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At a respectable hour—2:47 p.m. EST on Sunday, to be exact—Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z’s philanthropy and benevolence blessed the world with a performance during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

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The Undefeated and Disney Music Group have released a remix by DJ Diamond Kuts of “Undefeated,” an anthem celebrating the resilience of black female athletes who face opponents on the courts, the playing fields and the track as they battle stereotypes and the weight of racial history. Published by Hollywood Records, “Undefeated” features an all-female […]

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What a difference a year makes! Only 365 days ago, we were celebrating the birth of The Root’s newest baby, a beauty, fashion and women’s empowerment blog coyly titled The Glow Up. A year, one awards season, two Fashion Months (and a Cruise Collection Week) and well over 1,000 posts later, we’re slightly older,…

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Fun fact: The very first article I ever wrote for The Root was titled, “5 Signs You’re About to Be Racially Fetishized.” It was early 2016, and I was a model and musician-turned-relationship-blogger dipping my toe into the shark-infested waters of online dating after reaching the milestone age of 40 as a newly single…

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Over the years, Sanaa Lathan has gifted us with characters who have staying power. More than 18 years after her first film, Love & Basketball, in which she played a character who highlighted gender barriers in basketball, she delivers Violet, a marketing maven who took a razor to her head and found the type of […]

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To prepare for the expected birth of our second child next month, my wife and I are enrolled in one of those new age birthing classes where the bulk of each two-hour-long session is devoted to language and connotation. (“Don’t say birthing canal. Say birthing stream, because streams are calming.”) I am bored out of my…

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For decades, black female athletes have faced criticism, inequality, lack of support and unrealistic societal expectations. Although there has been progress, it hasn’t been enough. “Just because it’s better doesn’t mean it’s fair,” said professional softball player AJ Andrews. “A lot of times they say, ‘You have this. It’s fine.’ ” She noted how unusual […]

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Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis got Twitter abuzz when she made a comment about interracial romance in film.

The post Twitter trolls attack Viola Davis after her comment about interracial romance appeared first on theGrio.

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Glory Edim, 35, is a well-read Black girl and her Well-Read Black Girl community is growing each day.

The post Glory Edim talks about the evolution of the Well-Read Black Girl appeared first on theGrio.

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#BlackVoterPower, 2018 Midterm Election, 2018 Midterms, Black Conservatives, Black Liberals, Black Millennials, Black Women, News, Politics, Top Stories -

As we approach this important midterm election, here are some special words of caution, inspiration and a reminder to the following communities about the importance of their vote.

The post Dear liberals, conservatives, Black folks, and millennials: This midterm message is just for you appeared first on theGrio.

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Every time I hear the chorus to the Mary Mary gospel song “The God in Me,” I can’t help but think of Ntozake Shange. Shange, who died in her sleep Oct. 27 at 70, wrote in her 1975 seminal work: through my tears i found god in myself & i loved her i loved her […]

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“It’s never true that *no one* is talking about a thing. It’s often true that *not enough* people are talking about a thing ...,” anti-violence activist Mariame Kaba recently tweeted from her popular @prisonculture account.

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If you were a colored girl lucky enough (or “enuf,” as she might write) to grow up on the words and work of playwright, performer and author Ntozake Shange, learning of her death at age 70 on Saturday no doubt left you aching. One of the original conjurers of what we now know as “black girl magic” had left the earthly…

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Twitter is apologizing for ignoring the warnings of a woman who appealed to administrators at the social media site to censure a man who appears to have issued an implicit threat on her life. That man turned out to be Cesar Sayoc, who is now in custody for allegedly sending pipe bombs to political figures who had…

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What does it mean to see the world, or at least your little corner of it, threatening to implode and figure out how to carry on living in it? What’s it like to agree a revolution is needed while harboring ambivalence about whether to join it? Three recent works — The Oath, a Hollywood movie, […]

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama is making a major push to reach voters before the fast approaching November 6 midterm elections.

The post Michelle Obama and “When We All Vote” make major push before midterm elections appeared first on theGrio.

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  October means many things: the real start of Fall, a nudge that the holidays are just around the corner and the year is headed toward the finish line. In October, we also see the reemergence of the pink ribbon, a reminder that breast cancer can affect anyone, and the fight to find new treatments […]

The post Breast Cancer Awareness: 6 Critical facts Black women should know appeared first on theGrio.

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With the November 6 midterm elections two weeks away, Black women are demanding their collective seat at the table: as candidates, organizers, fundraisers, and a powerful voting bloc.

The post Black women are galvanizing the vote in the booth and on the ballot in the midterm elections appeared first on theGrio.

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2018 Midterm Elections, @AP, Black Women, Kiah Morris, News, Politics, Racism, Vermont -

Voters in this very liberal, very white state made Kiah Morris a pioneer when in 2014 they elected her as its first black female legislator.

The post The lessons after threats drive a Black legislator to quit appeared first on theGrio.

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Hair has always been  a major topic of discussion in the Black community. The diversity of Black hair has allowed us to explore all types of hairstyles: braids, twists, relaxers, natural hair, wigs, weaves—the whole gamut. In our society, a woman’s choice of hairstyle comes with many misconceptions, for example: if you wear wigs or […]

The post WATCH: Black women dish on the misconceptions of hair and self acceptance appeared first on theGrio.

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A year ago, a line in a piece from Saki Benibo—an assertion also articulated a year before in a tweet from Mela Machinko—inspired me to write something of my own based on that statement. The result (“Straight Black Men Are The White People Of Black People”) was my most read VSB piece of 2017.

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This week at the Congressional Black Caucus‘ 48th Annual Legislative Conference, media maven April Reign stepped into theGrio’s studio to talk about black women in the workplace. In the wake of tennis champ Serena Williams‘ upsetting experience at the U.S. Open, there’s been renewed conversation about the disrespect black women often endure at work, and […]

The post Q&A with April Reign: Serena, diversity, and lessons for Black women in the workplace appeared first on theGrio.

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A black pastor's controversial eulogy at Aretha Franklin's funeral laid bare before the world what black women say they have experienced for generations: sexism and inequality in their houses of worship.

The post For black women at church, it’s more than the Aretha eulogy appeared first on theGrio.

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It’s been a good summer for LeBron James. In the months since his Cleveland Cavaliers lost in the Finals to the Golden State Warriors, James has made international headlines not only by becoming a Los Angeles Laker but also by opening a public elementary school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. His Hollywood revolution will […]

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2018 Midterm Elections, @AP, Black Women, News, Politics -

Meeting on the campus of Jackson State University on a recent Friday afternoon, dozens of black women came together to strategize about the upcoming midterm elections.

The post How black women are organizing to energize voters this fall appeared first on theGrio.

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They said it wouldn’t last, we had to prove them wrong: Fresh off the historic wave of melanated magnificence on September covers around the world, a new crop of black beauties of is greeting us for October, as epitomized by Janet Jackson on the cover of InStyle magazine’s Beauty Issue.

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Ayanna Pressley is all but assured of becoming the first black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts.

The post Ayanna Pressley’s upset another win for fresh Democratic voices appeared first on theGrio.

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GirlTrek, the largest national public health nonprofit and movement for black women and girls, continues to offer a balm in a world that clearly still doesn’t recognize the beauty, badness and innovative brilliance of black women.

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When Oprah Winfrey represented her home state of Tennessee in the Miss Black America pageant in 1971, she was part of a pioneering group of young women daring to define beauty on their own terms. In fact, the pageant, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, was launched in protest of the Miss America pageant,…

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