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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Dec 19, 2019. 9 comments

Wakanda Was Listed as a USDA Free Trade Partner, But It Didn't Last Forever (No Really, That Happened)

Wakanda Was Listed as a USDA Free Trade Partner, But It Didn't Last Forever (No Really, That Happened)

You know how Chadwick Boseman is visibly tired of doing the “Wakanda Forever” salute during press tours? Imagine if he had to do that in real life as the Wakanda ambassador for the sake of international relations.

The last time Wakanda and the U.S. had notable relations was back in 2018 when journalists were tasked with the mission to ask a “very serious” question to President Impeachment ...

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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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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Dec 03, 2019. 14 comments

If You Want to Protect Black Art, Protect Black Critique

If You Want to Protect Black Art, Protect Black Critique

I will never forget the day my skin thickened.

I was a baby-faced undergrad student sitting in a circle of my literary peers, awaiting my academic doom, also known as the “writing workshop.” My heart raced with an urgent fury and my stomach twisted into a knot only an Eagle Scout could untie. There I was, exposing my once-guarded brain as it leaked onto my desk like an emotional wound.

The...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Oct 03, 2019. 7 comments

Ryan Coogler Just Started Writing the Black Panther 2 Story. Black Twitter: It's OK Baby, Take Your Time

Ryan Coogler Just Started Writing the Black Panther 2 Story. Black Twitter: It's OK Baby, Take Your Time

All eyes are on Ryan Coogler as he prepares to embark on one of the most anticipated sequels in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal discussing upcoming Marvel projects during his final two years at Disney, CEO Bob Iger confirmed Coogler is “just beginning the process of outlining the story.”

On Tuesday, Screen Rant posted a Twitter caption...

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Corey Townsend Corey Townsend Sep 09, 2019. 1 comments

Black Girls Rock! Reminds Us That the World Would Be Lost Without Black Women

Black Girls Rock! Reminds Us That the World Would Be Lost Without Black Women

We owe black women a debt that we could never even imagine repaying. They have blessed us with their presence and for that, we are better as a collective. The love they have shown us held us through some of our darkest times, while simultaneously reminding us that we are worthy and we would surely be lost as a people if ever they were taken away from us.

Black Girls Rock! is a constant...

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Karu F. Daniels Karu F. Daniels Aug 25, 2019. 16 comments

Eagerly Anticipated Black Panther Sequel on the Way, But Won’t See the Light of Day for 3 Years

Eagerly Anticipated Black Panther Sequel on the Way, But Won’t See the Light of Day for 3 Years

Surprise, Surprise!

The expected sequel to Marvel’s blackalicious billion-dollar blockbuster Black Panther is underway.

Only thing: it won’t see the light of day for a few years.

During Saturday’s portion of Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif., Marvel Studios announced Black Panther 2 will hit theaters May 6, 2022.

Although details were scarce, it is a welcome reprieve that Black Panther...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jun 05, 2019. 7 comments

We Will Have It, Oh! In Rare Show of Unity, Internet Throws Draws at Winston Duke’s Squat Form

We Will Have It, Oh! In Rare Show of Unity, Internet Throws Draws at Winston Duke’s Squat Form

We have watched and listened for the human mountains! We have watched with lust as your thigh meat advancements have been overseen by The Root staff, who scoffs at having chill. And now you want to hand over this thirst trap to the world, which could not keep its own thirst contained. We will have it. I said, we will have it, oh!

(Writer’s Note: Shouts to staff writer Anne Branigin for the...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Apr 13, 2019.

Applauding Our Own: The Black Design Collective Honors Ruth E. Carter

Applauding Our Own: The Black Design Collective Honors Ruth E. Carter

She’s been a force in the field of costume design for over three decades, but Ruth E. Carter is very much in her prime—and finally getting the recognition she deserves. In addition to her 2019 Oscar win and double awards for Black Panther and Lifetime Achievement from the Costume Designers’ Guild, the visionary designer’s next accolade will be from a collective of her peers.

On Saturday, April...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Mar 31, 2019.

2019 NAACP Image Awards: 'We Have the Gavel and We Know How to Use It!'

2019 NAACP Image Awards: 'We Have the Gavel and We Know How to Use It!'

There is nothing like celebrating our own and highlighting black excellence amongst our family. The NAACP Image Awards is just that—a family reunion that is black as hell. I appreciate that.

This year is a special one—the 50th NAACP Image Awards, once again celebrating the best in film, television, music, literature, and social justice figures.

I had the honor of attending my first NAACP Image...

P.J. Rickards P.J. Rickards Mar 20, 2019.

Watch: Angela Bassett Fights for Her Sweetheart

Watch: Angela Bassett Fights for Her Sweetheart

Legendary actress Angela Bassett hopes to raise awareness of the connection between Type 2 diabetes and heart disease with her campaign For Your Sweetheart. Her mother, Betty Jane Bassett, was diabetic and passed away from heart disease in 2014. Since then, Angela Bassett has been working steadily to raise awareness. Heart disease is the most common killer of people with Type 2 diabetes.

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Mar 16, 2019. 21 comments

WTF Marvel? Black Twitter Shames Studio Into Putting Danai Gurira’s Name Atop Avengers: Endgame Poster

WTF Marvel? Black Twitter Shames Studio Into Putting Danai Gurira’s Name Atop Avengers: Endgame Poster

The disrespect of black women continues, even in the fantasy realm.

