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The Root DC Live: October, 2012

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 10/08/2012

‘American Dad’: One of the most sophisticated mainstream shows on African American culture

Gags on shows like ‘South Park’ and ‘Family Guy’ rely on stereotypes, but black cultural references are central to ‘American Dad’s’ DNA.

By Lauren McEwen  |  10:11 AM ET, 10/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/05/2012

The Other Believers: Shirley Woodard, a black Nichiren Shoshu buddhist

Shirley Woodard has practiced Buddhism since 1974. She is a Koto (chapter leader) with the Nichiren Shoshu Temple - Myosyneji Templein Silver Spring.

By Erin Williams  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 10/04/2012

Things to do in the District, Maryland and Virginia Oct. 4-11

Robin Thicke will perform at DAR Constitution Hall on Oct. 6 at 8 p.m.

By Jillian S. Sowah  |  09:55 AM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/04/2012

The Other Believers: John Crestwell, a black Unitarian Universalist

Meet John Crestwell. He is the minister of outreach leadership and evangelism at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis.

By Erin Williams  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/01/2012

The Other Believers: Patricia Gore, a black Scientologist

Meet Patricia Gore, the director of community relations for the Washington Church of Scientology. In a five-part series,The Root DC explores the lives of African Americans who are not a part of historically black religions.

By Erin Williams  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 09/28/2012

Basketball Wives LA: Season 2, episode 3

On this episode, Malaysia teaches us about street code, Jackie plans her seventeenth wedding, and Draya gives Gloria a poll dancing lesson.

By M.T. Wiseman  |  05:14 PM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 09/28/2012

Liberian turns cooking oil into inspiring business

Q & A|Kabeh Sumbo talked with The Root DC about the text message that changed her life and empowering other women who hope to follow in her footsteps.

By Erin Williams  |  02:53 PM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 09/28/2012

Giant in Clinton is packing it in

Clinton residents are angry that a staple is leaving their neighborhood.

By Sonsyrea Tate Montgomery  |  02:02 PM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 09/28/2012

Bell on Barack: Comedian W. Kamau Bell tells you what Obama is thinking

Comedian W. Kamau Bell explains the difference between what Barack Obama says and what he thinks.

By W. Kamau Bell  |  11:10 AM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 09/28/2012

Obama’s anger translator, ‘remixing’ the Emmys and boosting black graduation rates: This Week in Black Awesomeness

Lauren McEwen on Obama’s anger translator, ‘remixing’ the Emmys and boosting black graduation rates.

By Lauren McEwen  |  10:53 AM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 09/28/2012

Uber: When cabs whiz by, it’s a pick-me-up

If taxi cabs want more customers, they should pick up more passengers and ride to more neighborhoods.

By Clinton Yates  |  09:30 AM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 09/27/2012

Things to do in the District, Maryland and Virginia Sept. 27-Oct. 3

Tennis star Venus Williams and R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn celebrate the groundbreaking of the new City Center Project in Seat Pleasant Sept. 29.

By Jillian S. Sowah  |  02:30 PM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 09/27/2012

Michael Ealy’s ‘Unconditional’ sheds light on the cradle to prison pipeline

The film starring Michael Ealy sheds light on the cradle-to-prison pipeline and fatherless households.

By Rahiel Tesfamariam  |  09:50 AM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 09/26/2012

Lil Wayne’s deposition: Is he the most arrogant rapper?

The New Orleans rapper shows his cocky side while being grilled by a lawyer in June.

By Delece Smith-Barrow  |  02:21 PM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 09/26/2012

‘Won’t Back Down’: My life on film

My mom and I, who traversed a rocky educational landscape, attended the movie screening together.

By Jason A. Jackson  |  12:03 PM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 09/25/2012

HBCUs, which play a vital role in minority education, need more funding

OPINION | Historically black colleges and universities serve an essential role in minority education.

By Ann-Marie Adams  |  12:45 PM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 09/25/2012

Riding on two wheels to a healthier life: 32 before 32

I never biked to work until today. It was scary, but empowering.

By Leilah Reese  |  12:24 PM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 09/24/2012

As Redskins fall to Bengals, hope still springs for RGIII among tailgaters

The RGIII Chronicles: It was his homecoming day, and tailgaters were ready for some football.

