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What Matters: Crime in New Orleansupdated Mon Sep 19 2011 16:48:44

The murder rate in New Orleans is ten times the U.S. average. CNN's Suzanne Malveaux looks at what's behind the violence.

Single-sex classes: Better for learning?updated Wed Sep 14 2011 16:49:38

An Indiana public high school is dividing the boys from the girls and says, so far, results are encouraging. HLN reports.

Mixed results in black teen sex studyupdated Tue Sep 13 2011 15:27:58

Pregnancy is down, but black teens face more pressure than ever to have sex. HLN breaks down a new study.

After 9/11, a daughter's loss and loveupdated Tue Sep 13 2011 15:27:14

On HLN, Jasmine Victoria remembers her mother and the day that her life changed forever, September 11.

After Katrina, a new New Orleansupdated Mon Aug 29 2011 16:54:34

Former mayor Ray Nagin tells HLN the city has made great progress in the 6 years since Katrina hit.

Hurricane wipes out MLK dedication plansupdated Fri Aug 26 2011 16:32:57

The official dedication of the new MLK Memorial in Washington is being postponed because of Hurricane Irene.

Bullies beat up victims' GPAs tooupdated Wed Aug 24 2011 16:49:12

HLN's Richelle Carey reports on a new study looking at the toll bullying takes on victims' school grades.

A mom's grief leads to gift for hundredsupdated Mon Aug 22 2011 16:46:49

About 700 kids received new shoes and gear for school, thanks to a mother who's honoring the memory of her son.

Woman blames airport hair search on raceupdated Fri Aug 19 2011 16:36:36

A woman claims TSA searched her hair because of her race. HLN News Now asks her about the airport incident.

Equal incomes, segregated neighborhoodsupdated Wed Aug 17 2011 17:19:08

A study finds middle class minorities are less likely to live in nice neighborhoods than middle class white families.

Once fun, flash mobs now fearedupdated Fri Aug 12 2011 19:07:30

The mayor of Philadelphia hopes a new curfew will put an end to the city's growing number of violent flash mobs.

Mary J. Blige: My life so farupdated Tue Aug 09 2011 16:46:21

HLN's Richelle Carey chats with the legendary singer about her continuing journey, personal growth and new album.

Magic's major Motor City assistupdated Fri Jul 29 2011 16:51:06

Magic Johnson's making a major investment to help keep Detroit's best and brightest from bolting for other cities.

Reality TV unflattering for black women?updated Wed Jul 27 2011 18:14:44

"Real Housewives" stars defend themselves against complaints that their behavior paints a poor image of black women.

Battle over Rosa Parks' estateupdated Mon Jul 25 2011 18:29:24

HLN's Richelle Carey explains why historic items belonging to the civil rights icon are heading to the auction block.

Mary J. Blige: Building the futureupdated Wed Jul 13 2011 15:31:51

HLN's Richelle Carey chats with Hip-Hop queen Mary J. Blige about her foundation and helping women in need.

Are black women portrayed poorly on TV?updated Thu May 12 2011 18:25:21

Dr. Melody T. McCloud is fed up with how black women are portrayed on TV. She told HLN's Richelle Carey why.

Pop star Pebbles' new projectupdated Fri May 06 2011 19:08:30

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.

Bassett 'Jumping' into marriage dramaupdated Thu May 05 2011 17:34:32

HLN's Richelle Carey discusses class, race and family with "Jumping the Broom" star Angela Bassett.

Homeless mom ignites school debateupdated Wed Apr 27 2011 18:11:54

The attorney for a homeless mom explains on HLN why his client didn't "steal" a public school education for her son.

Underdog to Navy to... astronaut?updated Fri Apr 22 2011 18:00:04

Zerbin Singleton has risen from poverty to possibly outer space, with a Navy football stop in between. HLN reports.

Reality TV misrepresenting black women?updated Thu Apr 07 2011 06:12:17

In 2010, HLN's Richelle Carey spoke to an author about how African-American women are portrayed on reality TV shows.

Black teens make polo historyupdated Wed Mar 23 2011 17:46:26

Sports history was made when the first all-black polo team won the U.S. Polo Association Interscholastic Championship.

Atlanta woman finds familyupdated Fri Feb 11 2011 17:52:46

HLN's Richelle Carey talks to an Atlanta woman who discovers her family history buried in an archeological site.

Be a 'frugalista,' not a cheapskateupdated Thu Feb 10 2011 11:45:37

Looking to dig out of debt? It doesn't have to be painful. HLN's Richelle Carey hears tips from the savvy "Frugalista."

Race an issue for black hockey players?updated Thu Feb 03 2011 17:19:24

Do black hockey players face racism? HLN examines this question.

