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‘Go back to Baltimore': Kansas councilman...

‘Go back to Baltimore': Kansas councilman allegedly calls teen ‘black n****r b*tch’ over traffic mishap

theGrio REPORT - Less than two weeks on the job and Edwardsville city councilman Chuck Stites, is already being investigated by the Kansas Bureau of Investigations.
Marilyn Mosby appeared on ‘Judge Judy’ as a...

Marilyn Mosby appeared on ‘Judge Judy’ as a 20-year-old college student

theGRIO REPORT - It looks like her. It sounds like her. Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby made an appearance as a 20-year-old college sophomore on "Judge Judy."
Kendrick Lamar turns the tables on TMZ, swarms...

Kendrick Lamar turns the tables on TMZ, swarms cameramen at LAX

VIDEO - Rapper Kendrick Lamar and turn the tables on TMZ photographers while attempting to leave LAX...
President Obama tweets back to girl’s letter...

President Obama tweets back to girl’s letter about marriage equality

theGrio REPORT - It appears a 5-year-old A 5-year-old may have the answers on how to solve some of our most pressing global issues.
‘Young and the Restless’ star tears up during...

‘Young and the Restless’ star tears up during interview on son’s suicide

theGRIO REPORT - Young and the Restless star Kristoff St. John and his ex-wife Mia are opening up about the tragic death of their son Julian in a new interview...
Nina Simone biopic starring Zoe Saldana set to be...

Nina Simone biopic starring Zoe Saldana set to be released later this year

theGRIO REPORT - After years in limbo the Nina Simone biopic, starring Zoe Saldana will hit theaters later this year...

Black Enterprise

[WATCH] 77-Year-Old Great Grandmother Run Track

[WATCH] 77-Year-Old Great Grandmother Run Track

Rose Green may be a 77-year-old great grandmother, but she hasn’t allowed her senior citizen…
[WATCH] The Weekend Update: Memorial Day Edition

[WATCH] The Weekend Update: Memorial Day Edition

Some of the events of the weekend including the President's national address, the passing of…
BE Modern Man: Check Out This Week’s Ambassador...

BE Modern Man: Check Out This Week’s Ambassador Dr. Kareem J. Merrick

BE Modern Man is an integrative 10-week Web initiative that honors the essence, image and…
Reports: Grand Jury Indicts Six Officers in...

Reports: Grand Jury Indicts Six Officers in Freddie Gray Case

Baltimore state's attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced that a grand jury has indicted the six…
The National Black Theatre In Harlem Celebrates...

The National Black Theatre In Harlem Celebrates Its 47th Anniversary

Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre (NBT) will host the eighth annual TEER Spirit Awards…
Arizona Passes New Law Regarding Welfare Benefits

Arizona Passes New Law Regarding Welfare Benefits

Arizona’s Republican led legislature voted to cut the budgets of an array of programs to…

The Root

LeBron James Is Not Even Close to Being the...

LeBron James Is Not Even Close to Being the Greatest of All Time. Here Are 6 Reasons

Every time LeBron James makes it to the NBA Finals, there’s always a faction of the NBA fandom trying to make the case that LeBron should be considered the greatest of all time. At which point, longtime basketball fans—who aren’t from Cleveland or Miami—roll their eyes and tell those basketball dilettantes to get on YouTube to watch some clips from the days when real men played real basketball.

LeBron James Will Be the Greatest of All Time ......

LeBron James Will Be the Greatest of All Time ... Just Give It Time

It’s hard to have any conversation about LeBron James’ greatness as a player without having it degenerate into a Yahoo message-board fight with words like “clutch,” “rings” and “quitter” being thrown around like confetti at a nonexistent Cleveland championship parade. But as a longtime LeBron watcher—who moved to Cleveland during LeBron’s rookie year, supported “the Decision” and watched from empty Atlanta sports bars this week as “the King of Northeast Ohio” burned through the Hawks like a khal on a mission—it’s time to put the question of his greatness to rest.

