- Actress Malinda Williams stuns at ASPiRE original...
Actress Malinda Williams stuns at ASPiRE original movie preview partytheGRIO REPORT - Looking sleek and sophisticated in a sleeveless fitted ensemble actress Malinda Williams stole the show at the 'Marry Me For Christmas' preview party at Café Circa this week in downtown Atlanta...
- ‘Saturday Night Live’ plans to hire black...
‘Saturday Night Live’ plans to hire black female comedianTODAY - 'Saturday Night Live's' cast of Not Ready for Prime Time Players is about to get a little bigger...
- Black teen pregnancy hits historic low
Black teen pregnancy hits historic lowtheGRIO REPORT - New data shows that, in a number of areas -- teen pregnancy, violent crime and increasing gradation rates -- black youths have made significant gains. Experts say it’s time that the perception matches the reality...
- Beyoncé releases self-titled new album on iTunes...
Beyoncé releases self-titled new album on iTunes unexpectedlyNEW YORK (AP) — Beyonce has announced and released an album on the same day...
- From Globes to Oscars: Top black awards season...
From Globes to Oscars: Top black awards season contenders (SLIDESHOW)SLIDESHOW - With 2013 going down in history as one of the best ever in black film, there are several performers of color poised to take home honors in the coming weeks...
- Winnie Mandela describes ex-husband’s last...
Winnie Mandela describes ex-husband’s last momentsLONDON (AP) — Winnie Mandela says she feels 'very blessed' to have been with ex-husband Nelson Mandela when he died, describing how she sat by his bedside until he drew his last breath...
- Cicely Tyson, Myrlie Evers Named Among Women of...
Cicely Tyson, Myrlie Evers Named Among Women of Power Legacy Award HonoreesBlack Enterprise will present the Legacy Awards, its highest recognition of women's achievement, at the…
- Unwrap Chicago Campaign Hopes to Pump $100...
Unwrap Chicago Campaign Hopes to Pump $100 Million Into Chicago’s EconomyLocal First is launching a year-long program called Eat, Drink & Buy Local 365 to…
- Nelson Mandela: A Global Hero Goes to Glory
Nelson Mandela: A Global Hero Goes to GloryNelson Mandela left this mortal plane on Dec. 5, 2013, 22 years almost to the…
- The New Yorker’s Tribute to Nelson Mandela Is...
The New Yorker’s Tribute to Nelson Mandela Is Pretty FantasticImage was released Thursday night via Twitter.
- Hero for the World: The Death of Nelson Mandela...
Hero for the World: The Death of Nelson Mandela [Obituary]Obama said he was especially impressed by Mandela's efforts to reconcile blacks and whites during…
- Global Icon Nelson Mandela Dead at 95
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- Best Reactions to Beyoncé’s Late-Night...
Best Reactions to Beyoncé’s Late-Night Album Drop
Last night, Beyoncé was kind enough to let us watch Scandal before pulling the pop music stunt of the year. Or maybe decade?
- Prime Ministers Show Support for Presidential...
Prime Ministers Show Support for Presidential Selfie
In a show of support for President Obama, who has taken some heat for a selfie taken during Nelson Mandela's memorial service this week, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Helle Thorning-Schmidt, prime minister of Denmark, say the photo wasn't inappropriate.
- Michael Jordan ‘Flu Game’ Sneakers Go for...
Michael Jordan ‘Flu Game’ Sneakers Go for Record Price
The game was the stuff of legend. A flu-sickened Michael Jordan, battling fatigue and a 103-degree fever, played spectacularly in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA finals, going for 38 points, seven rebounds, five assists and a game-clinching three-pointer to push his Chicago Bulls past the Utah Jazz. But it was a ball boy, who fetched the superstar applesauce during halftime of the game, who has also scored big.
- Beyoncé Drops Surprise Album
Beyoncé Drops Surprise Album
Taking a page straight from her husband's creative-marketing playbook, Beyoncé released a surprise iTunes exclusive album that no one saw coming late last night.
- 10 Things The Root Would Like to See More of in...
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- In the Shadow of Newtown, a Father Grieves and...
