Demetria Irwin

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OPINION - The black community is known for doling out unique (sometimes cringe-worthy) names--but earlier this week when a Tennessee judge changed a baby’s name from Messiah to Martin, she crossed the line...
OPINION - The only 'side' to be on in the ongoing Usher Raymond vs. Tameka Raymond saga is the side of the children...
OPINION - Oh Breezy, you’re so dramatic. Of course no one is taking this 'probable' retirement shtick from a 24-year-old very seriously...

ESSAY - As for Detroit, my hometown will be fine. This is a rough chapter for sure, but Detroiters have a lot of heart...
OPINION - In 1984 when 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' debuted, Wall Street had money to burn while those on Main Street were barely scraping by, especially minorities in urban areas decimated by the arrival of crack cocaine...
OPINION - I wish her happiness as I would anyone else. Whether she is married three times or 30 times, she is entitled to make her own grown woman decisions regardless of the opinions of gossip-hungry strangers...

Curator and art afficiando Souleo has put together a multi-destination art exhibition called "Motown to Def Jam" in collaboration with ArtCrawl Harlem.
theGRIO REPORT - As the Supreme Court deliberates on DOMA, Antonio Douthit and Kirven Boyd become the first same-sex, actively dancing Alvin Ailey corps members to marry each other -- and the first of their close, gay friends to tie the knot...
OPINION - Paula Deen must have a horrible public relations team. Her multi-million dollar brand has fallen on its knees in a matter of days and it's all been documented online...

OPINION - Kanye West’s new album Yeezus is full of explicit, sexual braggadocio just like all of his other albums and all of the misogynistic tropes will likely be barely mentioned in the media in favor of long, whimsically worded musings on the album’s production...
OPINION - The thing that keeps Harvey winning more than anything though is his willingness to get out there and try different things with his career...
OPINION - The Beyoncé Ms. cover story is sparking discussion about the intersection of race and gender and more specifically about the notion of 'respectability politics' that seems to only apply to women of color...
OPINION - Ramsey's humorous, animated style of storytelling is just as worthy of attention as a more traditional approach. He deserves respect, not Auto-Tune...
OPINION - Some GOPers, Sen. Paul included, love to bring up the fact that Abraham Lincoln 'freed the slaves'...
OPINION - This song would be more accurately titled 'White Privilege and an Unfortunate Middle-Aged Rapper...'
OPINION - The New York Observer recently put out an article titled 'The 100 Most Influential New Yorkers of the Past 25 Years' and a whopping six black people made the list...
theGRIO REPORT - Let’s take a look at the career trajectory of three pint-sized actors with Oscar wins to see what might be in store for little Quvenzhané should she take home a golden statue...
theGRIO REPORT - Someone thought enough of you to give you a Christmas present, but the problem is -- you hate it. Do you exchange it at the store? Do you re-gift it? What will you tell the gift giver?...
OPINION - With Steve Harvey and Michael Strahan both scoring new daytime TV hosting gigs, it seems America has placed a wanted ad on the dating sites and is desperately seeking a black man over 6 feet tall who is charming, smart and has a great sense of humor....
In today’s lean economic times, purchasing art might seem frivolous (and by all means don’t have your electricity cut off for the sake of owning a painting you can only view by candlelight), but you don’t have to be a millionaire to own quality artwork.