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Ray J signs $1 million deal with skin care company | theGrio 11 TWEETS

Former reality star and R&B artist Ray-J has just inked a new $1 million deal with the skin care company Princereigns...


National Exoneration Registry reveals over 2,000 wrongful convictions | theGrio 18 TWEETS

theGRIO REPORT - The University of Michigan Law School in a joint project with Northwestern University Law School has released an alarming a registry of wrongful convictions...


Former DC Mayor Marion Barry hospitalized in Vegas | theGrio 18 TWEETS

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry has been hospitalized in Las Vegas...


Donna Summer dead: Disco music legend dies of cancer at 63 | theGrio 13 TWEETS

NEW YORK (AP) - Disco queen Donna Summer, whose pulsing anthems such as 'Last Dance,' 'Love to Love You Baby' and 'Bad Girls' became the soundtrack for a glittery age of sex...


New photo asks: What if Trayvon Martin were white? | theGrio 12 TWEETS

A new photo, featuring Trayvon Martin and his shooter George Zimmerman in a racial role reversal, is making the rounds on the Internet...

Black opponents of gay marriage defend faith, waver on Obama | theGrio 7 TWEETS

theGRIO REPORT - Some members of the faith community met the president's announcement on same-sex marriage with confusion, and even anger...


Chuck Brown dead: ‘Godfather of Go-Go’ passes away at 75 | theGrio 18 TWEETS

WASHINGTON (AP) - Chuck Brown, who styled a unique mix of funk, soul and Latin party sounds to create go-go music in the nation's capital, has died after suffering from pneumonia. He was 75...


Civil Rights leaders commend Obama’s gay marriage stance | theGrio 20 TWEETS

TheGrio REPORT -- A group of civil rights leaders released an open letter Friday, applauding President Obama's "evolution" on gay marriage...


Essence fest adds 4th day to spotlight new talent | theGrio 8 TWEETS

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The next generation moves to the forefront at this year's Essence Music Festival, which expands to four days of concerts and sets aside a day of activities geared toward emerging...


Basquiat painting sets $16 million world record | theGrio 30 TWEETS

Last night's art auction at Phillips de Pury in New York set a new world record by Jean-Michel Basquiat...


Obama stands by criticism of Romney’s record at Bain | theGrio 12 TWEETS

CHICAGO (AP) - President Barack Obama is defending his criticism of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, saying Romney's record at the private equity firm Bain Capital is rightf...


33-year-old man has 30 kids by 11 different women | theGrio 56 TWEETS

Desmond Hatchett of Tennessee is pleading with the state to help him pay for child support he simply cannot afford...

Slideshow: The life and times of Mr. T | theGrio 7 TWEETS

SLIDESHOW - It may be hard to believe in retrospect, but circa 1983 -- besides Eddie Murphy and the King of Pop -- there was no black star who burned brighter than Mr. T....


LeBron James named NBA MVP for the 3rd time | theGrio 13 TWEETS

MIAMI (AP) - Heat forward LeBron James is the NBA's MVP for a third time, putting him alongside some of the game's all-time greats...


Phil Mushnick, NY Post writer: Brooklyn Nets should be called ‘New York Ni**ers’ because of Jay-Z ownership | theGrio 17 TWEETS

New York Post columnist Phil Mushnick provoked outrage this week when he used a racial slur in an insensitive rant against the Brooklyn Nets and their co-owner rapper Jay-Z..


Verdict reached in Jennifer Hudson family slayings | theGrio 7 TWEETS

CHICAGO (AP) - Jurors have reached a verdict in the murder trial of William Balfour, who is accused of killing the mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew of singer and actress Jennifer Hudson...


Donna Summer dead: Remembering her greatest songs (SLIDESHOW) | theGrio 9 TWEETS

SLIDESHOW - Donna Summer's signature sound was unmistakable and her influence of modern music is still felt to this day. Take a trip down memory lane with theGrio as we pay homage to her greatest s...


Rap Genius: The top 5 rap lyrics of the week — veterans drop verses | theGrio 16 TWEETS

RAP GENIUS - This past week had an abundance of new material for hip-hop fans. Current favorites, up-and-comers, and veterans all dropped verses we hadn't heard before, and all are ably represented...


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