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Jun 11, 2020. 18 comments

HBO Max Temporarily Removes Gone With the Wind, Will Return With 'Discussions of Its Historical Context'

HBO Max Temporarily Removes Gone With the Wind, Will Return With 'Discussions of Its Historical Context'

It’s been 81 years since the release of Gone with the Wind and as we enter a new chapter of discussions on race relations, HBO Max is attempting to revisit the 1939 film in another way.

According to NBC News, the newly launched streaming platform from WarnerMedia Entertainment has decided to temporarily remove Gone With the Wind over “racist depictions” but will re-upload the film at a later...

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Jun 11, 2020. 17 comments

The Breakfast Club Is Food Poisoning

The Breakfast Club Is Food Poisoning

*DJ Envy voice* Morning everybody, it’s three obtusely insensitive radio personalities providing a platform to an alleged rapist while further erasing and silencing the black women survivors on one of the largest black-led media platforms in the nation.

Trigger Warning: This article contains details from an interview with a man who has been multiply accused of sexual assault.

It was late...

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Jun 10, 2020. 6 comments

No More Cop-aganda: Paramount Network Cuts the Cord on Cops, America's Longest-Running Reality TV Show

No More Cop-aganda: Paramount Network Cuts the Cord on Cops, America's Longest-Running Reality TV Show

This is the kind of “cancel culture” you can get behind.

Paramount Network has decided to can Cops, which was on schedule to premiere its 33rd season on Monday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Cops is not on the Paramount Network and we don’t have any current or future plans for it to return,” a spokesperson for the cable channel told THR.

Paramount Network, part of the ViacomCBS family,...

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Jun 10, 2020. 13 comments

The George Floyd Homicide Video Is Not Cinéma Vérité—WTF Is Wrong With You, Ross Johnson?

The George Floyd Homicide Video Is Not Cinéma Vérité—WTF Is Wrong With You, Ross Johnson?

I want to Men in Black-out to the time before I saw screenshots from a piece titled, “Why Darnella Frazier Is the Most Influential Filmmaker of the Century.”

In a guest blog at The Wrap dated June 4, communications strategist Ross Johnson proceeded to pontificate on Darnella Frazier’s video evidence of the moment George Floyd was killed by police, pulling out his best flowery film critique...

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Jun 10, 2020. 5 comments

When Will There Be a LGBTQ Renaissance in Rap?

When Will There Be a LGBTQ Renaissance in Rap?

In the last few years, there have been progressive strides towards the visibility of female rap artists. In 2017, Cardi B became the first female rapper in nearly 20 years

to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart (after Lauryn Hill). Since then, Lizzo , Doja Cat, Nicki Minaj and Megan Thee Stallion have also had No. 1 hits. Streaming has helped to amplify the voices of female rappers who aren’t...

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May 02, 2020. 6 comments

I Think You Better Call Tyrone to Cook Some Griiiiits Because the 1st Female Verzuz Is Erykah Badu vs. Jill Scott

I Think You Better Call Tyrone to Cook Some Griiiiits Because the 1st Female Verzuz Is Erykah Badu vs. Jill Scott

Oh it’s on! And on...

Timbaland and Swizz Beatz have announced their next Verzuz Instagram battle and this time, they’re trying something new. The next artists who will go head-to-head are Erykah Badu and Jill Scott.

This will mark the first time female artists have participated in the popular battle and the event will be in partnership with woman empowerment event company Femme It Forward.

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May 01, 2020. 1 comments

Fela Kuti Drummer and 'Father of Afrobeat' Tony Allen Dead at 79

Fela Kuti Drummer and 'Father of Afrobeat' Tony Allen Dead at 79

Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen, lovingly known as the “Father of Afrobeat” died on Thursday evening at the age of 79, Rolling Stone confirms.

Allen died of an abdominal aortic aneurysm at Georges Pompidou European Hospital in Paris. “He was in great shape,” Allen’s manager Eric Trosser told France 24. “It was quite sudden.”

Rolling Stone further reports:

As a member of Kuti’s band Africa 70,...

