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Are The Roots affected by Jimmy Fallon’s apolitical role in the Trump era?

  • The Roots have been one of the most political acts in hip-hop, as Myles E. Johnson points out. “Nobody knows the debates or dialogue Fallon and The Roots have about politics in private, but the public result is that he’s comfortable being largely silent during a politically polarizing time,” Johnson adds. “And complicated questions arise: Have The Roots ever pushed Jimmy Fallon to be more political? Does The Roots’ association with Fallon somehow compromise the band’s integrity? Are there some topics and moments that you can’t possibly be silent about no matter what? I believe if you’re interested in being favored in the eyes of history, you must dissent against cruelty in the present.”

    TOPICS: NBC, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Fallon, Late Night, The Roots, Trump Presidency