Natasha S. Alford

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Shaka Senghor knows the power of redemption. The New York Times bestselling author, educator and activist has dedicated his life to teaching others after serving a 19-year prison sentence for a murder he committed when he was a teen. Now Senghor...
In an era of Instagram-perfect weddings and engagement photos, sometimes the hardest parts of love and marriage don’t get enough attention. OWN TV network’s “Black Love” docu-series features intimate conversations with married couples who open up about their love journeys...
Teff Hinkson doesn't sound like your average rapper.  The Barbados-born artist is bringing a fresh sound to music that captures the best of his home island and the diaspora. His "Afro-Caribbean chill hip hop vibe" as he describes it, perfectly rides...
How Rorrey Fenty Built Crop Over’s Hottest Band (and Keeps Sis Rihanna Coming Back) This summer, theGrio went #travelnoire when Deputy Editor Natasha S. Alford flew to Bridgetown, Barbados for Crop Over 2017.  She jumped with Crop Over band Aura Experience,...
Antoinette Warner understands the definition of love standing the test of time. Her husband Colin Warner spent 21 years behind bars for a murder he didn't commit. Their relationship, dramatized in the new movie, Crown Heights, tells the heartbreaking story of Colin's arrest at...
Fans of Queen Sugar know that when it comes to the Bordelon siblings, the drama is real but so is the love. The hit show has been renewed for a third season on OWN, led by its pioneering creator, Ava...
If you saw Rihanna's Crop Over costume this week, you know that she slayed the Grand Kadooment celebration in Barbados. But while Riri, a Bajan native, is the unofficial queen of Crop Over, she's not the only reveler who brought...
In the nation’s 100 largest cities, only one African American woman is currently serving as mayor— Catherine Pugh of Baltimore, preceded by Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who is also African-American...
As singer/actress, Naturi Naughton, prepares for another successful season of Power,  she is also embarking on a new journey into motherhood and has a serious glow. Naughton, 33, is expecting her first child with longtime partner Ben and says she's feeling on...
Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson has achieved just about all there is in his industry and beyond...
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....