Gene Demby appears in the following:
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Friday, June 10, 2016
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Friday, May 13, 2016
Monday, April 25, 2016
Monday, April 11, 2016
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Monday, March 14, 2016
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
I say "surprising" because I am not a fan of musical theater, the kind of not-a-fan-of-musical-theater who pointedly self-describes ...
Wednesday, March 02, 2016
It's been only a year and a half since the social protest movement around police violence commonly referred to as Black Lives Matter emerged as a major political force.
Much of this movement's momentum-building and organizing happened on Twitter, and a fascinating new study by media scholars Charlton McIlwain, ...
Thursday, February 25, 2016
You may have read something like this over the past few weeks, in the run-up to this year's hotly contested Academy Awards ceremony:
"The fact that there is an absence of African-American nominees at the awards this year is something I'm less concerned about than how that reflects on ...
Friday, January 29, 2016
So. Macklemore. I suppose we have to talk about Macklemore.
By now you've heard — or heard about — the white Seattle rapper's nine-minute song "White Privilege II," about his tricky relationship with hip-hop and black protest movements. It's typical Macklemore — earnest, more than a little hamfisted — and ...
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Over at The Atlantic, Angelica Jade Bastîen has a smart essay pushing back on the supposed benefits of "colorblind casting" in Hollywood — that is, putting actors of color in roles that weren't explicitly written as people of color.
She points to Oscar Isaac, the prolific, charismatic actor who ...
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Friday, December 18, 2015
Thursday, December 17, 2015
A few weeks ago, I was chatting with a young black woman who recently graduated from Louisiana State. I asked her how she liked it there. She smiled, then sighed in exasperation. Without prompting, she brought up race. She had enrolled at LSU knowing Louisiana is one of the blackest ...
Thursday, November 12, 2015
This summer, football players at Northwestern University came very close to successfully forming a union — not to demand that they be paid, but to demand better scholarships and safety protocols. Had their bid succeeded, it might have changed college athletics — and, indeed, higher education — in some ...
Monday, November 09, 2015
In 1890, a shoemaker from Louisiana named Homer Plessy indentified himself as "black" on the decennial U.S. Census population survey. Plessy did this even though, as a Creole who was one-eighth black, he was light-skinned enough to pass for white.
A few years later, the fair-skinned Plessy climbed onto a ...
Thursday, November 05, 2015
Over at the New York Times Magazine, ambivalence toward capital "D" diversity courses through Anna Holmes' excellent essay "Has 'Diversity' Lost Its Meaning?" Holmes, the founding editor of Jezebel and now an executive at Fusion, notes that while corporate odes to "diversity" are de rigeur these days ...
Monday, October 19, 2015
Over at the New York Times, Jack Hitt considers the ubiquity of one particular icon of the post-Confederate South. "In front of nearly every courthouse or at the main intersection of nearly every town in the South, you will find a Confederate memorial," Hitt writes. "From the late 19th ...