Demetria Irwin

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It is hard to fathom that a black woman (a black woman with a master’s degree in English and a P.h.D in African-American studies no less) would find fault with the idea of #BlackGirlMagic, but that is precisely what...
Ten years ago, almost to the day, Kanye West stood alongside an incredibly uncomfortable Mike Meyers during a live television broadcast for a Hurricane Katrina fundraiser and said “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” Slow clap for 2005...
While having a discussion about racism on a podcast called “WTF with Marc Maron,” President Barack Obama used the word “nigger.” And it’s perfectly fine.  The president was making a valid point about racism when he dropped the n-word....
Sneaker and sportswear giant Nike and their subsidiary company Converse had their second annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on May 13. Police officers all over the country were able to receive 30% off their purchases at the companies’ retail stores. All...
A brush, a wallet, a broom, a toy gun, absolutely nothing ... these are all things that dead black men and boys had in their hands when they were "threats" to police officers and ended up dead allegedly because...
Most state senators do not receive national attention, but Oklahoma State Senator Anastasia Pittman has plenty now. Whether it is the kind she wants is debatable, but she does at least have the spotlight. Earlier this week, Pittman organized a...
theGRIO OPINION - Empire’s two-hour, drama-filled season finale was last night and it did not disappoint.
Pastor Creflo Dollar has a simple and humble request for his followers. He wants 200,000 people to donate at least $300 each so that his ministry can purchase a Gulfstream 650 private jet that costs about $65 million. The...
For the general public, a scandal ends as soon as the newspapers and websites stop making stories about it. Headlines shift to the next big controversy, heady Facebook debates find fresher topics. But for the human beings at the...
Black Twitter is an awesome force. It has raised consciousness, caused people to lose jobs and, perhaps most famously, provided endless comic relief. But even when levity is part of Black Twitter’s arsenal, it is often used to highlight certain...
In the wake of numerous well-publicized incidents of black men dying at the hands of police officers, one would think that hip hop artists would be at the forefront of creative and activist endeavors in response to those tragic...
theGRIO - St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced that a grand jury determined that no charges should be filed against Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
I want to give VH1’s upcoming show Bye Felicia the benefit of the doubt, but I just can’t do it. One, the title of show alone gives me pause. “Bye, Felicia,” a phrase from the 90’s comedy flick Friday, has...
The “I don’t like mens no more” video has gone viral. The almost seven-minute long clip purports to show a young man being “delivered” from homosexuality during the COGIC 107th Holy Convocation. There are so many things wrong with...
Before Obama was elected president, there was a running joke in the black community. Whenever someone was asked about the potential of ascending to the White House, the response was something along the lines of “No thanks. I enjoy living.” There...
In the wake of the Ray Rice domestic violence scandal, CBS cancelled a pre-game opener featuring singer Rihanna on Jay-Z’s “Run this Town.”  The hit song was to serve as the backdrop while actor Don Cheadle narrated sequences meant...
Dr. Maya Angelou was that rare but quintessential artist whose work stayed relevant over time and across generations. By the time of her death at 86 years old, Dr. Angelou had provided the world with decades of art in a...
OPINION - Thus far the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag has failed its primary mission...
OPINION - The NAACP long ago lost its image as a fearless lion protecting the civil rights of black people. As it searches for a new national president, this Sterling controversy is not doing the organization any favors...
theGRIO REPORT - Taraji P. Henson’s newest big screen project 'From The Rough,' is based on the true story of Catana Starks, the first African American woman to coach an all male NCAA golf team...