooper, a Republican who...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Sep 30, 2019. 7 comments

The Water Dancer: Ta-Nehisi Coates Joined Oprah in Conversation at the Apollo—and We Were There

The Water Dancer: Ta-Nehisi Coates Joined Oprah in Conversation at the Apollo—and We Were There

It was an amazingly candid conversation, punctuated with lots of laughter, black-ass intonations, and responses from the crowd.

“I love a talking back audience,” Oprah said, as she and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates presented a salon of sorts at the venerable Apollo Theater last week. The packed audience (which included this writer) was privy to a deeply revealing dialogue that ran the gamut from...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Sep 20, 2019. 1 comments

Harriet A. Washington's A Terrible Thing to Waste Injects a Dose of Hard Truth Into the Conversation About Black Lives

Harriet A. Washington's A Terrible Thing to Waste Injects a Dose of Hard Truth Into the Conversation About Black Lives

Harriet Washington’s 2007 tome,

Medical Apartheid , not only outlined the pervasive use of medical experimentation on black Americans throughout history but circumscribed blacks’ credible distrust of the medical establishment. In fact, a large part of why J. Marion Sims’ statue was removed from New York’s Central Park more than a decade later was because of Washington’s meticulous research on...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Sep 19, 2019. 3 comments

Meet the New Head of Planned Parenthood: Alexis McGill Johnson Is a Seasoned Soldier in the War for Women’s Reproductive Health

Meet the New Head of Planned Parenthood: Alexis McGill Johnson Is a Seasoned Soldier in the War for Women’s Reproductive Health

It was mid-August, and just weeks into her new job as acting president/CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of American and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Alexis McGill Johnson was out front, defending the organization from attack.

On that day, McGill Johnson said that Planned Parenthood would be

pulling out of the Title X program , sending a message to the organization’s opponents,...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Sep 10, 2019. 20 comments

At Least 100 Bahamians Forced Off Boat Headed to U.S. Because They Didn’t Have Visas

At Least 100 Bahamians Forced Off Boat Headed to U.S. Because They Didn’t Have Visas

Adding to what is undoubtedly a deeply traumatic experience—losing one’s home and upending any sense of safety and normalcy—many evacuated Bahamians bound for Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian were told they could not enter the United States without proper paperwork, and reportedly as many as 130—women, men, children—disembarked a ship.

WSVN reporter Brian Entin documented the...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Sep 09, 2019. 12 comments

Yeezus Returns: Kanye West Brings His Sunday Service Home to the Chi

Yeezus Returns: Kanye West Brings His Sunday Service Home to the Chi

If you blinked, you would have missed it; but if you didn’t, oh what a revelation!

On Sunday, Kanye West brought his young, soaring choir back home, where his heart is, and it was chuuuuch, children. Black church, to be specific, complete with organs, synthesizer, horns, and, uh, Chance the Rapper, who blessed the crowd with his verse on “Ultralight Beam” and jacked his body when West dropped...

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