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The Confab -- Sept. 18, 2013

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Akoto Ofori-Atta and Jenee Desmond-Harris chat with Root 100 honoree Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler about his work as a scholar, blogger, filmmaker, and social activist. Plus: Exploitation, and the biggest misunderstandings about transgender issues.

23 Min

Oct 18, 2013

The Confab -- Aug. 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.

23 Min

Aug 30, 2013

The Confab -- Aug. 15, 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.

23 Min

Aug 15, 2013

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21 min
Aug 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.

14 min
Jul 25, 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.

26 min
Jul 11, 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."

29 min
Jun 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.

15 min
May 23, 2013
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Join Akoto Ofori-Atta as she chats with Lauren Williams, Jenée Desmond-Harris and Tracy Clayton about The Chatterati, The Root's new tool highlighting what's hot with blacks on Twitter.

22 min
May 1, 2013
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Join Deputy Editor Lauren Williams, Assistant Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta and Staff Writer Jenée Desmond-Harris about insidious forms of street harassment, how the "one drop rule" works in 2013, and why no one seems to care when female athletes come out.

29 min
Apr 12, 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.

19 min
Apr 3, 2013
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Staff Writer Jenée 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.

17 min
Mar 20, 2013
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Join Staff Writer Jenee Desmond-Harris as she'd joined by Deputy Editor Lauren Williams; Assistant Editor and Social Media Manager Akoto Ofori-Atta and political analyst Zerlina Maxwell as they discuss the Steubenville rape case and Beyonce's new song.

20 min
Feb 27, 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 annivers

26 min
Feb 14, 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.

23 min
Feb 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 Diverse Issues in Higher Education's Autumn Arnett about black academic achievement, gun control, and the 'racist' VW Super Bowl ad.

24 min
Jan 9, 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.

44 min
Dec 26, 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.

30 min
Dec 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.

32 min
Dec 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 Jenée Desmond-Harris, contributor Gene Demby and PR exec Rachel Noerdlinger about CNN's special on colorism in the black community.

25 min
Nov 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.

25 min
Nov 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 m

20 min
Oct 24, 2012
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This week: Join assistant editor Akoto Ofori-Atta, associate editor Brett Johnson and staff writer Jenée Desmond-Harris as they chat with Root 100 honoree Tamron Hall about getting answers from guests and why she loves ‘Honey Boo Boo.’

16 min
Oct 16, 2012
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Join Staff Writer Jenée 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.

21 min
Oct 9, 2012
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This week on The Confab: Join Staff Writer Jenée Desmond-Harris and Assistant Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta as they chat with Professor Jelani Cobb about things some people just don't get about Obama's cultural significance. Plus: The worst habits of rappers.

13 min
Oct 2, 2012
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This week on The Confab: Join Staff Writer Jenée Desmond-Harris and Assistant Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta as they chat with The Root 100 honoree Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed about political predictions and personal insights.

18 min
Sep 25, 2012
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This week on The Confab: Join The Root's staff writer, Jenée Desmond-Harris and assistant editor, Akoto Ofori-Atta, as they chat with The Root 100 honoree, writer Jamelle Bouie, about topics both political and personal.

14 min
Sep 12, 2012
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Assistant editor Akoto Ofori-Atta chats with associate editor Brett Johnson, staff writer Jenée Desmond-Harris and contributing editor Genetta Adams about what's stopping politicians from talking about poverty. Plus: Fall's cast of black TV characters.

12 min
Aug 28, 2012
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Staff writer Jenée Desmond-Harris, political correspondent Keli Goff, contributing editor David Swerdlick, and assistant editor Akoto Ofori-Atta discuss Paul Ryan's black ex girlfriend, Chris Mathews' race-baiting smackdown, and a dispatch from the RNC.

18 min
Aug 14, 2012
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Staff Writer Jenée Desmond-Harris chats with Political Correspondent Keli Goff and contributor Genetta Adams about the Republican VP hopeful's views on black people, politicians and their athletic counterparts and a wrap-up of Olympic controversies.

12 min
Jul 31, 2012
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Join Jenée Desmond-Harris as she chats with Root Editors Brett Johnson and Akoto Ofori-Atta about Olympic highlights, John Carols’ black power salute at the 1968 Games, and the Mississippi church that wouldn't marry an African-American couple.

21 min
Jul 17, 2012
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Join political correspondent Cynthia Gordy as she chats with associate editor Brett Johnson and contributing editor Helena Andrews about Mitt Romney’s tax returns, Frank Ocean’s revelation and why you should be careful on Facebook.

15 min
Jul 3, 2012
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Join assistant editor Akoto Ofori-Atta, contributor Scott T. Sterling, staff writer Jenee Desmond-Harris and senior political correspondent Cynthia Gordy about the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act decision and the 2012 BET Awards.