Kan. Councilman Allegedly Calls Teenager a...

Kan. Councilman Allegedly Calls Teenager a ‘N--ger Bitch’ During Road Rage Incident

A Kansas teen said she was terrified when, she says, a man called her a “n--ger bitch” during a road rage incident. That individual turned out to be Edwardsville Councilman Chuck Stites, WDAF-TV reports.

Why Do All the Superheroes Have to Be White, and...

Why Do All the Superheroes Have to Be White, and All the Thugs Black?

It seems as if some white people have had a deep investment in the “white superhero” since the creation of blond-haired, blue-eyed Jesus, and now that noxious narcissism has spilled over into pushback against Marvel’s Fantastic Four.

Woman Gives 12-Year-Old Stepson ‘George...

Woman Gives 12-Year-Old Stepson ‘George Jefferson’ Haircut for Smoking Weed  

There’s one thing I’m thankful for now that I’m an adult. I’m thankful that social media and cellphone cameras did not exist when I was a preteen, because I’m quite sure my mother would have been the type to publicly embarrass me by posting her versions of discipline on the Internet. Not that I was into anything bad, but I had a quick lip, as she would say. Talking back was my forte, but nowadays, preteens and teenagers are on a whole different level.

Ariz. Woman Who Ran Over Her Husband Because...

Ariz. Woman Who Ran Over Her Husband Because Obama Won 2012 Election Is Sentenced  

Holly Nicole Solomon was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for running her husband over with her SUV when she found out that he didn’t vote in the 2012 presidential elections, the Associated Press reports.

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Proof That Rose Gold Jewelry Looks Great With...

Proof That Rose Gold Jewelry Looks Great With Almost Every Skin Tone

If you didn't know the story behind rose gold before watching the video above, then you're not alone. But chemistry aside, what we do know about the pink-hued precious metal is that it's totally beautiful.

Most people either identify themselves as a "gold person" or a "silver person," choosing one of the metals as the best color for their skin tone and personal style. However, we've noticed that rose gold tends to look great on everyone. Could it be the most universally flattering metal ever? We think so.

"Rose gold is amazing -- it pulls out the blushy undertones in so many different skin colors," jewelry designer Ariel Gordon told The Huffington Post. "There's just a harsher contrast against the skin when someone is wearing yellow gold, silver or platinum jewelry. Rose gold is much softer, but still makes a statement."

And beyond skin tone, the Los Angeles-based designer says that rose gold looks great when worn with other metal hues -- so no need to ditch Team Gold or Team Silver when rocking it.

We've conducted a bit of research via Instagram to illustrate just how awesome rose gold looks on a spectrum of skin tones. Make sure to check out the rose gold jewelry we pulled together at the bottom so you can get in on the fabulosity.

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Rose Gold Everything

Michael Kors "Runway" watch, $225; Kohl's peach quartz & cubic zirconia studs, $150; Alexis Bittar "Miss Havisham Jagged Pyramid" studs, $95; Pamela Love "Shooting Arrow" earrings, $228; Henri Bendel "Petal" arm cuff, $88; Ariel Gordon "Jumbo Heart" signet necklace, $690; Eddie Borgo "Small Cone" bracelet, $230; Ryan Storer pearl ring, $225.

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These Cardigans And Oversized Scarves Will Save...

These Cardigans And Oversized Scarves Will Save You From Your Freezing Cold Office This Summer

Now that spring has sprung and we've officially kissed our winter clothes goodbye, we can happily wear our sundresses, shorts and any other skin-baring threads our hearts desire.

But not so fast. While it might be a steamy 80 degrees outside, it probably feels more like a frozen tundra inside your office. Aggressive air conditioning is definitely something we've all dealt with at some point, and shivering at our desks isn't going to get that pile of work done any quicker.

So, before hypothermia sets in, you'll want to make sure you have a few clothing options at your desk that are both cozy and chic. Throwing on a cardigan is probably the easiest way to do that -- whether you opt for something in cotton, cashmere or even a wool blend. You can also drape a cardi over your shoulders to add a bit of trendy styling in your pursuit of warmth.

