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Weekly conversations with writers and editors of TheRoot.com. The Root provides an unflinching examination of political and cultural news through insightful debate and commentary from both established and emerging black thought-leaders. The Root features unvarnished analysis of important issues in the black community and engages anyone looking for diverse viewpoints that are provocative, savvy and smart.

Weekly conversations with writers and editors of TheRoot.com. The Root provides an unflinching examination of political and cultural news through insightful debate and commentary from both established and emerging black thought-leaders. The Root features unvarnished analysis of important issues in the black community and engages anyone looking for diverse viewpoints that are provocative, savvy and smart.
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Washington, DC

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Weekly conversations with writers and editors of TheRoot.com. The Root provides an unflinching examination of political and cultural news through insightful debate and commentary from both established and emerging black thought-leaders. The Root features unvarnished analysis of important issues in the black community and engages anyone looking for diverse viewpoints that are provocative, savvy and smart.

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English

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Episodes

The Confab -- Sept. 18, 2013

10/18/2013
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Akoto Ofori-Atta and Jenee Desmond-Harris chat with Root 100 honoreeDr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler about his work as a scholar, blogger,filmmaker, and social activist. Plus: Exploitation, and the biggestmisunderstandings about transgender issues.

Duration: 00:23:56


The Confab -- Aug. 30, 2013

8/30/2013
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Join Staff Writer Jenée Desmond-Harris, Assistant Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta, and guests Jelani Cobb and Imani Perry as they unpack the most controversial and confusing parts of the president's speech at the March on Washington commemoration.

Duration: 00:23:39


The Confab -- Aug. 15, 2013

8/14/2013
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Join Akoto Ofori-Atta as she chats with Jenée Desmond-Harris and Jozen Cummings about the Kendrick Lamar verse heard all over the internet, the New York mayoral race and how intelligence relates to racism.

Duration: 00:23:56


The Confab -- Aug. 1, 2013

8/1/2013
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Join Staff Writer Jenée Desmond-Harris and Assistant Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta as they chat with NPR 's Gene Demby and the Daily Beast's Jamelle Bouie about Don Lemon's respectability politics-inspired 5-point plan.

Duration: 00:21:39


The Confab -- July 25, 2013

7/24/2013
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Join Assistant Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta as she chats with Staff Writer Jenee Desmond-Harris about how to make sure the "conversation on race" that everyone's calling for doesn't get too far off-track.

Duration: 00:14:56


The Confab -- July 11, 2013

7/10/2013
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Join Staff Writer Jenée Desmond-Harris, Assistant Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta and NPR's Gene Demby about some of the "Race 101" questions we just keep having to answer. Plus: Everything you always wanted to know about the word "cracker."

Duration: 00:26:48


The Confab -- June 20, 2013

6/20/2013
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This week on The Confab: Join Assistant Editor and Social Media Manager Akoto Ofori-Atta, Staff Writer Jenée Desmond-Harris, and Ebony's Miles Marshall Lewis, as we chat about 'Yeesus' and white people with locks.

Duration: 00:29:13


The Confab -- Apr. 12, 2013

4/11/2013
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Join Jenée Desmond-Harris, Akoto Ofori-Atta, Adam Serwer and Jamelle Bouie about "well-intended " race screw-ups in political speeches, songs, and comments about biracial kids. Plus: We unpack Jay-Z's attacks on politicians.

Duration: 00:14:54


The Confab -- Apr. 3, 2013

4/2/2013
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Staff Writer Jene Desmond-Harris chats with Assistant Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta and the Tampa Bay Times' Joel Anderson about The Root's March Movie Madness and Atlanta's standardized testing scandal. Plus: a public service announcement on natural hair.

Duration: 00:08:04


The Confab -- Feb. 27, 2013

2/26/2013
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Assistant editor Akoto Ofori-Atta chats with deputy editor Lauren Williams and staff writer Jenee Desmond Harris about the egregious sexism at this year’s Oscar Awards, The Onion’s Quvenzhane Willis tweet fail, and Trayvon Martin’s one-year anniversary.

Duration: 00:10:22


The Confab -- Feb. 14, 2013

2/13/2013
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The Confab: Join Staff Writer Jenee Desmond-Harris and Assistant Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta as they chat with Demetria Lucas and Ivory Toldson about persistent black marriage myths and unacceptable Valentine's shenanigans.

The Confab -- Feb. 1, 2013

1/31/2013
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Join Staff Writer Jene Desmond-Harris and Assistant Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta as they chat with NPR's Gene Demby and Diverse Issues in Higher Education's Autumn Arnett about black academic achievement, gun control, and the 'racist VW Super Bowl ad.

Duration: 00:12:02


The Confab -- Jan. 9, 2013

1/8/2013
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Join assistant editor Akoto Ofori-Atta, associate editor Brett Johnson, UConn's Jelani Cobb and The Root DC blogger and Urban Cusp founder Rahiel Tesfamariam as they chat about Django, Shawty Lo's new reality show and Nas' place in hip-hop history.

The Root Special Edition -- Tarantino Talks to Gates

12/25/2012
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The Root's editor-in-chief Henry Louis Gates Jr. talks to Quentin Tarantino about his latest film Django Unchained. The celebrated historian and the irreverent director cover Tarantino's use of the n-word and depicting the horrors of slavery on film.

The Confab -- Dec. 19, 2012

12/19/2012
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The Confab: From 2 Chainz and Blue Ivy, to "YOLO" and political Twitter racism, our staff recalls and debates the highs and lows of the past 12 months.

The Confab -- Dec. 12, 2012

12/11/2012
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This week on The Confab: Join Associate Editor Brett Johnson as he chats with Staff Writer/White House Correspondent Jene Desmond-Harris, contributor Gene Demby and PR exec Rachel Noerdlinger about CNN's special on colorism in the black community. * Podcast production by Abdullah Rufus. * Podcast theme music by Timothy Morrison.

Duration: 00:13:07


The Confab -- Nov. 28, 2012

11/27/2012
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Join Jenee Desmond-Harris, with editors Akoto Ofori-Atta, Edward Wyckoff Williams and Hillary Crosley about allegations that coverage of Chris Brown’s latest twitter brawl was racially tinged. Plus: President Obama's responsibility to blacks. * Podcast production by Abdullah Rufus. * Podcast theme music by Timothy Morrison.

Duration: 00:12:41


The Confab -- Nov. 21, 2012

11/20/2012
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The Confab: Join assistant editor Akoto Ofori-Atta, staff writer Jenee Desmond-Harris, associate editor Brett Johnson and contributor Gene Demby as they chat about Mitt Romney’s diversity handicap, black Twitter slang, Rihanna’s failing 777 tour and more. * Podcast production by Abdullah Rufus. * Podcast theme music by Timothy Morrison.

Duration: 00:10:25


The Confab -- Oct. 24, 2012

10/24/2012
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This week: Join assistant editor Akoto Ofori-Atta, associate editor Brett Johnson and staff writer Jene Desmond-Harris as they chat with Root 100 honoree Tamron Hall about getting answers from guests and why she loves ‘Honey Boo Boo.’ * Podcast production by Abdullah Rufus. * Podcast theme music by Timothy Morrison.

Duration: 00:08:05


The Confab -- Oct. 17, 2012

10/16/2012
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Join Staff Writer Jene Desmond-Harris and Associate Editor Brett Johnson as they as they chat with Root 100 honoree Danielle Moodie-Mills about how the mission to expand what it means to be black links her environmental and LGBT advocacy. * Podcast production by Abdullah Rufus. * Podcast theme music by Timothy Morrison.

Duration: 00:08:17

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