18 min
Jun 19, 2012
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Join Staff Writer Jenée Desmond-Harris as she chats with contributor Sylvester Monroe, Assistant Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta, and Associate Editor Brett Johnson about Rodney King's legacy, Michelle Obama's white relatives, and 1977's black music highlights.

20 min
Jun 7, 2012
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Join political correspondent Cynthia Gordy as she chats with assistant editor Akoto Ofori-Atta and contributor David Swerdlick about what Obama’s done for black people, a shaky study about black girls and exercise, and black music memories.

21 min
May 24, 2012
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Assistant editor Akoto Ofori-Atta chats with staff writer Jenée Desmond-Harris and contributor Edward Wyckoff Williams about the GOP’s race-baiting, the NAACP’s stance on same-sex marriage, and rumors about Raven-Symoné's sexuality.

17 min
May 10, 2012
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Join political correspondent Cynthia Gordy, staff writer Jenee Desmond-Harris and contributing editor Demetria Lucas about the political risk in Obama’s same-sex marriage endorsement, and the lesser-hyped factors behind obesity in the black community.

18 min
Apr 26, 2012
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Join Staff Writer Jenée Desmond-Harris as she chats with Assistant Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta and Senior Political Correspondent Cynthia Gordy about our black obesity series, Brian McKnight's new X-rated song, and more.

19 min
Apr 12, 2012
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On the Confab: Staff writer Jenée Desmond-Harris chats with assistant editor Akoto Ofori-Atta and contributor Edward Wyckoff Williams about the Trayvon Martin case, myths about black-on-black crime, and the suspension of Rick Santorum's campaign.

21 min
Mar 29, 2012
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Join staff writer Jenée Desmond-Harris as she chats with assistant editor Akoto Ofori-Atta and contributor E.R. Shipp about how Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law is playing out in the Trayvon Martin case, the smear campaign against the slain teen.

18 min
Mar 15, 2012
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Join Washington reporter Cynthia Gordy as she chats with staff writer Jenee Desmond-Harris and contributor Hillary Crosley about Santorum’s Southern sweep, the debate over Homeless Hotspots and ‘90s nostalgia on the 15th anniversary of Love Jones.

16 min
Mar 1, 2012
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This week on the Confab: Join Deputy Editor Lauren Williams as she chats with Assistant Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta and Editor-at-Large Nsenga Burton about the Oscars, Santorum’s snob comment and black women’s body image.

18 min
Feb 23, 2012
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Join Washington reporter Cynthia Gordy as she chats with assistant editor Akoto Ofori-Atta and contributing editor Natalie Hopkinson about the GOP’s culture war, Rihanna and Chris Brown’s reunion, and what drives success for black men in college.

17 min
Feb 17, 2012
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This week on the Confab: Join Deputy Editor Lauren Williams as she chats with Assistant Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta and contributor Clay Cane about all things Whitney Houston.

21 min
Feb 9, 2012
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This week on the Confab: Join Deputy Editor Lauren Williams as she chats with Washington Reporter Cynthia Gordy and ‘How to be Black’ Author Baratunde Thurston about the black best friend, Rick Santorum’s chances and Roland Martin’s tweet scandal.

19 min
Jan 26, 2012
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Join Washington reporter Cynthia Gordy as she chats with Assistant Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta and contributor Jozen Cummings about Obama’s State of the Union address, the race-specific Red Tails marketing campaign, and black love on reality television.

20 min
Jan 20, 2012
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This week on the Confab: Join Deputy Editor Lauren Williams as she chats with Assistant Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta and contributor Genetta M. Adams about the Golden Globes, Jay-Z and the b-word, and the GOP's "black problem."

14 min
Jan 12, 2012
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Join Washington reporter Cynthia Gordy as she chats with Assistant Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta and contributor Edward Wyckoff Williams about the real face of welfare, the first lady’s portrayal in a new book and the worst math lesson ever.

19 min
Jan 5, 2012
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Join Deputy Editor Lauren Williams as she chats with Washington Reporter Cynthia Gordy and contributor Jack White about the state of the race of the GOP presidential nomination and what to look forward to in 2012.

20 min
Dec 22, 2011
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Join Deputy Editor Lauren Williams as she chats with Managing Editor Sheryl Salomon, Assistant Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta and contributor Jozen Cummings about the biggest stories of 2011 and the best black Christmas songs.

19 min
Dec 16, 2011
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This week on the Confab: Join Deputy Editor Lauren Williams as she chats with Washington Reporter Cynthia Gordy and contributor Elon James White about the war on poor black kids, the state of the Obama campaign, and the year of the protester.

