EPA officially reinstates California's authority to craft its own vehicle emissions standards

"Today we proudly reaffirm California's longstanding authority to lead in addressing pollution from cars and trucks," EPA Administrator Michael Regan said in a statement. "Our partnership with states to confront the climate crisis has never been more important. With today's action, we reinstate an approach that for years has helped advance clean technologies and cut air pollution for people not just in California, but for the U.S. as a whole." In 2021, President Joe Biden issued an executive or

Doja Cat crowns Teyana Taylor the queen of 'Planet Her' in her latest interstellar video

Fresh from her Grammy-nominated album, Doja Cat has released the music video of her hit single “Woman.” The intergalactic video features the 26-year-old singer-songwriter with Teyana Taylor as the queen of Planet Her. Under the creative direction of Janelle Monáe and H.E.R.’s creative brand childartiste, the video has already reached over one million views on YouTube and also features model Guetcha. The cosmic video offers a mix of vocals, visuals and choreography as Doja Cat’s viewers are tak

Hanifa’s Debut Runway Show in Washington D.C.

Designer Anifa Mvuemba debuted her Black-owned clothing line Hanifa for the first time in her hometown of Washington, D.C., at the National Portrait Gallery. The highly anticipated event showcased Hanifa’s Fall/Winter 2021 collection and consisted of a 35-look collection throughout the live runway show. The show titled “Dream” featured whimsical and imaginative pieces that left attendees anticipating her first drop of the collection. The line consists of Hanifa’s signature pieces, paired with n

Gentrification Blamed for Food Insecurity in Wards 7, 8

New restaurants, grocery stores and specialty food markets have been popping up all over the District of Columbia as gentrification has taken hold in neighborhood after neighborhood. But in the two heavily Black Wards 7 and 8, getting fresh food has been a challenge. Of the 49 full-service grocery stores offered in D.C., only four are located in the two wards, which have lost grocery stores over the past decade. While food insecurity is no new issue in D.C., as the rest of the city flourishes

Homecoming Fashion Show Takes Students Back In Time

This year’s annual fashion show “Nostalgia”, brought students back in time with the ‘90s and early 2000s themed event. The production wrapping up this year’s Homecoming festivities was unlike any other, as the event was planned in under a week. “They ate that, especially because they were given so little time to prepare and you wouldn’t even notice,” senior public relations LaShun O’Rear said. The show featuring 12 designers, including well-known brand, Timberland began coordination last week,

Here's how the star of 'Diana: The Musical' nailed Princess Diana's regal posture

"Diana: The Musical," which highlights the moments that made Princess Diana adored across the world and follows her marriage to Prince Charles, debuts on Netflix and Broadway this fall. The musical stars Jeanna de Waal, a British actor who has also performed in "Kinky Boots" and "Wicked." In an interview with TODAY, de Waal talked about her journey to securing the role of Princess Diana, her hopes for the Broadway performance and her favorite scenes from the show. After de Waal got the part, s

Howard’s Intimate Listening Party with Rapper Cordae

Howard University students were able to listen to two-time Grammy award-nominated rapper and Md Native Cordae’s unreleased album, ‘From a Birds Eye View.’ The intimate event, Kickin it With Cordae Campus Takeover, was hosted for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s (MEAC) eight HBCU institutions. The event took place at the United Negro College Fund Offices, and Cordae visited The Yard shortly after. “I got the idea that I wanted to go to HBCU’s, last Monday. I wanted to play my album for a v

Displaced at Howard: The University Housing Crisis

Howard University’s junior and senior students who returned to campus this fall were left scrambling for housing options after the university announced that housing preference would be given to freshmen and sophomores. Upperclassmen who returned to campus wouldn’t be guaranteed housing, and many of them were forced to find last-minute housing options. The university has hybrid, in-person and online, instruction in Fall 2021, which made staying at home for classes virtually impossible. According

After COVID put her young career on hold, Dallas’ Skye Turner is returning to the spotlight

Skye Turner knew the stage was where she was meant to be, but the events of the past year and a half changed everything. The Dallas-born actor had been cast as the childhood version of the rock queen Tina Turner (no relation) in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical and was doing eight shows a week on Broadway while being home-schooled. Skye was fully aware of the stakes at hand. “It felt like it was such a huge weight, not a bad weight, though. This is a great weight to have. I mean, if I had any pro

