The murder rate in New Orleans is ten times the U.S. average. CNN's Suzanne Malveaux looks at what's behind the violence.
An Indiana public high school is dividing the boys from the girls and says, so far, results are encouraging. HLN reports.
Pregnancy is down, but black teens face more pressure than ever to have sex. HLN breaks down a new study.
On HLN, Jasmine Victoria remembers her mother and the day that her life changed forever, September 11.
Former mayor Ray Nagin tells HLN the city has made great progress in the 6 years since Katrina hit.
The official dedication of the new MLK Memorial in Washington is being postponed because of Hurricane Irene.
HLN's Richelle Carey reports on a new study looking at the toll bullying takes on victims' school grades.
About 700 kids received new shoes and gear for school, thanks to a mother who's honoring the memory of her son.
A woman claims TSA searched her hair because of her race. HLN News Now asks her about the airport incident.
A study finds middle class minorities are less likely to live in nice neighborhoods than middle class white families.
The mayor of Philadelphia hopes a new curfew will put an end to the city's growing number of violent flash mobs.
HLN's Richelle Carey chats with the legendary singer about her continuing journey, personal growth and new album.
Magic Johnson's making a major investment to help keep Detroit's best and brightest from bolting for other cities.
"Real Housewives" stars defend themselves against complaints that their behavior paints a poor image of black women.
HLN's Richelle Carey explains why historic items belonging to the civil rights icon are heading to the auction block.
HLN's Richelle Carey chats with Hip-Hop queen Mary J. Blige about her foundation and helping women in need.
Dr. Melody T. McCloud is fed up with how black women are portrayed on TV. She told HLN's Richelle Carey why.
Pop and R&B star Pebbles sits down with HLN's Virginia Cha to talk about her new project to find the next R&B star.
HLN's Richelle Carey discusses class, race and family with "Jumping the Broom" star Angela Bassett.
The attorney for a homeless mom explains on HLN why his client didn't "steal" a public school education for her son.
Zerbin Singleton has risen from poverty to possibly outer space, with a Navy football stop in between. HLN reports.
In 2010, HLN's Richelle Carey spoke to an author about how African-American women are portrayed on reality TV shows.
Sports history was made when the first all-black polo team won the U.S. Polo Association Interscholastic Championship.
HLN's Richelle Carey talks to an Atlanta woman who discovers her family history buried in an archeological site.
Looking to dig out of debt? It doesn't have to be painful. HLN's Richelle Carey hears tips from the savvy "Frugalista."
Do black hockey players face racism? HLN examines this question.
HLN's Richelle Carey explains how the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers are leading the way in the sport's goal of diversity.
HLN talks to the Scoutmaster of an all African-American troop which advanced 12 members to Eagle Scout at the same time.
Atlanta Public Schools have been placed on probation. HLN finds out how that decision will impact students and parents.
HLN asks medical and legal experts about the ethics of making release from prison conditional upon organ donation
HLN's Mike Galanos talks with money expert Ebong Eka on tips to get the most "bang for your buck" this holiday season.
"Sick and tired" of seeing children killed in the streets, a group of Chicago women are taking action. HLN reports.
The man behind Sesame Street's viral hit "I Love My Hair" tells HLN's Richelle Carey how his daughter inspired him.
Jarrett Mathis is on a mission to combat use of the N-word among youths. CNN's Tony Harris reports.
HLN's Richelle Carey talks to the head of the NAACP about their protest of life terms for two sisters convicted of robbery.
Was African-American Gabourey Sidibe's skin lightened for an Elle cover? HLN's Richelle Carey has the story.
HLN's Richelle Carey speaks to National Urban League president Mark Morial about the economy and race.
The Atlanta Falcons hope to influence players' decisions off the field with a very special kind of coaching.
HLN's Richelle Carey speaks to the Rev. Al Sharpton ahead of Glenn Beck's planned rally in Washington, D.C.
HLN's Richelle Carey talks to Usher on fame, fatherhood, philanthropy and meeting pop star Justin Bieber.
