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Racial Hatred Fired At Star After Bachmann Intro Song Snafu

Posted 01.31.2012 | Entertainment

Once the world caught on to the sly, musical message that the "Late Show With Jimmy Fallon" backing band the Roots sent to Michele Bachmann during her...

Michele Bachmann Disappointed With NBC Apology

Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) apparently isn't happy with the apology she received from NBC after a vulgar song was played during her recent appeara...

Michele Bachmann: Outraged At The Roots, Demands NBC Apology

Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics

Michele Bachmann has spoken out and demanded an apology for the song played by the Roots, the "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" house band, when she was ...

WATCH: Pros And Cons Of Thanksgiving

Posted 11.23.2011 | Comedy

For many of us, today is the last day of work before jetting off for the Thanksgiving holiday. And the late night talk shows have the same thing on th...

Jimmy Fallon Apologizes For Band's Michelle Bachmann Diss

Posted 01.22.2012 | Entertainment

Seeking to quell growing criticism and public attention, "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon has apologized for his house band's understated musical attack...

The Roots Greet Michele Bachman With 'Lyin' Ass Bitch' | Posted 01.22.2012 | Entertainment

It's usually the host delivering the political snark, but last night on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," it was the house band that provided the pointe...

'undun': The Story Of A Gifted Black Youth Unravels

Questlove | Posted 01.21.2012 | Home

In the midst of our "30 Rock" grind, a producer says, "We need something special for this Kristin Wiig sketch -- something upbeat!" Before I can respond, I feel the smartphone vibrating in my pocket. I've been informed that my man Lil' Mark is no more.

The Roots Release Third Film To Tell The Story Of Their Album's Protagonist

Posted 11.16.2011 | Home

The Roots' forthcoming album, Undun, will give you no excuses not to buy the album in full -- that is, if you want to know what happens. The album is ...

WATCH: Slow Jam The News, Occupy Wall Street Edition

Posted 12.28.2011 | Comedy

We're not sure what to expect from Brian Williams' new prime time show "Rock Center," but we do know that it's given him an excuse to do what he does ...

Do It Live: Sarah Silverman, The Roots & Fleet Foxes (VIDEOS)

| Katie Bain | Posted 11.13.2011 | Los Angeles

This week we’ve got funny women, sensitive men, a band of foxes, funky roots and a woogie, (although not all at once, unfortunately). Feel free to s...

Kia Makarechi

Outside Lands, The Weekend That Was | Kia Makarechi | Posted 10.16.2011 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- Outside Lands -- the Golden Gate Park music festival that everyone you know was at this weekend -- is often referred to as a mini-Coa...

WATCH: Fallon's Best Thank You Notes So Far?

Posted 10.07.2011 | Comedy

We love it when Jimmy Fallon's "Thank You Notes" segment goes off the rails. This time around, Fallon, Higgins and The Roots crew hilariously riffed o...

A Prayer for the Planet: Chatting With DJ Logic Plus Nikka Costa

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.04.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

A Prayer For The Planet, DJ Logic's latest album, is a collaboration with Jason Miles, his partner, and also Falguni Shah.

The Light Of The Sun: A Conversation With Jill Scott

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.23.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Jill has the #1 album in the country, and features Anthony Hamilton on her latest single, "So In Love." Here, she gives us some background on how her duet came about.

D'Angelo Hits the Studio With Questlove for New Album

Brennan Williams | Posted 09.21.2011 | Black Voices

Great news for music fans across the globe, D'Angelo's long-awaited follow-up to 2000's 'Voodoo,' 'James River,' may finally see the light of day befo...

Chatting With Joe Jackson And Earl Klugh, Plus Mick Harvey's "The Ballad Of Jay Givens" Video

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.30.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

According to Joe Jackson, performing is the best part of the "madness" that he's involved in. It's better than being in the studio or anything else.

Lucas Kavner

WATCH: From New York's Town Hall, Van Jones Announces A New 'Moral Movement' | Lucas Kavner | Posted 08.24.2011 | New York

After resigning from the White House Council on Environmental Quality almost two years ago in the face of a malicious campaign by some top conservativ...

WATCH: Weird Al Plays Polka With The Roots

Posted 08.21.2011 | Comedy

Two of the music and comedy industries' biggest darlings came together Monday night: Weird Al Yankovic and hip-hop legends/"Late Night" house band The...

The Roots Honor Families of Servicemen and Women

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 08.16.2011 | New York
Andrea Chalupa

Since 2001, 1,622 American troops have been killed in Afghanistan, and since 2003, 4462 have died in Iraq, according to iCasualties, a website that tr...

WATCH: Fallon Sings 'The Ballad Of Anthony Weiner'

Posted 08.17.2011 | Comedy

We're all coping with the loss of the Anthony Weiner joke in our own personal way -- some of us are making ornate commemorative Photoshop art, some of...

Van Hunt's Free "June" Download, Plus Chatting with Steve Cropper and Gomez's Tom Gray

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.14.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter-producer Van Hunt makes his return this week with the online premiere of "June," his first new music in more than three years. "June" heralds the release of Hunt's new album, what were you hoping for?

Sam Stein

MoveOn Uses Fox News Hoaxes, Van Jones And The Roots In Anti-Austerity Campaign | Sam Stein | Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It seemed, at the time, too surreal to be true. In late May, a YouTube user named Hiropro999 posted a video to the site showing the tick...

Review: My Morning Jacket "Unstaged," Plus Chatting with Erykah Badu and James Tormé

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.03.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Louisville rocked on the cutting edge Tuesday, May 31st, when hometown heroes My Morning Jacket took the stage at The Palace Theater for a three hour performance for Unstaged: An Original Series From American Express.

WATCH: Fallon Gently Mocks Leno During 'Thank You Notes' Segment

Posted 07.14.2011 | Comedy

"It'll be fine." That's what Jimmy Fallon said under his breath after doing a one second impression of Jay Leno following a punchline involving the...

Nate C. Hindman

Champagne And Easy Money: The Web's Young Stars Confront Another Bubble | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 07.10.2011 | Business

For the sixth annual Summit Series, an invite-only gathering of elite entrepreneurs held earlier this month, 1,000 attendees paid $3,500 each to board a 14-story ocean liner for a three-day cruise in the Caribbean.