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Selma’s Ava DuVernay to direct, write Katrina...

Selma’s Ava DuVernay to direct, write Katrina film

theGRIO REPORT - Ava DuVernay, whose recent directorial work on the Civil Rights film Selma propelled her to the national stage, is reportedly taking on a new project...
Parents outraged over homework assignment on...

Parents outraged over homework assignment on ‘po pimp’

theGRIO REPORT - Georgia parents were outraged when their son came to them with an unusual question about his homework. He had a worksheet about the rapper Twista that included the words "po pimp."
Jill Scott & Eve dissect Iggy Azalea’s...

Jill Scott & Eve dissect Iggy Azalea’s Black accent

theGrio REPORT - Jill Scott and Eve have been making the rounds to promote their new Lifetime movie With This Ring and on Friday they were guests of Shade 45’s Sway In The Morning with host Sway Calloway.
Fed up single mother proclaims she’s on...

Fed up single mother proclaims she’s on ‘strike’

theGRIO REPORT - Naasira Muhammad has gone on strike because she is fed up with her daughters' behavior.
Mother, 56, dies days after giving birth to twins

Mother, 56, dies days after giving birth to twins

theGRIO REPORT - Lisa Swinton McLaughlin wanted to have kids for more than 30 years. Last December, she and her husband Mike welcomed twin boys after a decade of trying different fertility treatments and in-vitro procedures, according to the Omaha World-Herald...
Rashida Jones tells reporter she’s ‘ethnic’...

Rashida Jones tells reporter she’s ‘ethnic’ on SAG Awards red carpert

theGRIO REPORT - It's not a good look to tell black folks you look 'tan' and 'tropical' if you're trying to compliment them on a Hollywood red carpet...

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#CancelWWENetwork Trends Worldwide as Angry Fans...

#CancelWWENetwork Trends Worldwide as Angry Fans Lash Out

Following the Royal Rumble, WWE fans became angry and lashed out, and #CancelWWENetwork began trending…
Expedia Buys Travelocity For $280 Million, But...

Expedia Buys Travelocity For $280 Million, But Will Merger Benefit Consumers?

How will the recent joining of the two companies affect travelers? Not much, analysts say.…
Miss Universe: Top Women of Color Who Got the...

Miss Universe: Top Women of Color Who Got the Crown

As the world celebrates the new Miss Universe, take a look back at women of…
Jamaica’s Plan To Legalize Marijuana Could Open...

Jamaica’s Plan To Legalize Marijuana Could Open Doors for Black Entrepreneurs

Jamaican bill plans to create licensing authority for farming, distribution and sale of marijuana for…
The Business Behind Skin Bleaching: 5 Telling...

The Business Behind Skin Bleaching: 5 Telling Facts

Here are five quick facts you should know about the business of skin bleaching and…
Three States Make MLK Day a Joint Holiday with...

Three States Make MLK Day a Joint Holiday with Leader of the Confederate Army

Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi make Martin Luther King, Jr. day a joint holiday with Confederate…

The Root

Rashida Jones to Reporter: ‘I’m Ethnic’

Rashida Jones to Reporter: ‘I’m Ethnic’

Sunday was the day of yet another red-carpet event, for yet another award show. Whenever these shows happen, there's bound to be a reporter making a fool of him- or herself. Sunday night during the Screen Actors Guild Awards red carpet, Rashida Jones, who stars in Parks and Recreation, had to let a reporter know about her skin color.

56-Year-Old Baltimore Woman Dies 7 Days After...

56-Year-Old Baltimore Woman Dies 7 Days After Giving Birth to Twins

Seven days after giving birth to twin boys, 56-year-old Lisa Swinton McLaughlin died on Jan. 4 from a “bowel obstruction,” the Daily Mail reports.

One Night in Miami Brings the Meeting of Ali,...

One Night in Miami Brings the Meeting of Ali, Malcolm, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown to Life

In the immediate moments after Cassius Clay shocked the world—defeating notorious bruiser Sonny Liston in Miami Beach, Fla., to win the heavyweight boxing championship in February 1964—he’s joined in the ring by Sam Cooke. Mr. Soul, as Cooke was known, also joined Clay, pro-football great Jim Brown and Malcolm X afterward at the Hampton House hotel in the black section of Miami. And One Night in Miami, which runs at the Center Stage in Baltimore until March 8, is first-time playwright Kemp Powers’ fictionalized account of that historic gathering.

