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Sambo Be Damned! Black Fashion Model Refused to Wear ‘Racist’ Accessories at Fashion Institute of Technology Show

Sambo Be Damned! Black Fashion Model Refused to Wear ‘Racist’ Accessories at Fashion Institute of Technology Show

The trashion fashion world is still about that bullshit!

One would think that even in higher institutes of liberal learning — in New York City, at that — folks wouldn’t be so tone deaf to think anything that could possibly be construed racist is a non-starter.

But no, not when it comes to fashion.

A black model at a Fashion Institute of Technology runway show is blowing the whistle about being...

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'Nothing is More Heartbreaking' Obama Says of The Kobe Bryant Tragedy During NBA All-Star Weekend

'Nothing is More Heartbreaking' Obama Says of The Kobe Bryant Tragedy During NBA All-Star Weekend

Forever President Barack Hussein Obama blew into The Windy City this week to take part in the All Star Weekend festivities.

As a speaker of the NBA’s Newsmaker Brunch on Saturday, #44 reflected on the recent passing of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant.

“That loss is something I know many are still grappling with,” Obama said. “Particularly Kobe, because he was with his daughter and those families and...

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Hair Love Across the Nation: 3 States Passed Laws Ending Black Hair Discrimination Within a Week

Hair Love Across the Nation: 3 States Passed Laws Ending Black Hair Discrimination Within a Week

We’ve all seen or heard of stories about black children being pulled out of class and black employees having their jobs placed in jeopardy over their hairstyles. Last month, for example, Texas high school student Deandre Arnold made headlines after he was suspended over his locks and told he needed to cut them before he would be allowed to graduate.

Well. there appears to finally be a...

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There May Be a New Investigation Underway Into James Brown's Death

There May Be a New Investigation Underway Into James Brown's Death

The Godfather of Soul is back — or at least investigations into his death may be.

Iconic singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer and bandleader James Brown died, reportedly of heart failure in 2006 at age 73. But the Fulton County district attorney is taking another look at his death after a woman surfaced with a surprising claim, WBS-TV2 reported.

The Associated Press is...

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In True 'Stop and Frisk' Fashion, New Jersey Police Admit to Targeting Minority Neighborhoods in What They Call 'Hunting at the Border'

In True 'Stop and Frisk' Fashion, New Jersey Police Admit to Targeting Minority Neighborhoods in What They Call 'Hunting at the Border'

In today’s Water is Wet News we find, once again that when police are sent to target civilians at random, black and Latino people will overwhelmingly represent the victimized. The nation saw a prime example of this in the form of New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy which was first overseen by then-mayor and now U.S. presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg and targeted black and Latino...

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90,000 People Vying For Tickets to Kobe Bryant Memorial Within First 24 Hours of Sale

90,000 People Vying For Tickets to Kobe Bryant Memorial Within First 24 Hours of Sale

Fans and people grieving the loss of late basketball icon Kobe Bryant are reportedly clamoring to pay their final respects to him during a memorial in the same arena he became legend.

And they don’t seem to mind to pay for the tickets.

Details have emerged about the Feb. 24th memorial for the retired Los Angeles Lakers superstar who died in a fatal helicopter crash on Jan. 26, along with his...

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Black Swim Team Member Suing Police for Putting Gun to His Head After Mistaking Him for Suspect and Continuing to Detain Him After Realizing They Were Wrong

Black Swim Team Member Suing Police for Putting Gun to His Head After Mistaking Him for Suspect and Continuing to Detain Him After Realizing They Were Wrong

In today’s episode of Shit Black People Can’t Do Without Being Harassed and Brutalized we’ll be adding to the list: rest.

According to WGN9, the ACLU of Illinois filed a federal lawsuit against six officers from several departments in the Quad Cities area on behalf of Jaylan Butler, a member of Eastern Illinois University’s swim team, over an incident that occurred just under a year ago in...

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Killing R Kelly With Criminal Charges is My Favorite Jam of 2020: New Indictments for Kelly From Chicago Federal Court

Killing R Kelly With Criminal Charges is My Favorite Jam of 2020: New Indictments for Kelly From Chicago Federal Court

Listen, just in case any of you out there are still not ready to cancel R Kelly, it’s looking more and more like the American justice system will get something right for a change and do it for you.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the disgraced court jester of R&B (I refuse to call him king) has been hit with yet another new indictment for the crime of sexually abusing underage girls. The new...

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Feb 15, 2020 at 22:30. 9 comments

For Black History Month, Someone Thought Harriet Tubman on a Debit Card Throwing Up the 'Wakanda Forever' Salute was Clever

For Black History Month, Someone Thought Harriet Tubman on a Debit Card Throwing Up the 'Wakanda Forever' Salute was Clever

You know... maybe we should all just go back to celebrating Black History Month by — oh, I don’t know — teaching black history.

Don’t get me wrong; theoretically, there’s nothing wrong with being a little extra during this time by staging elaborate displays meant to celebrate the culture or making special commemorative book covers, license plates and whatnot featuring black images, but since...

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Feb 15, 2020 at 09:00. 2 comments

Close to 66,000 Marijuana Convictions to Be Dismissed in Los Angeles

Close to 66,000 Marijuana Convictions to Be Dismissed in Los Angeles

As we’ve seen over the past few months, one of the benefits of marijuana legalization has been states allowing those previously convicted to have their charges dismissed. Los Angeles County has become the next city to do just that.

According to CNN, approximately 66,000 marijuana convictions will be dismissed as a result of the recent legalization laws. According to the county District...