On Friday, when Marvel Studios released their official trailer for Avengers: Endgame, they also released the movie’s official poster. Shortly thereafter, folks noticed that of the 13 actors in the main cast, only 12 names were given top billing on the poster—including Bradley Cooper, whose face wasn’t even in the flick (as he...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Mar 12, 2019. 19 comments

An Exclusive Interview With the Jaguar Who ‘Attacked’ a Woman at an Arizona Zoo

An Exclusive Interview With the Jaguar Who ‘Attacked’ a Woman at an Arizona Zoo

After a woman was injured after crossing a barrier to take a selfie with a jaguar at an Arizona zoo, The Root negotiated an exclusive one-on-one interview with the jaguar.

No Points for Guessing: Woman Attacked by Jaguar After Hopping Zoo Barrier

See that scary-ass black cat? That’s not a dry seal or some kind of deceptively cuddly anime…

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Michael Harriot: Hi, how are you? I...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Feb 25, 2019. 15 comments

2019 Oscars: Regina BEEN King

2019 Oscars: Regina BEEN King

There may not have been any Kevin Hart yelling “nooooo, I wasn’t ready!” to any of the nominees, but the 91st Academy Awards brought the blackness.

February 2019 has provided us a horrible Black History Month so far, but queens such as Regina King and blackety-black films such as Black Panther swooped in to save the day. In fact, Black Panther’s wins brought home Marvel Studios’ first-ever...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Feb 23, 2019.

On Oscars Sunday, Guess Where We’ll Be? (Hint: In Wakanda—and on Facebook)!

On Oscars Sunday, Guess Where We’ll Be? (Hint: In Wakanda—and on Facebook)!

Remember last February, when we were basking in the billion-dollars worth of black excellence that accompanied Black Panther? This February may not currently feel as excellent, but we’re looking forward to reflecting on happier times when the Black Panther cast and crew hit the red carpet this Sunday (and hopefully, scoop us some well-deserved awards).

We’ll also be on the lookout for longtime...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Feb 21, 2019. 1 comments

Oscar Nominee Hannah Beachler Talks Breaking Ceilings and What’s Next: ‘Black People Belong in Space’

Oscar Nominee Hannah Beachler Talks Breaking Ceilings and What’s Next: ‘Black People Belong in Space’

It’s almost been a year to the day since Black Panther production designer Hannah Beachler walked The Root (and our readers!) through the enticing world of Wakanda—a world we’d come to uphold forever.

Whose World Is This? Black Panther Production Designer Hannah Beachler Walks Us Through Wakanda 

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve already visited Wakanda—maybe two or three times...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Feb 20, 2019. 2 comments

Ruth E. Carter Forever: The Costume Designers Guild Celebrates the Black Panther Designer's Brilliance

Ruth E. Carter Forever: The Costume Designers Guild Celebrates the Black Panther Designer's Brilliance

It’s one of the smaller ceremonies of awards season, but there was big talent recognized on Tuesday night at the 21st annual Costume Designers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The queen of the night? Legendary designer Ruth E. Carter, who proved her three decades of influence to be ongoing by accepting the evening’s Lifetime Achievement Award and this year’s...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Feb 14, 2019. 2 comments

The 2019 NAACP Image Awards Noms Are Here. Naturally, Wakanda Is Forever Winning with Black Panther

The 2019 NAACP Image Awards Noms Are Here. Naturally, Wakanda Is Forever Winning with Black Panther

Following its Entertainer of the Year announcement, the NAACP Image Awards have announced their 2019 nominees. The iconic awards ceremony will be celebrating its 50th this year.

To the surprise of no one with a deck of black cards, Black Panther leads the pack in terms of projects, with 17 total nominations (and multiples in several categories), if you include television and literary...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Feb 14, 2019. 14 comments

T’Challa’s Cousins? Scientists Photograph Rare Black Leopard for First Time in Over 100 Years

T’Challa’s Cousins? Scientists Photograph Rare Black Leopard for First Time in Over 100 Years

Not photographed since Betty White was a spry young teenager in 1909, scientists in Kenya published photographs of the rare black leopard after finding it in an area close to where the fictional Wakanda is located.

According to CNN, San Diego Zoo biologist Nick Pilfold was in Kenya working with the Kenya Wildlife Service when he and his team managed to get multiple photographs of the elusive...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Feb 11, 2019. 1 comments

2019 BAFTAs: Letitia Wright Is Officially a Rising Star

2019 BAFTAs: Letitia Wright Is Officially a Rising Star

While everyone in the music business took over Hollywood this past weekend, the silver screen squad descended upon London for the 2019 EE British Academy Film Awards.

We usually refer to them (and their television counterpart) as the BAFTAs, as the awards are presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The television portion will take place on May 12, by the way.

The most...

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Jessica Moulite Jessica Moulite Feb 09, 2019.

Oscar-Nominated Costume Design Legend Ruth E. Carter Gets Her Flowers During New York Fashion Week Event

Oscar-Nominated Costume Design Legend Ruth E. Carter Gets Her Flowers During New York Fashion Week Event

What makes an icon? Is it longevity? Passion? An impressive and unmatched body of work? If so, Ruth E. Carter exemplifies all of its characteristics and then some.

In her decades-long career, Carter has solidified her place in black cinema as the costume designer for some of the most prolific films about the black experience including Malcolm X, Do The Right Thing and, most recently, Black...

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