#BlackPantherChallenge Has Taken the Internet by Storm and Celebrities Are Chipping In

You’re gonna see Black Panther; you’re gonna see Black Panther; everyone gets to see Black Panther!

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Author: Breanna Edwards on The Grapevine, shared by Breanna Edwards to The Root

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Viola Davis: ‘Jim Crow Laws Were in Place…Because We Fell Asleep’

The Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis gives a very passionate and moving speech at the Women’s March in Los Angeles. During her speech Viola shared some very eye opening statists. Viola says “One out of every five women will be sexually assaulted or raped before she reaches the age of 18. That women of color, if they’re raped or sexually assaulted before the age of 18, are 66-percent more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted again. Seventy percent of girls who are sexually trafficked are girls of color. They are coming out of the foster care system, they are coming out of poverty. It is a billion dollar industry. When they go into the sex trafficking business — and they call it a business, trust me — more than likely, they are gang raped.” read more

Speak Your Car’s Language With This $12 Wi-Fi OBD2 Dongle

You’ve heard of Automatic’s smart driving assistant, but if $130 is too rich for your blood, this OBD2 dongle costs over 90% less, connects to any iPhone or Android device over Wi-Fi, and can fulfill many of the same functions using various third party apps.

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Author: Shep McAllister on Kinja Deals, shared by Erica Offutt to The Root

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Lupita Nyong’o Draws from Personal Experience with New Picture Book Project About Colorism

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers announced Thursday that Nyong’o’s picture book,“Sulwe,” will come out next January. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o is working on a picture book.

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers announced Thursday that Nyong’o’s “Sulwe” will come out next January. According to the publisher, the Kenyan actress’ debut book will be a story about “colorism,” the favorable treatment given to people with lighter skin. Sulwe is a 5-year-old girl from Kenya coming to terms with her dark skin. The book’s illustrator is still to be determined.

Nyong’o said in a statement that the book would draw on her own experiences of being “taunted” about her skin. read more

Make Flying Slightly Less Terrible With Our Readers’ Favorite Travel Pillow, Now $8 Off

The Cabeau Evolution was your favorite travel pillow (by a long shot), and you can save 20% on yours today.

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Author: Jillian Lucas on Kinja Deals, shared by Shep McAllister to The Root

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XXXTentacion Blames Biggie and Tupac for Hip-Hop’s Love of Affair with Guns

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It’s not every day that you hear the new generation of rappers break down music from the ’90s, but it’s something that the Florida native XXXTentacion did during a recent interview with DJ Akademiks.

In a newly released clip, you can see the 19-year-old get into a heated debate about who the better rapper was, the Notorious B.I.G. or Tupac Shakur. In the end, he said Biggie was superior due to his lyrics and willingness to be self-deprecating. He also recited a verse from the song “Suicidal Thoughts” to illustrate his point. read more

Virginia Lawmakers Want to Dismantle Their ‘School to Prison Pipeline’

One of Virginia’s newest state delegates is working on a series of bills that would disrupt the “school to prison pipeline” in a state that recently led the country in referring students to the legal system.

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Author: Anne Branigin

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Diddy Talks Owning the Panthers and Importance Of A Black Owned Football Team

Diddy stopped by the Breakfast Club this week and was asked to provide an update on the purchase of the Panthers.

Diddy emphasized he is seriously purchasing the team. Diddy said “It was never about me buying the Panthers, it was always about we. It was always about we need a team. I jumped out there to make sure that they understood that they have to consider some black ownership right now with 80%, 70% of the league being African-American. It’s just time.”

Diddy said he has already taken steps towards this and formed an investment team. read more

Black Gold: Stars Auction Their Golden Globes Gowns for #TimesUp

Everyone’s betting on black in the fight against sexual harassment. On Tuesday morning, Conde Nast Publications—home to Vogue and Vanity Fair—announced it will partner with eBay to auction off some of the gowns and tuxedos the stars wore to the 2018 Golden Globes.

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Author: Veronica Webb on The Glow Up, shared by Maiysha Kai to The Root

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NYC Sets Affordable Homes Record: 24,500 Financed In 2017

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Jasper Hurst, 79, right, show keys he received from Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, after he signed a lease inside his new affordable apartment, Tuesday Jan. 16, 2018, at the Cypress Hills Senior Residences in Brooklyn, New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City created or preserved more than 24,500 affordable homes last year, breaking a record for the nation’s biggest city, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday.

The previous record was just over 23,100, in 1989.

De Blasio, a Democrat re-elected last year, has made affordable housing a centerpiece of his two mayoral campaigns. He promoted the milestone at the Cypress Hills Senior Residences in Brooklyn.

The city invested more than $1 billion in affordable apartments last year. The effort mostly preserved affordable homes — over 17,300 of them. Another 7,200 new ones were created. read more

Can We Talk About How a Woman With the World’s Whitest Name Pretended Not to Know That Norway Is White?

Admittedly, there are times when witnessing the audacity of caucasity in its full splendor that there’s nothing left to do but marvel at it. Perhaps, if you’re feeling particularly magnanimous, you can even appreciate it. Not because of what it does but because that level of confidence and performative obliviousness…

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Author: Damon Young on Very Smart Brothas, shared by Damon Young to The Root

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‘The City Needs Our Voice’: New Jersey Educator, Activist Declares Run for City Council Seat

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Activist Zellie Imani is a school teacher in Paterson, N.J. known for his work with the Black Lives Matter movement. (Image courtesy of Zellie Imani)

New Jersey activist and community organizer Zellie Thomas announced his bid for an at-large city council seat in Paterson on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Thomas, better known as Zellie Imani, is now among 12 other candidates gunning for three available seats on the council, The Paterson Times reported. Pulling from his local activism and leadership within Black Lives matter, Thomas is working to spark a political revolution in the city of Paterson.

“I am a believer. I believe in people,” he said in an emailed statement. “I believe in the community. I believe in our desire to live and work in safe and healthy neighborhoods. I know, though, that many have long since stopped believing because of empty or broken promises.” read more

White House Doctor: President Trump is Overweight and Has High Cholesterol, But His Mental Health is Fine

White House doctor Ronny Jackson, the white doctor with the inherently black name, conducted the president’s physical late last week conducted a full-on question and answer period with the press to address how physically fit and awesome the president believes himself to be.

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Author: Stephen A. Crockett Jr.

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This White Woman’s Absolute Glee About Trump Saying What ‘We’ Were All Thinking Will Blow You Away

A video surfaced on Facebook of a white woman who can’t seem to contain her joy as she praises President Donald Trump for his alleged comments about “sh*thole countries.” All while having a blackboard above her refrigerator that calls for being humble, smart, grateful and positive.

The unidentified woman finds Trump to be a breath of fresh air because he says things you’d otherwise say “amongst your family, your friends and he just freaking comes right out and says it. I love this man.” read more

Bundle Up On the Cheap With Uniqlo’s Ultra Light Down Sale

Get your winter apparel in order with down for $60 and under at Uniqlo. Pick up their down vest for just $40, for men and women, or opt for a full outerwear with their classic Ultra Light Down Jacket for $60, both men and women as well. There are even a handful of hooded down parkas for $40, if you hurry.

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Author: Shep McAllister on Kinja Deals, shared by Shep McAllister to The Root

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