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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jan 15, 2020 at 01:00. 5 comments

‘Conspicuously Deficient’: NAACP Challenges 2020 Census’ Ability to Count Communities of Color

‘Conspicuously Deficient’: NAACP Challenges 2020 Census’ Ability to Count Communities of Color

The NAACP, in a lawsuit filed against the U.S. Census Bureau last Friday, is alleging the federal government is unprepared to accurately count America’s black residents—an issue that could result in political disenfranchisement and billions of dollars in losses for black and brown communities.

The suit, filed alongside Prince George’s County, one of the country’s most prosperous majority-black...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Dec 19, 2019. 2 comments

Look Back At It: Forget the 53 Percent—This Was the Decade of #BlackGirlMagic

Look Back At It: Forget the 53 Percent—This Was the Decade of #BlackGirlMagic

Recently, my brethren here at The Root made a healthy argument for how white women have spent the decade between 2010 and 2019 “doing the most” (and the least)—and to a certain extent, they’re right. But as The Root’s editor of all things black woman-related, I’d like to pose a counterargument. Though the storied 53 percent threatened to catapult us back into the Dark Ages with the election...

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Ashley Velez Ashley Velez Nov 22, 2019. 4 comments

Stacey Abrams Delivers Inspiring Acceptance Speech for The 2019 Root 100

Stacey Abrams Delivers Inspiring Acceptance Speech for The 2019 Root 100

Last night was beautiful. Yet another gala for The Root 100 in the books. I’m honestly still recovering, as is most of the staff, I’m sure. But I had to push through this recovery process to share the gift that is Stacey Abrams with the masses. Leader Abrams topped The Root 100 this year and though she could not attend, she blessed us with a raw and uplifting acceptance speech.

Watch her full...

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Karu F. Daniels Karu F. Daniels Nov 18, 2019. 24 comments

Forever President Barack Obama Warns 2020 Democrats Voters 'Don't Want to See Crazy Stuff'

Forever President Barack Obama Warns 2020 Democrats Voters 'Don't Want to See Crazy Stuff'

Will some of that old black magic work this time around?

One can only hope it does.

If any one can make it happen, it would be Barack Hussein Obama.

Black America’s Forever President made an appearance at a Washington D.C. fundraiser Friday night.

There, he doled out some advice to a room of well-heeled liberal donors during a conversation moderated by former Georgia gubernatorial candidate...

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Ashley Velez Ashley Velez Nov 06, 2019. 3 comments

Make It Count: Stacey Abrams on Why the 2020 Census and Fighting Voter Suppression Go Hand in Hand for Black Americans

Make It Count: Stacey Abrams on Why the 2020 Census and Fighting Voter Suppression Go Hand in Hand for Black Americans
A Word We’d like to have A Word with you. In The Root’s op-ed video series, thought leaders across various disciplines give their perspectives on the important issues you should know about.Prev Next View All “When we are not counted, we do not count. And when we do not count, we do not improve our communities.” —Stacey Abrams

In 2018, Stacey Abrams ran for governor of Georgia as the first...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Oct 29, 2019. 1 comments

‘They’ll Erase Us From the Future’: Stacey Abrams Understands Why We Fear the Census But Says We Must Participate Anyway

‘They’ll Erase Us From the Future’: Stacey Abrams Understands Why We Fear the Census But Says We Must Participate Anyway

The yummy, sweet brown center of the transformative, celebratory and “let’s get free”-filled reproductive justice gathering known as SisterSong’s Let’s Talk About Sex Conference in Atlanta this weekend was former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (who was clearly robbed of that honor, let’s be clear).

'Stacey Abrams Won That Election': Eric Holder Stays Ready to Scrap Against...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Oct 02, 2019. 9 comments

Crystal Mason, Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Unknowingly Casting an Illegal Ballot, Speaks Out on Newfound Activism

Crystal Mason, Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Unknowingly Casting an Illegal Ballot, Speaks Out on Newfound Activism

Crystal Mason never intended to become an activist. But after being sentenced to five years in prison for unknowingly casting an illegal ballot in the 2016 election, Mason committed herself to advocate for voting rights: On the day she was released from prison, Mason writes in a new op-ed for the Washington Post, she held a “welcome home” party with a voter registration table.