Courtney Kemp Agboh, showrunner, writer, producer

Courtney Kemp Agboh, showrunner, writer, producer

Courtney Kemp Agboh breathes rare air as one of the few female showrunners in television. In Power, the show she created with input from executive producer 50 Cent, the Emmy-nominated writer also has the distinction of being a woman who writes a man’s world. Power stars Omari Hardwick, and is a nail-biting entrée into the glamorous, often violent, worlds of New York City nightlife and the illegal drug biz, but with characters shaded beyond stereotypes. This summer, the Starz drama hit nearly 2.5 million viewers—the largest total audience for a finale on the network in more than a year.

Cedric Richmond, U.S. Representative

Cedric Richmond, U.S. Representative

A politician and legislator since his mid-20s, U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) has been a tireless supporter of the restoration and preservation of Louisiana’s Gulf Coast. Richmond, the top Democrat on the Transportation Security Subcommittee of the House Committee on Homeland Security, recently got his first bill, the Honor Flight Act, passed as lead sponsor—a significant feat given a Republican-led, often gridlocked Congress. The bill provides expedited screening for armed services personnel visiting war memorials in Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Brea, Filmmaker

Jennifer Brea, Filmmaker

Several years ago, Jennifer Brea was at a restaurant and lost the ability to sign her name. Her health quickly deteriorated; so much so, that she couldn’t speak her vows at her wedding. After years of misdiagnoses, she got a verdict: chronic fatigue syndrome, or more specifically, myalgic encephalomyelitis, thought to affect more than 1 million Americans. Brea, on medical leave as a doctoral student at Harvard, sought a way to document her harrowing health tailspin. Since the condition left her with the inability to write, Brea’s video journals became the documentary Canary in a Coal Mine. The film outlines Brea’s walk with this swiftly attacking, misunderstood (often deemed psychosomatic) disease, and raises awareness about the utter lack of understanding (and funding) by the medical establishment. For her untold story, Brea raised over $200,000 in a Kickstarter campaign and Canary was recently bestowed a grant from the Sundance Institute.

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Black Lives Matter, So Do Our Voices

Black Lives Matter, So Do Our Voices

A few weeks ago, former Governor Deval Patrick took his ceremonial "lone walk" out of the Massachusetts State House to cap-off what had been a historic eight years as the first African American governor of a state that is roughly 83 percent white. On his last day in office there was not much national attention, fanfare, or even recognition for Patrick, who worked his way up from the tough streets of Chicago's South Side to Harvard University to the highest office in our nation's oldest commonwealth. Patrick's departure leaves our country without a single African American Governor and comes at a time where our Congress is only 8 percent Black (two senators and 44 House members). Although these numbers in many ways represent progress, they inversely depict how much work we still have left to do.

As the "Black Lives Matters" movement commands the American consciousness, I hear many of my friends, brothers, and sisters discuss how activism and civil disobedience are the "true" ways to create change. While that sentiment is correct marginally, I often think this new, and powerful "BLM" movement overlooks a critical issue, and that is the lack of political representation for African Americans. It's no secret that many of our nation's racial injustices are systematic and endemic to larger structures, so I am always a bit troubled by what seems to be a lack of attention to not only encourage, but ultimately elect more African Americans and minorities in general to public office. We have to understand the deep mutuality that exists between activism and politics. Our activism is only as strong as the elected officials we have representing and advocating for us. This is especially true at the state and local levels where the most damning pieces of legislation for African Americans such as, "Stand your ground laws," and "Voter ID laws" have been passed and enacted by state and local legislatures.

As we push forward with our movement to build a country and a world that values people of darker hues just as much as folks with lighter ones its important to remember that protests, die-ins, and social media activism are only one part of the solution. We have to be more deliberate in getting our fellow Africans Americans engaged in the political process as well as inspired and prepared to pursue public office. Yes, Black lives matter, but so do our voices and representation.
Rashida Jones Corrects Reporter's Comment On Her...

