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Jessica Moulite Jessica Moulite Dec 04, 2019. 1 comments

Look Back At It: The 2010s Were Incredibly Black

Look Back At It: The 2010s Were Incredibly Black

As the world prepares to enter into a new decade, we’d be remiss if we didn’t revel in nostalgia about some of our favorite things from the last ten years. With that idea in mind, some of The Root’s talented (and hilarious) staff decided to share their hot takes on all things black from the 2010s—and what a black decade it was!

Believe it or not, Barack Obama was our president, Patti LaBelle...

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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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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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Terrell Jermaine Starr Terrell Jermaine Starr Oct 18, 2019. 8 comments

Susan Rice Breaks Down Why Trump Is a Threat to National Security and Chats Tough Love

Susan Rice Breaks Down Why Trump Is a Threat to National Security and Chats Tough Love
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Susan Rice is most famously known as Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, but her decades of public service go well beyond that. In her new...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Oct 04, 2019. 6 comments

'It's Getting Better All the Time': If We Can't Have Love Like Barack and Michelle Obama After 27 Years, We Don't Want It

'It's Getting Better All the Time': If We Can't Have Love Like Barack and Michelle Obama After 27 Years, We Don't Want It

Soul mates. Twin flames. #CouplesGoals. All of these phrases have been used to describe the most idyllic relationships, and could be used to describe Barack and Michelle Obama, who once again flagrantly waved their seemingly perfect marriage in our faces as they celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary on Thursday.

Of course, we know no one’s marriage is perfect, and Michelle refreshingly...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Sep 25, 2019. 11 comments

Donald Trump Can’t Stand That Obama Won a Nobel Peace Prize and He Never Will

Donald Trump Can’t Stand That Obama Won a Nobel Peace Prize and He Never Will

“What do you play?”

If you are a black male on a large, predominantly white college campus, you’ve likely answered this question when someone—usually a white person—innocently assumed you play a sport that landed you at their prestigious university. As a 16-year-old freshman at SEC football powerhouse Auburn University, I stood 5’5” and weighed 120 pounds if I was soaking wet wearing a pair of...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Sep 17, 2019. 13 comments

Trump: Enough About My Corruption Investigation, Let's Talk About Obama's Netflix Deal

Trump: Enough About My Corruption Investigation, Let's Talk About Obama's Netflix Deal

The Obamas’ deal with Netflix—a lucrative bag secured last year—trended on Twitter Monday morning after Donald Trump used it to shield himself from accusations he was using the presidency to enrich himself.

Trump has drawn renewed scrutiny recently, thanks in part to a federal lawsuit, about whether and how his businesses have benefitted from his being in office, particularly as foreign...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 29, 2019. 13 comments

State Democratic Leaders to Presidential Hopefuls: Remember Y’all Ain’t Barack Obama

State Democratic Leaders to Presidential Hopefuls: Remember Y’all Ain’t Barack Obama

Barack Obama may still be Democrats’ (and just about everyone else’s) fave, but party leaders weren’t too happy when he decided to form a competitive political group, Organizing for Action.

Now, the current crop of leading Democratic presidential hopefuls have pledged that they won’t do the same if they get the chance to sit in the Oval Office.

As Politico reports,

The Association of State...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Aug 29, 2019. 3 comments

Jackie Wilson to Receive Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Jackie Wilson to Receive Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

No more “lonely teardrops!” Fans of Jackie Wilson have something to celebrate, as the man known as “Mr. Excitement” is getting a star on the coveted Hollywood Walk of Fame!

“The late, great Jackie Wilson is one of the most important and influential recording artists of his generation!” Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, said in a statement announcing the honor. “He is a man...

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Karu F. Daniels Karu F. Daniels Aug 24, 2019. 17 comments

Crazy Uncle Joe Strikes Again: Presidential Hopeful Biden Asks Crowd About Obama’s ‘Assassination’

Crazy Uncle Joe Strikes Again: Presidential Hopeful Biden Asks Crowd About Obama’s ‘Assassination’

Was it wishful thinking? Or just another off-kilter faux pas?

While on the campaign trail Friday, presidential hopeful Joe Biden came out of his face with an audacious thought.

The 76-year-old former Veep to forever President Barack Hussein Obama pondered the thought: “What if Barack Obama had been assassinated during his presidential campaign in 2008?

“Imagine what would have happened if, God...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 21, 2019. 12 comments

Obamas Tackle Trump’s Promises to the Rust Belt in Their 1st Netflix Offering, American Factory

Obamas Tackle Trump’s Promises to the Rust Belt in Their 1st Netflix Offering, American Factory

Shots fired. That’s the take among reviewers of the Obamas’ first foray into TV production, which looks at the promise to America’s Rust Belt unfulfilled by the Trump administration.

