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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Dec 07, 2019 at 09:00. 2 comments

If You 'Assembled Black Improvisers Like The Avengers', You'd Get Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show

If You 'Assembled Black Improvisers Like The Avengers', You'd Get Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show

Gather in a circle, it’s time for some improv games! Actually, I lied, it’s time to read about some funny-ass black comedians to keep your eye on.

Jerah Milligan, James III and Jonathan Braylock, of the Black Men Can’t Jump podcast, are three parts of a comedy troupe named Astronomy Club, the first and only all-black house team at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB). Once a sketch show...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Dec 05, 2019.

Netflix Is Playing for Our Hearts With Love & Basketball and More Blackness in December 2019

Netflix Is Playing for Our Hearts With Love & Basketball and More Blackness in December 2019

It’s the last month of the year and what better way to peace-out the year 2019 than with some black ass content?

Double or nothin’, Netflix is adding Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Love & Basketball. The film’s stars, Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps joined in on the excitement by announcing via video. Both expressed how significant it was that it’s been almost 20 years since the film was released (April...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Nov 28, 2019.

Ava DuVernay and Netflix Formally Respond to When They See Us Lawsuit, Claim Dialogue Is Protected Under First Amendment

Ava DuVernay and Netflix Formally Respond to When They See Us Lawsuit, Claim Dialogue Is Protected Under First Amendment

Netflix and When They See Us writer-director Ava DuVernay are fighting back on a lawsuit filed against them and the figurative punches are formal.

As The Root reported in October, police interrogation firm John E. Reid and Associates filed a lawsuit against DuVernay and the production company/streaming platform in regards to the hit miniseries, claiming defamation. The lawsuit specifically...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Nov 15, 2019. 16 comments

Eddie Murphy Will Return as Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop Sequel to Be Released on Netflix

Eddie Murphy Will Return as Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop Sequel to Be Released on Netflix

Eddie Murphy is winning.

Seriously, I could end the article there and it would be accurate, but let’s specifically celebrate his latest win! According to Variety, Murphy is continuing his profitable relationship with Netflix (following the critic- and consumer-embraced Dolemite Is My Name ) and will be starring in a Beverly Hills Cop sequel set to be released exclusively on the popular...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Nov 15, 2019. 19 comments

Mo'Nique Files Race and Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Against Netflix Regarding 'Lowball Offer' [Updated]

Mo'Nique Files Race and Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Against Netflix Regarding 'Lowball Offer' [Updated]

Mo’Nique isn’t nearly done sticking up for herself.

According to NBC News, the Oscar-winning actress and comedian is suing Netflix, accusing the popular streaming platform of race and gender discrimination in relation to the deal she was offered for a stand-up special in November 2017.

If you remember, Mo’Nique took to various media outlets (including her own social media platform) to expose...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Nov 06, 2019. 2 comments

Netflix Will Be the Blues in Your Left Thigh and the Funk in Your Right—Here's What's New and Black in November 2019

Netflix Will Be the Blues in Your Left Thigh and the Funk in Your Right—Here's What's New and Black in November 2019

We’ve set our clocks back and our streaming services black. Netflix is serving more Strong Black Lead content for November to go with your sweet potato pie!

Thanks to Netflix, we can now all watch Love Jones as a family on Twitter and argue about whether Darius’ moves were stalkerish or romantic. The film dropped on the popular streaming platform at the top of the month, along with other...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Oct 26, 2019. 2 comments

Dolemite Is My Name: Here at The Root, We Play Black Ass Game

Dolemite Is My Name: Here at The Root, We Play Black Ass Game

The Root is our name and blackness is our game, so we decided to play none other than Black Ass Game!

The stars of Dolemite Is My Name joined us for some sho-nuff blackness: Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes, Tituss Burgess, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps and Craig Robinson.

And yes, the questions were blacker than a black kid’s knee as it awaits an epic scrub-down from the kid’s...

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Lawrence Ware Lawrence Ware Oct 18, 2019. 22 comments

Netflix’s Top Boy Is A Series You Absolutely Should Binge (If You Haven't Already)

Netflix’s Top Boy Is A Series You Absolutely Should Binge (If You Haven't Already)

Top Boy is one of the best shows I’ve seen this year, but no one seems to be talking about it.

In 2011, we were introduced to Dushane (Ashley Walters) and Sully (Kane Robinson), two drug dealers in East London’s Hackney neighborhood, as they tried to navigate the treacherous waters of the London underworld. They were each, in their own way, trying to be the Top Boy—that is, the head of the...

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Ronda Racha Penrice Ronda Racha Penrice Oct 10, 2019. 15 comments

T.I. Admits He's Trying to 'Undo the Blunder of Iggy Azalea'

T.I. Admits He's Trying to 'Undo the Blunder of Iggy Azalea'

You could say T.I. was ahead of the curve in looking for and promoting a female rapper during one of the more lean years in hip-hop gender parity.

Unfortunately, that curve threw the King of the South for a curve in the form of the Mouth From the South—if the “South” was “Down Under”—problematic rapper Iggy Azalea.

