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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...
When it comes to haircare, finding the right stylist can change your life.With so many beautiful hairstyles to try, from faux locs to twist outs to extensions, it helps to know who specializes in what you need.And in a...
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...