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May 01, 2020. 5 comments

Snoop Perrito? Your Favorite Rapper Blends G-Funk With Mexican Folk Music and It Slaps

Snoop Perrito? Your Favorite Rapper Blends G-Funk With Mexican Folk Music and It Slaps

Being from Los Angeles, my ears have grown accustomed to hearing the airy sounds of Mariachi, Banda and Mexican folk music. It is as much a part of the L.A. soundtrack as Dr. Dre and Snoop. It is as much a part of our city’s culture as the elote man and buying fruit sprinkled with chili powder, lime and salt off of a cart on the corner by your house.

So I guess it’s only fitting that Snoop...

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May 01, 2020. 1 comments

Yes, Magic Johnson Has a Documentary About His Life in the Works. Kobe Bryant Does Too

Yes, Magic Johnson Has a Documentary About His Life in the Works. Kobe Bryant Does Too

Magic Johnson loves ESPN’s The Last Dance as much as everyone else, and in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight, the Lakers legend revealed that his life and basketball career will be receiving the same treatment.

In discussing the importance of The Last Dance, which examines the Chicago Bulls’ 1997–98 season, the three-time NBA MVP noted how it arrived at the perfect time.

“This...

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May 01, 2020. 8 comments

Nichelle Nichols NASA Documentary Given the Green Light for World Sales

Nichelle Nichols NASA Documentary Given the Green Light for World Sales

Actress and singer Nichelle Nichols is well known for her role as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in the original Star Trek TV series and succeeding movies. But she isn’t only a science-fiction hero; she’s a hero in the real world of science as well. The documentary Woman In Motion chronicles Nichols’ fight to recruit NASA’s first astronauts of color. The documentary, which was shown in multiple film...

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May 01, 2020. 12 comments

The Pleasure Ponytail: This Jeopardy Contestant Thought Janet Jackson Was Ariana Grande

The Pleasure Ponytail: This Jeopardy Contestant Thought Janet Jackson Was Ariana Grande

Sarah Jett Rayburn? Girl, you got some competition.

Yes, Sarah is the reigning champion, even after her pretty big flub on Monday; but when it comes to Twitter trending topics, a new guy tried to upstage her. You thought Sarah was the biggest failure this week? Well, a contestant who wasn’t Sarah pretty much said, “hold my Ariana Grande latte.”

This Jeopardy Contest Reached to the Limit to the...

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Apr 30, 2020. 20 comments

King Kong Ain't Got Nothin’ on Katie Couric's Reach, Says She Felt ‘Shaken' by Denzel Washington Interview

King Kong Ain't Got Nothin’ on Katie Couric's Reach, Says She Felt ‘Shaken' by Denzel Washington Interview

In 1933, King Kong climbed New York City’s Empire State Building, which has a roof height of 1,250 feet (1,454 feet with the antenna).

And yet, the misunderstood beast still ain’t got shit on veteran journalist Katie Couric, who managed the greatest reach since the Michael Jordan Space Jam climax. Couric recently appeared on the Everything Iconic With Danny Pellegrino podcast, where she...

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Apr 30, 2020. 10 comments

'Every Beating That I Got, I Deserved It': The Cast of OWN's Love Goals Discuss Generational Trauma in New Episode Clip

'Every Beating That I Got, I Deserved It': The Cast of OWN's Love Goals Discuss Generational Trauma in New Episode Clip

When we think about our legacies in the black community and the act of passing down things to the next generation, we, of course, hope those things are fruitful. Unfortunately, there are some toxic behaviors that are passed around in a harmful cycle that needs to be broken. OWN’s new show, Love Goals, is attempting to break that cycle.

The official synopsis, provided to The Root via press...

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Apr 29, 2020.

T-Pain Teases Idea of Joint Tour With Lil Jon Based on Verzuz Battle Setlist

T-Pain Teases Idea of Joint Tour With Lil Jon Based on Verzuz Battle Setlist

If you missed T-Pain and Lil Jon’s

epic Verzuz battle on Instagram Live a few weeks ago, we feel really sorry for you. The hip-hop hitmakers went back and forth with hit songs, features and production assists from T-Pain’s “Bartender” and “Up Down,” to Lil Jon’s “Snap Yo Fingers” and his spirited spot on Usher’s “Yeah!”