“I’m still actively looking for another female rapper who can undo the blunder...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Oct 08, 2019. 14 comments

8 Very Black Reasons to Check Out Raising Dion on Netflix

8 Very Black Reasons to Check Out Raising Dion on Netflix

Netflix’s original series, Raising Dion, dropped on Friday, October 4, and became my newest binge. I watched all nine episodes over the weekend and now I feel like talking about it. While watching, I made some observations that I’ve turned into very black reasons to check out the series. I wanted to share them with you.

Just so we’re on the same page: Raising Dion is a series about a young...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Oct 01, 2019.

First Look: Amadou Fled Mauritania and the "Highest Rate of Slavery in the Entire World" in Netflix's Living Undocumented

First Look: Amadou Fled Mauritania and the "Highest Rate of Slavery in the Entire World" in Netflix's Living Undocumented
First Look Clip from Living Undocumented / Courtesy of Netflix

As we witness what appears to be an immigration crisis in America, it’s important to remember the people behind the statistics and politics. They are the people you share space with every day who often live in fear that their next moment may be their last in a country they contribute to, just because they don’t have paperwork that...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Sep 26, 2019. 5 comments

Will Smith to Star as Crime Boss Nicky Barnes in Netflix’s The Council

Will Smith to Star as Crime Boss Nicky Barnes in Netflix’s The Council

Now, this is a story all about how Will Smith’s do-gooder roles got flipped-turned upside down. And I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there; I’ll tell you how he became a Netflix drug dealer, in this new movie that will air!

That’s right, Will Smith is taking on a role he never has before—a drug kingpin! According to Indiewire, Smith will be starring in and producing Netflix’s The...

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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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Jay Connor Jay Connor Sep 07, 2019. 6 comments

Eddie Murphy Confirms Return to Stand-Up Comedy

Eddie Murphy Confirms Return to Stand-Up Comedy

With the sequel of Coming to America arriving in theaters next year and an imminent return to the same Saturday Night Live stage that transformed him into a household name, it’s safe to say that Eddie Murphy’s long-overdue comeback is in full swing. But it appears our patience will be rewarded with more than just new films and comedy skits, as the Boomerang star will be making his triumphant...

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Damon Young Damon Young Aug 31, 2019. 24 comments

All the Worst White People Love Dave Chappelle's Sticks and Stones

All the Worst White People Love Dave Chappelle's Sticks and Stones

It’s a device you’ll often see in comedies.

A character enters a room that’s packed with people. There’s a meeting happening. Or perhaps a party. But just as the character begins to settle, he looks around and notices that the room is a completely different place than where he expected to be, and the audience makes the realization the same time he does. Like, “Holy shit! He thought it was at...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Aug 29, 2019. 19 comments

Did Dave Chappelle Use Those Sticks & Stones to Build Himself a Lazy 'Shock Value' Box?

Did Dave Chappelle Use Those Sticks & Stones to Build Himself a Lazy 'Shock Value' Box?

Dave Chappelle doesn’t really give a fuck what people think.

Wait, let me reword that—he does give enough of a fuck to respond to his critics with a one-hour comedy special, but after he says his piece, you can kiss his entire black ass. And that’s that on that.

In fact, he began his latest Netflix comedy special, Sticks & Stones with a Kendrick Lamar bar, “You mothafuckas can’t tell me...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Aug 28, 2019. 20 comments

Michael Jackson Accusers Respond After Getting Blasted in Dave Chappelle's New Comedy Special: 'It Reveals Him, Not Us'

Michael Jackson Accusers Respond After Getting Blasted in Dave Chappelle's New Comedy Special: 'It Reveals Him, Not Us'

Ever since the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland debuted in January, Michael Jackson’s fanbase has been split on how to properly assess his legacy in light of the allegations leveled against him. But one person who has made it perfectly clear where he stands—backlash and controversy be damned—is Dave Chappelle.

In his latest comedy special, Sticks & Stones, which premiered on Netflix on...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 24, 2019. 3 comments

ICE Said to Have Shut Down an Immigrant Hotline After Orange Is the New Black Featured It in an Episode

ICE Said to Have Shut Down an Immigrant Hotline After Orange Is the New Black Featured It in an Episode

In what seems to be a case of life imitating art, Donald Trump style, immigration advocates charge the Trump administration deactivated a lawyer hotline set up for detainees—after an episode discussing the hotline aired on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black.

Freedom for Immigrants, a California advocacy group, says Immigration and Customs Enforcement shut down its hotline for ICE detainees...

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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 16, 2019. 6 comments

Marlon Wayans Comes for Cancel Culture: 'You Know, Freedom of Speech. What Happened to That?'

Marlon Wayans Comes for Cancel Culture: 'You Know, Freedom of Speech. What Happened to That?'

Fresh off the heels of his brand new Netflix comedy Sextuplets—which is actually pretty damn funny—Marlon Wayans made a pitstop on Buzzfeed’s AM to DM Thursday to discuss a myriad of topics. However, one, in particular, had the internet buzzing.

“My job is to talk about all the things people are scared to say,” Wayans said. “My job is to go into these dark topics and go in these dark caves...

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