Natasha S. Alford

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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...
The NRA has had a lot to say about "black mothers in Chicago" grieving the deaths of their children to gun violence.  But when black people have guns, we’re treated like second class citizens.Why does the gun lobby use...
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=enhttps://www.instagram.com/p/BfPc6_zFPEp/?hl=enIt’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 -...