About theGrio

theGrio, owned by Entertainment Studios LLC, is the first video-centric news community site devoted to providing African-Americans with stories and perspectives that appeal to them but are underrepresented in existing national news outlets. theGrio features aggregated and original video packages, news articles, and blogs on topics from breaking news, politics, health, business, and entertainment, which concern its niche audience.

The goal of theGrio is to be the news portal that satisfies the desire of African-Americans to stay informed and connected with their community. TheGrio’s editorial mandate is to focus on news and events that have a unique interest and/or pronounced impact within the national African American audience.

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theGrio Team:



Todd Johnson is the Chief Content Officer at theGrio.

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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, VP of Digital Operations




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. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading and all things Beyoncé. 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.




Van Crawford, Brand Marketing Manager