By Carl Little  |  01:38 PM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 09/21/2012

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation president leaving at end of term

Elsie Scott, president and chief executive of the group, has helped turn the organization into one of the most notable nonprofits in Washington in the past five years

By Erin Williams  |  02:56 PM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 09/21/2012

D.C. fashion: Will it ever be recognized as a national player in the industry?

The D.C. Fashion Foundation, Fashionably Business program and D.C. Fashion Week are giving designers the skills to make it in the nation’s capital and bigger cities.

By Lauren McEwen  |  01:46 PM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 09/21/2012

D.C. Fashion Week: How Washington Does Street Style

D.C. is in full stylish swing this week.

By Andrea Browne  |  01:33 PM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 09/21/2012

Congressional Black Caucus’s double standard: Cleaver says Obama’s blackness trumps his record

OPINION| Congressional Black Caucus chairman says the president’s blackness trumps his record.

By Crystal Wright  |  01:21 PM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 09/21/2012

Mitt Romney’s America: Makers vs. takers

OPINION| GOP nominee’s inelegant language was not a gaffe, nor a misspoken phrase. It is a state of mind.

By Barbara Reynolds  |  09:11 AM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  presidential politics, politics

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 09/21/2012

Derrick Rose, Denzel and retired gangsters: this week in Black Awesomeness

Check out how Derrick Rose is on the road to recovery and yes, Denzel Washington is still handsome.

By Lauren McEwen  |  09:07 AM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 09/21/2012

NBA all-star Dwyane Wade takes being a single dad to center court in ‘A Father First’

In his new book, the NBA all-star explains what it means to be a father to his two sons, Zaire and Zion.

By Erin Williams  |  09:03 AM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 09/20/2012

Mitt Romney’s ‘Invisible’ America

By lumping millions of nameless Americans under one “entitlement” umbrella, Romney proved that race and class continue to render millions of hard-working people invisible in this country.

By Rahiel Tesfamariam  |  01:19 PM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:31 PM ET, 09/19/2012

Sick of Chris Brown? Use Chris Brownout

New Google Chrome app allows users to “scrub the internet” of the singer

By Lauren McEwen  |  10:31 PM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 09/19/2012

Things to do in the District, Maryland and Virginia Sept. 19-27

Don’t miss the National Book Festival. This year it features an exciting crop of internationally acclaimed authors, including Philip Roth and Mario Vargas Llosa. The festival takes place Sept. 22 and 23 at the National Mall.

By Jillian S. Sowah  |  05:02 PM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 09/19/2012

Congressional Black Caucus: What to do at the 2012 legislative conference

Learn about new voter identification laws sweeping the country and hear from journalist Melissa Harris-Perry and rapper-turned-author MC Lyte. Michelle Obama will deliver the keynote address at an awards dinner Saturday.

By Huda Mu’min  |  12:32 PM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 09/19/2012

Prostate cancer discriminates: Understanding the unique and urgent needs of black men

OP-ED| More attention needs to be paid to eliminating the largest racial disparity for any type of major cancer. 

By Thomas Farrington  |  09:48 AM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:53 PM ET, 09/18/2012

Basketball Wives LA: Season 2, episode 2

RECAP| On this episode of Basketball Wives L.A., Jackie apologizes, Gloria gloats and Draya schools us on the hierarchy of butt modeling.

By M.T. Wiseman  |  08:53 PM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 09/18/2012

Shirley Sherrod pens new memoir ‘The Courage to Hope’

Two years after being ousted from the USDA, Sherrod is telling her side of the story in “The Courage To Hope”.

By Erin Williams  |  01:27 PM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 09/18/2012

(Almost) defeated by a dress size: 32 before 32

I know the scale won’t lie, but I’d love it if dresses at Nordstrom Rack would at least humor me.

By Leilah Reese  |  09:27 AM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 09/17/2012

Freeman Hrabowski wins 2012 Heinz Award for Human Condition

President of UMBC will give prize money to university.

By Lauren McEwen  |  04:07 PM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 09/17/2012

Congressional Black Caucus: After Amber Stanley and Marckel Norman Ross, a time to rally for change

OPINION| There’s no better time than this week, during the Congressional Black Caucus’s annual legislative conference, to devise a plan that dramatically reduces crime and violence in the black community.

By Alfonzo Porter  |  03:01 PM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 09/17/2012

Griffin and Redskins suffer their first setback

The RGIII Chronicles| Redskins fans have been giddy about their star in the making. Then came Sunday’s loss.

