Gene Demby

Gene Demby appears in the following:

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...


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 comi...


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.


Is A 'Pathway To Citizenship' The Right Concern?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

A majority of Latinos and a plurality of Asian-Americans think that reducing the threat of deportation is more important than creating avenues to full citizenship for unauthorized immigrants, according to a new report.


A Conversation On Blacks In Tech Aims to Illuminate And Demystify

Friday, December 13, 2013

Black tech workers — who are wildly underrepresented in their sector — explained how they got into their fields. They offered advice to folks who see tech as intimidating or just don't know where to start.


Taking A Magnifying Glass To The Brown Faces In Medieval Art

Friday, December 13, 2013

A blog dedicated to people of color in art from the Middle Ages aims to challenge the idea that medieval Europe was uniformly white.


When Buying A Home Is Too Costly And The Rent Is Too Damn High

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

People of color are more likely to rent their homes than own them. A new study found that housing costs are eating up an ever larger portion of income as incomes stagnate and rents climb higher.


Why Isn't Open Source A Gateway For Coders Of Color?

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Theoretically, open-source software development should be more accessible to people underrepresented in tech, like blacks, Latinos, and women. But there are still big, less-obvious barriers to entry.


A Battle For Fair Housing Still Raging, But Mostly Forgotten

Monday, December 02, 2013

A recent This American Life episode tackled the continuing consequences of housing discrimination in America. But why is there so little momentum behind stopping it? ProPublica's Nikole Hannah-Jones explains.


'The Knockout Game': An Old Phenomenon With Fresh Branding

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Every so often, there's a new name for the phenomenon of young people targeting others for random assaults. But what is the effect of calling this type of behavior a "game"?


When Hollywood Movies Get 'Race-Themed' Into The Same Box

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The box office performance of movies starring casts of color drives how they are viewed. That means that very different movies — like The Best Man Holiday and 12 Years a Slave — get s...