Oversized scarves, or blanket scarves, had a major moment this past fall and winter, so you might already have one. If so, make sure it's at arm's reach when things get chilly at your cubicle. Plus, no need to worry about whether you look like you're wearing a blanket -- there are so many ways to rock them with style.

Check out the picks below that will prevent you from turning into a block of ice while on the job.

Cardigans For The Office

Top row: Patagonia lightweight merino cardigan, $89; J.Crew Collection cashmere cardigan, $240; CALYPSO St. Barth "Oola" linen cardigan, $250; Zara knitted cardigan, $23.
Bottom row: UNIQLO stole cardigan, $30; Pink Queen color block cardigan, $53; Mango long cardigan, $54; SimplyBe kimono cardigan, $30.

Office Scarves

Top row: Wilfred "Haus Party" blanket scarf, $80; Les Pommettes fringe scarf, $45; GREI blanket sarong, $195.
Bottom row: White+Warren cashmere travel wrap, $298; Rag & Bone blanket scarf, $155; Wilfred "Gloomy Days" blanket scarf, $80.

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American Kids Are Poorer Than They Were Decades...

American Kids Are Poorer Than They Were Decades Ago, Education Report Shows

Poverty, which affects a growing number of American students, begins its negative impact on learning as early as the beginning of kindergarten, according to a National Center for Education Statistics report released Thursday.

Teachers reported that kindergarten students from affluent households in the 2010-2011 school year were more likely to have positive approaches to learning than those whose families live below the poverty line, according to the center's annual report, called The Condition of Education 2015. A positive approach to learning includes paying attention in class, keeping belongings organized and enthusiasm for learning.

Female students, students who were older at the start of the school year, students who came from two-parent households, and students whose family income was more than twice the poverty threshold were more likely to have positive approaches to learning, according to teachers. Black students, male students and students whose parents did not graduate high school tended to have poorer approaches to learning. Students who demonstrated positive approaches to learning in kindergarten were more likely to have top scores in first grade.

"Research suggests that living in poverty during early childhood is associated with lower than average academic performance that begins in kindergarten and extends through elementary and high school," the report says. "Living in poverty during early childhood is also associated with lower than average rates of school completion."

The annual report aims to give members of Congress an overview of the U.S. public educational system, using a mix of hard data like enrollment and test scores, and surveys reflecting the views of educators.

In 2013, nearly 21 percent of children -- 10.9 million kids -- were from families who lived in poverty -- a jump of 6 percentage points from 2000 and a reversal of a previous trend toward lower poverty. Poverty often has been associated with low academic achievement.

Childhood poverty has risen for every major racial group since 2008, according to the report. Childhood poverty in 2013 ranged from 39 percent for blacks and 36 percent for American Indians and Alaska natives, to 13 percent for whites and Asians.

The report had few bright spots. It said the achievement gap between blacks and whites ages 25 to 29 who had attained at least a high school degree had narrowed considerably. School crime, the report says, continued its 20-year decline.

The number of high school graduates who took math and science courses increased from 1990 to 2009, according to the report. In 2009, 30 percent of high school graduates took physics, biology and chemistry, an increase of 3 percentage points from 2005.

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Does Alma Mater Really Matter? Where MacArthur...

Does Alma Mater Really Matter? Where MacArthur 'Genius' Fellows Went to College

About 1.8 million students will graduate from American colleges and universities this month, but their future trajectories will not be determined by the name of the school printed on their diploma. What also matters is the student's active engagement in the educational experience. As the title of Frank Bruni's recent book proclaims, "Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be." Bruni's book offers examples of luminaries, including several MacArthur Fellows, who did not attend the upper echelon of colleges and universities, but who excelled because they fully exploited the opportunities available at the institutions they attended.

Newly compiled data on the educational background of MacArthur Fellows corroborate Bruni's basic claim.

