LeVar Burton Has a Message for Nonreaders Like Donald Trump

We talked to the famed 'Star Trek' actor about his past, present, and future.


I Died, Met God, and Came Back as a Roots Healer

The first-person story of Bishop Dickerson, one of the last roots workers in Mississippi.


'Black Panther' Could Change the Black Film Narrative

The film that features an almost all-black cast, a black director, and is set in a world that portrays people of color in a superior light is something black people have never seen before.


Mullahs, Skateparks, and Designer Knock-Offs: Inside Modern Iran

It's a million things at once. A country where vastly different understandings of the world live side by side.


Plants Are So Awesome, Their Roots Can Sense Light Underground

The stem acts like a 'fiber optic cable,' piping light down to parts that are buried underground. Internet of Plants, here we come.


Colson Whitehead Explains How He Grew as a Writer for 'The Underground Railroad'

Oprah's new favorite author talks to VICE about his fascinating new novel, the creative process, and why it's impossible to make fun of Donald Trump.


The New 'Roots' Proves That Slave Narratives Are Still Important

The reboot of the seminal TV classic doesn't break new ground the way its predecessor did, but that doesn't mean it's not worthwhile.


Snoop Dogg Slams New 'Roots' Reboot in Message to Fans

"I can't watch no motherfucking more black movies where niggas get dogged down..."


The Filmmakers Reviving 'Roots' Discuss Recreating the Iconic Series for a Modern Audience

VICE sits down with Mario Van Peebles, Mandela Van Peebles, and Mark Wolper to talk about their new four-part miniseries that retells the classic story of Kunta Kinte.


Can 'Underground' Break Free of the Slave Narrative's Traditional Tropes?

'Underground' is a well-worn addition to the suddenly crowded genre of slave narrative.


Retracing the Roots of British Sound System Culture

We spoke to reggae historian John Masouri ahead of a new photo exhibition looking back on ska, dub, calypso, and dancehall sound systems in the UK.


Riots, Raves, and Underground Blues Parties: Stories from a Carnival Soundsystem Original

Basil Jarvis left the Caribbean for West London 50 years ago, and has blasted soca sounds onto the streets of Notting Hill every year since.