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Eyelash Extensions Are a Gorgeous, Frivolous, Expensive Habit That I Can't Keep Up Eyelash Extensions Are a Gorgeous, Frivolous, Expensive Habit That I Can't Keep Up

The Lord blessed me with a lot of thick, curly hair that can go from Teenie Weenie Afro short, to all the way to the middle of my back long. But what I did not get blessed with was much in the ways of eyelashes. Sure, they’re “there” and they’re thick, but they’re very short and not that interesting to look at. For…

How I Finally Learned to (Sort of) Stop Hitting Myself

As I often tell people, what got me to finally get my life together (of sorts) was not me. I wish I was enough, but alas, for me, as I’ve demonstrated time and time again, I am not. The first time I pulled it together out of the darkness of bipolar disorder was for my family—specifically my parents—because I didn’t…

The Ms. Foundation for Women Goes for a Welcome Laugh in Aggressively Unfunny Times The Ms. Foundation for Women Goes for a Welcome Laugh in Aggressively Unfunny Times

A long time ago (2016), in a land similar to our own but very different (pre-Trump America), comedy was about the absurd. Presidents were fun to make fun of because they were confined by the stature of the office. It was fun to imagine how they would be if they were a more extreme version of their staid selves. It’s…

So, What's Marijuana Got to Do With It? So, What's Marijuana Got to Do With It?

In a search affidavit that we apparently know all the contents of, we now know that the police apparently found some marijuana—about .37 ounces—in Botham Jean’s apartment after he was shot by Dallas police officer Amber Guyger.

From Get-Out-the-Vote to Respectability Politics, Aretha Franklin's Homegoing Was a Dramatic, Political Affair From Get-Out-the-Vote to Respectability Politics, Aretha Franklin's Homegoing Was a Dramatic, Political Affair

DETROIT—A stage is a stage, even when it’s a church and the performance is a marathon of a funeral. Clocking in at more than nine hours long for those who showed up at 8:30 a.m. Friday morning to view her body, perhaps Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul and daughter of Detroit, wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Dear Mariah and Shades on Luke Cage ... I Love You, but 'OMG Please Stop!'  Dear Mariah and Shades on Luke Cage ... I Love You, but 'OMG Please Stop!' 

Unlike everyone else in the world, I didn’t watch all of season 2 of Luke Cage until this weekend. So that meant I didn’t get to be thoroughly and properly freaked out by this season’s “It” couple, Mariah Stokes Dillard (Alfre Woodard) and Hernan “Shades” Alvarez (Theo Rossi), until June 30, a full week after everyone…

A List of Every Stress-Related Illness I’ve Ever Had, Ranked From Horrible to ‘I Think I’m Dying’ A List of Every Stress-Related Illness I’ve Ever Had, Ranked From Horrible to ‘I Think I’m Dying’

When you don’t listen to your body, your body has a way of forcing you to listen. Or at least that’s what my body does, over and over again, from annoying to terrifying effect. When you suffer from stress-induced anxiety, as I do and have since I was a child, you get a host of stress-related illnesses to go with it.

Marvel’s Luke Cage Premiere Party Was Cool and I Was Cool, Too, for Once Marvel’s Luke Cage Premiere Party Was Cool and I Was Cool, Too, for Once

Before I headed to Los Angeles for the BET Awards this weekend, I decided to test my old-person “stay awake” abilities by going to the premiere party for Netflix and Marvel’s Luke Cage series Thursday night before my flight.

Our Hotel Is for the Birds (Literally). Cuh-CAAAAW!

There are literal birds chirping, tweeting and running around our hotel for the BET Awards—the vast Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles, where scenes from the film True Lies were shot.

Artist Nick Cave Teaches Me How to ‘Let Go’ at The Let Go Artist Nick Cave Teaches Me How to ‘Let Go’ at The Let Go

I needed this. That’s what I told myself as I walked into the Park Avenue Armory on Wednesday, June 6, to see the premiere of performance artist Nick Cave’s newest installation: The Let Go.

Cardi B Is a Real Muva on Her New Rolling Stone Cover With Offset Cardi B Is a Real Muva on Her New Rolling Stone Cover With Offset

Rappers are definitely the real rock stars of our era.

Note From the Editor

This Monday, The Root separated from our associate editor, Kirsten West Savali, because of an editorial-standards issue.

Kendrick Lamar Gets His Pulitzer, but It’s Pulitzer Administrator Dana Canedy Who Is a Prize Kendrick Lamar Gets His Pulitzer, but It’s Pulitzer Administrator Dana Canedy Who Is a Prize

There are no acceptance speeches at the Pulitzers. You get your prize. You pose for your photo and you politely exit the stage. Yet there was definitely something different about this year’s award luncheon at Columbia University’s Low Library on Wednesday, where hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar strolled in about 30 or 40…

Queen Sugar and Ava DuVernay Had the Sweetest Garden Party in NYC Queen Sugar and Ava DuVernay Had the Sweetest Garden Party in NYC

First things first: When it comes to Queen Sugar and director Ava DuVernay, I’m a total fan. I am biased. I am prejudiced. I am not objective at all. I love the show she created, which is beautiful and heartfelt. I love the actors who were cast to star in it, who are charming and talented. I love that DuVernay has…

4 Hospitalizations, 3 Diagnoses, 2 Scared Parents and 1 Very Sad Woman 4 Hospitalizations, 3 Diagnoses, 2 Scared Parents and 1 Very Sad Woman

Editor’s note: Until recently, mental health and illness were taboo subjects in the black community. But thanks to the efforts of those brave enough to speak on it, that’s changing. In that vein, The Root team is taking this week during Mental Health Awareness Month to write about how mental health has touched our…

Dominate Dominate

I wanted to believe it didn’t mean anything.

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