Jacarrio Williams, 10, protests the George Zimmerman verdict at Mellon Park on July 14, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Yesterday Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was found not guilty of murder in the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Some blacks fear Florida boycott

theGRIO REPORT - In response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, many have pushed for a boycott of Florida in disapproval of the state's 'Stand Your Ground' law...
Rickey Lee shucks Louisiana oysters

Essence Music Festival: Top 5 New Orleans soul food restaurants

theGRIO REPORT - So between jamming out to New Edition and learning some new empowerment tips at the Essence Music Festival and its Empowerment Experience, sit down for a fantastic meal at at least one -- or perhaps all -- of these 'must-dine' restaurants...
El DeBarge performs with Keri Hilson

On the road to Essence Music Fest: Louisiana’s must-see hidden gems

The Essence Music Festival is a marvelous celebration of African-American music ranging from rap to reggae. Louisiana is also a similar repository of black culture's lengthy legacy in America. Be sure to explore your surroundings, to make your trip to the Essence festival even more rewarding.
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