Rashida Jones Corrects Reporter's Comment On Her 'Very Tan' Look: 'I'm Ethnic' (VIDEO)

This year’s annual Screen Actors Guild Awards prompted many touching moments including two empowering acceptance speeches from “Orange Is The New Black” star Uzo Aduba, as she took home the award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Comedy series and “How To Get Away With Murder” star Viola Davis, who won the award for Best Actress In A Drama Series.

However another highlight, aside from Aduba and Davis’ captivating speeches, took place earlier on Sunday evening during the event’s live red carpet coverage, where TNT correspondent, Danielle Demski questioned actress, Rashida Jones' “very tan” appearance.

"You look like you've just come off an island or something. You're very tan. Very tropical," Demski said to the biracial “Parks and Recreation” star whose father is music legend Quincy Jones.

It was an awkward comment to which Jones quickly responded, “I mean, you know, I'm ethnic."

Check out the awkward moment in the clip above.
7 Snow Day Charts To Help You Weather The Storm

7 Snow Day Charts To Help You Weather The Storm

Snowpocalypse, Snowmageddon, whatever hyperbolic name you're calling it, it's here.

The Northeast is facing a snowstorm of epic proportions so we're getting prepared the only way we know how: making sarcastic charts about our impending doom. Don't you worry, though. As long as you've got shelter, food, water and Netflix, you're probably going to be okay.

So for those of you who find yourself out of work, out of school or out of shows to stream during the storm, scroll down for 7 charts that will help you put #Snowmageddon2015 into perspective.

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White Clergy Spark Debate By Telling Cops...

White Clergy Spark Debate By Telling Cops #UseMeInstead For Target Practice

A group of clergy members wanted to change the conversation when they heard that a Florida police department was using mug shots of young black men as targets for shooting practice.

#UseMeInstead,” the religious leaders said, tweeting photos of themselves in hopes that their solidarity would cause cops to “think twice” before pulling the trigger.

But the well-intentioned hashtag is provoking mixed responses.

It wasn’t long before Broderick Greer, a 24-year-old student at Virginia Theological Seminary, noticed something about the pictures showing up under #UseMeInstead.

Most of the participants were white.

“I’m conflicted. I have so many wonderful white clergy friends involved in that hashtag,” Greer told HuffPost. “But it’s fallen into a ‘white savior’ narrative, that these white clergy have come to the aid of these helpless black people. And I don’t think that’s what we’re trying to promote.

“We don’t want white people to be used instead of black people as a target, we don’t want anyone to be used as target practice,” Greer continued. “We want everyone to live in a society where they’re not targeted for anything."

The idea for #UseMeInstead emerged from a discussion on a private Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Facebook group, according to the Rev. Angela Shannon, pastor of Dallas' King Of Glory Lutheran Church. A black clergy member alerted the group that bullet-ridden mugshots of young black men had been found at a shooting range used for police training in Florida. The North Miami Beach City Council has since permanently banned the practice.

Shannon said she suggested clergy members send their own photos to the police department. The Rev. Joy M. Gonnerman and two other clergy members created a Facebook event, inviting pastors to send in photos of themselves in their religious clothing.

“Our faith teaches us that all human life is sacred. And when human life is devalued, Jesus teaches us to put ourselves in the place of those whose humanity is denied, just as he did,” the pastors wrote on the page.

"These young men [the police] were shooting at were black, but this was a reminder that they are human people, regardless of race," Gonnerman told HuffPost about #UseMeInstead. "I understand the sentiment of the 'white savior' thing, but it doesn't mean we should stand aside and say we have nothing to do at all."

Shannon supported #UseMeInstead initially, but said the good intentions of the hashtag soon "derailed for a variety of reasons."

"My white colleagues were using their privilege to step in, so to speak, but privilege is a double-edged sword because in the end what happened is that the privilege was used for both good and ill because it silenced black voices," Shannon said.

Nyasha Junior, an assistant professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at the Howard University School of Divinity, said the hashtag moves the focus away from black lives and runs the risk of “centering whiteness.”

Like Greer, Junior said she noticed that black clergy members hadn’t embraced #UseMeInstead on Twitter.

“I think that’s because black clergy recognize that they could have been those photos, that they look like those mug shots and that their lives really are at stake,” Junior told HuffPost.

While Junior acknowledged hashtag activism can be useful, she said a better way for the clergy members to show solidarity would have been to work within their own communities to build bridges.

