Gene Demby

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Updating Frankenstein For The Age of Black Lives Matter

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The classic tale of the Monster resurrected from the dead gets a new treatment in Victor LaValle's new limited-series comic.

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Bill Cosby's Legacy Is Tarnished, But Influence Remains

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Bill Cosby's tarnished legacy is a complicated one for African-Americans, but he opened doors for black people that remain open.

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When What Was Good For Bill Cosby Was Good For Black America

Monday, June 12, 2017

The few, tepid defenses of Bill Cosby during his criminal trial for sexual assault are an illustration of just how much his influence as Black America's emissary to the wider world has waned.

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In 'American Race,' Charles Barkley Is A True Believer In The Power Of Dialogue

Monday, May 22, 2017

In the new TNT docu-series about race, the former NBA star is mostly indifferent to the broader context of the discussions he's wading into — and to the limits of trying to "start a dialogue."

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Location A Bigger Influence Than Race For Children In Public Housing

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

A new study finds that the neighborhood where children in public housing live impacts their life outcomes in more significant ways than race does.

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What We Know (And Don't Know) About 'Missing White Women Syndrome'

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Social media outcry over a spate of missing persons cases involving black and Latina girls raised old concerns about whether such cases involving white women are more likely to receive news coverage.

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Changing Colors In Comics

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Gene Demby and guest host Glen Weldon (our play cousin from Pop Culture Happy Hour) explore how comics are used as spaces for mapping race and identity.

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Young People Of Color Are Central To Debate Over 'Raising The Age'

Monday, March 20, 2017

Raising the age of adult responsibility for crime is a heated issue in New York, which tries 16-year-olds as adults — and where nine in 10 youth held at Rikers' Island jail are black or Latino.

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Can You Make A Movie With King Kong Without Perpetuating Racial Undertones?

Saturday, March 11, 2017

This month brings us the latest remake of the iconic King Kong story. Considering the history of King Kong you might wonder if there's any way the movie can avoid racial tropes.

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Lawsuit Brings Fresh Scrutiny To Milwaukee's Troubles With Race And Policing

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The ACLU says the city police's stop-and-frisk policy unconstitutionally targets blacks and Latinos — another example of the fraught relationship between law enforcement and people of color there.

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This Week In Race: Walls, ID Laws And Getting Typecast

Friday, February 17, 2017

How the border wall might keep undocumented migrants in the country; a study measures the effects of voter ID laws on minority turnout; and what Bey's Grammy snubs illustrate about race and merit.

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Does Having More Black Officers Reduce Police Violence?

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Data overwhelmingly confirm that black people are involved in and are victims of police-involved killings at greater proportions than any other racial group in the country. But there's a new twist.

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Why Sanctuary Cities Are Safer

Sunday, January 29, 2017

President Trump has taken a hard line against "sanctuary cities" that don't aid federal officials in deporting immigrants. But a new study shows that those cities have lower crime and unemployment.

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Obama's Racial Legacy: Some Last Words On The First Black President

Friday, January 20, 2017

For Obama, race shaped both support and dissent, exposed the constraints of his office, and made the whiteness at the center of American politics permanently visible.

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As A New Administration Moves In, Will Our Policing Debate Get Uglier?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Scathing federal reports on police abuses, new polls showing cops are divided on matters of race, and a controversial Justice Department nominee all raise the specter of more national rancor.

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A Discomfiting Question: Was The Chicago Torture Case Racism?

Monday, January 09, 2017

The man was held captive and beaten by four people who livestreamed the attack. He was white. His tormentors were black. Calling that a hate crime doesn't tell the whole story.

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When Swinton And Cho Talk Race, The Point's Lost In Translation

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Two celebrities had an email exchange about race that seemed polite but was loaded with subtext. When the exchange became public, the conversation about who was wrong looked frustratingly familiar.

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The Charleston Story: A Knotted Mix Of Race, Grace And Injustice

Friday, December 16, 2016

The story "The Holy City" tells itself, which sometimes emphasizes faith and forgiveness and underplays racism, now includes the conviction of Dylann Roof.

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This Thanksgiving, Looking Forward To A Respite From The Hydrant Of Terribleness

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Here's hoping that the holiday provides the rare oasis from a year full of rancor and racial strife in our politics.

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Is It Racist To Call Someone 'Racist'?

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Casting racism as a moral failure has had the bizarre consequence of confounding the issue for many Americans. Can anything be called racist without controversy?

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