Demetria Irwin

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OPINION - Calling Justin Bieber a thug does not make the racial insults hurled at Richard Sherman any more palatable, so let’s stop with that half-hearted campaign...
OPINION - Madonna’s use of the n-word as a 'term of endearment' towards her white son on Instagram is perhaps a peek into her household and her way of being a 'cool mom'...
OPINION - It’s a beautiful thing to have people who love you and who would fight for you, but don’t abuse that privilege...

OPINION - The intense, around-the-clock documentation of celebrity life by paparazzi and the over-sharing that many famous (and non-famous) people do online, make us feel like we know these public figures, but we do not...
OPINION - Singer songwriter Ani DiFranco, who is known for her staunchly anti-sexist and anti-racist lyrics, has decided to cancel a feminist songwriting retreat that was going to be held on a Louisiana plantation...
OPINION - The First Amendment is the right of free speech, not to be confused with being suspended from a reality show...

OPINION - Fox News devoted several minutes of television airtime to debating the 'facts' about the race of Santa Claus...
OPINION - If having a cast of actors that are mostly of one race is the qualifier for a film to be deemed race-themed, then beloved favorites like 'The Notebook' and 'Mean Girls' are race-themed movies too...
OPINION - Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen said it’s not fair that people are calling him racist because of a controversial line he wrote about Bill de Blasio earlier this week...

OPINION - Nobody was expecting SNL to tackle its latest negative headlines so directly and comedy is generally funnier when it contains a grain of truth, but in typical SNL fashion, the sketch comedy show dropped the ball...
OPINION - Realistically, the folks who will read this article are black people who already know that blackface is not the move. So it is your job, readers, to pass along this precious intel to your white friends...
OPINION - It would be great if a former drug-dealing, public housing-living black man who became a multi-millionaire entertainer and legitimate businessman used his influence and newly acquired wealth to chip away at institutional racism...
theGRIO REPORT - Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and his collaborator Dr. Donald Yacovone have exciting findings for African-American history buffs in his new book and six-part PBS documentary entitled 'The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross'...
OPINION - Let’s be clear. An 8-year-old can not consent to sex and especially not to a teenager, no matter the gender or how 'grown up' the 8-year-old is...
theGRIO REPORT - Phylicia Rashad, Taraji P. Henson and S. Epatha Merkerson open up about performing in 'August Wilson's American Century Cycle' ...
OPINION - Toni Morrison is literary royalty and though her work is fiction, it is rooted in real life, real struggles and real triumphs. We need the Toni Morrisons of the world to better understand ourselves and eachother. We need storytellers...
OPINION - This lack of a love life, or at least a public one anyway, has led some to the conclusion that he must be gay. That is a ridiculous assumption, by the way. Booker’s response to such rumors is brilliant...
OPINION - Black women with large behinds are not accessories. Grills, trap music and stripper anthems are not all there is to black culture. These are little life lessons that Miley Cyrus seems to be unaware of...
OPINION - Is it too soon for art inspired by this horrific incident and is it even possible to do so tactfully regardless of the time-frame?...
theGRIO REPORT - Singer/songwriter Amel Larrieux, half of the chart-topping 90s duo Groove Theory, is set to release a solo album during this fall.