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Feb 15, 2020 at 08:00. 14 comments

Body Cam Footage Raises Questions Why 6-Year-Old Girl Was Sent to Mental Institution by School

Body Cam Footage Raises Questions Why 6-Year-Old Girl Was Sent to Mental Institution by School

Unfortunately, it’s no secret that black students are disciplined much harsher than their white counterparts. Even knowing that the case of 6-year-old Nadia King is still unusually disturbing.

CBS News reports that the body camera footage of a Duval County sheriff shows that Nadia was completely calm upon her removal from Love Grove Elementary School in Jacksonville, FL. Nadia was removed...

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Feb 15, 2020 at 07:00. 10 comments

Navy Yard Worker Gets 6 Months for Lying About Being A White Nationalist

Navy Yard Worker Gets 6 Months for Lying About Being A White Nationalist

White nationalists are dumb. I don’t think that’s a particularly controversial statement. If you’re going to lie about being a white nationalist on an application to work for the federal government, perhaps don’t post pictures on Facebook proving that you’re a white nationalist.

NBC News reports that Fred Arena, a 41-year-old Navy yard worker, has been sentenced to six months in prison for...

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Feb 15, 2020 at 05:30.

Ladies and Gentlemen, We Present Your 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend Preview

Ladies and Gentlemen, We Present Your 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend Preview

Each year, millions of people forgo Cupid and his machinations to descend upon the NBA’s host city of choice in favor of something we all know and love: NBA All-Star Weekend. Sadly, I won’t be in attendance, but here’s a preview of what’s in store.

Friday: Celebrity Game + Rising Star Challenge

Eerily reminiscent of the MTV Rock & Jock games from yesteryear—minus Queen Latifah embarrassing...

Feb 15, 2020 at 05:00. 13 comments

When Former Mayor 'Stop and Frisk' White Rap Battles President ‘Grab 'Em by the Pussy,’ Hilarity Ensues

When Former Mayor 'Stop and Frisk' White Rap Battles President ‘Grab 'Em by the Pussy,’ Hilarity Ensues

Two grown-ass adult racist billionaires, without one Gucci belt between them, took to Twitter to shoot the dozens (D.C. call it joaning) or white old guy battle rap, which is basically throwing punchlines without rhyming, because they are both racist and petty AF.

President Trump called the racist former mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg—who swears he’s not racist but seems to have several...

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Feb 15, 2020 at 04:15. 16 comments

Bloomberg Is the Real Slim Shady, Warren Says Call Me Maybe and Voters Ask Biden, ‘What Have You Done for Me Lately?’: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 29

Bloomberg Is the Real Slim Shady, Warren Says Call Me Maybe and Voters Ask Biden, ‘What Have You Done for Me Lately?’: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 29

The committee loves Valentine’s Day, not just because it’s an excuse to eat lots of candy and make reservations at places that you never cared about going to so that you actually look like you’ve made an effort because last Valentine’s Day we were waiting in line for hours because you refuse to use NexTable...sorry, I was having a flashback. Anyway, the point is, Valentine’s Day is a time to...

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Feb 15, 2020 at 03:26. 9 comments

The Root's Clapback Mailbag: Valentine's Day Edition

The Root's Clapback Mailbag: Valentine's Day Edition

Every Friday, we clap back at hateful emails, tweets, DMs and comments from our readers. But, since today is the day when we celebrate romance, I thought we should respond to some of our emails that were about love.

Unfortunately, there were none.

So, we’ll just do what we usually do.

Our first letter is probably about this article:

Why They Kneel: Why Don’t Police Kill More White People?

To...

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Feb 15, 2020 at 00:30. 2 comments

Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Moms 4 Housing as Group Continues Fighting for 'Fundamental Right' to Safe, Affordable Shelter

Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Moms 4 Housing as Group Continues Fighting for 'Fundamental Right' to Safe, Affordable Shelter

Alameda County prosecutors dropped charges against the group Moms 4 Housing and its supporters on Thursday, nearly a month after they were forcefully evicted and briefly jailed from the vacant West Oakland home they were squatting in.

“This is the right result; the just result,” EmilyRose Johns, an attorney representing Moms 4 Housing, said in a press release. Johns also called for the sheriff...

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Feb 15, 2020 . 12 comments

LeBron James Surprises 193 Students With Free College Tuition: 'It's Probably the Best Thing I've Ever Done'

LeBron James Surprises 193 Students With Free College Tuition: 'It's Probably the Best Thing I've Ever Done'

While Sallie Mae has never put me in a headlock—I love you too, Air Force!—I’ve heard plenty of horror stories about her wreaking havoc on the bank accounts and mental stability of my peers. But hopefully, students at I Promise School in Akron, Ohio, won’t suffer a similar fate after LeBron James gifted them with four years of free college tuition on Wednesday.

According to CNN, the entire...

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Feb 14, 2020 at 23:30. 10 comments

Rebels of Black History: The Great Escape of Robert Smalls

Rebels of Black History: The Great Escape of Robert Smalls

Editor’s Note: This week, The Root commemorates Black History Month with a series on little-known or forgotten rebels, celebrating black America’s legacy of defiance.

If you, like me, were raised in the American educational system, your education on black history was that Martin Luther King had one speech and George Washington Carver was this close to making a lightsaber out of peanuts. There...

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Feb 14, 2020 at 22:40. 4 comments

Trump Forgot He Lied, Now Admits He Sent Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine to Dig Up Dirt on Bidens

Trump Forgot He Lied, Now Admits He Sent Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine to Dig Up Dirt on Bidens

Trump is out here like a black father who just got his tax returns: You really can’t tell him shit now!

Since his impeachment acquittal, Trump’s so hopped up on Adderall, baby calf blood and Russian whore urine that he’s now telling on himself and he doesn’t even give a fuck!

During a podcast appearance Thursday with former journalist-turned-Fox News anchor Geraldo Rivera—a man whose mustache...

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