Gene Demby

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The Most Powerful Nerd In The Universe Is A Scientific Anomaly

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is everywhere these days. And his current stature is remarkable, in part because he's a black astrophysicist — seemingly as elusive a phenomenon as the Higgs boson.


Black Preschoolers Far More Likely To Be Suspended

Friday, March 21, 2014

A new study shows that black students are far more likely to be suspended or expelled from school — and that gap begins before grade school.


'Street Fighter II': Most Racist Nostalgic Video Game Ever?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The influential classic arcade game is a reminder of how broadly stereotypical so many of the now-iconic characters were.

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For Player At Center Of NFL Bullying Story, A New Opportunity

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Former Miami Dolphins player Jonathan Martin has been traded to the San Francisco 49ers. Martin's earlier departure from Miami prompted an in-depth investigation of the Dolphins by the NFL.


How The Vice President of New Afrika Became Mayor Of Jackson

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Just how did the late Chokwe Lumumba — a revolutionary who still threw up the Black Power salute on occasion — get elected the mayor of a mid-sized American city in the Deep South?


Our Conversation On Race In 'World of Warcraft,' Unabridged

Monday, March 10, 2014

In order to discuss the new 'racials' in World of Warcraft, the popular role-playing game, we picked the brains of three erstwhile WoW geeks. Here's our conversation with them, unabridged.


What World Of Warcraft Can Tell Us About Race In Real Life

Saturday, March 08, 2014

The popular video game adjusted the traits for its mythical races of dwarves, elves and the like to create more parity. Gamers tell us what this means in-game and in the real world.


For Black And Latino Americans, A Glass Mysteriously Half-Full

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

According to a host of public opinion surveys, blacks and Latinos have recently become much more sanguine about the future of the country than whites. And the gap is growing. But we don't know why.


Remembering Buddy Esquire, The King Of Hip-Hop Flyers

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Buddy Esquire, who died last month, produced hundreds of flyers for parties back in hip-hop's primordial days — flyers that are some of the only surviving documents of that early scene.


Instagram Posts, KKK Rallies And Other Racial Sensitivities

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Justice Clarence Thomas contended this week that Americans have become too sensitive to race. But might it be that we too often give different racial incidents equal weight?


George Washington Carver, The Black History Monthiest Of Them All

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ask folks about George Washington Carver, and they'll probably mutter something about peanuts. But Carver's real legacy is hard to grasp. Race contributed to his fame and hindered his scientific research.


Quarterback Russell Wilson Sets A Milestone, And Everyone Shrugs

Monday, February 03, 2014

Folks are paying attention to Twitter users who were angered by a multicultural Coke ad during the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, Russell Wilson became just the second black quarterback to ever win the Super Bowl.


That Cute Cheerios Ad With The Interracial Family Is Back

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The first TV spot featured an adorable, curly-haired moppet named Gracie who had a black father and a white mother. The ad for Cheerios prompted a storm of protest and counter-protest last summer. Now, the cereal-maker is back with a sequel.


Poll Of U.S. Latinos Offers Snapshot Of Immigrant Vs. Nonimmigrant Experience

Friday, January 24, 2014

In our big poll on Latino life in America, people who were born in the United States and Puerto Rico and those who were born outside the country sometimes gave starkly different responses to the same question.


Superhero Super-Fans Talk Race And Identity In Comics

Saturday, January 11, 2014

In this extended chat meant for comics fans, four readers of superhero stories dish about the treatment of race, ethnicity and identity in comic books.


Who Gets To Be A Superhero? Race And Identity In Comics

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Artist Orion Martin recently posted several images reimagining X-Men characters as people of color. This touched off a conversation about race in comic book worlds, and how these comic book depictions relate to real life.


The Ugly, Fascinating History Of The Word 'Racism'

Monday, January 06, 2014

The first recorded utterance of the word was by a man named Richard Henry Pratt, whose legacy among Native Americans and others is deeply contentious. His story illustrates problems with how the word is used today.


Grantland Asks: Which Pop Culture Phenomenon Won 2013?

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Grantland's funny NCAA-style tournament named the biggest pop culture phenomenon of the last year. But there are a few worthy people and ideas that didn't make the field.


Journalists — Of Color! — To Watch In 2014

Friday, December 27, 2013

Another list of "Journalists to Watch" was monochromatic. Here's a list of reporters, columnists and TV hosts who are poised to become pretty big deals in the new year.


The Best Of Code Switch In 2013

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Live-tweeting the year 1963. The story of a historically black college that is now nearly all-white. A taxonomy of "bros." A roundup of Code Switch's best and most popular coverage from the past year.