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  • Wednesday, 19 June 2019 01:50
  • Cortney Wills

It’s almost time for BEATS to premiere on Netflix and TheGrio caught up with the film’s star, Anthony Anderson and director, Chris Robinson, just after it premiered at ABFF to find out why they decided to take on the project. Set in Chicago, the film follows August (Khalil Everage); a teenager traumatized after witnessing a devastating tragedy. The Netflix film that also stars Khalil Everage and Uzo Aduba is certainly worth watching, as it shines a light on the long-lasting effects gun violence has on mental health. REVIEW: Anthony Anderson, Uzo Aduba and Khalil Everage shine bright in ‘BEATS’ According to Chris Robinson, this film sets itself apart by shining a light on the way gun violence affects young people’s mental health.

  • Tuesday, 18 June 2019 20:54
  • theGrio

It’s been four years since white supremacist, Dylann Roof, took the lives of nine innocent Black people, while worshipping at the historical Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, S.C. The memory of the victims lives on in the new film documentary, EMANUEL. Executive produced by Stephen Curry and Viola Davis, co-produced by Mariska Hargitay, and directed by Brian Ivie (The Drop Box), the documentary compellingly weaves the history of race relations in Charleston, the significance and impact of Mother Emanuel Church, and the hope that somehow emerges in the aftermath of the June 17, 2015 massacre. TheGrio sat down with Rose Simmons, the daughter of the late Reverend Daniel Simmons Sr and Dimas  Salaberrios –one of the producers of the film– and discussed the importance of leading with love and not hate, despite the loss.

  • Tuesday, 18 June 2019 20:43
  • Blue Telusma

Cardi B performs at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Sunday, June 16, 2019, in Manchester, Tenn. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP) Cardi B’s notoriously high energy stage antics put her in a bit of a pickle this past weekend, after her outfit just couldn’t keep up with her during her set at the Bonnaroo Festival.

  • Tuesday, 18 June 2019 14:45
  • Kia Morgan-Smith

Apparently it wasn’t a very happy father’s day for Djimon Hounsou this weekend. The actor dropped a bombshell that he’s having a hard time seeing his son, Kenzo, whom he shares with fashion mogul Kimora Lee Simmons. —Could alleged OJ Simpson knife threats on Twitter “I will cut you!” send him back to jail?— While over the weekend, Lee was sharing loving Father’s Day tributes to her other baby daddies, Russell Simmons and her husband, Tim Leissner, who got his own share of troubles, she didn’t share a social media shoutout for her ex Hounsou. The actor said he would like to see his kid Kenzo who he shares with the CEO of Baby Phat and it seems as if it’s been some time since he’s had a father-son moment too.

  • Tuesday, 18 June 2019 14:02
  • Kia Morgan-Smith

Bill Cosby thegrio.comBill Cosby Bill Cosby (C) is taken away in handcuffs after being sentenced to 3-10 years in his sexual assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on September 25, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

  • Tuesday, 18 June 2019 03:53
  • Cortney Wills

Dwayne JohnsonDwayne Johnson (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for MTV) The MTV Movie & TV Awards aired Monday night and honored some of the biggest names in entertainment. The annual event brought out celebs like Tiffany Haddish, Jada PinkettSmith, and featured an incredible performance from Lizzo. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took home a golden popcorn trophy when he was honored with the Icon Generation Award and he delivered a touching acceptance speech.

  • Monday, 17 June 2019 15:17
  • TheGrio

Terrence Howard and Bryshere Y. Gray in the Terrence Howard and Bryshere Y. Gray in the

  • Monday, 17 June 2019 13:57
  • Cortney Wills

Essence AtkinsEssence Atkins(Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images) The American Black Film Festival has announced the ‘Best of ABFF’ and we have the complete list of winners from the 5-day festival that took over Miami Beach this week. Erica Ash hosted the closing ceremony where the festival’s big winners were revealed on Saturday night, culminating the five-day festival by honoring the winners of the film competitions and talent pipeline programs.

  • Monday, 17 June 2019 12:27
  • Dawn Onley

A partnership between Kim Kardashian West and a rideshare giant will potentially help thousands of inmates get back on their feet. During a recent trip to The White House, Kardashian West announced that her partnership with Lyft will enable up to 5,000 soon-to-be released inmates to receive transportation to job interviews. The arrangement could start as early as next month, according to TMZ. Lyft reportedly is committing to transporting thousands of former inmates to their job interviews, work and other places, starting as early as next month. Kardashian West, in partnership with #Cut50, a bipartisan initiative to cut crime and incarceration rates across all states, has been putting in work at the federal and local levels over the past year to both raise awareness of people wrongfully incarcerated and to help formerly incarcerated people with housing and employment once they leave prison.

  • Sunday, 16 June 2019 20:53
  • Ny Magee

Meek Mill thegrio.comMeek Mill thegrio.comRapper Meek Mill's legal team has blocked recent legal efforts to stop his documentary #freeMeek from moving forward. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images) A prominent Philadelphia lawyer lost his lawsuit against Amazon and Roc Nation over an alleged illegal recording of comments he made about his client, who just so happens to be the judge at the center of rapper Meek Mill’s probation violation case.

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