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Today on #TheDownload, Dr. Ben Carson has us questioning his priorities, Rachel Dolezal apparently has got more Netflix money than most black female comediennes, and the children really are the future...  
Black Panther villain Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) may have gotten a bad rap for trying to burn the world down in the name of Black liberation, but one politician says he totally gets where he's coming from. When asked...
(In this preview clip of our exclusive interview with Sen. Cory Booker, he tells theGrio's Natasha Alford why the gun control debate must include black communities.) In the wake of the horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida, a new wave...
Today marks the 53rd anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X...
From Black Panther's BIG box office win...to teens taking a stand against guns... to Trump trolling instead of being presidential... Here's #TheDownload for Tuesday, February 20th. On Sunday night, Donald Trump came for Oprah Winfrey— because apparently POTUS doesn’t know how the internet...
Black Panther hits theaters today and you already know that black folks are coming dressed to the tee.  The outfits we've seen this week have been amazing! https://www.instagram.com/p/BfRVh8ml7P_/?hl=en https://www.instagram.com/p/BfPc6_zFPEp/?hl=en It’s not every day we get a blockbuster movie with a black superhero,...
When "The Great Debaters" (2007) hit movie theaters ten years ago, it captivated audiences with the power of young black people speaking their minds. The true inspiration for the movie, Wiley College's debate team, still stands today, working to be a...
It's a sad day in America.  We're on our 18th school shooting this year and it's only February. In Parkland, Florida, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz went on a shooting spree, murdering 17 people. Cruz was a former student at Stoneman Douglas High...
Two Black Panther stars apparently had THIS bet, President Trump wants to slash EBT card benefits, and how do you feel about another House Party movie?(!) This is #TheDownload for Feb. 14. Black Panther's opening night is two days away...
In an exclusive interview on theGrio LIVE this week, the 27-year-old singer says her rising celebrity hasn't made the dating game any easier...
When it comes to beauty and haircare, black women know that taking good care of yourself takes time. Not only do we spend energy traveling to different locations to meet our beauty needs, but we also spend a good amount...
Well it’s Black History Month, and while most of us are spending the time celebrating black pride and joy— one young high school student is fighting for respect. Malcolm Xavier Combs says he requested to have his shortened name -...
What happens when you're 84 years old, a legendary music producer and have not a d*mn worry in sight?  The Quincy Jones interview with Vulture, that's what! Between spilling secrets about Michael Jackson, Ivanka Trump and Richard Pryor, this journalist...
Happy Wednesday Grio Fam! We've got a video recap of your top trending stories for today. Early on Tuesday morning, Black Lives Matter activist Muhiyidin d’Baha was shot and killed in New Orleans. Police department spokesman Beau Tidwell told The Advocate  that d’Baha had been found around 1:25 a.m....
Here's today's PM download for Tuesday, February 6th! Rotten Tomatoes’ score for Black Panther is in and it’s 100 percent. The film doesn’t premiere until Feb. 16, but the first batch of reviews are in and so far, it seems critics are more than...
EDITOR'S NOTE:**This review contains references to the cast and general descriptive details but no plot spoilers.  However, do not read if you want to be completely surprised on Feb. 16th!** There are few things in life as a black person...
Happy Tuesday Grio Fam! If you thought President Trump would ever take the high road or stop speaking in hyperbole, you thought wrong.  45 has now co-signed the idea that Democrats are "un-American" and "treasonous" because they didn't clap...
This is your PM update and today we're talking about tributes real and digital to the black lives we've lost.
Patrisse Khan-Cullors says she co-founded the "Black Lives Matter" movement out of love. But in a country plagued by longtime tension between law enforcement officers and communities of color, the killing of unarmed black civilians, and murders of police...