Gene Demby

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The Secret History Of The Word 'Cracker'

Monday, July 01, 2013

Where does the slur "cracker" come from, anyway? It turns out it's pretty old. Like, Shakespeare old.

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Are HBCUs in Trouble? An Evergreen Question

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Some tough news about several historically black colleges has prompted folks to wonder if they're viable and necessary — questions that sometimes simplify their strengths and challenges.


Jeah! We Mapped Out The 4 Basic Aspects Of Being A 'Bro'

Friday, June 21, 2013

In an effort to figure out whether the stereotype of the "bro" had a racial component to it, we mapped out the dimensions of bro-ness. Turns out it's a fairly nuanced landscape, but there's one celebrity who indisputably rules it all.


LeBron James — 'Up, Up And Away'

Thursday, June 20, 2013

More than any team he faces, LeBron James' biggest foil is actually Michael Jordan, The Greatest Basketball Player Ever.™


For People Of Color, A Housing Market Partially Hidden From View

Monday, June 17, 2013

A new study has found that blacks, Latinos and Asians looking for homes were shown fewer housing options than whites who were equally qualified. And fewer options meant higher housing costs.


New Ads Still Warn A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste

Saturday, June 15, 2013

The United Negro College Fund's new campaign shows just how much the way we talk about and around race has changed.


The Many Different Faces Of Marijuana In America

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A majority of Americans think weed should be legalized, according to recent polls. It's portrayed as silly, but not dangerous, in pop culture. Yet marijuana arrests — which fall disproportionately on people of color — have been central to the war on drugs.


So Single Black Men Want Commitment. Really?

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Lots of people were surprised by our recent poll findings on single African-Americans and commitment. So why'd the numbers look the way they did?


The First Lady, A Heckler And Public Dissent

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

It was hard for people to ignore the racial optics of the exchange last night between Michelle Obama and a heckler.


New Survey Takes A Snapshot Of The View From Black America

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Despite being buffeted by high unemployment and the recession in recent years, African-Americans expressed high levels of life satisfaction and optimism for the future.


Desis Dominate The National Spelling Bee

Friday, May 31, 2013

When Arvind Mahankali won the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee last night, he became the sixth consecutive Indian-American winner and the 11th in the past 15 years.


Where Did That Fried Chicken Stereotype Come From?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Fried chicken is an old mainstay in racist depictions of blacks, and golfer Sergio Garcia's recent jab at rival Tiger Woods shows that the idea still holds traction. Why?


Does Stop-And-Frisk Work? Debating A Controversial Police Tactic

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Critics of the NYPD policy say it's tantamount to racial profiling and does little to reduce crime.


Obama's Shout-Out To A 'Morehouse Man'

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

When President Obama spoke at Morehouse College, he singled out — and surprised — a graduate who had faced long odds.


'Scandal': Preposterous, Unmissable, Important

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The show has become a social event for a large and varied crowd of African-Americans and others on Twitter, for reasons mysterious, complex and worth exploring.


Shouting Out Some Next Big Things

Friday, May 17, 2013

Two new voices showcase the raw material for big, consequential musical careers.


Which Comedians Of Color Should Be Late-Night TV Stars?

Thursday, May 16, 2013

We asked readers: If you could name any person of color to host a daily late-night comedy show or any up-and-coming comics to join the SNL cast, who would you pick?


After A Mass Shooting, New Orleanians Rally Around A Local Tradition

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Second-lines — jazzy, rolling dance parties — are a staple in the black neighborhoods of the Big Easy. But on Mother's Day, a second-line parade was marred by a mass shooting that left 19 people injured. The violence has sparked questions of whether the events should be shut down, but those in "the culture" say linking violence to second-lines is unfair.


On Behalf Of [BLANK] People Everywhere ...

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Members of minority groups are often perceived as sharing a connection with prominent members of that group, whether they want to or not. Those connections often fall into four common types.


Are We Laughing With Charles Ramsey?

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Our reaction to overnight Web celebrities like Charles Ramsey, Antoine Dodson, Sweet Brown and Ted Williams deserves a longer look.