Do you already have a headache from reading various articles that you thought were real—only to be reminded that it’s April Fools’ Day and every shock tweet or news is a whole-ass lie? Well, I hope I can ease your tension with this next lineup from Netflix’s Strong Black Lead! Thankfully, this is not a joke.
This Message Is Brought to You by the Letter ‘D’: Nearly 140 Documentary Filmmakers Call Out PBS for Lack of Diversity in Programming
In news that should surprise no one—because, let’s face it: various publications, platforms, and organizations have been getting aired out for their discriminatory practices, as of late—PBS is getting called to the fire for their lack of diversity and support when it comes to creators of color in their programming.
The 1st Project From Lionsgate/Nikole Hannah-Jones' 1619 Project Deal Will Be a Hulu Docuseries, With Roger Ross Williams Producing
Let’s take you on a trip to memory lane! Back in July 2020, The Root exclusively announced that Nikole Hannah-Jones, Lionsgate, the New York Times and Oprah Winfrey were teaming up in a major content deal to adapt The 1619 Project into a portfolio of films, television programming and other content across studio…
Ryan Coogler, Shaka King and Charles King Talk Judas and the Black Messiah and Its ‘Bittersweet’ History-Making Success
When Ryan Coogler, Shaka King, and Charles King first sat down to discuss the now Oscar-nominated film Judas and the Black Messiah, I’m sure they never imagined the level of buzz it would receive.
It's OK, Y'all, FKA Twigs and Lil Nas X Had 'Gentle, Honest Conversations' About 'Cellophane' and 'Montero' Similarities
I Don’t Know Which Very Smart Brotha Needs to Hear This, but Maxwell’s 'Ascension' Is Actually the Best Song Ever
Before we get into this, let me first start by setting the framework for this entire piece with the wise words of Linnethia Leakes: “I said what I said.”
'You Will Forever Be': Lauren London Writes Tribute to Nipsey Hussle on 2nd Anniversary of His Death
On March 31, 2019, the news of Nipsey Hussle’s (born Ermias Joseph Asghedom) murder shook the entire hip-hop industry and beyond. Wednesday marked two years since the rapper-activist-entrepreneur was shot and killed outside of his Marathon Clothing Company store. He was 33-years-old.
When rapper Drake penned the hook “let’s see what’s boutta happen next” in his latest hit “What’s Next” (that’s currently still sitting in the Billboard Top Ten), I doubt he expected a random woman to pop up outside his home wielding a knife. But that’s exactly what he got.
Gather ‘round, children—it’s storytime! Once upon a time, over a decade ago, when your Auntie Mai was still an avowed New Yorker most at home strolling (and shopping) the streets of Soho, she experienced a celebrity encounter that shook her to the core. If you’re a resident of New York City, you’re well-accustomed to…
Social Distancing With Stacy Adams: Steve Harvey Is Hosting the Isley Brothers Verzuz Earth Wind & Fire
The shine of Steve Harvey’s teeth and the sheen of his mustache are providing the positive energy you may be feeling this week because the comedian-actor has just landed his next hosting gig!
Tomorrow, a clash of massive proportions will hit theater and TV screens in the form of Godzilla vs Kong. Now I love watching giant creatures suplex each other through skyscrapers just as much as the next person, but y’all really expect to believe Kong, king of the simps, can take on the big G?
Oscars 2021: Questlove and Dream Hampton Join Ceremony Production Team; Academy May Compromise on In-Person Nominee Mandate
March is coming to a close, which means next month is the official countdown to the Oscars! Yes, I know that’s weird because typically when March is ending, the Oscars have already come and gone. Anything can happen in a post-2020 world, though!
Will Packer Named 1st-Ever Grand Jury President for 25th Anniversary of the American Black Film Festival
If you’re a Black person entrenched in the film industry in any capacity and have been to the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), you know just how special the sense of community is in comparison to more mainstream (white) festivals. Unfortunately, due to the rise of the global pandemic in 2020, patrons weren’t able…
When composer Daniel Roumain was commissioned to create an original work for “Greenwood Overcomes,” a celebration led by the Tulsa Opera to recognize the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, I’m sure he never thought one lyric would be enough to lose him the commission. Unfortunately, it was.
If you’re a fan of Cam Newton’s eccentric choice of attire, I now present to you a golden opportunity to see him adorned in his Sunday best a little more frequently.
The music and accompanying videos released this week all have one thing in common: they all follow some form of expression and aspiration. Music has always been a way for people–artists and listeners alike–to express and identify with themselves while still inspiring listeners to follow their dreams. Those dreams can…