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Preacher’s home robbed; $100K in cash, jewelry,...

Preacher’s home robbed; $100K in cash, jewelry, guns taken

theGrio REPORT - A Tennessee pastor's home was burglarized while he was preaching Palm Sunday services this Sunday morning.
Homeless man stops rape attempt in northwest D.C.

Homeless man stops rape attempt in northwest D.C.

theGRIO REPORT - A recently homeless man in Washington, D.C., says he was just looking for a place to sleep when he witnessed a man attempting to rape a woman and knew he had to intervene.
4-foot bodybuilder finds love with 6-foot...

4-foot bodybuilder finds love with 6-foot transgender woman

theGRIO REPORT - Proving there is someone for everyone, a London bodybuilder has found love with a woman that is nearly two-feet taller than him...
More protections needed to reduce payday...

More protections needed to reduce payday lending’s crippling effect on African-Americans

OPINION - The statistics speak for themselves. For example, according to a study by The Pew Charitable Trusts, twelve percent of African Americans have taken out a payday loan, compared to six percent of Hispanics, and four percent of whites...
Political correctness, not bigotry, to blame for...

Political correctness, not bigotry, to blame for Trevor Noah’s Twitter critics

OPINION - Trevor Noah, the biracial South African comedian who was recently tapped to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show is the latest to come under fire for controversial “bigoted” and offensive remarks...
Zoë Kravitz on eating disorder: ‘I Felt...

Zoë Kravitz on eating disorder: ‘I Felt Pressured’

theGrio REPORT - Zoë Kravitz is the daughter of a rock icon and a legendary teenage tv star - yet her life hasn't always been as charmed as you'd think.

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BE Exclusive: Congressman Jim Himes Takes Stance...

BE Exclusive: Congressman Jim Himes Takes Stance Against LGBT Discrimination

Here is a Be Exclusive: CT Congressman Jim Himes: 'Indiana could discriminate against anybody with…
[RECAP] Nickelodeon’s 2015 Annual Kids’...

[RECAP] Nickelodeon’s 2015 Annual Kids’ Choice Awards: Winners

Hollywood stars took over the orange carpet and took away orange blimps at Nickelodeon’s 28th…
5 Things to Know About Jon Stewart’s...

5 Things to Know About Jon Stewart’s Replacement Trevor Noah

Five things to know about South African comedian Trevor Noah.
T.I. Opens his First Restaurant: Scales 925

T.I. Opens his First Restaurant: Scales 925

T.I. is opening his first restaurant, Scales 925, in downtown Atlanta on April 14.
Mississippi Student Indicted for Hanging Noose on...

Mississippi Student Indicted for Hanging Noose on Iconic Statue of James Meredith

Recently, a University of Mississippi Student was indicted for hanging noose on James Meredith iconic…
Jay-Z Set to Relaunch Tidal, a New Music Service

Jay-Z Set to Relaunch Tidal, a New Music Service

Jay Z is set to relaunch his new music service 'Tidal' today.

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President Obama Commutes Sentences of 22...

President Obama Commutes Sentences of 22 Convicted of Drug Crimes

In 2014 Attorney General Eric Holder spoke out against the lengthy sentences that people selling drugs received, and on Tuesday President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of some 22 federal prisoners, some of whom were serving life in prison for drug distribution, backing a shift by the White House to reduce harsh penalties for nonviolent drug crimes.

‘Anti-Semitic’ Tweets or Not, Comedy Central...

‘Anti-Semitic’ Tweets or Not, Comedy Central Will Stand by Trevor Noah

Given the speed at which modern news operates, it’s a miracle that anybody ever gets to have any fun.

This Man Is in Jail for Throwing a Banana Peel at...

This Man Is in Jail for Throwing a Banana Peel at Dave Chappelle

Christian Englander will forever be known as the man who threw a banana peel at Dave Chappelle and ended up behind bars. During Chappelle’s Monday-night concert in Santa Fe, N.M., Englander allegedly became upset after the comedian made fun of his companion. But instead of taking the jokes in stride, he launched a banana peel at Chappelle.

Mumia Abu-Jamal Rushed to Hospital: Report

Mumia Abu-Jamal Rushed to Hospital: Report

Mumia Abu-Jamal, the activist imprisoned for the murder of a police officer, has been rushed to a hospital amid conflicting reports regarding his health.