By Carl Little  |  02:35 PM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 09/17/2012

Virginia’s misguided new school standards

OP-ED| By making race the sole predictor of future performance, Virginia’s new education standards are neglecting the most significant factor in a student’s likelihood to succeed: family income.

By Kenneth Campbell  |  09:02 AM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 09/14/2012

Chicago teacher’s strike is long overdue

Opinion| The backlash against the teachers in Chicago illustrates how we undervalue teachers and our children’s public school education in America.

By Etan Thomas  |  05:05 PM ET, 09/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 09/14/2012

Virginia’s new school standards: A wake-up call for black families

Some say the state’s new standards smack of racism. When are we going lay these antiquated arguments to rest?

By Alfonzo Porter  |  11:02 AM ET, 09/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 09/14/2012

American Education Think Tank: Crossing the Rubicon

OP-ED| And after decades of following the same worn road toward education, it’s past time to do more than reform education. It’s time to re-envision.

By Bobby Austin  |  10:24 AM ET, 09/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 09/14/2012

Union Market should offer a serving of how to live better

THE ROOT DC | There’s work to do to make the Union Market live up to its namesake: Unity.

By Clinton Yates  |  08:29 AM ET, 09/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:23 PM ET, 09/13/2012

Serena Williams, Angela Davis and W. Kamau Bell: This week in Black Awesomeness

Hollywood power couple Will and Jada Smith team up with rapper Jay-Z to produce new Angela Davis documentary, “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners”.

By Lauren McEwen  |  09:23 PM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:44 PM ET, 09/13/2012

Tupac’s ‘Thug Life’, white -washed Jesus and the black church

Sixteen years after Tupac’s death, I’m left thinking about the resonance we found in a self-proclaimed thug and how the black church has lost its ability to relate to a younger generation.

By Rahiel Tesfamariam  |  05:44 PM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 09/13/2012

Gay marriage debate: Why did Harry Jackson pull out of the scheduled Howard University forum?

Bishop Harry Jackson was invited to debate Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver, the on the topic of same sex marriage

By Hamil Harris  |  02:05 PM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 09/13/2012

‘Basketball Wives LA’: Season 2 Opener

Basketball Wives LA returned Monday night. For those of you who missed last season, it’s like a diet version of the original Basketball Wives. Less calories, but it will still likely give you diabetes.

By M.T. Wiseman  |  01:24 PM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 09/13/2012

Chris Brown’s neck tattoo: His lack of self awareness is hurting Team Breezy

Chris Brown can’t seem to stop polarizing his fans.

By Michael Livingston II  |  01:10 PM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:42 PM ET, 09/12/2012

Saving Pr. George’s youths: Rallying the troops

Prince George’s County civic associations, churches and community organizations have the capacity – and hopefully the compassion – to help and to heed their children’s needs for safety.

By Sonsyrea Tate Montgomery  |  06:42 PM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 09/12/2012

D.C. Fashion Week: Executive director Ean Williams on what to expect, the impact of fashion bloggers

Ean Williams, executive director of D.C. Fashion Week, on what to expect from this season’s events.

By Andrea N. Browne  |  10:40 AM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 09/11/2012

Chicago teachers’ strike: Demanding dignity and respect

After more than a decade of assaults on teachers through the national media, the time to fight back is at hand.

By Alfonzo Porter  |  03:53 PM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 09/11/2012

Keeping calories in check while munching on roti in St. Croix

I could rock climb and swim, but I could not resist eating roti and rice.

By Leilah Reese  |  09:52 AM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 09/10/2012

RGIII: Redskins stop Saints in Superdome

For Redskins fans at a downtown sports bar, Sunday was a day to honor a new generation of black quarterback leading the burgundy and gold.

By Carl Little  |  05:09 PM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 09/07/2012

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson becomes real-life crime fighter: This week in Black Awesomeness

The Rock stops a real robbery while on the set of his new movie, and Jill Scott gives Essence an ultimatum.

By Lauren McEwen  |  06:32 PM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 09/07/2012

President Obama: Why I’m voting for him — as a Christian

While I can understand why many Christians are now finding their Democratic Party affiliation at odds with their faith, my decision to cast a vote for Barack Obama on election day has yet to waver.

