Natasha S. Alford

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In a recent interview on Sirius XM, Dr. Ben Carson says poverty can be blamed to a “large extent” on people’s “state of mind.” The neurosurgeon and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development drew heat (and some praise) for...
Anyone visiting the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business graduation may have noticed a tiny visitor making her way across the stage to accept a degree...
(Producer Will Packer tells #theGrioLIVE's Natasha Alford and Gerren Keith Gaynor about this new film "Warrior Queen") Powerhouse Hollywood producer Will Packer's newest project will show that black history didn't start with slavery. NBC Universal has picked up Warrior Queen, a true story...
On this episode of “True Story with Natasha Alford,” Natasha sits with Congresswoman Maxine Waters at her "Auntie Maxine Open Mic" for millennials at Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C. The Congresswoman opens up about her journey in politics, the latest push...
If you still haven’t heard of billionaire Robert F. Smith, it’s time to start paying attention.   The Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners has lived his life mostly under the radar, granting limited interviews about how he’s built...
Christopher Gray, CEO of Scholly, talks the benefits of going into business for himself and being a black entrepreneur. The winner of Shark Tank spoke at a panel for the Disney Dreamers Academy in Orlando, FL.   https://vimeo.com/146121844
“Underground” stars Jessica De Gouw (Elizabeth Hawkes) and Amirah Vann (Ernestine) talk with theGrio's Natasha Alford about what it means to play powerful women on screen and in real life. The series is about a band of rebellious slaves and...
Superstar singer Rihanna paid a visit to Harvard University today to accept an award for her philanthropy, and she did it in true “Bad Girl Ri Ri” style. The 29-year-old was honored by the Harvard Foundation for building a state-of-the-art cancer...
When it comes to beauty, Kristen “KJ” Miller and Amanda E. Johnson refuse to settle. In September, 2015, the two friends and former Harvard Business School classmates set out to solve a cosmetics problem they kept running into: High-end makeup...
One of 1,715. For Eric Alvarez, this number is personal. It represents the 1,715 people who received a second chance at life when President Barack Obama commuted their prison sentences.  “It’s overwhelming,” says Alvarez, 50, whose prison sentence was commuted in 2016....
Actor Aldis Hodge's time is now. After a breakout role in Straight Outta Compton, Hodge has starred in another big screen hit with Hidden Figures, which just won a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast and has grossed more than...
During his run for President, Donald Trump promised black America a “new deal” with a vision of “safe communities, great schools and high-paying jobs.” But now that Trump has taken the oath of office, what will these campaign promises really...
Introducing “True Story with Natasha Alford” a new original series on theGrio. In our first episode, we look at the #1 movie in America “Hidden Figures” and ask— who are today’s generation of “hidden figures”?  Meet three exceptional young women...
When Viola Davis and Denzel Washington set the internet ablaze with the trailer release of the highly-anticipated film Fences, we knew we were in for a ride. The veteran stars' performances as Troy and Rose Maxson, in the big-screen adaption of August...
Rapper Trip Lee has a catchy name and rhymes to match, but nothing about him is conventional. As a hip-hop artist, pastor, author and speaker, the Dallas native has built a huge following and topped Billboard charts, never once shying...
Actor-comedian Gary Owen knows how to cross boundaries that make everyone laugh. From his early days on BET's Comic View to his most recent roles in the Think Like A Man franchise, Owen has gotten a lot of love, particularly from black...
December 1 is World AIDS Day, a time when we remember the millions of lives lost to HIV/AIDS and the estimated 37 million people worldwide who are living with the disease. For black America, the impact of HIV/AIDS is staggering. According...
Since producing his very first hit single at 17 years old, Teddy Riley has known how to make people groove...
R&B singer Anthony Hamilton has just finished a performance at Soul Train Awards Music Fest in Las Vegas, and he’s all smiles. Walking into his dressing room backstage, he takes off his signature round black hat and throws on a...
Rev. Run is celebrating his 52nd birthday today and has a lot to be thankful for: a new grandchild, a thriving career and a 20-plus year marriage to wife Justine that's still going strong. But one thing the hip-hop legend is especially...