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June, 2016


Bill Clinton Speaking at Muhammad Ali’s Funeral Is the Corporate Co-Optation of an Icon

In life, and now in death, Muhammad Ali cut a swashbuckling, larger-than-life figure. Three days of celebration for Ali will culminate in a public funeral service led by former President Bill Clinton Friday in Louisville, Ky., representing an ironic high point in the nation’s relationship with black radicalism. A black power icon and anti-war hero being eulogized by a draft-dodging ex-president offers a perfect example of the dominant neoliberal philosophy that seeks to co-opt and mainstream symbols of defiance and dissent. You can’t rehabilitate a revolutionary, but you can turnRead More

How Do I Research My Kin’s Jamaican Origins?

Dear Professor Gates: My great-grandparents migrated from Jamaica. I have everyone’s name but no other information about them. Can you tell me more about their origins and how to research Jamaican ancestors in the 19th century? My great-grandfather was Arthur Ephraim Campbell, born May 20, 1879, in Jamaica. He died April 17, 1936, in Roxbury, Mass. His parents were Stephen Campbell and Agnes Dawson. My great-grandmother was Agnes Eugenia Cover, born May 9, 1884, in St. Catherine’s Parish, Jamaica. She died March 11, 1934, in Roxbury, Mass. Her parents wereRead More

Don’t Ignore That Dull Pain. It Could Be Deadly if It’s a Blood Clot

What begins for hundreds of thousands of Americans as a dull pain in a leg can turn into a life-threatening episode that all too often baffles even their doctors. A blood clot that starts in an extremity may be small, but if it breaks off and travels to your lungs or heart, it can kill you in hours or even minutes. On Saturday, June 11, the National Blood Clot Alliance is holding its annual walk across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City to both raise awareness and funds andRead More

WATCH: Studio Sessions at The Root Featuring Abiah

Abiah is a seasoned artist and a self-proclaimed vocal beast. With his five-and-a-half-octave range (the artist’s voice could practically shatter glass) and pitch-perfect tone, we think he’s worthy of the title. See Also ‘Project Pat’ Buchanan Really Needs to Stop It With This ‘Death of the White Middle Class’ Nonsense 3 Reasons Why Folks Tried to Take Away My Black Card and 1 Reason They’ll Never Get It They’re Called ‘Microaggressions’ but There’s Nothing Small About Them Hip-Hop Has a Woman Problem Abiah and his band took to the StudioRead More

5 Things We Know Obama and Bernie Sanders Didn’t Talk About at Their White House Meeting

Bernie Sanders and President Barack Obama held a meeting in the White House Thursday morning that virtually signaled the end of Sanders’ campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. After crushing defeats in Tuesday’s primaries, especially California’s, the White House meeting was the first in a likely series of talks to ease tensions and egos between rivals Hillary Clinton and Sanders before laying the groundwork for the fall. While both Sanders and Obama gave statements soon after the meeting (more on that later), the exact details of the conversation were notRead More

Va. Woman Dies After Being Stabbed by a Wind-Blown Beach Umbrella

A Chester, Va., woman has died of injuries suffered after being stabbed in the chest by a beach umbrella that was caught up in the wind, WTKR reports. Virginia Beach police responded to emergency calls just after 5 p.m. Wednesday after being notified about a woman in cardiac arrest. The woman, identified as 55-year-old Lottie Michelle Belk, was taken to a local hospital but died from her injuries. According to the report, the beach umbrella had been anchored, but a particularly strong gust of wind on the oceanfront blew itRead More

President Barack Obama Endorses Hillary Clinton for President: ‘I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office’

President Barack Obama has officially weighed in on the 2016 presidential election, appearing in a video announcing his support for presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. In a video that Clinton posted to her campaign website and YouTube page, the president praises Clinton for her hard work and dedication. “I know how hard this job can be. That’s why I know HIllary will be so good at it,” Obama says. “I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office. She’s got the courage, the compassion and the heartRead More

Fla. Teen, 9-Year-Old Save Unsupervised 3-Year-Old From Drowning in Pool

Two young people in Florida are being hailed as heroes after preventing what could have been a tragic summer accident. Surveillance footage captured the frightening moment when an unsupervised 3-year-old girl almost drowned at a community pool, WKMG reports. The girl is seen going into the pool at Timber Trace Apartments in Titusville last Friday and trying to swim before beginning to struggle. She eventually slips underwater, where she remains for more than two minutes. “You can see in the pool, people are around this young girl and she goesRead More

‘Project Pat’ Buchanan Really Needs to Stop It With This ‘Death of the White Middle Class’ Nonsense

When it comes to the subgenre of punditry best described as “crotchety, delusional conservative white man,” Pat Buchanan has long been its shining star. To Buchanan’s credit, he’s been consistently curmudgeonly about America’s shifting demographics for decades. In 1992 Buchanan infamously spoke of a “culture war” plaguing the United States during a speech at that year’s Republican convention. In Buchanan’s mind, the Democratic Party represented a bunch of abortion-loving, feminism-peddling, “homosexual rights”-advocating deviants. His answer to the crowd was that “we must take back our cities and take back ourRead More

Chicago Man Who Filed Lawsuit Against Cops for $15,000,000 Arrested on Murder Warrant

Dominiq Greer of the Englewood section of Chicago had just wrapped up a Wednesday news conference where he announced a $15 million federal lawsuit after being shot seven times by Chicago police two years ago. As Greer sat waiting for a ride from the news conference, he was instead picked up by police and arrested on a murder warrant, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. “I had no clue,” his lawyer, Eugene Hollander, told the news site. “It’s definitely a surprise to me. He was going to grab an Uber back homeRead More