In the Shadow of Newtown, a Father Grieves and Fights
When Hartford, Conn., police arrived on the scene, they found Shane Oliver lying on the ground.
- Jacoby Kindred, Minnesota Pastor Charged With...
Jacoby Kindred, Minnesota Pastor Charged With Rape Of Girls, Said The 'Devil Was Inside' VictimsA "self-proclaimed" pastor in Minnesota has been charged with the rape of two girls.
Jacoby Kindred, 61, is accused of sexually abusing the daughters of his son's girlfriend beginning when they were only six years old. According to a criminal complaint obtained by the Pioneer Press, Kindred, a pastor with One Accord Ministries, told one victim that "the devil was inside her and he could take the demons out of her."
KARE 11 reports that the alleged abuse "involved fondling, oral stimulation, and rape," and took place mostly at Kindred's Maplewood, Minn., home, while the victims, now 14 and 16, stayed over. Kindred is said to have abused the girls for more than a decade.
Police began their investigation in July after the girls' mother said she found a letter written by one of her daughters that described sexual acts with Kindred.
Reached for comment by the Pioneer Press on Thursday, Kindred denied the allegations and said that the girls' mother had made them tell "lies" because she was angry with him.
"Anyone can make up anything when you sit there long enough and you rehearse it," Kindred told the newspaper. "All a woman has to do [in Minnesota] is make an accusation, true or false, and the man's going to be in trouble."
Kindred, who spoke with the Pioneer Press by phone, told the paper that he was out of town for a funeral, and would not disclose his location. Police have issued a warrant for his arrest.
- Oprah Shares Her Favorite Nelson Mandela Story...
Oprah Shares Her Favorite Nelson Mandela Story (VIDEO)To prepare for his role in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," actor Idris Elba says he studied everything he could get his hands on about the former South African president. Just prior to Mandela's passing, Elba and Oprah discussed the upcoming film on "Oprah's Next Chapter," and Oprah shared her favorite memory of the man she calls her hero.
"I spent a lot of time with Mandela," Oprah says in the above video. "Actually, Stedman and I were invited to his home in Qunu, and we spent 10 days and nights there and had 29 meals with him."
"I could have written a book about it -- 29 meals," Oprah says. "And every morning I'd have breakfast with him and he would be the first one up. And sometimes I would be like, 'Oh, my God, what am I going to say?'"
"And he'd say, 'Oprah, is that you?'" she recalls. "And I'd tip around and I'd say, 'Yes, Tata,' and sit at breakfast with him, alone, every morning."
Her favorite memory of Mandela, though, was when he came to Chicago to appear on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 2000.
Thrilled to have the Nobel Peace Prize winner at Harpo Studios, Oprah remembers, "He arrives at the show and he says to the producer, 'Who is on the show and what is it about?'"
The show, of course, was entirely dedicated to Mandela. "That speaks to the depth of his humility," Oprah says.
"Oprah's Next Chapter" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.
- These Two 107-Year-Old WWII Veterans Are Set To...
These Two 107-Year-Old WWII Veterans Are Set To Meet For The First TimeAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two 107-year-old veterans are set to meet for the first time and swap stories of fighting in the Pacific during World War II.
Austin resident Richard Overton was recently honored by President Barack Obama in Washington as one of the nation's oldest veterans. But he's just three months older than Elmer Hill of Henderson, Texas. Overton and Hill plan to have lunch together Friday then meet with residents and staff of a senior living community in Austin.
Overton and Hill are both African-Americans who were drafted into a then-segregated U.S. Army.
According to the event's organizer, Emeritus Senior Living, Overton is America's oldest living veteran and Hill is the second-oldest. While that's difficult to verify, no one disputes that both are among the oldest known veterans in the nation.
- Beyonce's 'BEYONCE' Videos Teased 30 Seconds At A...