1st Black Woman to Pilot the Cool Spy Plane That...

1st Black Woman to Pilot the Cool Spy Plane That Captures Intelligence for US Leaders

In order for Navy SEAL teams to hunt down terrorists, or for foreign policy analysts to track the movement of WMDs—or to detect whether Iran is, in fact, developing a nuclear weapons program—our leaders rely on special pilots to capture that type of intelligence through the use of spy-plane cameras.

Laurence Fishburne’s Mother May Get Evicted;...

Laurence Fishburne’s Mother May Get Evicted; Says Her Son Has ‘Gone Hollywood’

Although Laurence Fishburne is reveling in the success of his TV sitcom Black-ish, his mother, Hattie Fishburne, is facing eviction. In an interview with the New York Post, Hattie says she hasn’t been able to pay her rent for several months and will be homeless on Tuesday. Hattie, who is a retired schoolteacher, says she hasn’t spoken to her son since his father died a year ago.

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Who Is Nigeria's Next President Muhammadu Buhari?

Who Is Nigeria's Next President Muhammadu Buhari?

Nigerian President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, a 72-year-old former military general, has traveled a long road to electoral victory.

On Tuesday, Buhari defeated incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria's presidential election, marking the first democratic change in power in modern Nigeria. While the final results have not yet officially been announced, tallies by Reuters and the Associated Press have each put Buhari ahead of Jonathan by more than 2 million votes.

Buhari has ousted a Nigerian leader before, in December 1983, but that was during a military coup. After Nigeria gained independence from Britain in 1960, the country was blighted by a bloody civil war and a rapid succession of military power grabs. Buhari ruled Nigeria for just 20 months before being deposed in turn by rival generals and jailed for 40 months.

Buhari was no less an autocrat than Nigeria's other military rulers during this period. He won some praise from his countrymen for his crackdown on Nigeria's endemic corruption, locking up some 500 officials and businessmen implicated in pilfering from the resource-rich state. But he also cracked down on journalists, activists and artists, including the world-renowned Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti.

Buhari's disciplinarian leadership bordered on the eccentric. The regime touted a “War Against Indiscipline,” which introduced harsh criminal punishments -- including 21 years in jail for cheating on college exams -- and an official crackdown on all forms of bad behavior. Police whipped people who cut in lines. Civil servants who were late to work were forced to do frog jumps. ''They are trying to make good little soldiers out of us all, and it just isn't possible to do,'' one civil servant commented at the time.

Nigeria has come a long way since then, and so, it seems, has Buhari. In 1999, Nigeria returned to civilian rule. Buhari has contested four presidential elections since, and describes himself as a "converted democrat."

"I take responsibility for whatever happened under my watch," he said in remarks in February at Chatham House, a London think tank. "I cannot change the past. But I can change the present and the future."

His avowed change of heart has provoked mixed feelings in Nigeria.

“I think once a dictator, always a dictator," Nigerian journalist Sonnie Ekwowusi told The Guardian this week. "Many people are afraid that if [Buhari] wins, they will go to prison."

Nigerian author and Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, on the other hand, told The Guardian this week that he is prepared to take Buhari at his word. "At the risk of being proved wrong," said Soyinka, "I think we have a case here of a genuine ‘born-again’ phenomenon."

Buhari's last presidential run was also under scrutiny. After he lost to Jonathan in 2011, Buhari called foul. Nigeria has long struggled with electoral fraud, and this time the vote sparked sectarian riots in which nearly 1,000 Nigerians were killed. Some activists have accused Buhari of inflaming the 2011 violence with incendiary remarks at political rallies.

Nigeria is Africa's most populous country, with a rich diversity of ethnic, linguistic and religious groups. Buhari hails from the Muslim-majority north, while Jonathan is from the mainly Christian south. Nigeria's electoral system tries to soothe these divides by requiring presidential candidates to capture at least 25 percent of the vote in two-thirds of Nigeria's 36 states in order to win. In 2015, both candidates tried to appeal across ethnic and religious lines. Buhari picked a running mate who is a Christian, and Jonathan chose one who is a Muslim. "Even though I’m a Christian I have no problem voting Buhari. We need change,” one man in Lagos told The Independent last week, citing the poverty that persists in Nigeria despite the country's vast oil wealth.