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MacArthur Fellows graduated from both private and public universities, from engineering schools, specialized colleges in art and music, and a school of theology. While the largest number of fellows from a single institution graduated from Harvard, others attended less selective institutions. One in five fellows graduated from institutions with acceptance rates of over 50 percent. Fifteen graduated from either historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) or tribal colleges and 44 from women's colleges. Forty graduated from religiously affiliated institutions. Several fellows, such as organic chemist Phil Baran, began their studies at community colleges. The 918 MacArthur Fellowship recipients attended 315 diverse post-secondary institutions.


And, there are a few MacArthur Fellows who did not attend college or did not complete an undergraduate degree. Writers Cormac McCarthy and Jonathan Lethem dropped out of college. Community organizer and youth activist Lateefah Simon went to Mills College after receiving the fellowship. Musician Dafnis Prieto and silversmith Ubaldo Vitali did not pursue higher education. While country doctor D. Holmes Morton did earn degrees in higher education, but he was a high school dropout who gained admission to college by taking correspondence courses while serving in the U.S. Merchant Marines and the U.S. Navy.


Our data provides one clue as to the educational environments most conducive for creative minds to develop: a relatively high number of fellows graduated from liberal arts colleges. Liberal arts colleges are distinctively American institutions, typically small, that focus on undergraduate education. Less than two percent of U.S. college graduates graduated from a liberal arts college, but 14 percent of MacArthur Fellows did. Liberal arts colleges are a diverse group of institutions. Some are highly selective; others are not. The category includes women's colleges like Barnard College, which has produced ten MacArthur Fellows, including Irene Winter, an art historian who studied anthropology as an undergraduate. The category also includes church-affiliated colleges like Siena College in Albany, New York, where writer William Kennedy graduated, and historically black colleges like Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where physician and scientist Donald Hopkins graduated. Liberal arts colleges share a common emphasis on close faculty-student interaction, quality teaching and a curriculum grounded in the liberal arts. (In our data, we identified liberal arts colleges using the Carnegie classification system.)

By exploring why liberal arts colleges have produced a disproportionate share of MacArthur Fellows, we might gain insights into how to incubate exceptional creativity more broadly. It seems unlikely that liberal arts colleges admit more creative people than other colleges and universities. They rely on the same admissions criteria as other schools -- standardized test scores, grade point average and teacher recommendations -- and those traditional metrics probably exclude those with the most creative potential. It is more likely that private liberal arts colleges have produced more than a proportionate share of fellows because of the educational environment at those institutions. Something must be more likely to happen to a student at these institutions than at other institutions that allows creativity to flourish. I argue that something is a true liberal education.

The prerequisites for the exceptional creativity that characterize MacArthur Fellows align closely with the definition of a liberal education. Creativity requires basic competency in a broad array of disciplines, advanced competency in one or more fields, and the ability to make connections across fields so as to pose new questions or formulate new answers. It requires exposure to diverse perspectives, methodologies, and concepts of evidence. A liberal education equips individuals with the ability to deal with complexity and change. A high priority is placed on the development of critical thinking skills and the abilities to distinguish opinions from facts and to discern good ideas from bad. Ellen Browning Scripps, for whom Scripps College is named, may have best summed up the goals of a liberal education: "The paramount obligation of a college is to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently and the ability to live confidently, courageously, and hopefully."

Although many institutions espouse the values of a liberal education, liberal arts colleges adhere more closely to those values than other colleges and universities. Some characteristics of liberal arts colleges are unique to those institutions. The high faculty-student ratios support deep interactions between professors and students both inside and outside of the classroom. Small class sizes are conducive to discussion-based rather than lecture-based pedagogy. Tenure decisions are based on a professor's skill as a teacher as much as on his or her research productivity. Without graduate students, full-time faculty teach introductory courses and undergraduates assist professors on research projects.