Beyonce's 'BEYONCE' Videos Teased 30 Seconds At A TimeAs Thursday turned into Friday morning on the East Coast, Beyonce was all like, "Here's my surprise new album." The internet was like, "!!!!!" Beyonce fans who have yet to purchase Queen Bey's self-titled album for $15.99 album in iTunes (where it's exclusively available, for now) would be wise to check out the 17 video previews below. Why so many videos? Why not! The singer made a video for every single track, with some extra visuals to boot. Remember when Beyonce invaded Brooklyn's Coney Island in August? It was for the video to "XO." Watch 30 seconds of that, and all the other ones -- early faves: "Drunk in Love," the Drake one, "Ghost" -- right now.
1. "Pretty Hurts"
3. "Drunk in Love" (feat. Jay Z)
5. "No Angel"
9. "Mine" (feat. Drake)
11. "***Flawless" (feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
12. "Superpower" (feat. Frank Ocean)
14. "Blue" (feat. Blue Ivy)
- Beyoncé Gets Sassy With Joan Smalls, Chanel Iman...
Beyoncé Gets Sassy With Joan Smalls, Chanel Iman & Jourdan Dunn In New 'Yoncé' VideoChristmas came twelve days early this year with the unexpected debut of Beyoncé's brand spankin' new album today. So it's no surprise we've spent the past hour marveling at her clever marketing skills and watching all 17 of the 30-second video previews from her long awaited project.
Bey's music videos are always epic -- stunning outfits, hot dance moves and sexy hair -- but our fashion-loving hearts were particularity moved by her visual for the song "Yoncé" which just happens to feature three of the world's biggest supermodels: Joan Smalls, Chanel Iman and Jourdan Dunn.
From what we can see, the scantily clad crew of cuties are writhing, strutting and lip-syncing to the song alongside Beyoncé on a deserted block somewhere outrageously beautiful women and superstars hang.
We were already hip to the fact that Mrs. Carter had cast Dunn along with fellow models Jessica White and Diandra Forrest in her "XO" video, but this one is strictly supermodels -- and we're loving it!
Check out the preview of the "Yoncé" video above...and we dare you not to drool!
- 'SNL' Plans To Add Black Female Cast Member Soon
'SNL' Plans To Add Black Female Cast Member SoonNEW YORK (AP) — "Saturday Night Live" plans to add one or two black female performers to its cast as soon as January.
A representative for the NBC sketch-comedy show on Thursday confirmed reports it's answering complaints about its lack of diversity by staging showcases to choose at least one black female cast member and to hire her within weeks. In recent weeks, the show has seen two dozen candidates in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.
The New York Times reported that a special audition for seven or eight finalists will be held Monday on the "SNL" stage in Manhattan.
It's "100 percent good for the show to have an African-American woman" in its ranks, executive producer Lorne Michaels told the Times.
Criticism for the show's lack of diversity was spurred this fall by its only black cast members, Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson.
Thompson voiced weariness at being obliged to play black female characters in drag. Pharoah lobbied for the addition of a specific comic, Darmirra Brunson, of the OWN sitcom "Love Thy Neighbor."
"SNL" has had just four black women in its regular troupe since premiering in 1975, with the last one, biracial Maya Rudolph, leaving in 2007.
"It's not like it's not a priority for us," Michaels said in an interview with The Associated Press in early November. "It will happen. I'm sure it will happen."
Days later, the show poked fun at itself for having no black women among its 16 regular cast members, with Kerry Washington, the star of "Scandal," as guest host.
At the top of the show, an "SNL" producer apologized for the number of black female characters Washington would need to play that night.
"We make this request both because Ms. Washington is an actress of considerable range and talent and also because 'Saturday Night Live' does not currently have a black woman in the cast," the producer told viewers. "We agree this is not an ideal situation and look forward to rectifying it in the future — unless, of course, we fall in love with another white guy first."
NBC is controlled by Comcast Corp.
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- S. Africa Apologizes for Fake Signer, Vows Reforms
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Interpreter made signs that was gibberish.
- Beyoncé Surprises Fans With New Album
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- This Day in Black History: Dec. 13, 1967
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Actor, singer and comedian Jamie Foxx was born.
- Madiba's Life in Places
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- South Park Spoofs Kanye West
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Animated series takes more shots at 'Ye.
- H. Hartford Brookins Dies
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- UCLA Medical Center Stung by Lawsuit
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