Black residents in Mississippi terrorized by police

Black residents in a Mississippi town filed a lawsuit detailing allegations of local police systematically ‘terrorizing’ them. The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by a civil rights organization, JULIAN, claims the Lexington Police Department was involved in numerous incidents where Black residents were falsely arrested, subject to unreasonable searches, and victims of excessive use of force. […]

Paige B. Alston shares wisdom with aspiring film directors

As part of our Star Studios series, rolling out spoke with Detroit’s Paige B. Alston, an award-nominated writer and director, about her recent feature film, “Meeting Boone.” The film follows an ex-convict who befriends a grieving woman while looking for answers about his brother’s mysterious death.

Director Nicole L. Thompson steers the Lifetime thriller, ‘Suitcase Killer’

Director Nicole L. Thompson, who earned her master’s from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, was tapped to take the helm for Lifetime’s ripped-from-the-headlines murder mystery of a dastardly wife and her amorous infatuation with her secret lover in “Suitcase Killer: The Melanie McGuire Story.” The show premieres June 19, 2022.

De’Von Truvel creates ‘Play Black Wall Street’ game inspired by Tulsa massacre

Entrepreneur De’Von Truvel was inspired to create the “Play Black Wall Street” board game by the real-life businesses and events from early-1900s in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Greenwood community that was dubbed “Black Wall Street” was one of the most economically successful communities in American history before the infamous massacre. Truvel designed the game to help […]

Reporter Madison Carter hosting special on rise in suicide among young Blacks

WXIA journalist Madison Carter and her colleagues commenced a nine-month investigation into what is behind the frightening rise in suicides among young Black boys and girls. Carter will be speaking live on Tegna platforms with the parents of kids who took their lives and were featured on the three-part TV special “A Different Cry.” If […]

‘A Different Cry’ TV special probes rise of suicide rates in young Blacks

Journalists Madison Carter and Monika Diaz probe the disturbingly upward trend in suicides among young Blacks in “A Different Cry.” The three-part investigative special will be streamed on TEGNA stations’ Fire TV and Roku apps and the Watch section of all the stations’ websites beginning Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. It will explore why Black kids […]

‘It’s a damn shame’: Keri Hilson reacts to Rittenhouse acquittal

As she preps for the release of her new movie, For The Love of Money, Keri Hilson stopped by yesterday, Nov. 19, to discuss some topical issues — the Rittenhouse acquittal over and above all else. Like most, she was speechless and taken back a bit, but offered this definitive reaction: “It’s a damn shame.”

Before death, this happened: ACLU director tells lesser-known Ahmaud Arbery story

Christopher Bruce, policy director of the American Civil Liberties Union of America of Georgia, told rolling out a lesser-known story about the late Ahmaud Arbery. Arbery had a prior encounter with law enforcement officers, caught on body cameras, less than four months before he was shot and killed while going for a jog in February […]