Other practices are not unique to liberal arts colleges but are more prevalent on those campuses. Students at liberal arts colleges are more likely to live all four years in a campus residential hall. Not only do residence halls encourage engagement with other disciplines and fields outside of the formal classroom, they also bring together students from diverse backgrounds. An economics major might join his geology roommate on a weekend hike or have lunch with a faculty member from history. A student from a small midwestern town may live with a student from Beijing, China. These peer-to-peer interactions with persons from different disciplines or different cultural experiences have been found to stimulate creativity.

At larger universities, it can be tricky to take courses outside one's college or school and there may be little flexibility in the courses that satisfy general education requirements. Liberal arts colleges actively encourage coursework outside the major, in some instances capping major requirements to ensure that students have the space for interdisciplinary work. Universities tend to segregate students by domain, even in required courses, so that, for example, science majors take a writing class designed for, and only with, other science majors. At liberal arts colleges, by contrast, a physics student is very likely to take a course in Shakespeare or poetry with English majors and an English major would be exposed to biology or chemistry with science majors. Though most colleges and universities impose requirements on the distribution of courses taken, liberal arts colleges offer students considerable leeway in the selection of specific courses and activities. This freedom can help students develop the capacity to recognize and exploit situations in which their content knowledge or cognitive style differs from the norm in a field or discipline. An individual with an unusual skill set for a specific domain might be in the best position to come up with a truly new idea. Psychologist and MacArthur Fellow Howard Gardner and his collaborators have labeled this "fruitful asynchrony" and identify it as a precursor to exceptional creativity. Liberal arts colleges probably tolerate asynchrony more than other institutions.

Creativity requires giving self-directed original thinkers space for the missteps and dead ends that are often prerequisites for groundbreaking work. That is the philosophy behind the MacArthur Fellows Program and its "no strings attached" grants of $625,000. It is also a value embedded in the curriculum at liberal arts colleges, but these "creativity-promoting" educational values are not unique to liberal arts colleges. Many private universities offer similar opportunities for cross-disciplinary study and engagement. Honors Colleges or Colleges of Arts and Science within public universities encourage both depth and breadth of study. For example, as an undergraduate at SUNY-Albany, MacArthur Fellow Sheila Nirenberg planned to be a writer, but she took a class in human genetics as an elective and that led her to switch to a psychology major. She eventually became a neuroscientist working on prosthetic eye devices. Even if the academic program does not permit taking courses in different fields, an ambitious student will have opportunities for exploration through co-curricular activities, talks and lectures, exhibitions, musical performances, and plays.

A college education, like a savings bond, is an investment, but unlike other investments, a college education's value depends on the active participation of the student. A student can construct a liberal education that promotes the development of creativity at almost any institution. It is incumbent on the student to move beyond his or her comfort zone, to make the most of the opportunities available; there will be many, regardless of the institution's reputation. Undoubtedly, having a diploma from an elite college confers some advantages, but ultimately college is what you make of it. As the hundreds of MacArthur Fellows have shown, creativity flourishes at many types of institutions.

Cecilia A. Conrad is Vice President, MacArthur Fellows Program, at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She previously taught economics at and served as dean of Pomona College.

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Michelle Obama Is The 'Hugger-In-Chief'

Michelle Obama Is The 'Hugger-In-Chief'

First lady Michelle Obama is "the hugger-in-chief," according to White House photographer Pete Souza.

On Wednesday, Souza posted a series of photos on, with an intro noting that Obama enjoys hugging almost anyone she meets.

"My staff and I have been photographing her since Inauguration Day, and as the following photographs clearly show, she’s been hugging people nonstop since Day 1," Souza wrote. "Whether it’s a school child, a family member in peril, a surprised tourist, or even a famous person, the First Lady greets them with a hug."

“I’ve always been a big hugger -- that’s just how I am -- and it’s always my first instinct when I meet someone,” Obama says in the post. “I think it puts folks at ease and shows them that while I might happen to have a fancy title, I’m just Michelle."

Below are some of the photos. Check out all of them here.

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Molestation Claim Against Michael Jackson's...

