Gene Demby

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Harry Belafonte, Jay Z And Intergenerational Beef

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Harry Belafonte's spat with Jay Z is the latest skirmish in a decades-long debate over the social obligations of black celebrities. How we perceive black supercelebrities may be a Rorschach test for how we perceive the condition of black America at large.


Steve King Doubles Down

Friday, July 26, 2013

The lightning-rod congressman wasn't backing down from his comments comparing immigrants to drug smugglers. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?


After Zimmerman Verdict, Activists Face A New, Tougher Fight

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Activists who organized around the Trayvon Martin case are trying to marshal the energy to take on "stand your ground" laws. It's likely to be an especially difficult challenge.


Two Tales Of Profiling, From The Highest Offices In The Land

Friday, July 19, 2013

Since the Zimmerman verdict, countless black men have recounted stories of being treated with suspicion — a list that now includes both the president and the attorney general.


The Talk: What Did You Tell Your Kids After The Zimmerman Verdict?

Monday, July 15, 2013

We reached out on Twitter to see how people, particularly families, were reacting to the news of George Zimmerman's verdict. The former neighborhood watch volunteer was acquitted in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.


How Is Zimmerman Doing In The Court Of Public Opinion?

Friday, July 12, 2013

Besides the courtroom trial going on in Sanford, Fla., for Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman, the larger issues are being discussed online and in public demonstrations.


One Trayvon Martin Case, But Two Very Different Trials

Friday, July 12, 2013

The trial of George Zimmerman has been about big social issues in the nation, like race, politics and gun laws. But those issues have been sidelined in the courtroom.

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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.