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Actor Aldis Hodge's time is now. After a breakout role in Straight Outta Compton, Hodge has starred in another big screen hit with Hidden Figures, which just won a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast and has grossed more than...
During his run for President, Donald Trump promised black America a “new deal” with a vision of “safe communities, great schools and high-paying jobs.” But now that Trump has taken the oath of office, what will these campaign promises really...
Introducing “True Story with Natasha Alford” a new original series on theGrio. In our first episode, we look at the #1 movie in America “Hidden Figures” and ask— who are today’s generation of “hidden figures”?  Meet three exceptional young women...
When Viola Davis and Denzel Washington set the internet ablaze with the trailer release of the highly-anticipated film Fences, we knew we were in for a ride. The veteran stars' performances as Troy and Rose Maxson, in the big-screen adaption of August...
Rapper Trip Lee has a catchy name and rhymes to match, but nothing about him is conventional. As a hip-hop artist, pastor, author and speaker, the Dallas native has built a huge following and topped Billboard charts, never once shying...
Actor-comedian Gary Owen knows how to cross boundaries that make everyone laugh. From his early days on BET's Comic View to his most recent roles in the Think Like A Man franchise, Owen has gotten a lot of love, particularly from black...
December 1 is World AIDS Day, a time when we remember the millions of lives lost to HIV/AIDS and the estimated 37 million people worldwide who are living with the disease. For black America, the impact of HIV/AIDS is staggering. According...
Since producing his very first hit single at 17 years old, Teddy Riley has known how to make people groove...
R&B singer Anthony Hamilton has just finished a performance at Soul Train Awards Music Fest in Las Vegas, and he’s all smiles. Walking into his dressing room backstage, he takes off his signature round black hat and throws on a...
Rev. Run is celebrating his 52nd birthday today and has a lot to be thankful for: a new grandchild, a thriving career and a 20-plus year marriage to wife Justine that's still going strong. But one thing the hip-hop legend is especially...
In the highly anticipated holiday movie Almost Christmas, Gabrielle Union plays a divorcee who comes home for the holidays and gets pursued by an old flame (Omar Epps). Through lots of awkward moments and laughs, the two figure out...
Almost Christmas hits theaters November 11th, just in time to bring holiday cheer! Director David E. Talbert (Baggage Claim) and Executive Producer Will Packer (This Christmas) spoke with theGrio about why their movie is unlike any other holiday film. They also...
Donald Trump won the 2016 election and much of black America is asking, "What's next?"
Black celebrities and influencers reacted on Twitter to Donald Trump's presidential victory last night with a mix of total shock, disappointment, determination and even some humor. While Trump's win took many by surprise, some outspoken black voices are already calling on citizens to...
Losing friends or her ‘black card’ over supporting Donald Trump is not something ShoMore DeNiro cares much about...
"How To Get Away With Murder" star Viola Davis plays a strong and unstoppable woman every week on our television screens, but in real life, she's striving to raise an equally strong young woman. As mother to 6-year-old Genesis, Davis says...
When Chirlane McCray became the First Lady of New York City, she promised to make a difference in people's lives in the most personal of ways. After months of research, planning and listening tours, she has launched a game-changing 24-hour...
Over the course of the 2016 presidential campaign, you may have noticed GOP nominee Donald Trump referring to black and Latino people in a way that made you go... Trump's use of the article "the" when referring to people of color — such as...
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...