Ronda Racha Penrice

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OPINION - As the release date for the highly anticipated film, '12 Years a Slave', based on Solomon Northup’s bestselling slave narrative nears, there is plenty of reason to believe that today’s audiences will not only pick up Northup’s book but others also from the period..
theGRIO REPORT - Although today Dr. King’s iconic 'I Have a Dream' speech often symbolizes the March for many, it was very much a stand for black workers with longtime labor leader Randolph at the forefront...
theGRIO REPORT - In an effort to be on the right side of history, the naysayers and obstacles are often overlooked..

OPINION - The mainstream media promotes that black people should be content with symbolism over real justice and financial compensation. Where is the ethics in that?...
OPINION - if anyone knows if Jay-Z’s quote “my presence is charity” has any truth to it, it is Harry Belafonte...
theGRIO REPORT - In the wake of the devastating Supreme Court decision, several websites have posted examples of these tests to illustrate the absurdity found in many of them...

ANALYSIS - A photo from the movie of Carey as the character Hattie Pearl, whom many presume is a field slave picking cotton, has sparked lively discussion, especially on theGrio, since it was leaked yesterday...
OPINION - Memorial Day is just as important to African-Americans as it is to any other group. Perhaps it is even more special, when we remember the special, and often forgotten sacrifices, our ancestors made...
theGRIO REPORT - For many Americans, Candice Glover did not just become the current American Idol; she became an ambassador for Gullah Geechee culture...

theGRIO REPORT - The U.S. has historically had a poor track record in welcoming black immigrants regardless of their talents and, it doesn’t seem to be changing...
OPINION - Two years after their re-discovery, restored video footage of Dr. King’s convicted assassin, James Earl Ray, in custody in Memphis as well as on trial, have been released just in time for the 45th anniversary of Dr. King’s murder. ..
ESSAY - There is no denying that each of these women played more than their part in uplifting their race and their gender...
theGRIO REPORT - Twenty five years ago 15-year-old Tawana Brawley was reportedly found dazed and confused lying in a garbage bag with torn and burned clothing, feces smeared over her body and 'KKK,' 'ni**er,' and 'b*tch' written on her torso...
theGRIO Q&A - Tempestt Bledsoe has returned to NBC in the Jimmy Fallon-produced sitcom Guys with Kids to play Marny, the working mother of four kids and wife of stay-at-home dad Gary, played by Anthony Anderson...
OPINION - It is not at all a stretch to say that President Obama owes a debt to Shirley Chisholm’s historic 1972 campaign...
OPINION - For black audiences especially, The Supremes have a story that continues to resonate, even if it is far more salacious than the PG-13 'Sparkle'...
OPINION - With Oprah, it's been her audacity to try that has perhaps inspired us the most...
OPINION - Once again Twitter gets another celebrity in trouble. Chris Brown is the latest high profile name to make the Twitter outburst list...
OPINION - The success of 'The Color Purple' in publishing, Hollywood and on Broadway only proves that, in dreaming a world, black women can indeed be in the center...
OPINION - Let the role be one of a hero or heroine, or, in this case, a hobbit, and it becomes very difficult to place actors of color in these roles...