Natasha S. Alford

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TheGrio.com assembled a digital roundtable of activists, writers and artists to reflect on the question of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s true legacy- and how it directly relates to the fight for justice in 2018...
Bow Wow says his life turned around once he learned to forgive his estranged father. The rapper, actor and TV host stopped by theGrioLIVE to talk about the latest season of his WeTV reality show "Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta"...
They've had enough.  After an online advertisement from H&M featured a young black boy model in a "Coolest Monkey In the Jungle" sweatshirt, black Twitter and the interwebs clapped back hard. The ad has been called racist, insensitive and just...
The 'Proud Mary' star talks exclusively about fighting for respect in Hollywood
We were too late for Ashawnty, but there are many others who still need to know it's worth it to keep living...
In Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It reboot, the ridiculously beautiful Nola Darling suffers from a problem many women face...
The challenges of finding quality education in America are real, especially for students of color. Oliver Scholars, a program in New York City is setting out to break down some of those barriers for some of the most driven...
On this episode of “True Story," theGrio's Natasha Alford profiles Tamika Mallory, longtime activist and co-chair of this year’s historic women’s march. Mallory tells her story about the challenges of leading a political movement, losing her son’s father to gun...
The former Hollywood agent, whose clientele has included every from Oprah Winfrey to Missy Elliott, is building his own empire with Macro...
Actress Carmen Ejogo says when it comes to happiness, money isn't everything...
Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington says making positive change in black communities starts at home...
Tonight is the moment we've all been waiting for: The Season finale of Queen Sugar. Throughout Season 2, we’ve watched as the Bordelon siblings have loved, fought and grown together.  How will Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) navigate dealing with the Landrys, who...
When I was a middle school teacher, I found myself praying for the protection and wellness of my students on the regular. For all the great times we had in the classroom, the kids, the majority of whom were...
When Congresswoman Maxine Waters went viral for "reclaiming" her time during a committee meeting this summer, black women collectively sighed with her. Beyond the rambling testimony Rep. Waters was shutting down, many women of all backgrounds saw a real-life testimony of...
Black athletes have been getting a lot of attention since Colin Kaepernick took a knee.  Whether they speak out or stay silent on social justice issues, the world is looking to see where they stand. At the recent Arthur Ashe...
White House correspondent April Ryan won't be stopped by critics or detractors. On Thursday night, the veteran journalist and best-selling author accepted the Women's Media Center's "She Persisted" Award. She also opened up about the internal struggle she faced after the infamous incident with...
Poet Nikki Giovanni has been telling it like it is for over three decades.  The award-winning writer, activist and educator became famous during the Black Power and Black Arts movement, delivering poems with themes of unapologetic blackness and feminist...
When Alejandra Castillo stepped into the role of CEO for the YWCA last month, she made it her mission to be about action. “We have to understand in order to make changes in our community we have to be focused...
The night Randall Woodfin won the hotly contested race for mayor of Birmingham, he stood shoulder-to-shoulder with dozens of his Morehouse brothers. Alumni of all ages and backgrounds were part of the community that knocked on doors, donated to...
Most people remember when they first heard it.  Perhaps it was elementary school.  Church.  A college graduation or special family occasion.  For more than 100 years, "Lift Every Voice and Sing" (or "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing") has been...