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Ebony and Jet Magazine Bought By Black Owned Investment Firm; The Grio Bought By Byron Allen

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According to The Chicago Tribune, Ebony and Jet have been sold to a black owned private investor firm based out of Austin. “This is the next chapter in retaining the legacy that my father, John H. Johnson, built to ensure the celebration of African-Americans,”Linda Johnson Rice...

Young Celie, Desreta Jackson Says Colorism In Hollywood Made Her Leave Hollywood After ‘The Color Purple’

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Coming here from the islands, I didn’t even know that I was dark-skinned, there wasn’t a color issue in my head — Desreta Jackson Desreta Jackson, best known for playing Young Celie Johnson in the 1985 Oscar Nominated Drama The Color Purple (opposite Danny Glover,...

Taye Diggs Thinks We Should Call Obama The First Mixed President

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Taye Diggs Recently Did an interview with The Grio discussing his new children’s book, Mixed Me. It’s a spin on his first book, Chocolate Me, written for his bi-racial son, detailing his experiences as a dark-skinned boy. The conversation turned to President Obama, the product...

Kirk Franklin Issues Apology To LGBT Community For Homophobia In The Black Church

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Grammy Award winning Gospel Artist Kirk Franklin issued an apology to the LGBT community during an interview with The Grio recently, in addition to discussing his return to the music scene with his ninth studio album interestingly titled Losing My Religion. “I want to apologize...

Let’s Retire the Term ‘Black on Black’ Crime, Focus Instead on Gang Culture

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From The Grio — On January 21st, 2013, King College Prep’s marching band traveled from Chicago to Washington to perform at President Barack Obama‘s second inauguration festivities. This band had a beautiful and talented 15 year-old majorette  who was an honor student and planned to...

Black Lives Under Attack in the Dominican Republic: Why this crisis deserves our attention

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As of Thursday, the Dominican Republic has chosen to proceed with the cleansing of its immigration rolls, implementing a policy of forcible expulsion of black persons who are or can be perceived as being of Haitian descent. The policy, which violates various international treaties and...