20 min
Dec 8, 2011
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Join Washington reporter Cynthia Gordy as she chats with Deputy Editor Lauren Williams and contributor Michael Arceneaux about whether political correctness has a place in comedy, and new laws that might make it harder to vote in 2012.

23 min
Nov 30, 2011
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Join Associate Editor Lauren Williams as she chats with Washington reporter Cynthia Gordy and contributors Elon James White and Jack White about black, Occupy Wall Street and who’s viable in the GOP race.

17 min
Nov 17, 2011
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Managing Editor Joel Dreyfuss chats with reporter Cynthia Gordy and contributors Madison Gray and Helena Andrews about Herman Cain’s influence on the image of black conservatives, Mike Tyson the comedian and the newest child abuse case in the sports wor

17 min
Nov 10, 2011
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This week on the Confab. Join associate editor Lauren Williams as she chats with assistant editor Akoto Ofori-Atta and contributors Deron Snyder and Alvin Blanco about the Penn State scandal, Heavy D's death and the latest on Herman Cain.

13 min
Nov 3, 2011
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Join Associate Editor Lauren Williams as she chats with Washington Reporter Cynthia Gordy and contributor Genetta M. Adams about rappers’ blueprint for success and Herman Cain’s sexual harassment scandal.

16 min
Oct 27, 2011
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Managing Editor Joel Dreyfuss chats with Assistant Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta and contributor Mary Curtis about Jet magazine’s 60th anniversary, Pat Buchanan’s racist rants and Rep. James Clyburn belief that President Obama will win the 2012 election.

12 min
Oct 13, 2011
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This week on the Confab: Join Associate Editor Lauren Williams as she chats with contributor Julie Walker and Assistant Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta about being on the scene at Occupy Wall Street and the next ‘Cosby Show’.

20 min
Oct 6, 2011
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Join Associate Editor Lauren Williams as she chats with Managing Editor Joel Dreyfuss, contributor Mary Curtis, and Mother Jones reporter Adam Serwer about politics and race in the New South, Herman Cain and The Root 100 for 2011.

22 min
Sep 29, 2011
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This week on the Confab: Join Associate Editor Lauren Williams as she chats with Cynthia Gordy, The Root’s Washington reporter, and contributor Wilmer Leon about whether not Barack Obama’s black critics are justified and what was up with that CBC spee

13 min
Sep 22, 2011
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This week on the Confab: Join Lauren Williams, associate editor, as she chats with Assistant Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta and contributor Helena Andrews talk about the execution of Troy Davis and the Twitter trending topic conspiracy.

15 min
Sep 15, 2011
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This week on the Confab, join Managing Editor Joel Dreyfuss as he chats with Washington reporter Cynthia Gordy and Contributing Editor Jenee Desmond-Harris about America’s schools, Tupac, and Serena Williams.

22 min
Sep 8, 2011
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Join Associate Editor Lauren Williams as she chats with Managing Editor Joel Dreyfuss, Washington reporter Cynthia Gordy and Contributing Editor John McWhorter about the effectiveness of race conversations and the GOP debate.

20 min
Sep 1, 2011
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Join Associate Editor Lauren Williams as she chats with Assistant Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta and Contributing Editor Natalie Hopkinson about the black middle class, saggy pants and redemption for Chris Brown and Michael Vick.

21 min
Aug 18, 2011
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Join Washington reporter Cynthia Gordy as she chats with Assistant Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta and contributor Michael Arceneaux about overly emotional attachments to President Obama, the president’s jobs plan, and his controversial vacation.

20 min
Aug 11, 2011
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This week on the Confab, join Associate Editor Lauren Williams as she chats with Washington Reporter Cynthia Gordy and Senior Editor Teresa Wiltz about the nation’s credit rating, The Help and Tyler Perry’s latest venture.

21 min
Aug 4, 2011
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Join Associate Editor Lauren Williams as she chats with Washington Reporter Cynthia Gordy, Assistant Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta, and frequent contributor David Swerdlick about Obama’s birthday, his reelection chances, and R&B groups of the past.

26 min
Jul 28, 2011
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This week: Senior Editor Teresa Wiltz chats with D.C. Reporter Cynthia Gordy, Intern Dara Sharif and contributor Clay Cane about blacks and tipping, the life and death of Amy Winehouse, Cornel West’s issues with the president, and the debt limit crisis.

18 min
Jul 21, 2011
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This week: Associate Editor Lauren Williams chats with Deputy Editor Sheryl Salomon, Assistant Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta and Contributing Editor Jenee Desmond-Harris about The Root’s new redesign, Google Plus, and what is up with black republicans.

20 min
Jul 14, 2011
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This week: Associate Editor Lauren Williams chats with Cynthia Gordy, Dara Sharif and Saba Bireda about Atlanta’s school cheating scandal, the related impact of No Child Left Behind, and Oprah hairstylist Andre Walker’s limited views on kinky hair.