If anything, the episode was a teaching opportunity, Shannon said. It was a moment to step back and think about what it means to be a supportive ally, without becoming the hero of the story.

The Rev. Lura N. Groen, one of the administrators of the Facebook event, said pastors of color need to have their voices elevated in the discussion.

“I'm happy so many Lutheran pastors were motivated to jump into the conversation about race, which we've been far too silent on," Groen wrote on Facebook. "But I hope we keep learning how to do it more responsibly, be better allies.”

What do you think about #UseMeInstead?

If you must use pictures real humans for target practice, for the love of God, #usemeinstead

— Lura Groen (@lura_groen) January 18, 2015

North Miami Beach police: If you must use photos of people for target practice, please: #UseMeInstead @LanternInit

— Zoe Nicholson (@onlinewithzoe) January 25, 2015

#usemeinstead (I'll make it easy for them.)

— PrJGonnerman (@JoyGonnerman) January 17, 2015

Fla. police used mugshots of black men for target practice. Clergy responded: #UseMeInstead.

— Elahe Izadi (@ElaheIzadi) January 26, 2015

Police officers, as a white man, I’ve been taught that I have nothing to fear from you. #UseMeInstead. Please.

— Jason Chesnut (@crazypastor) January 18, 2015

After seeing the targets used @myNMBPolice for sniper practice... #usemeinstead

— Bruce Reyes-Chow (@breyeschow) January 18, 2015

Astonished @myNMBPolice use photos for targets. You do know you're supposed to uphold the law, right? #usemeinstead

— Graeme Fancourt (@graemefancourt) January 18, 2015

.@myNMBPolice You have a difficult job. Just like clergy, you are not above reproach. #usemeinstead

— Sean (@FrSeanFerrell) January 18, 2015

A Detroit Collage: How A Graffiti Artist, Apparel...

A Detroit Collage: How A Graffiti Artist, Apparel Company And Nonprofit Are Helping To Keep Art In Schools

As Detroit continues to suffer from the scorching effects of bankruptcy, art—a cultural underpinning of the iconic town—remains strong, with artists, particularly urban artists, thriving amid the ashes.
'I'm A Boxer' Video Is A Powerful Response To...

'I'm A Boxer' Video Is A Powerful Response To Sexism In Sports

"Don't call me a female boxer. I'm a boxer."

These are the words spoken by a young athlete, who, like many girls, wants an equal playing field when it comes to sports.

In a powerful commercial made by Everlast, "I'm a Boxer" addresses the sexism faced by women in athletics every day. "I imagine a world where it doesn't matter if you're a boy or girl," says the young girl in a voiceover. "What matters is how well you play."

"There seems to be a trend happening where women's career titles are constantly being genderized," Claire Edmondson, who directed the commericial, wrote in an email to The Huffington Post. "For instance, I'm constantly referred to as a 'female director' instead of a 'director' and I wanted to address that. I also wanted to make something positive for young girls to see."

Edmondson explained the message she wants these girls to take away from the video.

"I'm hoping that they feel encouraged to stick with whatever they are doing, even if it feels a little hopeless at time and for them to know they do matter."

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Chris Brown Postpones Tour Due to Probation Ban

Chris Brown Postpones Tour Due to Probation Ban

Singer is forced to delay start of "Between The Sheets."
Cipha Sounds Shares Frustrations With Hot 97

Cipha Sounds Shares Frustrations With Hot 97

Radio DJ vents about programming shakeup.
Chicago Gun Violence: 3 Dead, 20 Injured This...

Chicago Gun Violence: 3 Dead, 20 Injured This Past Weekend

The youngest victim was an 18-year-old male.
Jennifer Lopez Talks About Taboo of Women Dating...

Jennifer Lopez Talks About Taboo of Women Dating Younger Men

The actress/singer also shares her views on cheating.
A Timeline of Recent Boko Haram Attacks

A Timeline of Recent Boko Haram Attacks

Group seizes military base in "most serious attack yet."
A$AP Yams Co-Executive Produced A$AP Rocky's New...

A$AP Yams Co-Executive Produced A$AP Rocky's New Album

Rapper reveals crew mate's contribution to his next effort.

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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

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

VIDEO: Man Puts Child in Washer Machine, Babysitter Watches

UCLA Medical Center Stung by Lawsuit

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