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Johnny Perez used to speak to himself in solitary confinement, just to hear a human voice. The isolation inside Rikers Island prison walls could drive anyone crazy.  But for Perez, then a 21-year-old young man facing 15 years for robbery...
When Linsey Davis comes on your television screen, chances are you're seeing her report some pretty serious news. The Emmy award-winning journalist is changing things up as she introduces her very first children's book "The World Is Awake: A Celebration of...
If you watched Childish Gambino’s new “This Is America” video, you’ll understand exactly why it went viral in less than 24 hours. It’s raw, edgy and impossible to look away from. Glover partnered up with award-winning “Atlanta” FX Director, Hiro...
Actress Jill Marie Jones sat down with theGrio to dish on her new show "Monogamy" and talk about her personal journey with love, life and dating.
The Collective PAC is organizing so Black candidates can run-and win- this November.
The Vassells will hold funeral services for their son at St. Anthony Baptist Church, down the street from where he was killed,
The 21-year-old Harvard University student beaten by Cambridge police on Friday evening, remains hospitalized.
If you've ever been to a Carnival celebration in the Caribbean, you know the experience can be life-changing. Aside from partying with beautiful people and a good time, there is an uplifting power in soca music, freedom of expression, and...
This week thousands of revelers hit Jamaica for what's being called the largest Carnival in the island's history.  While many people associate carnival with Trinidad and Tobago and Brazil, Jamaica Carnival has been going on for decades, showcasing the...
Spring is finally starting to make an appearance (spring, is that you?!) and it's safe to say we're all ready for a new season. Thankfully, fashion expert and the embodiment of #blackgirlmagic, Zerina Akers, is serving ideas for outfits the rest...
For as long as there have been Black people, there have been Black LGBTQ/same gender loving (SGL) people. Disappointingly, because we face the additional barriers that come with homophobia, transphobia and fear and hatred of things not "traditional" or...
On this episode of True Story, we meet Jaion Hemsley, a 17-year-old shooting survivor and high school student at the Academy for Urban Scholars in Columbus, OH. He traveled all the way to Washington, D.C. to attend the March for...
Clifton Kinnie said "enough is enough" at 17 years old.  He organized in Ferguson after the death of Michael Brown to advocate against excessive use of force from police. Now a college student at Howard University, the 21-year-old is getting...
WASHINGTON, D.C.- A group of pro-gun rights protestors showed up at March for Our Lives on Saturday, ready to show down in the name of the second amendment. Carrying signs that read "Stop violating our civil rights" and "Armed victims...
Reality TV reunion showdowns are becoming the norm — they're juicy, petty and great for ratings, but sometimes they're not a good look for the culture. But Love & Hip Hop Miami’s on-air clash between Dominican goddess Amara La Negra, Afro-Cuban queen...
On Wednesday, more than 1,000 protestors marched from City Hall to Golden 1 arena to demand justice for Stephon Clark. The 22-year-old father of two, was shot 20 times in his grandparents' backyard, after police officers say they mistook Clark's cell phone for a gun.
NEWARK-- Last night all eyes were on two of the youngest speakers at Mayor Ras J. Baraka's State of the City Address, who showed black excellence can come in the tiniest of packages. Master Hilton Rawls, III, a 7-year-old preacher...
(Watch our Grio original video report on the NRA and black community above.) Three months into 2018 and there have already been over 50 mass shootings in the United States. And once again, the National Rifle Association (NRA) is center...