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Black Thought and Questlove inked a production deal with Universal Television.

The Roots drummer explains his comments on the Australian rapper.


The President and Mrs. Obama have shown their love for black art (and artists)—from poetry and spoken word to actors and singers— throughout this most historic presidency.


After receiving backlash for their choice to include comedian Bill Cosby’s work in one of their inaugural exhibitions, the Smithsonian has decided to feature information about the sexual allegations made against Cosby as part of the exhibit.

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Rich Nichols, the legendary manager and producer behind Hip-Hop/Funk band The Roots, has died after a long battle with leukemia. He was 55 years old. Billboard reports: Nichols, who has been hospitalized in his native Philadelphia for several months, was reportedly taken off life support last night, but was still alive this morning — despite a series of […]


Kanye West just made Ray J more relevant than he’s been in years during a performance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Performing his new single, “Bound 2,” backed by The Roots and Charlie Wilson, West unexpectedly slammed Brandy’s baby brother, of Kardashian sex-tape fame, after years of remaining silent. “Brandy’s little sister lame man […]


Continuing Jimmy Fallon‘s “Music Room” tradition, blue-eyed soul singer Robin Thicke joined the ‘Late Night’ host and house band, The Roots, for a classroom rendition of his chart-topping smash, “Blurred Lines.” Using instruments such as the bongo, xylophone, melodica and maracas — and replacing T.I. with Black Thought, the hilarious jam session has been a […]

NEW YORK — NBC is now checking the songs the Roots play on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” after the band performed an off-color song during Michele Bachmann’s show appearance last month. SEE ALSO: Biggest Villains of 2011 Biggest Christmas Toy Fads Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots says now he’s “gotta clear a lot […]

How much can a person say sorry? When do we know that the other person is sincere? The Huffington Post is reporting that Republican Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann was upset after her recent interview with Jimmy Fallon on NBC.   The Roots, played a 1985 Fishbone song titled “Lyin Ass B—-” as Michele Bachmann walked […]

@Questlove is one of our favorite folks to follow on “The Twitters.” But we notice that the normally loquacious Roots drummer has fallen loudly silent on his timeline since Fallon himself apologized to Bachmann for The Roots’ selection of the 1985 Fishbone song “Lyin’ A** B*tch” as her walk-on music. Read this piece here about […]

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — GOP Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann received an apology from an NBC executive after an off-color song was played during her appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s “Late Night,” her spokeswoman said late Wednesday. The Minnesota congresswoman received a personal letter from NBC’s vice president for late night programming, Doug Vaughan, a day […]

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia is showing some brotherly love to hometown band The Roots. See Also: Black Travel: Visit Phoenix, Arizona See Also: Black Travel: Visit Memphis, Tennessee Officials announced Monday that the Grammy-winning hip-hop group will be the subject of a mural in the city. The eight-month project will include a storefront art studio and […]