The Root (magazine)

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The Root
The Root (logo).png
Web address
Commercial Yes
Type of site
Online magazine
Available in English
Owner Univision Communications
Created by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Donald E. Graham
Editor Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Launched January 28, 2008; 8 years ago (2008-01-28)

The Root is an English-language American online magazine of African-American culture launched on January 28, 2008, by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Donald E. Graham, and was owned by Graham Holdings Company through its online subsidiary, The Slate Group.[1][2] The Root has over 210,000 followers on Twitter and has a section called The Chatterati devoted to coverage of Black Twitter.

In 2015, Graham Holdings sold The Root to Univision Communications.[3]

The Root 100 is the magazine's annual "list of the 100 most important black influencers between the ages of 25 and 45."[4]


  1. ^ Ahrens, Frank (January 28, 2008). "Post Launches Site With African American Focus". The Washington Post. p. D01. Retrieved February 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ Pérez-Peña, Richard (January 28, 2008). "Washington Post Starts an Online Magazine for Blacks". The New York Times. Retrieved February 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ Bond, Shannon (May 21, 2015). "Univision buys African-American news site The Root". Financial Times. ISSN 0307-1766. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  4. ^ Tell Me More Staff (October 26, 2013). "The Root 100: A Who's Who Of Black America". WAMU Tell Me More (NPR). Retrieved July 30, 2016. 

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