• Florida Gov. DeSantis discriminated against Black voters by dismantling congressional district, lawyer argues

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis racially discriminated against Black voters by endorsing a congressional map, attorneys argued in court on Tuesday.

  • Black Americans express concerns about racist depictions in news media, lack of coverage efforts

    In a new study, Black Americans expressed broad concerns about how they are depicted in the news media, with majorities saying they see racist or negative depictions and a lack of effort to cover broad segments of their community. Four in five Black adults say they see racist or racially insensitive depictions of their race in the news either often or sometimes, according to the Pew Research Center. Three years after George Floyd's killing triggered a racial reckoning in the news media, Pew took its first broad-based look at Black attitudes toward the media with a survey of nearly 5,000 Black adults this past winter and follow-up focus groups.

  • In a win for Black voters in redistricting case, Alabama to get new congressional lines

    Alabama is headed to the first significant revamp of its congressional map in three decades after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the state's bid to keep using a plan with a single majority-Black district. The decision on Tuesday sets the stage for a new map with greater representation for Black voters to be put in place for the 2024 elections. The ruling marks a victory for Black voters in the state who had challenged the existing districts as racially discriminatory.

  • Deion Sanders still winning in Black community after first loss at Colorado

    One of Trevon Hamlet’s core memories from attending the University of Colorado is living on campus his freshman year and being able to count on one hand how many Black people he'd see in a day. Hamlet, who played lacrosse at Colorado from 2014-19 and still lives in the area, was the only Black person on his team in a school where African-American students made up less than 2% of the population. Four years after Hamlet graduated, Colorado's student makeup doesn't look much different.

  • Deion Sanders' impact at Colorado raises hopes other Black coaches will get opportunities

    Floyd Keith has waited half a century for a Black coach with Deion Sanders’ swagger and success to shake up college football. The fanfare and hoopla surrounding the Colorado program since Sanders' arrival has been well documented, but Keith, who for more than a decade was executive director of the Black Coaches Association, hopes the spotlight leads to opportunities for more Black coaches. Sanders is a unicorn in many ways, so it's unclear if the whirlwind he has created will have coattails.

  • Film academy to replace Hattie McDaniel's historic missing Oscar

    McDaniel was the first Black person to ever win an Oscar, which was displayed at Howard University until the late 1960s when it mysteriously disappeared.

  • Supreme Court rejects Alabama’s bid to use congressional map with just one majority-Black district

    The Supreme Court rejected Alabama's bid to use a congressional map that includes one majority-Black district.

  • Lessons from Brilliant Black Minds at the 2023 Root Institute

    On Wednesday, September 20, The Root Institute took place at Howard University, bringing together some of the most prominent voices in the Black community. Here are some of the best moments from the big day!

  • DeSantis purposely dismantled a Black congressional district, attorney says as trial over map begins

    On the same day Alabama Black voters scored a victory in the U.S. Supreme Court, a federal trial opened in Florida in which lawyers say Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis violated the U.S. Constitution by deliberately dismantling a congressional district that favored Black candidates. It's one of several lawsuits around the country that are challenging Republican-drawn maps they say are gerrymandered to diminish the ability of Black voters to select a candidate of their choice. The focus in Florida is a district that stretched more than 200 miles to connect Black voters in Jacksonville and in the majority Black county of Gadsden about 200 miles (322 kilometers) to the west.

  • Sexyy Red Claps Back At Critic Who Says She’s Misguiding Black Women

    Despite receiving immense love for being the rap game’s Hood Hottest Princess, Sexyy Red still receives backlash for her influence on women. Recently, Sexyy has been met with negative comments about her explicit lyrics, how she carries herself and her impression on female listeners. The St. Louis artists addressed a tweet on Tuesday after it… Continue reading Sexyy Red Claps Back At Critic Who Says She’s Misguiding Black Women

  • Representation Matters: Why Online Content Can Improve Cancer Screening Rates for Black Men

    No matter what source you turn to, the statistics about cancer for Black people—and specifically Black men—are more than a little concerning. When it comes to cancer, Black men fare worse than white men. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), they are 6% more likely to be diagnosed with cancer and 19% more likely… Continue reading Representation Matters: Why Online Content Can Improve Cancer Screening Rates for Black Men

  • ‘Celebrity Squares’ Set At VH1 With DC Young Fly Hosting; Taye Diggs, Nene Leakes And More To Guest Star

    VH1, Jesse Collins Entertainment and Kevin Hart’s Harttbeat have announced a new game show, Celebrity Squares, which is a twist on the classic format that features Black pop culture trivia. DC Young Fly is set to host with celebrity guests, including Babyface, Bobby Brown, Tiffany Haddish, Kirk Franklin, Taye Diggs, and more. The series premieres… Continue reading ‘Celebrity Squares’ Set At VH1 With DC Young Fly Hosting; Taye Diggs, Nene Leakes And More To Guest Star

  • California education chief Tony Thurmond says he is running for governor in 2026

    California’s top education official, Tony Thurmond, on Tuesday announced his bid for governor in 2026, a move that comes amid debates about the rights of students and parents, and what role the state should play as school boards approve class materials. If elected, Thurmond, the state superintendent of public instruction, would be the first Black person to become California's governor. “California should be a place where everyone has a chance to succeed.”

  • Memphis officer won't be charged in Black man's shooting after attempted traffic stop

    No criminal charges will be brought against a Memphis police officer who fatally shot a Black man after a high-speed chase and an attempted traffic stop, the top state prosecutor in the city said Tuesday. Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy said his office's Justice Review Unit looked at evidence in the shooting of 20-year-old Jaylin McKenzie and concluded Officer Nahum Dorme should not be charged. Memphis police had said officers out on patrol on Dec. 16 saw a suspicious car and tried to stop it, but the driver sped off before losing control and driving into a park.

  • Philly’s oldest Black bookstore receives historical marker

    Yvonne Blake said her father, Hakim Book Store founder Dawud Abdel Hakim, deserved to be memorialized because of his belief […] The post Philly’s oldest Black bookstore receives historical marker appeared first on TheGrio.

  • Judge refuses to immediately block grant program for Black women entrepreneurs

    A federal judge in Atlanta ruled Tuesday that a venture capital firm can continue offering a grant program only to Black women entrepreneurs, saying a lawsuit arguing it illegally excluded other races was not likely to succeed. Senior U.S. Judge Thomas Thrash denied a preliminary injunction that would have blocked the grants by the Atlanta-based Fearless Fund. The Fearless Fund is a tiny player in the approximately $200 billion global venture capital market, but Tuesday's ruling was a significant victory for the firm, which has become symbolic of the fight over corporate diversity policies.

  • 3 Young Black Men Almost Lynched by Racist Westside Biker Gang

    In a KKK-style attack, seventeen outlaws from the biker gang Hell’s Angels chased down and viciously attacked three Black men back in June. Now, three months later, a grand jury has indicted the gang on criminal and hate crime charges.

  • Keke Palmer Defends ChriseanRock, Advocates For Black Maternal Health Care: ‘My Heart Is Breaking’

    Keke Palmer used her platform as a public figure to come to Chrisean Rock’s defense. The actor and performer commented under an Instagram post by Hollywood Unlocked. The page relayed a photograph shared by Blueface of his newborn son’s genitals. It also shared several posts published by Blueface’s manager, Wack100, accusing Rock of inadequate infant… Continue reading Keke Palmer Defends ChriseanRock, Advocates For Black Maternal Health Care: ‘My Heart Is Breaking’

  • US judge refuses to block venture capital fund's grants for Black women

    (Reuters) -A federal judge in Atlanta on Tuesday rejected a bid to bar a small venture capital fund from awarding grants to businesses run by Black women, in a case brought by the anti-affirmative activist behind the successful U.S. Supreme Court challenge to race-conscious college admissions policies. U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash during a hearing denied a request by Edward Blum's American Alliance for Equal Rights for a preliminary injunction blocking Fearless Fund from considering applications for grants only from businesses led by Black women.

  • Gymnastics Ireland Finally Issues Apology for Ignoring Black Child During Medal Ceremony

    After a year-and-a-half-old video recently went viral of a Black child being ignored during a medal ceremony in Ireland, its governing body has finally issued an apology.

  • Deborah Roberts, Kristen Welker and their Black female peers are more visible than ever on TV news. Why experts say this isn't just 'a moment.'

    Journalists of color, specifically Black women, are becoming increasingly visible in broadcast and cable television news. But experts say networks must strive for diversity at all levels of the newsroom, especially in local news.

  • Black Student Suspended Due to Locs Forced to Complete Schoolwork In Isolation Cubicle; Family Sues Texas Governor and Attorney for Neglect for Allegedly Turning a Blind Eye

    Darryl George, a Black high school student from Texas, and his mother, Darresha George, are suing the state’s governor and attorney general, claiming that these […]

  • Man Armed With Gun, Knives Arrested At Church After Posting Instagram Threats: Police

    The church’s pastor called it “a miracle of God” that an off-duty police officer was present when Rui Jiang allegedly entered wearing all-black clothing.

  • Dior triumphs melding women's past and future, while Saint Laurent puts on study in power dressing

    Amid the electric ambiance of strobe lights and an usually sweltering Parisian fall, Dior’s show Tuesday set in the Tuileries gardens witnessed a dazzling circus of stars. With Hollywood’s recent writers’ strike still on, insiders mused if Paris Fashion Week would be the season’s celebrity magnet – and the presence of Jennifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron, Elizabeth Debicki, and Kim Jisoo seemed to echo that sentiment. Never one to shy away from a statement on feminism, the Italian couturier Maria Grazia Chiuri crafted an unusually subtle collection in predominantly black and white that fused echoes of the medieval and contemporary.

  • Film academy gifts a replacement of Hattie McDaniel's historic Oscar to Howard University

    Hattie McDaniel's best supporting actress Oscar in 1939 for “Gone With the Wind” is one of the most important moments in Academy Award history. McDaniel was the first African American to win an Oscar, and it would be half a century before another Black woman again won an acting award. Now, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has created a replacement of McDaniel's legendary Academy Award that it's gifting to Howard University.