American Factory, which premieres on Netflix Wednesday, does not name Donald Trump explicitly, but, according to reviewers at Politico, it is a clear commentary on how Trump’s rhetoric about restoring factory and...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Aug 21, 2019. 5 comments

Barack Obama’s High School Jersey Sells for $120,000 at Auction

Barack Obama’s High School Jersey Sells for $120,000 at Auction

During his senior year at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii, our forever President Barack Obama was a member of the 1979 Hawaii State Champion boys’ varsity basketball team. Now, 40 years later, for the low, low price of $120,000, an unidentified collector is the proud new owner of 44’s game-worn jersey, according to CBS Sports.

This summer, the jersey hit the auction block for a cool $25,000...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 16, 2019. 16 comments

The Donald’s Worst Nightmare? More Than 260,000 People Petition to Rename Trump Tower Block for Barack Obama

The Donald’s Worst Nightmare? More Than 260,000 People Petition to Rename Trump Tower Block for Barack Obama

Donald Trump seems to have a love affair with Barack Obama; he just can’t seem to resist mentioning the forever president every chance he gets.

Trump Continues to Take Credit for Forever-President Obama’s Work

Here’s the Trump presidency in a snapshot: If there is an issue, blame former President Barack…

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So, maybe, just maybe, Trump would truly appreciate living on “President...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Aug 16, 2019. 11 comments

Take a Look, It’s in a Book: Our Forever President Drops His 2019 Summer Reading List

Take a Look, It’s in a Book: Our Forever President Drops His 2019 Summer Reading List

I spend a lot of time studying successful people.

I want to know where they went to school, who their mentors are, what their daily routine consists of, what they eat, hell, what brand of toilet paper do they use?

But one of the things I’m most curious about is what books they’re reading. And on Wednesday, our forever President Barack Obama was kind enough to bless his Instagram followers with...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Aug 09, 2019. 4 comments

Post-Presidential Flex: New Netflix Producers the Obamas Unsuccessfully Woo Will Smith, but May Have Sealed a Deal With Denzel

Post-Presidential Flex: New Netflix Producers the Obamas Unsuccessfully Woo Will Smith, but May Have Sealed a Deal With Denzel

You win some, you lose some; that’s the lesson the Obamas are learning as newly minted producers for Netflix. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the dynamic duo has been moving full-throttle into their Hollywood hustle via their Higher Ground productions, already set to release the documentary American Factory, their first film on the streaming network, on August 21.

“Their team is smart,...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Aug 07, 2019. 6 comments

Paying Tribute to a 'National Treasure': How We Remember Toni Morrison

Paying Tribute to a 'National Treasure': How We Remember Toni Morrison
“At some point in life, the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough. No record of it needs to be kept and you don’t need someone to share it with or tell it to. When that happens—that letting go—you let go because you can.” —Toni Morrison, ‘Tar Baby’

If, like me, you were heartbroken upon learning of the death of literary genius Toni...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 06, 2019. 17 comments

Here's What Obama Had to Say About This Weekend's Horrific Mass Shootings

Here's What Obama Had to Say About This Weekend's Horrific Mass Shootings

Once upon a time, there was a widely held—if never fully realized—belief that the country’s president ought to serve as a moral compass. If not that, at least, they ought to emphatically articulate and speak to the nation’s highest values. This is especially true in times of turmoil and tragedy.

On Monday—nearly two years after referring to white supremacists as “very fine people” following a...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jul 19, 2019. 10 comments

Barack Obama Gives Urban Alliance Interns the Surprise of Their Lives

Barack Obama Gives Urban Alliance Interns the Surprise of Their Lives

In his efforts to further cement his status as the coolest former president of all-time, Barack Obama treated students at his Obama Foundation to a special surprise.

On Tuesday, the Hill reports that our forever president pulled up on a group of Urban Alliance interns, more commonly known as the Obama Youth Job Corps as a result of their partnership with the Obama Foundation, during a meeting...

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Felice León Felice León Jul 17, 2019. 4 comments

Natasha Rothwell’s Tweets to Donald Trump Are Petty and Perfect

Natasha Rothwell’s Tweets to Donald Trump Are Petty and Perfect

Natasha Rothwell does Twitter phenomenally well.

Aside from being the face of one of our favorite memes on Twitter, the Insecure star has tweeted (nearly every day since the 2016 election) that Trump is trash. Do y’all realize the level of commitment it takes to notify 45 (and the world), on the daily that he is, in fact, hot flaming trash?! I’m impressed. If nothing else, one must respect the...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jul 17, 2019. 11 comments

Jesse Jackson and Son Jesse Jr. Beg Trump’s Pardon for Disgraced Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich

Jesse Jackson and Son Jesse Jr. Beg Trump’s Pardon for Disgraced Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich

Civil rights icon the Rev. Jesse Jackson and his oldest son, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., are throwing their weight behind a push to implore Donald Trump for the release and full presidential pardon of Rod Blagojevich, the former Illinois governor imprisoned for trying to auction off Barack Obama’s old U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder.

Following Obama’s historic winning of the...

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