A major turning point for Buhari came in 2013, when several major opposition parties formed a coalition, the All Progressives Congress, under his leadership. Their campaign played up Buhari's tough reputation as the presidential race grew more and more focused on security and the economy. In 2014, Nigeria was rocked by plummeting oil prices and a sharp uptick of violence by Boko Haram insurgents. Nigerian forces struggled to fend off attacks, and Jonathan was increasingly criticized as ineffective.

Buhari started his political career as a governor in Boko Haram's northeastern heartlands, and in 2012 the insurgent group asked him to serve as a mediator between themselves and the Nigerian government. Buhari turned down the request. When the militants kidnapped some 200 schoolgirls in Chibok last April, Buhari denounced them as "misguided persons masquerading as adherents of Islam." Last July, the militant group apparently tried to kill Buhari. During his recent campaign, the former general vowed to eliminate the extremist group.
Marvin Gaye's Sister Zeola Sets The Record...

Marvin Gaye's Sister Zeola Sets The Record Straight On Reported Family Feud Over 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

Since Marvin Gaye's estate was awarded $7.4 million in the copyright infringement case over "Blurred Lines" earlier this month, reports have swirled about the "ugly rift" the money has caused between members of the Gaye family.

Zeola Gaye, Marvin's younger sister, spoke out about the controversy on HuffPost Live on Tuesday and said she and her sister Jeanne Gaye, are not upset with the way the suit panned out. Although Zeola's vocals are featured on her brother's hit song "Got To Give It Up," she isn't upset she didn't receive any money from the verdict.

"Neither myself nor my sister are feuding over the financial reward that my niece and nephew received from the lawsuit. Absolutely not. If anything, we are very happy. I was so happy that the lawsuit went into their favor," Zeola told host Nancy Redd.

Zeola also said that her interview with the Daily Mail, which details a feud between the "penniless" sisters and their superstar brother's ex-wife Jan, isn't entirely accurate.

"I'm ... deeply, deeply heartbroken, and I felt totally betrayed by the Daily Mail for taking [the interview] I did with them out of context," she said. "I'm not living in poverty, I'm not penniless. I live comfortably within my means. And I was not expecting to be in that lawsuit, even though I'm on the record. I never felt that I was part of the lawsuit. … The lawsuit was for the kids, Marvin's heirs. I'm not an heir. I'm a sibling."

Zeola's memories of recording "Got To Give It Up" with her late brother are better than any monetary compensation, she added.

"My reward came from just being able to record that with my brother," she said.

Watch the full HuffPost Live interview with Zeola Gaye here.
Raven-Symoné: 'I Am From Every Continent In...

Raven-Symoné: 'I Am From Every Continent In Africa Except For One'

Last year, Raven-Symoné caused a stir on social media when she admitted during an episode of Oprah Winfrey’s “Where Are They Now?” that she does not want to be labeled as “gay” or “African-American,” but simply as an “American.”

During a recent interview with E! News, the former "Cosby Show" actress and star of "That's So Raven" clarified her previous comments by revealing results from an Ancestry.com DNA test, saying that she’s from every “continent” in Africa except one.

“I never said I wasn’t black, I said I wasn’t African American -- to me that’s a difference,” she said to E! News correspondent Alicia Quarles. “Thank you to Ancestry.com for sending me my DNA test ... I am from every continent in Africa except for one and I’m also from every continent in Europe except for one.”

"We are a melting pot of beauty. We have to embrace the different cultures we have,” she continued. “And if you don't, we're still gonna have these problems that are blasting up everywhere. And call me a hippie, call me a free-thinker, call me someone that's looking for a better life, but I wanna be in a better world."

The actress’ latest remarks follow a recent hailstorm of criticism stemming from an appearance on “The View” where she questioned whether former Univision host Rodner Figueroa’s comments on Michelle Obama resembling a cast member from “Planet of the Apes” were “racist-like.”