NHL team melts away sport's race gapupdated Thu Feb 03 2011 13:17:11

HLN's Richelle Carey explains how the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers are leading the way in the sport's goal of diversity.

Boy Scout troop makes historyupdated Sun Jan 30 2011 14:06:32

HLN talks to the Scoutmaster of an all African-American troop which advanced 12 members to Eagle Scout at the same time.

School district on probation. Now what?updated Fri Jan 21 2011 18:00:28

Atlanta Public Schools have been placed on probation. HLN finds out how that decision will impact students and parents.

Terms of sisters' release unethical?updated Fri Jan 07 2011 18:11:26

HLN asks medical and legal experts about the ethics of making release from prison conditional upon organ donation

Smart shopping this holiday seasonupdated Mon Nov 29 2010 18:16:35

HLN's Mike Galanos talks with money expert Ebong Eka on tips to get the most "bang for your buck" this holiday season.

Women team up to end Chicago violenceupdated Fri Oct 29 2010 22:15:19

"Sick and tired" of seeing children killed in the streets, a group of Chicago women are taking action. HLN reports.

Viral video: Why 'I love my hair' createdupdated Fri Oct 22 2010 17:46:08

The man behind Sesame Street's viral hit "I Love My Hair" tells HLN's Richelle Carey how his daughter inspired him.

Taking power away from the N-wordupdated Mon Oct 11 2010 05:19:57

Jarrett Mathis is on a mission to combat use of the N-word among youths. CNN's Tony Harris reports.

Life sentence for $11 robberyupdated Fri Oct 01 2010 17:26:12

HLN's Richelle Carey talks to the head of the NAACP about their protest of life terms for two sisters convicted of robbery.

Star's skin lightened up for mag cover?updated Fri Sep 24 2010 18:57:15

Was African-American Gabourey Sidibe's skin lightened for an Elle cover? HLN's Richelle Carey has the story.

Lifting African-Americans in bad economyupdated Thu Sep 09 2010 17:30:21

HLN's Richelle Carey speaks to National Urban League president Mark Morial about the economy and race.

Extra credit in the NFLupdated Sun Sep 05 2010 16:05:34

The Atlanta Falcons hope to influence players' decisions off the field with a very special kind of coaching.

Sharpton: Beck won't hijack 'the Dream'updated Mon Aug 30 2010 18:53:40

HLN's Richelle Carey speaks to the Rev. Al Sharpton ahead of Glenn Beck's planned rally in Washington, D.C.

Usher's view from the topupdated Fri Aug 13 2010 20:19:56

HLN's Richelle Carey talks to Usher on fame, fatherhood, philanthropy and meeting pop star Justin Bieber.

Usher on fame, fatherhood and charityupdated Fri Aug 13 2010 18:46:35

Rhythm and blues superstar, Usher, talks with HLN's Richelle Carey.

Steve Harvey's mentoring missionupdated Fri Jul 23 2010 18:49:56

HLN's Richelle Carey talks to entertainer Steve Harvey about his passion for helping young people.

One-on-one with Janet Jacksonupdated Fri Jul 02 2010 20:20:19

Janet Jackson will perform at the Essence Music Festival. HLN's Richelle Carey has an exclusive interview with her.

'Eracism': Actor fights for equal rightsupdated Wed Jun 30 2010 14:35:16

Louis Gossett, Jr. tells HLN's Richelle Carey about his career and campaign to fight racism.

Countdown to Essence Music Festupdated Fri Jun 18 2010 17:56:38

HLN's Richelle Carey finds out what's on tap for one of the summer's biggest music festivals.

Shoplifter killed: Accident or murder?updated Fri Jun 11 2010 19:50:46

HLN's Richelle Carey looks at the controversial death of a man suspected of shoplifting crayons and toothpaste.

Race relations better under Obama?updated Thu Jun 10 2010 15:40:12

HLN's Richelle Carey looks at a new poll on President Obama and race relations, plus a school debate over a hair product.

Graduation woes for African-American menupdated Sat Jun 05 2010 09:20:51

HLN's Richelle Carey finds out why enrollment numbers are up, yet graduation rates are down for African-American men.

Suicide attempt survivor shares storyupdated Thu May 20 2010 22:07:40

A teen speaks to students about ways to handle depression. CNN's Tony Harris reports.

Valedictorian makes Notre Dame historyupdated Tue May 11 2010 13:28:46

Katie Washington becomes the first black valedictorian of the University of Notre Dame. HLN's Richelle Carey reports.

Year of the black Republicans?updated Wed May 05 2010 17:34:19

HLN's "What Matters" segment looks at the rise of African-American Republicans heading into election season.

New day dawning for civil rights?updated Sat Apr 24 2010 18:22:09

Al Sharpton sees a new generation of civil rights leaders in the U.S. So what's next? HLN's Richelle Carey finds out.