21 min
Jul 7, 2011
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This week: Join Associate Editor Lauren Williams as she chats with reporter Cynthia Gordy, intern Dara Sharif and contributor Topher Sanders about how skin color affects jail terms, crack prison sentencing guidelines, and the Casey Anthony verdict.

21 min
Jun 30, 2011
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This week on the Confab: Join Associate Editor Lauren Williams as she talks to Washington reporter Cynthia Gordy and contributor Edward Wyckoff Williams about Van Jones’ new political movement, blacks and marriage equality, and black music month.

25 min
Jun 23, 2011
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This week: Join host Lauren Williams, as she chats with Washington Reporter Cynthia Gordy, Root staffer Akoto Ofori-Atta, and contributor Clay Cane about the First Lady’s Africa trip, blacks and homophobia, and our favorite one-hit wonders.

28 min
Jun 16, 2011
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This week: Join senior editor Teresa Wiltz, as she chats with Washington Reporter Cynthia Gordy and contributors Jenee Desmond-Harris and Mason Jamal about dispelling myths about black fathers, Weiner-gate, and interracial dating on the show Hawthorne.

27 min
Jun 9, 2011
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This week: host Lauren Williams, associate editor of The Root, chats with Washington reporter Cynthia Gordy and contributor Michael Arceneaux about funding for HIV drugs, Eddie Long and homophobia in the black church, racial income disparity and more.

21 min
Jun 8, 2011
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Author Ellis Cose, who wrote the new book The End of Anger, about the generation gap among blacks when it comes to attitudes about racism, addresses an audience about his findings at June 6, 2011, event sponsored by The Root.

32 min
Jun 8, 2011
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The Root Managing Editor Joel Dreyfuss moderates a panel discussion, featuring Ellis Cose, Cheryl Contee, Erica L. Williams, the Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, and Jamal Simmons, about how blacks from different generations view racism.

18 min
Jun 2, 2011
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This week on the Confab: Join associate editor Lauren Williams as she chats with Washington reporter Cynthia Gordy and contributor Martin Johnson about Gil Scott-Heron’s legacy and the black generation gap.

19 min
May 26, 2011
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Join Associate editor Lauren Williams as she chats with Washington reporter Cynthia Gordy and contributor Jenee Desmond-Harris about where blacks fit into the immigration debate, anti-white bias and Oprah Winfrey’s legacy.

18 min
May 19, 2011
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This week: Senior editor Teresa Wiltz talks with associate editor Lauren Williams and contributor Lewis Beale about the anniversary of the freedom rides, the scandalous Psychology Today study and Cornel West’s inflammatory comments about Barack Obama.

15 min
May 12, 2011
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This week: Lauren Williams chats with Washington Reporter Cynthia Gordy, Editor-at-Large Nsenga Burton and contributor Winston Stone Ford about the anniversary of Bob Marley’s death, the Bossip controversy and teens who age out of foster care.

24 min
May 5, 2011
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Join The Root’s associate editor Lauren Williams as she chats with Washington reporter Cynthia Gordy and contributor David Swerdlick about all things bin Laden, the GOP’s Voter ID laws, and Michelle Obama’s dance moves.

22 min
Apr 28, 2011
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This week: Join Associate Editor Lauren Williams as she chats with Managing Editor Joel Dreyfuss, Washington reporter Cynthia Gordy and editorial office manager Akoto Ofori-Atta about Obama’s birth certificate, blacks and bulimia and Phoebe Snow.

19 min
Apr 21, 2011
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Join Associate editor Lauren Williams as she chats with White House correspondent Cynthia Gordy and contributor Lynette Holloway about the first anniversary of the BP oil spill, Russlyn Ali and Tyler Perry's Spike Lee outburst.

24 min
Apr 14, 2011
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This week on the Confab: Join Associate Editor Lauren as she chats with Washington reporter Cynthia Gordy and contributor David Swerdlick about the long-term unemployed, the Al Sharpton and Cornel West beef and the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

22 min
Apr 7, 2011
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This week on the Confab: Join senior editor Teresa Wiltz as she chats with Washington reporter Cynthia Gordy and contributor Cord Jefferson about black folks and anger management, Barack Obama’s campaign video and other news of the day.

24 min
Mar 31, 2011
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This week on the Confab: Join Managing Editor Joel Dreyfuss as he chats with Cynthia Gordy, The Root's Washington reporter, and contributor Jack White about Obama's Libya speech, redemption for Recy Taylor, and other hot topics.

25 min
Aug 7, 2009
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Author Victor LaValle joins Books on The Root contributor, Felicia Pride to talk about his latest novel Big Machine. LaValle addresses his fascination with mental illness and explains why writers must first embrace being a reader.

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