By Rahiel Tesfamariam  |  02:23 PM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 09/07/2012

President Obama: Why I’m sticking by him

Commentary| Watching the president’s speech last night gave me a sense that he’s going to do everything he can to make sure the next four years will be the fulfillment of his lofty dream.

By David Bowers  |  12:59 PM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 09/07/2012

President Obama: Why I’m sticking by him

Commentary| Watching the President’s speech last night gave me a sense that he’s going to do everything he can to make sure the next four years will be the fulfillment of his lofty dream.

By David Bowers  |  12:39 PM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:22 AM ET, 09/07/2012

MTV Video Music Awards 2012: Fashion hits and misses for black stars

A roundup of who wore it best, and who needs a new stylist.

By Andrea N. Browne  |  07:22 AM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/07/2012

Local poet Clint Smith performs on spoken-word series ‘Verses & Flow’

Clint Smith, the 2012 Graffiti DC Grand Slam champion, will be featured on the TV One show on Sept. 10 at 11 p.m.

By Michael Livingston II  |  07:00 AM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 09/06/2012

Nike, LeBron X and sneakerheads: Dying to be fresh

A week ago a 19-year-old in New York was killed over money for Nike sneakers. I’m tired of kids dying to be fresh.

By Stephen A. Crockett Jr.  |  03:51 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 09/06/2012

President Obama’s speech at the DNC: Where to find watch parties in Prince George’s County

Barry Fletcher’s Hair Palace in Mitchellville and Busboys & Poets in Hyattsville are just a few places hosting DNC watch parties in the county.

By Sonsyrea Tate Montgomery  |  02:36 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:51 PM ET, 09/05/2012

Obama, the Democratic National Convention and African Americans: Talking loud and saying nothing

The opening night of the Democratic National Convention was full of sparkle but short on substance

By Raynard Jackson  |  06:51 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:59 PM ET, 09/05/2012

Residents across the Washington area moved by Michelle Obama’s speech at the DNC

From senior citizens to young couples, many residents of the District and its suburbs were touched by the first lady’s words at the DNC.

By Hamil R. Harris  |  05:59 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dnclive

Posted at 06:42 PM ET, 09/04/2012

A letter to Mitt Romney: We made a commitment four years ago, and we will see Obama through

You asked if we are better off now than we were four years ago. Some African American women in Prince George’s County say, “Yes.”

By Sonsyrea Tate Montgomery  |  06:42 PM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dnclive

Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 09/04/2012

Al Sharpton at the DNC: ‘If we party in Charlotte . . . the Republicans could be partying in November’

Sharpton says Democrats should be wary of complacency.

By Hamil Harris  |  05:32 PM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dnclive

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 09/04/2012

Love & Hip-hop: Atlanta Reunion, Part 2

Erica gets a ring, and viewers learn how absent mothers played a role in the Joseline-Mimi-Stevie love triangle.

By Lauren McEwen  |  03:25 PM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 09/04/2012

Advice on staying healthy when the beach bar is close

My trip to St. Croix is coming up, but I won’t let mixed drinks, ice cream and roti ruin my progress.

By Leilah Reese  |  11:34 AM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 09/04/2012

Rethinking the achievement gap: Lessons from the African diaspora

OP-ED | The success of first- and second-generation Caribbean and West Indian immigrants can provide clues for our approach to education.

By Curtis Valentine  |  11:20 AM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 09/04/2012

Nicki Minaj’s ode to Mitt Romney: A perfect combination of what commercial hip-hop has become

The female rapper’s shout-out is just another example of how hip-hop artists excel in making people laugh out loud.

By Clinton Yates  |  10:37 AM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 08/31/2012

Why Mimi Faust needs to stop succumbing to a victimhood mentality

According to Mimi Faust of “Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta,” all women are victims of men’s inability to be faithful. She’s wrong to suggest that her situation is out of her control.

By Rahiel Tesfamariam  |  04:43 PM ET, 08/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 08/31/2012

Romney and the RNC: A week of hurt feelings for minority voters

Recent actions off stage in Tampa demonstrate why many African Americans are saying good riddance to the RNC and looking forward to Charlotte.

By Barbara Reynolds  |  03:20 PM ET, 08/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 08/31/2012

All swagged out

The “swaggerjacking” story hit a nerve, lit a fuse, created more stories about gentrification then I ever intended.

By Stephen A. Crockett Jr.  |  12:32 PM ET, 08/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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