The op-ed,...

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Genetta M. Adams Genetta M. Adams Sep 26, 2019. 2 comments

Countdown to The Root 100: Before We Reveal the Full List and Who’s No. 1, Let’s Recognize the Top Honorees in Politics, Media and Community

Countdown to The Root 100: Before We Reveal the Full List and Who’s No. 1, Let’s Recognize the Top Honorees in Politics, Media and Community

This is it—the last preview before we reveal the full list and who is No. 1 for the 10th anniversary of The Root 100!

For this special anniversary of The Root 100, we wanted to do something a little different this year by offering a sneak peek of the honorees before we announce the fully ranked list.

If you missed the earlier preview of the top honorees in arts, entertainment and sports, you...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 29, 2019. 11 comments

For the 50-11th Time: Stacey Abrams Will Not Run for New Open Senate Seat in Georgia

For the 50-11th Time: Stacey Abrams Will Not Run for New Open Senate Seat in Georgia

We get it. Stacey Abrams would be great at running literally anything: your district, the state of Georgia, your state, the entirety of the United States, all the habitable sections of planet earth, and Jupiter, Mars and Mercury on top of that.

So when news broke today that Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson, a Republican, would resign his position at this end of this year because of his ongoing...

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Aug 13, 2019. 16 comments

Stacey Abrams Almost Beat a Crooked Voting System. Now She’s Making Sure Other Politicians Don’t Have To

Stacey Abrams Almost Beat a Crooked Voting System. Now She’s Making Sure Other Politicians Don’t Have To

To this day it’s unclear if Stacey Abrams legitimately lost her bid to become the first black female governor of Georgia or if Brian Kemp, double-dipping as both the Georgia secretary of state and the GOP candidate for governor, stole the election.

Brian Kemp Is Getting Called to the Principal's Office to Explain How He Stole Georgia's…

Remember that time when Brian Kemp, while serving as...

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Jason Johnson Jason Johnson Jul 15, 2019. 17 comments

Life of a Henchman: Sore Winner Brian Kemp Sics Georgia Ethics Commissioner on Stacey Abrams

Life of a Henchman: Sore Winner Brian Kemp Sics Georgia Ethics Commissioner on Stacey Abrams

Do you know what a henchman is? They’re faceless, nameless, losers who do the dirty work for the villain in movies or TV shows. Henchmen are easy to recognize; just look for the endless stream of guys in ridiculous matching outfits getting knocked down, thrown off of bridges, or set on fire in a climactic battle with the hero on a windswept mountain top. In The Avengers they’re the guys in...

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Terrell Jermaine Starr Terrell Jermaine Starr Jun 10, 2019. 2 comments

Memphis Mayoral Candidate Tami Sawyer Says Black Women Can Reclaim the South

Memphis Mayoral Candidate Tami Sawyer Says Black Women Can Reclaim the South

Tami Sawyer’s run for mayor of Memphis, Tn. almost didn’t happen. The issue? Self-doubt.

“Am I capable of running this city?” she wondered.

“No one will vote for me,” she often told herself.

“I can’t win,” were words that often swirled around in her mind.

She took a step back and reminded herself of her own greatness, the potential to do great things for her hometown. She reminded herself that in...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jun 05, 2019. 19 comments

Stacey Abrams Calls on Hollywood to #StayAndFight About Georgia Abortion Rights Instead of Boycotting

Stacey Abrams Calls on Hollywood to #StayAndFight About Georgia Abortion Rights Instead of Boycotting

Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is just as outraged as many about Georgia’s decision to virtually outlaw abortions in the state, but she’s imploring leaders of industry, especially those in the filmmaking community, to stand with her and fight to change things, rather than boycott the state.

Abrams, along with a group of political allies and business leaders, has put...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin May 10, 2019. 7 comments

Tease Me, Stacey: Abrams Says She'll 'Jump In' Presidential Race If Fighting Voter Suppression Isn't a Top Priority

Tease Me, Stacey: Abrams Says She'll 'Jump In' Presidential Race If Fighting Voter Suppression Isn't a Top Priority

Yes, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams says she is still mulling over a run for the White House in 2020—and that the decision will rest on an issue dear to her: voter suppression.

