Karen Grigsby Bates appears in the following:
Friday, August 22, 2014
As the situation quiets down in Ferguson, Mo., some political observers are asking why it took President Obama so long to publicly weigh in on events there.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Reversing itself, the Pentagon will allow women of color to once again wear their natural hair in twists, cornrows and dreadlocks.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Williams became a household name in 1978 starring in the TV sitcom Mork & Mindy. He went on to appear in films such as Good Morning Vietnam and Good Will Hunting, a role which earned him an Oscar.
Friday, August 08, 2014
Twenty years ago, Diana Gabaldon's time-travel epic Outlander shot to the top of the best-seller lists — and stayed there. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates digs into the enduring potency of Gabaldon's magic.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
In her new book, Rachel Howzell Hall introduces Elouise "Lou" Norton, a fiercely ambitious homicide detective who patrols the same Los Angeles streets that she — and Hall — grew up on.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Fifty years ago, when the ultra-conservative wing of the GOP overthrew Republican moderates to choose Barry Goldwater as the party standard-bearer, black voters deserted the GOP in droves.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Myers' young adult novels talked about the tough realities of urban life in language that made teens stop and listen. He won almost every award for YA literature during the course of his career.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Paul Mazursky earned his first Oscar nomination for his debut feature film, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, in 1969. His An Unmarried Woman was nominated for Best Picture.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Twenty years after O.J. Simpson was accused of murdering his ex-wife and her male friend, reverberations from his trial and acquittal still ripple through Los Angeles.
Friday, June 06, 2014
B. Smith was at the center of a successful lifestyle empire that included restaurants, cookbooks, how-to videos and magazines.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Bethann Hardison, former model, agency owner and current activist, was honored by the fashion industry last night for pressing for diversity on the runways and in advertisements.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
After a contentious half-year, Irwindale's City Council and Sriracha-maker David Tran have come to an agreement: His factory stays put and the spicy scent stays in the bottle.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Poet, performer and political activist Maya Angelou has died after a long illness at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
The author died on Monday. As he pointed out 45 years ago in his cult favorite The Spook Who Sat By the Door, the most fervent revolutionaries have often been the people you'd least suspect.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
No one wants to return to the system of American apartheid. Public education, with its glaring inequities, is a reminder of all the work left undone.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
A new biography by Lorna Gibb glosses over West's writing to focus on her remarkable, tumultuous 20th-century life. Reviewer Michael Schaub says the book is well-researched, yet reads like a novel.
Monday, May 12, 2014
After months of tussling with the city council over the smells emitted by his factory, Sriracha maker David Tran says he might expand his business, but the main operation will not relocate.
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
It's the end of an era, as Johnson Publishing Co. announced plans to cease printing Jet. The magazine, which started some 63 years ago, was long a staple for many African-Americans.
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Comedy often pushes the boundaries of taste and sensibilities, as SNL writer Leslie Jones did with her slavery skit this past Saturday. Some laughed, some howled.
Monday, May 05, 2014
Cleaves' rich, dreamy alto was transformed later in her career when she sang with George Clinton and Parliment Funkadelic. Clinton wrote on her memorial website, "It was an honor to funk with you."