Molestation Claim Against Michael Jackson's Estate Dismissed

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A choreographer who accused Michael Jackson of years of molestation cannot pursue his allegations against the singer's estate because he waited too long to file the legal action, a judge ruled.

Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff wrote in his ruling Tuesday that Wade Robson's claim is untimely and should be dismissed.

Robson had previously denied the pop superstar molested him and testified in Jackson's defense at the singer's criminal trial in 2005. Robson also spoke favorably about Jackson after the singer's death in 2009.

However, Robson sued Jackson's estate in May 2013 over the molestation allegations.

Attorneys for Robson said Jackson molested him over a seven-year period. Attorneys for Jackson's estate have denied the allegations.

Robson's attorney Maryann Marzano wrote in a statement that Beckloff's ruling will be appealed, and the molestation claim will be pursued against Jackson's business entities.

Jackson estate attorney Howard Weitzman praised the ruling and noted Robson's previous testimony about Jackson.

"Mr. Robson testified under oath in a courtroom that Michael never did anything improper with him," Weitzman wrote in an email.

Marzano, however, wrote that her client was incapable of filing his legal action any sooner due to psychological damage he suffered. She also noted that Beckloff's ruling did not make any determination about whether Robson's allegations were factual.

"We are confident that when all the facts are presented in civil court, there will be no doubt left about just what kind of sexual predator Jackson was," Marzano wrote.

Robson was 5 when he met Jackson, and he spent the night at Neverland Ranch more than 20 times, sleeping in the singer's bedroom on most visits, he told jurors during the trial that ended with Jackson's acquittal.

Robson told jurors that Jackson had "absolutely not" molested him during the trial.

Robson, an Australian-born choreographer, has appeared on the Fox series "So You Think You Can Dance" and worked with Britney Spears and other stars.

Marzano argued at an April hearing that the seriousness of the claims being lodged against Jackson's estate warranted a full evidentiary hearing.

Jackson estate attorney Jonathan Steinsapir argued that the law doesn't allow liability for a person's actions to transfer to their estate in perpetuity, and that Robson missed his opportunity to file a claim.

Jackson died at 50 while preparing for a series of comeback concerts dubbed "This Is It." His estate benefits his mother and three children.

The pop singer died deeply in debt, but a posthumous bounce in the popularity of his music has generated hundreds of millions of dollars.

Robson filed one of the last major claims against Jackson's estate, although disputes with a former business manager, another man alleging underage sexual abuse, and the IRS remain unresolved.


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Walmart Finally Settles With Tracy Morgan

Walmart Finally Settles With Tracy Morgan

Actor's limo was hit by retailer's delivery truck last year.
Rick Ross Responds to 50 Cent’s Lawsuit

Rick Ross Responds to 50 Cent’s Lawsuit

Lawyer says legal docs are an attempt to avoid paying up.
Hillary Clinton Releases New Pantsuit Tee

Hillary Clinton Releases New Pantsuit Tee

The presidential candidate pokes fun at her signature style.
Brandy Shares How She Gets Glam for Broadway

Brandy Shares How She Gets Glam for Broadway

She goes for dramatic when she hits the stage.
Hollywood Exec Calls Obama 'White President in...

Hollywood Exec Calls Obama 'White President in Blackface'

"Remember who you are," Byron Allen said to POTUS.
Kendrick Lamar Performs on The Ellen Degeneres...

Kendrick Lamar Performs on The Ellen Degeneres Show

Compton MC responds to Generation Icon honor.

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H. Hartford Brookins Dies

H. Hartford Brookins Dies

Romney Faces Tough Questions from Black Leaders

Romney Faces Tough Questions from Black Leaders

2010 Census Missed More Than 1.5 Million...

2010 Census Missed More Than 1.5 Million Minorities

Toxins Poison Florida Community

Toxins Poison Florida Community

VIDEO: Man Puts Child in Washer Machine,...

VIDEO: Man Puts Child in Washer Machine, Babysitter Watches

UCLA Medical Center Stung by Lawsuit

UCLA Medical Center Stung by Lawsuit