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Actor Gbenga Akinnagbe's character in the new indie film Knucklehead is a young man who wants to be "mentally excellent" but thinks only prescription drugs can help. Poverty and abuse then slowly undermine him, leaving his mental disability unmanaged and his life spiraling...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's high school graduation rate reached a record 83.2 percent, continuing a steady increase that shows improvement across all racial and ethnic groups, according to federal data released Monday. President Barack Obama welcomed the higher rate...
For Charlotte rapper Renardo Perry a.k.a 'Three,' the saying "third time is a charm" has real meaning...
When physician Tamika Cross shared her story of being dismissed while trying to help a man in need, many black doctors felt her pain...
"Too black to be Latino, too Latino to be black..." It's a saying that captures the conflict of a society that often asks people to choose one identity over the other. But what if you feel like you are...
Serayah McNeil became an overnight sensation in her breakout role as "Tiana" on the hit-series Empire, and she's living out her music dreams in real life too. Since joining the show last year, the 20-year-old California native has inked a deal...
In a time of social unrest, the words of change-makers comfort and inspire us. Writer Clint Smith offers a heart-wrenching glimpse of our world -- with all its beauty and brokenness -- in his debut poetry collection, Counting Descent. He writes in the title poem...
Need to lift your spirits? Meteorologist Ted Phaeton and his friend Charles Russ are giving us life in a new viral dance video that makes you want to tag a friend and do it too. The clip shows Phaeton and Russ in front...
Legendary performer and activist Harry Belafonte is bringing together artists and leaders of all generations this weekend in Atlanta for real life lessons in social justice. Many Rivers to Cross: A Festival of Music, Art & Justice runs October 1-2 in Chattahoochee...
Empire has reputation for showing the 'over-the-top' glitz and glamour of the music business. This week's episode, however, went a deliberately more serious route by touching on police brutality...
'Luke Cage' is a bulletproof black man fighting in the streets for justice — and he just might be the hero we all need. Marvel's highly anticipated Netflix series premieres Friday, and theGrio got the scoop with cast member and...
Award-winning actress Alfre Woodard says she's watched the most recent shootings of unarmed black men with sadness, but the shooting death of Terence Crutcher hit home...
On Sunday, Sterling K. Brown won his first Emmy for "Best Supporting Actor" for portraying lawyer Christopher Darden in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and gave an acceptance speech for the books...
Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter made waves Thursday when he teamed up with visual artist Molly Crabapple to release a 4-minute video slamming the War On Drugs as an "epic fail."  The video A History Of The War On Drugs, From Prohibition To...
If you've seen Judge Glenda Hatchett on her court bench, you know she doesn't play...
As part of the historic opening of the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African-American History and Culture, visitors will be treated to a special screening of 'Underground.' The "Underground" series follows a group of slaves planning a 600-mile escape from...
The true story of Richard and Mildred Loving's fight for interracial marriage in the segregated 1950s, is hitting the big screen in one of the most highly anticipated films of the year...
Award-winning broadcast journalist, Ed Gordon, is returning to primetime TV with his own show and clear mission: cut through the noise to tell good stories.
Nkrumah Pierre knows the value of an introduction. “They say that you never have to work a day in your life, when you do something that you love, something that you’re passionate about,” says Pierre.  “So for me, connecting individuals...