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Four new cases of Ebola in Nigeria are related to the infected American who died there

Four new cases of Ebola in Nigeria are related to the infected American who died there

Well, this isn’t good: The World Health Organization reported four new cases of Ebola in Nigeria Friday, all of them among health care workers and others who had contact with American consultant Patrick Sawyer, a spokesman said. “They’re all contacts of Patrick Sawyer,” said Gregory Hartl, a spokesman for the WHO in Geneva. He said all are health […]

Teen arrested in fatal Ga. shooting of boy, 13, in bed

Teen arrested in fatal Ga. shooting of boy, 13, in bed

CARROLLTON, Ga. — A 17-year-old suspect has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a boy while he slept. Malik Davis has been charged with murder in the death of Nizzear Rodriguez, who was shot hours after celebrating his 13th birthday. Police said the suspect’s mother persuaded him to turn himself in to police. Davis […]

Did the Power of the Printed Word Truly Liberate Africa?

Did the Power of the Printed Word Truly Liberate Africa?

This image is part of a weekly series that The Root is presenting in conjunction with theImage of the Black in Western Art Archive at Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute, part of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. In the lush tropical setting of Africa, two groups of well-dressed Europeans sweep in to […]

Ferguson Opened the Door to a Discussion of Black Equality

Ferguson Opened the Door to a Discussion of Black Equality

Suddenly the nation is talking about black equality. It took Molotov cocktails in Ferguson, Mo., to forcefully penetrate our slumbering racial consciousness. Ferguson has become a metaphor for race relations in the 21st century; a signifier for the convergence of poverty, segregation, police brutality, and federal and civic neglect. Most importantly, the Ferguson crisis has […]

Fits the Description: How Checking a Parking Meter Led to a Charge of Bank Robbery

Fits the Description: How Checking a Parking Meter Led to a Charge of Bank Robbery

It was the walk to the car to check the meter and to make sure he didn’t get a ticket that ultimately led to film and TV producer Charles Belk’s six-hour ordeal with police in Beverly Hills, Calif., which included being treated as a suspect in a bank robbery. According to Belk, who took to Facebook to […]

Louisiana school hits Rastafarian teen with ‘unlimited suspension’ over his dreadlocks

Louisiana school hits Rastafarian teen with ‘unlimited suspension’ over his dreadlocks

The ACLU of Louisiana has come to the defense of a Rastafarian boy who has been suspended from school and forbidden to return until he cuts his dreadlocks. The boy was sent home from South Plaquemines High School when classes resumed Aug. 8 because his dreadlocks extended beyond the collar of his shirt, in apparent violation of […]

Cornel West: “He posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency”

Cornel West: “He posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency”

Cornel West is a professor at Union Theological Seminary and one of my favorite public intellectuals, a man who deals in penetrating analyses of current events, expressed in a pithy and highly quotable way. I first met him nearly six years ago, while the financial crisis and the presidential election were both under way, and […]

Levar Lamar Smith: How Would America React to Floyd Mayweather’s Illiteracy If He Were White?

Levar Lamar Smith: How Would America React to Floyd Mayweather’s Illiteracy If He Were White?

Floyd Can’t Read: Transcending the Stereotypes of Black Athletes by Levar Lamar Smith I never had the physical prowess to be an athlete. Although I stand at 6”3 and have a solid build, I preferred to spend my high school years discovering Ed Bullins and August Wilson. For many inner city black male youth either […]

New York Times Receives Backlash for Calling Michael Brown ‘No Angel’

New York Times Receives Backlash for Calling Michael Brown ‘No Angel’

On the day of Michael Brown’s funeral, the New York Times picked the most inappropriate time to lambaste the slain teenager. In the piece chronicling Brown’s last weeks of life, before he was killed by Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson, New York Times writer John Eligon stated that Brown was “no angel” partly because of his […]

EVEN IN LOSS, CHICAGO CELEBRATES LITTLE LEAGUERS

EVEN IN LOSS, CHICAGO CELEBRATES LITTLE LEAGUERS

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago cheered on the hottest sports team in town on Sunday and, for the day at least, it wasn’t a team called the Bears, White Sox, Cubs, Bulls or Blackhawks. The buzz in the nation’s third-largest city was for a group of 11- and 12-year-old boys from Chicago’s South Side who took […]

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