Monthly Archives: December 2011

Slideshow: TheGrio's 25 wackiest stories of 2011

SLIDESHOW - Check out some of the greatest examples of buffoonery from this past year...

Slideshow: TheGrio's 20 most uplifting stories of 2011

SLIDESHOW - These inspiring stories touched our hearts this year, and we definitely do not want to forget them...

Etta James taken off respirator, now breathing on her own

Grammy-winning blues and soul legend Etta James, famous for her hit 'At Last,' was taken off respiratory assistance but remains hospitalized in California, her agent said Friday...

Bill Cosby writes 'get well' letter to Etta James

Funnyman Bill Cosby has reached out to Etta James, urging the ailing singer to "get well" as she battles leukemia...

Louis CK and Bill Maher: Why white comics can cop a black attitude

theGRIO REPORT - Bill Maher and Louis C.K. talking about race and mocking their own white privilege creates a balance of saying, 'they can't talk about that,' with 'damn, he's right'...

Celebrity weddings 2011: The best black celebrity weddings of the year (SLIDESHOW)

SLIDESHOW - African-American celebrities tied the knot in lavish ceremonies with guest lists filled with luminaries in 2011 -- that you may have missed...

Melody Barnes, Obama's domestic policy chief, leaves during crises

WASHINGTON (AP) - Melody Barnes is leaving as White House chief domestic policy adviser at a time when President Barack Obama's administration is getting little notice for its work on the home front to fix the struggling economy...

The top 10 most racist remarks of 2011

NEWS ONE - This year has come and gone, but unfortunately, racism is here to stay...

Herman Cain: From frontrunner to footnote in GOP Iowa primary

theGRIO REPORT - Only two months after leading the polls in Iowa, Herman Cain has virtually disappeared from the political scene and will have almost no impact on the results in the first contest of the GOP presidential nomination process...

Yvette Prieto: Model engaged to Michael Jordan

Yvette Prieto, the model who is engaged to Michael Jordan is now the subject of intense curiosity and millions of Google searches. But who is she?...

Minimum wage increase may backfire for blacks

theGRIO REPORT - Although some workers are worried about their paychecks for the next year, more than a million other workers across the country will see their minimum wage rate rise starting on New Year's Day. Yet many experts say African-Americans workers may not benefit as greatly from the increase..
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Ron Paul newsletters: Republican candidate can't keep story straight

OPINION - In 1996, Paul defended the newsletters and the content. Yet now all of a sudden in 2012, he has no idea how those offensive portions snuck in there...

Rumor: Floyd Mayweather placed $1 million bet against Tebow

TheGrio SPORTS -- The rumor is flying through sports circles: boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. placed a million-dollar bet that star NFL quarterback Tim Tebow would flop...

Michelle Obama vacation wardrobe slammed for being too pricey

The Obamas have been drawing heat for their 17-day Hawaiian holiday, estimated by some media outlets to cost taxpayers $4 million. But the criticism doesn't stop there. Now first lady Michelle Obama is under scrutiny for her high-end fashion choices...

Kid Cudi on Ben Breedlove hypertrophic cardiomyopathy death: 'I broke down'

Kid Cudi took to his blog the day after fan Ben Breedlove died from a heart attack to express his admiration for the Austin, Texas, teenager...

C-Murder's conviction for murder, life sentence upheld

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana appeals court has upheld the murder conviction and life sentence for rapper C-Murder...

Rihanna and Chris Brown continue their 'tweet affair'

theGRIO REPORT - Rihanna and Chris Brown appear to be continuing their subliminal online 'tweet affair'....

Michael Jordan engaged to model girlfriend Yvette Prieto

Michael Jordan is engaged to longtime girlfriend Yvette Prieto, a Cuban-American model he's been dating for three years...

African-American actresses decry the lack of good roles

Kim Wayans is all smiles as she basks in the glow of her first dramatic role in the new film Pariah but she still has to pause and ponder when asked what role in film she wished she'd had the chance to portray in the past few years...