Rhythm and blues superstar, Usher, talks with HLN's Richelle Carey.
HLN's Richelle Carey talks to entertainer Steve Harvey about his passion for helping young people.
Janet Jackson will perform at the Essence Music Festival. HLN's Richelle Carey has an exclusive interview with her.
Louis Gossett, Jr. tells HLN's Richelle Carey about his career and campaign to fight racism.
HLN's Richelle Carey finds out what's on tap for one of the summer's biggest music festivals.
HLN's Richelle Carey looks at the controversial death of a man suspected of shoplifting crayons and toothpaste.
HLN's Richelle Carey looks at a new poll on President Obama and race relations, plus a school debate over a hair product.
HLN's Richelle Carey finds out why enrollment numbers are up, yet graduation rates are down for African-American men.
A teen speaks to students about ways to handle depression. CNN's Tony Harris reports.
Katie Washington becomes the first black valedictorian of the University of Notre Dame. HLN's Richelle Carey reports.
HLN's "What Matters" segment looks at the rise of African-American Republicans heading into election season.
Al Sharpton sees a new generation of civil rights leaders in the U.S. So what's next? HLN's Richelle Carey finds out.
Each 9 1/2 minutes in the U.S., someone is diagnosed with HIV. How can social media help? HLN's Richelle Carey reports.
At age 13, Stephen Stafford is already in his second year in college. HLN's Richelle Carey talks to the young prodigy.
Oscar winner Mo'Nique talks with HLN's Richelle Carey about "Precious" and gets her take on blacks in Hollywood.
Bishop T.D. Jakes launches a program to keep former inmates from returning to prison. He spoke to HLN's Richelle Carey.
HLN's Richelle Carey looks at some of the issues making news in the African-American community that affect us all.
In the rush to help Haiti's orphans, could U.S. adoptions become a dangerous fad? HLN's Richelle Carey digs deeper.
The White House celebrates music of the Civil Rights movement.
HLN's Richelle Carey talks with an Olympic hopeful and cancer patient registering people for the bone marrow registry.
Richelle Carey looks into a gift list targeted at people of color printed in the New York Times.
Stephanie Elam looks at Howard University Student Ty Hobson-Powell who is several years ahead of schedule in his education.
According to the CDC, drowning rates are higher among minority youth. Olympic Swimmer Cullen Jones is working to lower those rates.
Does Disney's new movie, "The Princess and the Frog," portray African-Americans in a positive light? Prime News reports
Complete strangers are providing an alternative to foster care for families in need. Prime News reports.
Opera singer Angela Brown believes that opera is for "rich and poor people" and not just "elitist audiences."
CNN's Fredricka Whitfield pays tribute to one of America's most famous painters, Ernie Eugene Barnes.
Should juveniles be sentenced to life with no parole for non-lethal crimes? HLN's Richelle Carey reports.
In What Matters, we are partnering with Essence Magazine to look at African-American issues that matter to everyone.
If someone told you they were getting a degree in hip hop, what would you think? HLN's Richelle Carey reports.
In "What Matters", Fredricka Whitfield reports on a former prison inmate and the positive changes he is making in his community.
In "What Matters" we are partnering with Essence magazine to look at African American issues that matter to everyone.
HLN's Richelle Carey takes a look at "What Matters." Does a new Michael Jackson movie bring fans closure?
In "What Matters," we are partnering with Essence Magazine to look at African-American issues that matter to everyone.
HLN's Richelle Carey sits down with Actor Richard Roundtree to discuss his battle with breast cancer.
We take a look at the Army's first woman drill sergeant, Breast Cancer Awareness Month and one man's inspirational journey.
A homeless teen in L.A. is excelling and has dreams of going to Harvard when he graduates high school.
In "What Matters", CNN is partnering with Essence magazine to look at African American issues that "matter" to everyone.
Does a new line of Barbie dolls look more like black women? HLN's Richelle Carey takes a look at "What Matters."