T-Pain told Variety in a recent video chat that since the shit was fire,...

Apr 29, 2020. 19 comments

Who Would Win in a Michael Jackson/Prince Verzuz Battle?

Who Would Win in a Michael Jackson/Prince Verzuz Battle?

With all of the

Verzuz battles going on via Instagram Live, people are getting in on the fun with creating hypothetical battles of their own (I personally made my own Pharrell playlist to combat a Kanye one, what a fun time). The entertainment website Hollywood Unlocked created a match-up of epic proportions: Michael Jackson’s songs versus Prince’s songs, to see who people thought would...

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Apr 29, 2020. 17 comments

This Jeopardy Contest Reached to the Limit to the Wall to Answer ‘Chaka Khan’ for a Shaka Zulu Question

This Jeopardy Contest Reached to the Limit to the Wall to Answer ‘Chaka Khan’ for a Shaka Zulu Question

“Ch-Ch-Ch-Chaka Khan… Chaka Khan… Chaka Khan… Chaka Khan”—this famous intro to the artist’s hit song “I Feel For You” is what I think was looping inside the head of a recent Jeopardy contestant.

On Monday night’s episode of Jeopardy, defending champion Sarah Jett Rayburn (damn, I wish her name was

Karen ; it would’ve been a great opportunity to continue the running joke) failed in the most...

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Apr 28, 2020. 5 comments

'So Little of Who I Am Happened in Those 8 Years': Michelle Obama's Book Becoming Is a Netflix Documentary

'So Little of Who I Am Happened in Those 8 Years': Michelle Obama's Book Becoming Is a Netflix Documentary

Michelle Obama, known to us as ‘Forever FLOTUS’, is Becoming the subject of a much-anticipated documentary.

According to Forbes, her memoir went on to become a bestseller, selling 10 million copies in 2019 and making $36 million. Now, the book will continue its journey in the visual medium via a documentary on Netflix. Directed by Nadia Hallgren, Becoming gives an intimate glimpse of the...

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Apr 28, 2020. 4 comments

Little Women Atlanta Star Ashley 'Minnie' Ross Dies After Hit-and-Run Accident

Little Women Atlanta Star Ashley 'Minnie' Ross Dies After Hit-and-Run Accident

Ashley Ross, better known to fans of the reality show Little Women: Atlanta as “Miss Minnie,” was killed early Tuesday morning during a hit-and-run accident. She was 34 years old.

According to People magazine, Ross sustained grave injuries after the car she was in collided with another near Old National Highway in Atlanta around 11 p.m. on Sunday (April 26). She succumbed to her injuries at...

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Apr 28, 2020. 3 comments

Oprah Winfrey Will Present the Class of 2020 Commencement Address, Thanks to Facebook and Instagram

Oprah Winfrey Will Present the Class of 2020 Commencement Address, Thanks to Facebook and Instagram

If 2020 was a student and I had to sign their yearbook, I would put “Girl, you’re the worst. Don’t K.I.T.!”

As we weather the misadventures of the Mango Misfit in charge, many have taken to social media to ask former President Barack Obama to come save us. As we navigate the unprecedented and unpredictable chartered waters known as the coronavirus pandemic, that desire has not abated. Most...

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Apr 28, 2020.

The Last Dance: Isaiah Thomas Is Not Isiah Thomas’ Tether; They Are Two Different People

The Last Dance: Isaiah Thomas Is Not Isiah Thomas’ Tether; They Are Two Different People

The Last Dance may have been the final rodeo for Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls reign, but it is not the last of the passionate convos that have arisen from it.

Namely, Episode 3 of the docuseries, which chronicled the long-time beef between the Detroit Pistons and the Bulls, particularly the vicious way in which the Pistons defense would play against Jordan as a winning tactic. Once the...