In an interview on the podcast Pod Save America Thursday, Abrams confirmed that a presidential run is still on the table. When asked what factors were weighing on her mind, Abrams singled out...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif May 08, 2019. 11 comments

Come Jan. 1, Abortion Will Be Virtually Outlawed in the State of Georgia as Governor Signs So-Called Heartbeat Bill Into Law

Come Jan. 1, Abortion Will Be Virtually Outlawed in the State of Georgia as Governor Signs So-Called Heartbeat Bill Into Law

With a stroke of a pen Tuesday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp basically outlawed abortions in his state, signing into law the so-called heartbeat bill.

The heartbeat bill, aka Georgia House Bill 481, outlaws abortions after the first sign of a fetal heartbeat, which can occur as soon as six weeks into a pregnancy — often before a woman even realizes that she is pregnant.

Exceptions will be made in...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Apr 30, 2019. 16 comments

Stacey Abrams Will Not Run for U.S. Senate in 2020; Millions Sigh, 'But What About President, Though?'

Stacey Abrams Will Not Run for U.S. Senate in 2020; Millions Sigh, 'But What About President, Though?'

We still don’t know exactly what Stacey Abrams has in mind for future office, but we can at least rule one possibility out: a U.S. Senate seat in 2020.

Early Tuesday morning, the Georgia Democrat announced she will not run to be a Georgia representative, despite “a fierce lobbying effort by party leaders,” the Washington Post reports. In a video posted to her Twitter account, Abrams said she...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Apr 17, 2019.

'Stacey Abrams Won That Election': Eric Holder Stays Ready to Scrap Against Anti-Democratic Principles

'Stacey Abrams Won That Election': Eric Holder Stays Ready to Scrap Against Anti-Democratic Principles

Eric Holder has been one of the most consistent Democratic operatives in the last two decades. And by operative, we don’t mean the stereotypical, smarmy, back-of-the-room dealmaker and fixer (see Donald Trump’s inner circle), we mean repping Democratic principles and getting in the mix when those principles are threatened, most notably as the first African-American attorney general under...

Terrell Jermaine Starr Terrell Jermaine Starr Apr 16, 2019. 10 comments

Stacey Abrams Says There Was ‘Incompetence’ in Media Coverage of Her Campaign, Will Announce Her Future Political Plans in the Coming Weeks

Stacey Abrams Says There Was ‘Incompetence’ in Media Coverage of Her Campaign, Will Announce Her Future Political Plans in the Coming Weeks
Eyes on 2020An in-depth look at the candidates vying for the highest office in the land in 2020.  

Former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams sat down with The Root to reflect on her 2018 campaign for the governor’s mansion in Georgia and whether or not the country is ready for a black woman to be president. She also discussed the media’s treatment of her during her run for governor and some...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Apr 11, 2019. 2 comments

‘Save Yourself’: Oprah Joins Stacey Abrams, Mae Jemison and More at the 10th Annual Women in the World Summit

‘Save Yourself’: Oprah Joins Stacey Abrams, Mae Jemison and More at the 10th Annual Women in the World Summit

“We women people, we are used to saving other folk; we’ve been doing it a very long time,” said Oprah Winfrey, keynote speaker of the 2019 Women in the World Summit on Wednesday night. “And we need to first and foremost honor the sacred time of saving ourselves because that is where our greatest power lies.”

Oprah, who began her remarks with a performance of Sojourner Truth’s famed...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Apr 01, 2019. 16 comments

Georgia Legislature Outlaws Abortion With ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ Bill. Stacey Abrams Would Have Vetoed This B.S.

Georgia Legislature Outlaws Abortion With ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ Bill. Stacey Abrams Would Have Vetoed This B.S.

Following a slew of states with Republican-led legislatures, Georgia lawmakers approved a “heartbeat” abortion bill Friday, making it one the strictest abortion bans in the U.S.

With this bill, abortion is effectively illegal in Georgia once an embryo’s heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks in gestation—usually before many women even know they are pregnant. Heretofore,...

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