Stars speak out against HIVupdated Sat Apr 17 2010 14:48:29

Each 9 1/2 minutes in the U.S., someone is diagnosed with HIV. How can social media help? HLN's Richelle Carey reports.

What Matters: Stephen Staffordupdated Fri Apr 02 2010 18:56:22

At age 13, Stephen Stafford is already in his second year in college. HLN's Richelle Carey talks to the young prodigy.

What Matters: Mo'Niqueupdated Thu Mar 18 2010 17:30:36

Oscar winner Mo'Nique talks with HLN's Richelle Carey about "Precious" and gets her take on blacks in Hollywood.

T.D. Jakes prison initiativeupdated Mon Mar 15 2010 10:14:56

Bishop T.D. Jakes launches a program to keep former inmates from returning to prison. He spoke to HLN's Richelle Carey.

HLN looks at What Mattersupdated Sun Feb 21 2010 13:46:47

HLN's Richelle Carey looks at some of the issues making news in the African-American community that affect us all.

Haiti adoptions: Help or harm?updated Sat Feb 13 2010 15:08:18

In the rush to help Haiti's orphans, could U.S. adoptions become a dangerous fad? HLN's Richelle Carey digs deeper.

Obama takes stage with bandupdated Thu Feb 11 2010 23:03:12

The White House celebrates music of the Civil Rights movement.

Olympic hopeful's pleaupdated Mon Feb 08 2010 12:27:07

HLN's Richelle Carey talks with an Olympic hopeful and cancer patient registering people for the bone marrow registry.

Gift list for non-whites racist?updated Sat Dec 19 2009 09:33:04

Richelle Carey looks into a gift list targeted at people of color printed in the New York Times.

Teen on the fast trackupdated Fri Dec 18 2009 18:17:13

Stephanie Elam looks at Howard University Student Ty Hobson-Powell who is several years ahead of schedule in his education.

Splashing for survivalupdated Fri Dec 11 2009 21:57:35

According to the CDC, drowning rates are higher among minority youth. Olympic Swimmer Cullen Jones is working to lower those rates.

Disney's first black princessupdated Fri Dec 11 2009 20:08:33

Does Disney's new movie, "The Princess and the Frog," portray African-Americans in a positive light? Prime News reports

Helping families in crisisupdated Mon Dec 07 2009 13:11:32

Complete strangers are providing an alternative to foster care for families in need. Prime News reports.

Opera is for everybodyupdated Fri Dec 04 2009 16:50:50

Opera singer Angela Brown believes that opera is for "rich and poor people" and not just "elitist audiences."

Remembering Ernie Barnesupdated Fri Nov 27 2009 12:25:43

CNN's Fredricka Whitfield pays tribute to one of America's most famous painters, Ernie Eugene Barnes.

Should teens get life in jail?updated Fri Nov 20 2009 18:33:54

Should juveniles be sentenced to life with no parole for non-lethal crimes? HLN's Richelle Carey reports.

What matters this weekupdated Fri Nov 20 2009 18:01:52

In What Matters, we are partnering with Essence Magazine to look at African-American issues that matter to everyone.

Is a hip hop degree legitimate?updated Fri Nov 13 2009 20:04:39

If someone told you they were getting a degree in hip hop, what would you think? HLN's Richelle Carey reports.

What Matters: Inmate to leaderupdated Fri Nov 13 2009 16:31:19

In "What Matters", Fredricka Whitfield reports on a former prison inmate and the positive changes he is making in his community.

What Matters: African Americansupdated Fri Nov 06 2009 19:21:34

In "What Matters" we are partnering with Essence magazine to look at African American issues that matter to everyone.

Jackson movie brings closure?updated Fri Oct 30 2009 19:39:46

HLN's Richelle Carey takes a look at "What Matters." Does a new Michael Jackson movie bring fans closure?

Hill Harper on 'What Matters'updated Fri Oct 30 2009 18:18:48

In "What Matters," we are partnering with Essence Magazine to look at African-American issues that matter to everyone.

'Shaft' survives breast cancerupdated Fri Oct 23 2009 20:48:19

HLN's Richelle Carey sits down with Actor Richard Roundtree to discuss his battle with breast cancer.

What mattersupdated Fri Oct 23 2009 18:39:59

We take a look at the Army's first woman drill sergeant, Breast Cancer Awareness Month and one man's inspirational journey.

Homeless teen beating the oddsupdated Mon Oct 19 2009 12:22:50

A homeless teen in L.A. is excelling and has dreams of going to Harvard when he graduates high school.

'What Matters'updated Fri Oct 16 2009 20:44:33

In "What Matters", CNN is partnering with Essence magazine to look at African American issues that "matter" to everyone.

