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Warning: May cause enjoyment of Miley Cyrus

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Why, oh why can’t this be the only thing I have ever witnessed her do?

Watch the Brady family of our generation — Miley Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon, and the Roots — cover “We Can’t Stop” a cappella on Tuesday’s Late Night: READ FULL STORY

Black Simon and Garfunkel cover Katy Perry's 'Roar' -- VIDEO

Watch out Katy– there’s a duo that might give you a run for your money.

Last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, The Roots members “Captain” Kirk Douglas and ?uestlove teamed up again as Black Simon and Garfunkel to perform Katy Perry’s Roar.

Draped in their usual all-black attire, the duo delivered an acoustic canorous twist on Katy’s hit with a splash of sound effects and a bit more emphasis on the roar.

Honestly, I think they should really take their act on tour, but I’m waiting for them to get signed. Don’t you agree? Watch and decide below. READ FULL STORY

Questlove responds to George Zimmerman verdict

Who doesn’t love Questlove?

In the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict Saturday night, it seems everyone has weighed in with an opinion about the controversial case. In a column for the Huffington Post, the Roots drummer Questlove opened up about his own feelings about the decision, and related it to his experiences as “exotic-looking me (6’2″, 300 pounds, uncivilized afro for starters) [who] finds himself in places that people that look like me aren’t normally found.”

In the lengthy essay (which you should really go read in its entirety!) he discusses how it’s a “crazy way to live” to always be trained to defer to others, and constantly be worrying about making others uncomfortable with your presence. “In the beginning (let’s say 2002 when the gates of ‘Hey, Ahmir, would you like to come to [name swanky elitist place]?’ opened), initially I’d say ‘no’ — mostly because it’s been hammered in my DNA to not ‘rock the boat’ — which, since I wanna keep it real, means not make ‘certain people’ feel uncomfortable.” READ FULL STORY

Black Thought raps about Oscar-nominated films on 'Jimmy Fallon' -- VIDEO

We know that Jimmy Fallon and the Roots are the kings of producing fun hip-hop and rap songs about pop culture. See here with Obama, here for the “History of Rap,” and here for a collection of TV theme songs.

Therefore, when an audience member asked Fallon to have someone catch him up, through a rap song, on the Oscar-nominated films, we knew it was going to be epic. Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter took on the duties and completely killed it.

Props to Tariq for realizing that Fandango rhymes perfectly with Django and for pronouncing Quvenzhané flawlessly.

Watch the full clip below: READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Fallon's Black Simon and Garfunkel tackle Rihanna's 'Diamonds' -- VIDEO

Hello, Black Simon & Garfunkel, our old friends — you’ve come to sing to us again.

In 2011, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon introduced a new bit in which a pair of Simon & Garfunkel soundalikes — a.k.a. Captain Kirk Douglas and ?uestlove of house band The Roots — performed mournful, harmonic covers of pop songs. Since then, the duo has tackled tunes including Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.”  Last night, they took the stage again to put their stamp on Rihanna’s “Diamonds.” This minute-long clip is enough to make me think that Black S&G should just go ahead and release a full album:

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