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A Look Back at the Reaction to 'Straight Black Men Are the White People of Black People' a Year Later A Look Back at the Reaction to 'Straight Black Men Are the White People of Black People' a Year Later

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.

'R-E-S-P-E-C-T': Aretha Created a Women’s Anthem Out of a Song Written for a Man

If you grew up a lover of soul music, you know that today, Aug. 16, 2018, is a day to honor the memory of the undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who died on Thursday at age 76 of pancreatic cancer.

Good News: The Ms. Foundation Is Making a Major Investment in Women of Color Good News: The Ms. Foundation Is Making a Major Investment in Women of Color

Finally, some good news to come out of Black Women’s Equal Pay Day: On Tuesday, the Ms. Foundation for Women announced a new strategic plan (PDF) which “will route $25 million to grassroots organizations led by, or serving, women and girls of color over the next five years in an effort to improve outcomes for all…

Yes, Yara! Yara Shahidi Covers June Issue of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia Yes, Yara! Yara Shahidi Covers June Issue of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia

Now, this is what we call pretty in pink: Perennial fave Yara Shahidi looks poised to take flight on the cover of June’s Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, wearing powder-pink-feathered Chanel, with her glorious curls teased to voluminous perfection by go-to stylist Nai’vasha Johnson.

It Was a Glorious Night for #BlackGirlMagic at the Ms. Foundation Gloria Awards It Was a Glorious Night for #BlackGirlMagic at the Ms. Foundation Gloria Awards

If the future is female, what of the present? Former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue and now Black-ish writer and Ms. Foundation Gloria Awards honoree, Elaine Welteroth says, “As millennial women, we exist in this interesting intersection between the past and the future and we bridge generations. On one side, you have…

Meeting in the Ladies’ Room: Tracee Ellis Ross to Interview Michelle Obama at United State of Women Meeting in the Ladies’ Room: Tracee Ellis Ross to Interview Michelle Obama at United State of Women

Here’s a conversation we don’t want to miss: Black-ish actress and all-around brilliant bae Tracee Ellis Ross will interview our forever first lady, Michelle Obama, this Saturday, May 5, at the United State of Women Summit at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles—and we officially know how we’re spending this weekend.

The Fire This Time: Tracee Ellis Ross Speaks on the Power of Female Fury The Fire This Time: Tracee Ellis Ross Speaks on the Power of Female Fury

Death by a thousand cuts. A thousand micro (and macro) aggressions, a thousand dismissals, a thousand violations, both overt and oblivious. A thousand subtle—and not-so-subtle—ways in which women all over the world are told they don’t matter, that our bodies, autonomy and feelings don’t matter.

Women Write the World in All the Women in My Family Sing

Women’s History Month may have ended for the year, but women are still making history all over the world. To elevate and celebrate these all-too-often underrepresented voices, editor, activist and philanthropist Deborah Santana harnessed the talents of 69 diverse women writers for a new anthology, All the Women in My…

Watch: Who Is Feminism For?

For Women’s History Month, Jezebel and The Root are partnering for JezeRoot, a series that focuses on women of color, domestic workers and sex workers.

Eloquent Rage: Brittney Cooper Knows the Beauty of the ‘Angry Black Woman’ Eloquent Rage: Brittney Cooper Knows the Beauty of the ‘Angry Black Woman’

Author, intellectual and educator Brittney Cooper is a Black Feminist; capital “B,” capital “F.” It’s a distinction so important it’s the title of a chapter in her latest book, a groundbreaking work titled Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower, out now on St. Martin’s Press.

Make Money Moves: Some of the World’s Most Successful Women Want You to Know Your Worth Make Money Moves: Some of the World’s Most Successful Women Want You to Know Your Worth

Seventy-nine cents on the dollar: That’s the number we’ve become accustomed to hearing when discussing the gender wage gap. But grim as it is, further research has revealed that that number applies only to the wage discrepancy for white women. Despite now being the most educated population in America, black women earn…

Find 100 Ways: Wondering How to Help Women? Broadly Built Us a Whole List Find 100 Ways: Wondering How to Help Women? Broadly Built Us a Whole List

Each year on March 8—including last Thursday—the world celebrates International Women’s Day. The holiday dates back to 1911 and is the origin of Women’s History Month, which we also celebrate in March and which The Root is celebrating in tandem with our sister site Jezebel.

#FearlessFriday: Symone Sanders Speaks Truth to Power ... in Her Own Signature Style #FearlessFriday: Symone Sanders Speaks Truth to Power ... in Her Own Signature Style

Symone Sanders loves a good rant—which is great, because we love a good rant from Symone Sanders. The political strategist, former press secretary for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and current CNN commentator has become well-known for her show-stealing, straight-shooting, mince-no-words…

Brittney Cooper’s Eloquent Rage and the Lifesaving Power of Homegirls Brittney Cooper’s Eloquent Rage and the Lifesaving Power of Homegirls

The first paragraph of Brittney Cooper’s Eloquent Rage lets us know she’s not playing with or scared of you motherfuckers:

Red Lip Theology: Yes, Progressive Church Girls Do Exist Red Lip Theology: Yes, Progressive Church Girls Do Exist

Currently, I am navigating a depressive episode. While I have access to the resources (therapy, medicine, communal support) to ensure my wellness, living with depression can be difficult. The triggers come fast, and when it hits, all you can do is ride the wave. But while I was talking to one of my best friends this…

This Is How You Use Your Privilege: How Jessica Chastain Helped Octavia Spencer Earn Her Worth This Is How You Use Your Privilege: How Jessica Chastain Helped Octavia Spencer Earn Her Worth

Golden Globe-winning actress Jessica Chastain is well-known as one of the most vocal women in Hollywood when it comes to demanding equity, insisting that she be paid on par with her male co-stars. As she told Newsweek in 2017:

Fighting in Style: Fashion Helps Us Do the Right Thing Fighting in Style: Fashion Helps Us Do the Right Thing

Fashion has always been a frontline method of communication for me; it’s one of the ways I telegraph my mood, my power and my place in the world. And fashion was one of the many weapons used by women during the 2018 Women’s March, where marchers were clad in everything from baby booties to jackboots.

Acting at the Intersection: Lupita Nyong’o Speaks to The Glow Up

If you’ve followed Lupita Nyong’o’s career since her breakthrough Oscar-winning role in 12 Years a Slave, you know she’s more than an ingenue—or four-time Vogue cover model. The Yale-educated actress, writer, producer and director is the product of a highly artistic, academic and political upbringing, and has long…

The Black Woman’s Tale: Why Margaret Atwood’s Espousal of White Feminist Beliefs Shouldn’t Surprise You The Black Woman’s Tale: Why Margaret Atwood’s Espousal of White Feminist Beliefs Shouldn’t Surprise You

2018 is off to a pretty interesting start. At the conclusion of the painful year that was 2017, various women of assorted celebrity backgrounds assembled to simultaneously weaponize their privilege and latch onto the momentum and resurgence of Tarana Burke’s “Me Too” movement. This gave birth to a new movement on Jan.…

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