Check out more of Raven-Symoné’s E! News interview in the clip above.
Payday Rules Will Help Balance the Scales

Payday Rules Will Help Balance the Scales

Fighting predatory lenders can feel a little like taking on the 2015 Kentucky basketball team, but last week the odds for millions of underdogs across America got a lot better.
Remarks by President Obama in neighboring Alabama and the corresponding announcement by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau of federal regulations aimed at ending debt traps were a welcome jolt of March Madness.

David is getting in a good hit on Goliath.

Calling out the small dollar lenders that are seemingly ubiquitous in poor neighborhoods, Obama said: "If you're lending to somebody, knowing they can't pay you back, and you're going to put them on the hook and just squeeze them harder and harder and harder and take more and more money out of them, you're taking advantage of them. ... If you're making (a) profit by trapping hardworking Americans into a vicious cycle of debt, you got to find a new business model."

When Director Richard Cordray and his staff visited my home state of Mississippi a year and a half ago, people in the Mississippi Delta told horror stories of going to borrow a small amount of money and ending up owing thousands of dollars in fees and interest. When leaving our state, Director Cordray vowed to always keep the people of the Delta in mind as he carried out his charge to protect consumers. In explaining the proposed regulations yesterday, Cordray acknowledged that people need ways to borrow money.

"Consumers need credit that helps them, not harms them," Cordray said.
Many payday lenders target people who lack access to bank services. At Hope Credit Union, we have demonstrated that you don't have to charge predatory rates to people just because of where they live, their age or their skin color.

More than one-third of HOPE members did not have a bank account before joining HOPE. And most of them live in low-income and rural communities. But just like everyone else, they sometimes need access to affordable, responsible credit. And they should not be taken advantage of by predators whose business model is designed to exploit vulnerable people during a time of need.

President Obama evoked fairness. Making good on the promise of America in the Deep South where the scourge of predatory lending is most rampant. In Alabama again, where recent recognitions of Bloody Sunday reminded us our work to build a more perfect union is not finished.

But we'll take the victories where we can get them. And march on.

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ACLU Attorney Finalizes Agreement With TSA To...

ACLU Attorney Finalizes Agreement With TSA To Track Hair Searches, Assess Possible Racial Discrimination

Accusations of racially selective airport searches by the Transportation Security Administration have prompted officials to deem the practice discriminatory. This comes years after Solange Knowles spoke out about her own experience with airport "Discrim-FRO-nation" on Twitter but it appears as though black women are still receiving routine hair searches.

ACLU staff attorney Novella Coleman joined HuffPost Live on Monday and described how she was singled out for "subjective" and "racially discriminatory" searches by the TSA on three separate occasions. She explained:

The first time it happened to me, I was completely caught off guard. I went through the full body scanner at the airport. I turned around and looked at the screen, nothing unusual was on it. And then the TSA agent next to me said, 'Now I need to search your hair.' And then she proceeded to grab my hair and just squeeze it from top to bottom. And then she found nothing. … The two white women that I was with from work went through. Nothing happened. They weren't searched.


When Coleman pressed the TSA agent to explain why she was inspected, she received a multitude of responses. First she was told the TSA's policy is to search passengers' hair if it has extensions. Then the agent widened the policy to include extensions or "abnormalities." Then after Coleman asked again, a manager rephrased the policy once more, stating that they will search a passenger's hair if they cannot see her scalp.

Coleman, who wears her hair in dreadlocks, said that her experience with the "intrusive" searches is not unique.

"I noticed that there was a pattern among black women, particularly those with their hair in a natural style, being singled out for these discriminatory and intrusive hair searches," she told host Alyona Minkovski.

Coleman and her client Malaika Singleton, who has also spoken out about racial profiling in airport security protocols, have reached an agreement with the TSA to ensure that all passengers are treated with "respect and dignity."

Per that agreement, TSA agents at Los Angeles International Airport will undergo training to emphasize racially neutral practices, and the agency will "specifically track" complaints "to assess whether a discriminatory impact may be occurring."

Learn more about accusations of racial profiling in TSA searches in the video above.

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'Empire' Star Grace Gealey Shares Her Thoughts On...

'Empire' Star Grace Gealey Shares Her Thoughts On Skin Complexion In America

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-- “Empire” star Grace Gealey explains how the focus on skin complexion among women of color was the most surprising thing she discovered in America since relocating from the Cayman Islands at age 18. (Details Magazine)




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