In "What matters", we are partnering with Essence magazine to look at African-American issues that matter to everyone.
It's been 25 years since the Cosby show changed television. Tony Harris interviews the stars from the show.
HLN's Richelle Carey takes a look at why people dislike the President. Is it because of his policy or race?
A musician is giving kids in New Orleans a new life through the power of music. Prime News reports.
In 'What Matters', we are partnering with essence magazine to look at African-American issues that matter to everyone.
World Trade Center survivor Leslie Haskin talks about her struggle to recover from the 9/11 attacks.
In this "What Matters," historically black colleges are honored, and the story of a lost boy from Sudan.
The 9th Ward Field of Dreams project is raising money for a high school sports complex. HLN's Richelle Carey reports.
In "What Matters," we partner with Essence magazine to look at African American issues that matter to everyone.
As the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson wears many hats: environmentalist, upholder of anti-pollution policy and toxic chemical regulator, to name a few.
The Supreme Court has made a controversial move in the case of a death row inmate fighting for his freedom.
In "What Matters," we are partnering with Essence Magazine to look at African-American issues that matter to everyone.
With all the unique challenges facing African-Americans, identifying just one problem as the most fundamental issue sounds like the beginning of a long, nuanced conversation. It's not so complicated, however, for President Barack Obama. In a recent conversation with reporters, Obama easily cited education as the most important issue for the black community.
A surgeon starts a program to help black men after seeing the same shooting and stabbing victims in his trauma center.
In What Matters, we are partnering with Essence magazine to look at African-American issues that matter to everyone.
ESSENCE.COM: Things seem to be getting worse in Chicago since we last spoke?
HLN's Richelle Carey reports on a program that gives the homeless a hand up instead of a handout.
In "What Matters", we partner with Essence magazine to look at African American issues that "matter" to everyone.
Richelle Carey takes a look at "What Matters" in the black community. What can we learn from Obama's "beer summit"?
In "What Matters," we partner with Essence magazine to look at African-American issues that matter to everyone.
ESSENCE.COM: When you were surgeon general, you were outspoken on controversial issues like distributing contraception in high schools and talking about drug legalization. What advice would you give to Dr. Regina Benjamin, if she is confirmed, about how to approach those kinds of issues?
A discussion on racial assumptions in America after the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Gates Jr.
Several hours before President Barack Obama gave his well-received speech at the NAACP centennial convention in New York City, he spoke before another probing audience of African-Americans aboard Air Force One.
The Rev. Al Sharpton has been a pillar of support for the Jackson family since the moment the world found out Michael passed away. Sharpton is one of the few people to have a close relationship with the King of Pop and the man they both revered, James Brown, the Godfather of Soul.
ESSENCE.com correspondent Roland S. Martin talks with Marlon Jackson, brother of Michael Jackson and a member of the Jackson 5, about the death of his younger brother, the "King of Pop."
My 3-year-old daughter scampers into my lap. "You are a silly goose ball, Daddy," she says laughing, delighted with her characterization of her father, who she thinks is a president just like Obama .
The California Supreme Court's decision not to retract Proposition 8, the ban on gay marriage, has sent the issue back to the forefront of conversation across the country. Most recently, New Hampshire became the sixth state to legalize gay marriages. While some 18,000 same-sex couples have already tied the knot in California, those who wish to walk down the aisle today will not receive the same privilege.
Anita Hill will always be linked to the Senate confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court.
As Judge Sonia Sotomayor prepares to become the next U.S. Supreme Court justice, her lifetime of diligence and speed reading will now be crucial to help her navigate the next phase of her nomination.
Two weeks ago, 3-year-old Jaquan Reed was fatally shot on Chicago, Illinois', West Side.
During this time of economic uncertainty, some historically black colleges and universities are being hit hard as they try to stave off foreclosures, layoffs and dwindling enrollments.
While the country celebrates the first black president, African-Americans are facing critical challenges from high unemployment, home foreclosures and a record number of black men in prison.