CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools are teaming up with Groupon, the popular deal-of-the-day website, for a great cause. The Chicago school system is encouraging people to pledge funds for back-to-school kits for the city’s low-income students on the website. The city plans to donate 6,000 kits on its own, but is also asking Chicagoans to […]

Police brutality videos inspire our outrage. So why do videos of Black-On-Black violence get laughs? Johan Thomas explains why, and what we can do about it. When footage of the Rodney King beating hit the airwaves some twenty years ago, Americans watched only a few seconds of the entire nine minute video in which Los […]

A 10-year-old Georgia boy is already building a career as a fitness guru. C.J. Sentor teaches fitness classes, has a fitness DVD,  and does his…

OAKLAND, Calif. — Tyler Thompson is an unlikely star in the world of Chinese opera. The black teenager from Oakland has captivated audiences in the…

NEW YORK — In 1962, when New York city planners first proposed a sewage treatment plant for the residents and businesses of Manhattan’s West Side, they picked a spot on the Hudson River around 72nd Street. The neighborhood, however, was well on its way to becoming what it is today — the white, upper middle […]

A Chicago student advocacy group rallied at the Chicago Public Schools headquarters last Thursday to demand revisions to its school’s zero-tolerance disciplinary policies. The Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE) called the current policies a “skewed set of regulations” that allow teachers to expel or harshly punish students if they deem them “disruptive.” The […]

HAWAII — While vacationing in Hawaii, former Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Beverly Hall told an Atlanta news crew that she “absolutely knew nothing about the cheating scandal.” Her comments come a week after an investigation revealed widespread cheating among Atlanta teachers who helped students cheat on state standardized tests. In a statement last week, Hall’s […]

Last week, the San Diego Unified School District unveiled its plan to bring Black students up to speed. Its course of action — a $3.5 million effort that incorporates college-preparation, parent workshops and centers, and faculty members that serve as liaisons for families of Black students. The district’s program is one of many springing up […]

There have been a total of 272 post-conviction DNA exonerations in the United States. Over 150 of the exonerees were African-American. Historically, a disproportionate number of African-Americans have been wrongly convicted of crimes due to false confessions, incriminating statements, and other dubious evidence. Fortunately, the criminal justice system implemented DNA forensics in 1989, offering a […]

ATLANTA — In light of a brewing cheating scandal in Atlanta, Amirah Tavares said an Atlanta teacher helped her cheat in elementary school. While at the time she thought it was simple “help,” Tavares, who will be attending college, said she now understands the implication of the seemingly harmless assistance. Video Below: The Grio Reports: […]

On this Independence Day, I would like us to pay homage to nine African-Americans who have not only fought for our Independence and civil rights, but have also opened doors for African-Americans in military and political offices.

Fred Mwangaguhunga, founder and owner of the urban gossip site “,” recently sat down with us to share his ongoing passion for business. Mwangaguhunga told us that he realized his purpose while pursuing an MBA and a law degree at Columbia University. “More so than being a lawyer, more so than being an investment banker, […]