Gene Demby

Gene Demby appears in the following:

A Search For The Story In A Long-Buried, Jim Crow Era Photo

Friday, January 16, 2015

The New York Times is trying to find out more about a 1956 photo taken by Gordon Parks in Atlanta. The paper is turning to its readership for clues about the women captured.


A Familiar Debate On Comedy In Which Contexts Collide

Thursday, January 08, 2015

After the Charlie Hebdo massacre, we're seeing an old debate about the rules of humor that seem to be in opposition. One side says nothing is sacred. The other maintains a right to offense.


2014 Stories At The Intersection Of Race And Sports

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

As the year winds down, Code Switch is taking a step back to pay tribute to some important — but perhaps forgotten — stories about race and sports.


'Serial' Isn't About Ferguson (But It's Kind Of About Ferguson)

Monday, December 15, 2014

In Part 2 of a roundtable on the Podcast Everyone's Talking About, Code Switch's Gene Demby says that a lot of Serial's themes echo news stories that focus attention on how our justice system works.


Murakami's 'Library' Is Dark, Creamy And Grainy At The Same Time

Monday, December 15, 2014

Alan Cheuse reviews "The Strange Library" by Haruki Murakami.


Protesters Of Police Violence Divided By Generation

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Among the thousands gathered in Washington, D.C., to protest the police killings of unarmed black men on Saturday was a generational divide that sometimes became contentious.


Flitting Between Solutions For Police Violence

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A quick look at the post-Ferguson headlines shows how different ideas meant to reduce violent police encounters have come into vogue before being discarded just as quickly.


Updating Centuries-Old Folklore With Puzzles And Power-Ups

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The developers of the video game Never Alone hope it can teach people about Native Alaskan folklore and traditions while still being fun to play.


Who Will Get The Biopic Treatment Next?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

For better or worse, biopics — those big, sweeping epics about the life of a Very Important Person — have been reliable vehicles for actors of color to establish their mainstream actor bona fides.


Why The KKK Is Reaching Out Beyond White Folks

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ku Klux Klan groups are diversifying their aims and marketing themselves to people of color. But these moves aren't new: The Klan has long tried to position itself as a mainstream civic organization.


Why We Have So Many Terms For 'People Of Color'

Friday, November 07, 2014

The way terms for different groups of people fall in and out of fashion — "Negroes," "minorities," "visible minority ethnics" — reveals how our attitudes about each other influence our words.


The Creepiest Ghost And Monster Stories From Around The World

Friday, October 31, 2014

Did you know about the bat-demon of Tanzania? Or the Japanese girl who haunts school bathrooms? We've rounded up some spooky stories that come from different cultural contexts. The chills translate.


Tips For Avoiding Racial Missteps From The Makers Of 'Dear White People'

Friday, October 24, 2014

Dear White People, a much-hyped indie film about the racial politics at a fictional university, is in theaters now. But these video promos for it might be better than the movie.


Watch A Trailer For 'R.E.M. By MTV'

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

MTV premiered R.E.M.'s first music video in the summer of 1981. On Nov. 24, the network will release REMTV, a six-DVD set that includes live performances, television interviews, and a new documentary.


Apps Make Googly Eyes At Riders Tired Of Being Snubbed By Cabbies

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft have put a serious dent in the traditional taxi market and are pitching themselves as alternatives to traditional taxis that often pass by passengers of color.


Videos Of Deadly Police Encounters Grab The Media Spotlight, But Why?

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Several recent incidents of black men being shot by police have sparked national news coverage and policy debates. We examine what forces in the media and society are fueling this level of attention.


Black Women's Groups Meet With NFL On Domestic Violence

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Several civic leaders criticized the NFL's response to news about players involved in domestic violence, saying that black women weren't represented among the groups consulted by the league.


Muslims In Minnesota Weigh Whether To Expel Or Engage At-Risk Youth

Friday, October 03, 2014

After several young people left to join ISIS, leaders are considering which approach to take with marginalized youth. Boston's experience with the marathon bombing suspects may be instructive.


Marriage Rates Are Falling, And For Some Faster Than Others

Friday, September 26, 2014

The share of Americans older than 25 who have never been married keeps getting larger. That cohort is growing much faster for black people, even as many say they want to marry one day.


The Pre-Huxtable Golden Age Of The Black Family Sitcom

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ten years before the premiere of The Cosby Show, three sitcoms with African-American casts were among the 10 most-watched shows on television. How will ethnically diverse sitcoms fare today?