TheGrio, owned by Entertainment Studios Digital Media LLC, is a video news community devoted to providing stories that affect and reflect Black America.
The goal of TheGrio is to satisfy the need of African-Americans to stay informed and connected with our community. TheGrio’s editorial mandate is to focus on news and events that have a unique interest and/or pronounced impact for the African-American audience.
Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Entertainment Studios
In 1993, comedian, producer, media mogul, and philanthropist, Byron Allen founded his Los Angeles-based global media company, Entertainment Studios. The company is the first African-American owned multi-platform media studio producing and distributing movies and content for all platforms. Entertainment Studios also produces and distributes Emmy Award-winning and nominated shows and sells advertising for 67 broadcast and cable television programs.
In 2016, Entertainment Studios purchased TheGrio, a digital, video-centric news platform devoted to providing compelling entertainment, news, and lifestyle content for African-Americans. TheGrio features aggregated and original video content and articles on topics ranging from breaking news, politics, lifestyle, business, and entertainment. TheGrio has more than 20 million annual visitors.
Geraldine Moriba is the Senior Vice President of TheGrio, a news, entertainment and empowerment organization. She’s a veteran media executive, filmmaker and journalist who has worked in senior leadership roles at PBS, CNN, NBC, ABC and CBC. Moriba has developed television news programs, launched news sites, executive-produced documentaries, covered live elections and major news events, provided standards and practices coverage, and more. She is a co-host and executive producer of SOUNDS LIKE HATE, a podcast series funded by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Moriba is also a recent Stanford University Brown Institute research scientist and a John S. Knight journalism fellow. Her work has earned her many industry accolades including five Emmy Awards, an Alfred I. DuPont Award, two Peabody Awards, the distinguished Princeton University Ferris Professorship of Journalism Fellowship, the Anita Hill Gender Justice Award, two RTNDA-Unity Awards, four New York Film Festival Awards, two NABJ First Place Documentary Awards, and more.
Todd Johnson is the Chief Content Officer at theGrio.com. Todd first joined the site as a reporter and video journalist shortly after its launch in June 2009. His experience includes trips to Haiti reporting on the devastating earthquake, as well as several reports on the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and Ferguson protests. He’s previously served as theGrio’s Managing Editor, as well as the Editorial Director for NBCBLK, a division of NBC News Digital. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Natasha Alford, VP of Digital Content & Senior Correspondent. Natasha is a millennial media exec, award-winning journalist, and content creator. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, and Oprah Mag, and she’s been a guest contributor on MSNBC, The Breakfast Club, and Sirius XM. Follow her @NatashaSAlford on Twitter
Dan Woolsey, Co-Founder, and VP of Digital Operations. Dan started his career on set and in the crews of television and film productions in New York City. In 2006, he teamed up with David A. Wilson and Barion grant to make the award-winning documentary, Meeting David Wilson, and later to co-found TheGrio.com with NBC News. David and Dan later re-acquired TheGrio, ran it independently for a few years until selling to its current owner, Byron Allen of Entertainment Studios.
Gerren Keith Gaynor is the Managing Editor at TheGrio. The New York Times-published journalist previously served as an editor at Fox News, BET, and Vibe magazine. Follow him at @MrGerrenalist on Twitter and Instagram
Shana Pinnock is the Social Media Director at TheGrio, Shana is a lover and creator of content For Us and By Us. You can count on her for current events in all things pop culture (and a little humorous shade!). Follow her at @QueenSqueakz on Twitter.
Mariel Turner is the Senior Editor at TheGrio. The Detroit native previously worked as a senior entertainment editor for Us Weekly, and as a digital producer for KTLA 5 News in Los Angeles. Mariel strives to find the intersection between entertainment and social issues. Follow her @mariel_turner on Twitter & Instagram.
Blue Telusma is a Senior Writer at TheGrio, whose viral think pieces have been featured on CNN, HuffPost, Buzzfeed, USA Today, BET, and several other national news outlets. Her work mainly focuses on dissecting pop culture, promoting emotional intelligence, and fostering activism through the arts. Follow her @bluecentric on Twitter & Instagram
Cortney M. Wills is the Entertainment Director at TheGrio and has been covering music, TV, and film since 2005. The pop culture junkie from LA started her career at Teen People Magazine and has written for THR, Billboard, Jet, NAACP Crisis, MTV News, and Variety among others.
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