More realistic Barbie dolls?updated Fri Oct 09 2009 21:24:52

Does a new line of Barbie dolls look more like black women? HLN's Richelle Carey takes a look at "What Matters."

'What Matters'updated Fri Oct 09 2009 17:19:47

In "What matters", we are partnering with Essence magazine to look at African-American issues that matter to everyone.

Cosby Show Rewindupdated Fri Sep 25 2009 21:46:13

It's been 25 years since the Cosby show changed television. Tony Harris interviews the stars from the show.

Disliking Obama over his race?updated Fri Sep 25 2009 18:23:12

HLN's Richelle Carey takes a look at why people dislike the President. Is it because of his policy or race?

'Roots of music' filling voidupdated Fri Sep 18 2009 18:39:16

A musician is giving kids in New Orleans a new life through the power of music. Prime News reports.

Here's What Matters this weekupdated Fri Sep 11 2009 17:08:41

In 'What Matters', we are partnering with essence magazine to look at African-American issues that matter to everyone.

Learning to live after 9/11updated Fri Sep 11 2009 13:54:45

World Trade Center survivor Leslie Haskin talks about her struggle to recover from the 9/11 attacks.

What Mattersupdated Fri Sep 04 2009 16:45:51

In this "What Matters," historically black colleges are honored, and the story of a lost boy from Sudan.

Rebuilding a communityupdated Sat Aug 29 2009 15:22:25

The 9th Ward Field of Dreams project is raising money for a high school sports complex. HLN's Richelle Carey reports.

'What Matters' this weekupdated Fri Aug 28 2009 16:58:09

In "What Matters," we partner with Essence magazine to look at African American issues that matter to everyone.

She's battling asthma and environmental racismupdated Mon Aug 24 2009 12:08:58

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.

Court reopens inmate's caseupdated Fri Aug 21 2009 20:51:41

The Supreme Court has made a controversial move in the case of a death row inmate fighting for his freedom.

'What Matters' this weekupdated Fri Aug 21 2009 18:15:47

In "What Matters," we are partnering with Essence Magazine to look at African-American issues that matter to everyone.

Obama: We must fix education in black communitiesupdated Mon Aug 17 2009 12:23:44

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.

Is street violence a disease?updated Fri Aug 14 2009 20:12:04

A surgeon starts a program to help black men after seeing the same shooting and stabbing victims in his trauma center.

What Mattersupdated Fri Aug 14 2009 15:58:00

In What Matters, we are partnering with Essence magazine to look at African-American issues that matter to everyone.

Rebuild families to stop the killingupdated Mon Aug 10 2009 11:46:54

ESSENCE.COM: Things seem to be getting worse in Chicago since we last spoke?

Second chance for the homelessupdated Fri Aug 07 2009 18:16:43

HLN's Richelle Carey reports on a program that gives the homeless a hand up instead of a handout.

'What Matters'updated Fri Aug 07 2009 16:03:13

In "What Matters", we partner with Essence magazine to look at African American issues that "matter" to everyone.

Learning from 'beer summit'?updated Fri Jul 31 2009 19:45:28

Richelle Carey takes a look at "What Matters" in the black community. What can we learn from Obama's "beer summit"?

'What Matters'updated Fri Jul 31 2009 15:08:52

In "What Matters," we partner with Essence magazine to look at African-American issues that matter to everyone.

Dr. Joycelyn Elders' advice to surgeon general nomineeupdated Thu Jul 30 2009 14:45:26

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?

Is it real or imagined?updated Wed Jul 29 2009 14:59:10

A discussion on racial assumptions in America after the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Gates Jr.

President Obama on what black America needsupdated Mon Jul 20 2009 11:30:46

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.

Al Sharpton on Michael Jackson's detractorsupdated Mon Jul 13 2009 18:09:38

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.

Marlon Jackson speaks about brother's deathupdated Mon Jun 29 2009 09:38:14 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."

Commentary: For the sake of my daughterupdated Mon Jun 22 2009 09:56:31

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 .

Lawmaker: Don't blame blacks for Proposition 8updated Fri Jun 12 2009 11:47:27

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's thoughts on former classmate Sotomayorupdated Mon Jun 08 2009 09:20:24

Anita Hill will always be linked to the Senate confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court.

Commentary: Selecting a Supreme Court justice is an artupdated Mon Jun 01 2009 09:09:09

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.

Children dying in Chicago a 'national catastrophe'updated Mon May 25 2009 09:19:37

Two weeks ago, 3-year-old Jaquan Reed was fatally shot on Chicago, Illinois', West Side.

Is it the end of an era for black universities?updated Mon May 18 2009 09:31:15

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.

Have we overcome our race problems?updated Mon May 11 2009 08:50:26

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.