TheGrio’s Natasha Alford talks social justice and journalism’s power on ‘The Breakfast Club’

Power 105.1’s popular hit morning show “The Breakfast Club” held a radiothon Thursday to promote awareness and action for social justice – and a familiar face made an appearance.

TheGrio‘s Deputy Editor and digital host, Natasha Alford, joined the show to talk about her original reporting series ‘True Story.‘ The intimate and inspiring video project highlights how everyday people can make a difference in society.

“I try to do stories that focus on solutions,” Alford said of her series.  “I look at issues that I care about and find somebody who’s working on it.”

“Not only do we hold powerful people accountable, but we show the good that’s happening in our community.”

Alford teased an upcoming episode of True Story, which focuses on a local effort in Newark, NJ to improve police community relationships through trauma training which brings both groups together. The ‘True Story’ series will also feature a profile on activist Tamika Mallory.

The Change 4 Change radiothon fundraiser raised over $700,000 to benefit The Gathering for Justice, a social justice non-profit founded by civil rights pioneer Harry Belafonte.

Celebrities and newsmakers who donated included music artists DJ Khaled, Ludacris, Fat Joe, Remy Ma and Talib Kweli.  Rapper Eminem contributed $150,000, which was the largest donation. Diddy contributed $100,000 to the radiothon.

Learn more about Alford’s ‘True Story’ series below: