• Mitch McConnell Pushes Back on Criticism Over a Comment Made on Black Voters

    The Republican lawmaker sparked outrage Wednesday after he seemingly implied that Black voters were not real Americans. He said his words were mischaracterized.

  • Video shows struggle that preceded restrained teen's death

    Surveillance video shows a Black 17-year-old struggling with staff at a Wichita juvenile center last fall before he died after he was restrained facedown for more than 30 minutes. Sedgwick County released 18 video clips late Friday afternoon of what happened before Cedric Lofton was rushed to a hospital on Sept. 24. The release of the clips followed Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett's announcement Tuesday that the state’s “stand-your-ground” law prevented him from pressing charges because staff members were protecting themselves.

  • Sen. Mitch McConnell Calls His Remark About Blacks Voting ‘In Just as High a Percentage as Americans’ an ‘Inadvertent’ Mistake, Says Backlash Is Offensive

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is furious over criticisms he’s receiving this week after seemingly implying that Black people were not American. The “inadvertent omission” […]

  • Mitch McConnell calls blowback to offensive comments about Black Americans ‘deeply offensive’

    Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell called suggestions that he doesn’t think African Americans are real Americans “deeply offensive” on Friday […] The post Mitch McConnell calls blowback to offensive comments about Black Americans ‘deeply offensive’ appeared first on TheGrio.

  • A film and documentary try to make sense of the Akai Gurley shooting

    Ursula Liang offers an intimate and multilingual portrait of Black, Asian American and Chinese immigrant protest actions, while Aimee Long delivers a feature film inspired by the incident.

  • Mitch McConnell slams 'outrageous mischaracterization' over his comment about Black voters

    Many people decried a comment Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made this week implying Black people aren't Americans. He responded Friday.

  • Abuse victims see inequity in payouts at 2 Michigan schools

    Two former University of Michigan football stars who stand to receive as much as $500,000 each through the school's sexual abuse settlement with more than 1,000 students say the per-victim payouts should be much higher, pointing to a similar case at rival Michigan State. Dwight Hicks and Jon Vaughn, both former NFL players, told The Associated Press that the $490 million settlement the Ann Arbor school announced this week is another example of Black victims receiving less than white victims in big-money payouts. The majority of the claimants in the settlement are Black men, said John Manly, an attorney involved in the case.

  • Mississippi Senate passes ban on critical race theory in K-12 schools

    Black lawmakers walked out in protest Friday after the Mississippi Senate passed legislation that would prohibit critical race theory (CRT) […] The post Mississippi Senate passes ban on critical race theory in K-12 schools appeared first on TheGrio.

  • McConnell responds to uproar over comment about Black voters

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed back Friday against the uproar over a comment he made about African American voters, calling the criticism directed his way “outrageous.” McConnell had been accused of racism for saying that “African American” voters cast ballots at similar rates to “Americans.” The comment implied that Black voters are somehow not American and underscored the concerns of voting rights advocates that Republicans in state legislatures across the country are explicitly seeking to disenfranchise Black voters.

  • Family accuses police of being 'racially insensitive' in investigating woman's death

    The family of a 23-year-old Black woman who died after a date with a man she had met on a dating app plans to sue the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut, charging

  • Study: COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy has Dropped Among Black People

    After 2 years, COVID-19 has not gone anywhere and we are still in the middle of a pandemic that has taken hundreds of thousands of lives in the United States, with a disproportionate number of those lives being Black.

  • In 2022, pay mind to your financial health

    According to the Federal Reserve, as of 2016, the average Black family in the United States had a total wealth […] The post In 2022, pay mind to your financial health appeared first on TheGrio.

  • Black Twitter Drags Awkwafina after NAACP Image Awards Nomination

    Crazy Rich Asians actress Awkwafina is facing backlash on social media after being nominated for an NAACP Image Award, reported Yahoo! News. Last year, she was facing harsh criticisms about her consistent use of a blaccent. Now, that blaccent has won her a nomination in a ceremony intended to celebrate Black people.

  • EXPLAINER: Will Chauvin testify at trial of 3 other cops?

    As the federal trial for three former Minneapolis officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights is set to begin Monday, some wonder whether Derek Chauvin – the officer already convicted of Floyd’s murder – will take the stand. Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Kueng are broadly charged in federal court with depriving Floyd of his civil rights while acting under government authority as Chauvin used his knee to pin the Black man to the street for 9½ minutes on May 25, 2020. Kueng and Lane helped restrain the 46-year-old Floyd.

  • Black South Carolina Voters are Disappointed with Biden’s First Year

    Black voters in South Carolina are frustrated with President Biden for not fighting hard enough for the Black community, NBC reported. These feelings rose after the Republicans blocked the Democrats’ Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act in the Senate.

  • ‘Profiled: The Black Man’ from Tina Knowles-Lawson and OWN to air on Discovery+

    Tina Knowles-Lawson is behind the next big docu-series television event. Profiled: The Black Man, coming to Discovery+, examines “the origins […] The post ‘Profiled: The Black Man’ from Tina Knowles-Lawson and OWN to air on Discovery+ appeared first on TheGrio.

  • Woman in botched police raid: Money won't 'right this wrong'

    A Black woman who settled with the city of Chicago for nearly $3 million after she was handcuffed while naked by police officers during a botched raid of her home says “there’s no amount of money that will right this wrong” and that changes are needed to the Chicago Police Department. Anjanette Young, who sued the city after the 2019 raid, said the city council’s approval last month of the $2.9 million settlement has not changed her life and she’s still struggling with what happened to her. Young, a social worker, was getting ready for bed in February 2019 when several officers serving a search warrant stormed into her apartment and handcuffed her while she was naked.

  • Black Mississippi senators protest vote on race theory bill

    Black lawmakers walked out in protest Friday and withheld their votes as the Mississippi Senate passed a bill that would ban schools from teaching critical race theory. The state superintendent of education has said critical race theory is not being taught in Mississippi schools and legislators have offered no evidence to show it is. Republicans said the theory teaches “victimhood,” while Democrats said the ban could squelch discussion of Mississippi’s racist history.

  • Former NFL CB Hasty works for racial equity in hirings

    Former NFL cornerback James Hasty is working to eliminate bias and racial disparity in sports hiring through his new search firm, Eneje Consulting. Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is the only Black head coach in the league after Miami fired Brian Flores and Houston fired David Culley. Hasty’s firm developed a candidate evaluation tool called the Coaching Performance Assessment System.