Bookstore spotlighting diverse authors opens at Music City Mall Lewisville

Music City Mall Lewisville is home to a new Black-owned bookstore, Kindred Creatives Art and Literary Press, with shelves reserved for authors and creatives who are BIPOC — Black, indigenous and people of color. The bookstore has a mission to promote literacy, creativity and entrepreneurship for children and hopes to launch creative workshops for people of all ages. The owner, Cicely Carr, resigned from her job as an English teacher in West Dallas to pursue what she says was her dream of openin

Artist Jeremy Biggers tackles insecurities, burdens that Black men face in new exhibition

Artist Jeremy Biggers, a South Dallas native, has a new solo exhibition, “Unspoken Burdens,” on view through Aug. 14 at the South Dallas Cultural Center. The exhibition is composed of a series of paintings and drawings that broach the conversation around male identity, social constructs and unspoken burdens that men face, as well as one video segment to showcase instances of cultural appropriation that affect Black communities, such as long acrylic nails, do-rags and box braids. “Whether you’r

Tyler, the Creator’s pop up show in Deep Ellum leaves fans starstruck

“Honestly, this is just so I can practice for the festivals I have next year, If I’m keeping it a buck,” Tyler, the Creator told fans at Trees in Deep Ellum on Wednesday night. He was there for what was billed as a “secret” show. It was the second in his pop-up series following his concert last week at Hollywood venue The Roxy. On the setlist were tracks from his new album Call Me If You Get Lost. Only a lucky few made it in. After Tyler tweeted a signup link to fans on Sunday night, guests g

Virginia governor candidate Jennifer Carroll Foy makes final bid to make history

Virginia Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy is vying to become governor of Virginia in what would be a historic election, but before she can make that happen she’ll have to beat out some stiff competition. Running against Terry McAuliffe, a former governor in the state, Carroll Foy tells theGrio she is confident in her ability to uplift Virginia and make a genuine difference if elected. If victorious, Carroll Foy would be the first Black woman governor of Virginia and in the country. “I have plans

Bozoma Saint John and Her Undeniable Legacy

Bozoma Saint John is one of the most sought out marketers and speakers in almost every professional space. Her nearly 20-year old career spans over multiple industries including fashion, music, sports, and entertainment. Most recently, she was named the Global Chief Marketing Officer at Netflix on June 30th, 2020. Before being appointed to her new position, Saint John was the Chief Brand Officer at Uber, a marketing executive at Apple Music, and the Chief Marketing Officer for Endeavor, an Amer

How to Make Great instructional Videos

If you’ve ever tried to explain an abstract concept using words alone, you know how important visuals can be when trying to get your thoughts across. Creating and sharing instructional videos is a great way to make things easier to understand for customers, employees, and even colleagues. Even better, because they’re pre-recorded and can be watched at any time, instructional videos allow for knowledge sharing anytime, anywhere. Not sure where to start? When armed with the right tools, instructional videos are some of the easiest kinds of videos to make.

Black Creatives and Designers Leading the Fashion Industry in 2021

Black designers are bringing authentic substance and style into the fashion industry. Still, their influence has significantly expanded over the last few years due to the support of creatives and stylists leading on social media. These Black designers and creatives lead the conversations of diversity and inclusion in the fashion industry to open more opportunities for future innovators. As we move through 2021, here are 14 Black designers and creatives that are taking the fashion industry to ne

Black Female Artists that Dominated the Fashion Industry in 2020

Fashion and music have always gone hand in hand, whether artists were influencing the latest trends or designers were flooding the latest music videos—and 2020 didn’t stop this growing partnership. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic and a whirlwind of social uprisings, 2020 was still buzzing with notable fashion collaborations from our favorite celebrities—namely by Black women – that showcased the result of combining music genius and Black Girl Magic. Here are a few of the top head-turning co

Why the Diversity and Inclusion Conversation Must Prioritize Black Womxn

In today’s workplace , companies have been expanding their D&I programs and initiatives to prioritize the experiences of marginalized groups to ensure professional equity for current and future employees. Yet, these same entities fail to implement incorporating D&I initiatives from an intersectional lens. Black womxn live at the intersection of "double jeopardy," a unique social condition that specifically impacts those who simultaneously experience the microaggressions of racism and sexism. Th

The Impact of Black Women Who Are TV Leads

Statements of love and stories of nostalgia flooded social media afterNetflix included Black comedic classics like Sister, Sister, Moesha, and Girlfriends to its queue. All of the shows have one key element in common: Black female leads. Seeing Black women's triumphs, struggles, and identities on network television are essential and the true embodiment of "for us, by us." a concept that brings art and culture made for and by the Black American community. These shows manifest how vital it is to
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