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Arkansas’ capital city elects black mayor for first time

From left, Frank Scott and Baker Kurrus. (The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP) LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A banking executive and former highway commissioner won Tuesday’s runoff for Little Rock mayor, becoming the first African-American elected to lead Arkansas’ capital six decades after it was...

Missy Elliott opens up about writing for Aaliyah and Beyoncé

Missy Elliott built a hip hop and R&B empire by singing and rapping catchy tunes, but she also wrote and produced some of pop’s most memorable tunes, thus earning her a nomination for the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame—a prestigious organization which honors and inducts a...

Rapper Meek Mill demands criminal justice reform in latest New York Times Op-Ed

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Rapper Meek Mill is in the New York Times this week with a powerful op-ed on criminal justice reform. If you remember, in November 2017, Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced the Philly native to two to four years–claiming he violated his probation. Upon his early release in...

Protesters demand answers after police gun down the wrong man in Alabama mall shooting

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Undated photo of Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford, Jr.; Protestors carry a sign reading “Justice for E.J.” during a protest at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 (Emantic Bradford, Sr. via AP; AP Photo/Kim Chandler) Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. was the son of...

‘Atlanta’ star Brian Tyree Henry feels a responsibility to represent Black characters

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Bryan Tyree Henry is most commonly known for his portrayal of Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles in FX’s hit tv series Atlanta alongside co-star Donald Glover. But the North Carolina-born star has a resume that shows an exceptional amount of range, and his commitment to representing...

‘Purely political’: Black conservatives protest scrubbing Ben Carson’s name from high school

(YouTube) A Black, conservative group is protesting a recent decision by the Detroit Board of Education to reconsider naming a high school for Ben Carson. The group, known as Project 21, said the move to look for a new name is a “purely political act which willfully ignores...

EXCLUSIVE: Steve McQueen on tackling tough issues in ‘WIDOWS’

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Steve McQueen is ready to reveal his latest project, WIDOWS to the word after much anticipation for the flick that stars Viola Davis, Brian Tyree Henry, and Daniel Kaluuya among others. The Academy Award-winning director of 12 Years a Slave sat down with TheGrio to...

The legacy of Dr. Don Shirley comes to light in ‘Green Book’

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Allied Moxy The highly-anticipated film, Green Book hits theaters today and shines a light on the legacy of Dr. Don Shirley. Mahershala Ali portrays the legendary musician in the flick that also stars Viggo Mortensen and we’re guessing both of their performances will garner major Oscar...

Elderly Black man confesses to being serial killer, responsible for 90 deaths

This undated photo provided by the Ector County Texas Sheriff's Office shows Samuel Little. A Texas prosecutor says Little, convicted in three California murders but long suspected in dozens of deaths, now claims he was involved in about 90 killings nationwide. The prosecutor says...

Newly elected Democrat London Lamar under fire for saying Tennessee is racist and Republicans are uneducated

A Tennessee Democrat is under fire for making controversial comments saying that the state is racist and its Republican base is uneducated. But where is the lie? —Michelle Obama begins arena tour in talk with Oprah— Democrat London Lamar, who was newly elected and ran unopposed in House...