Karen Grigsby Bates appears in the following:
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. visited Los Angeles and spoke to a standing room-only crowd at Temple Israel. The synagogue honors his legacy by replaying the speech once a year.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Oprah Winfrey has named Ruby, a novel about a beautiful, abused woman in Texas, as her March book club selection. That could make first-time novelist Cynthia Bond into a literary star.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
New York City's first lady has been criticized for her attire at a police officer's funeral, particularly at a time when her husband has been at odds with the NYPD. But should her clothes matter?
Thursday, January 01, 2015
As we begin the new year, NPR's Code Switch takes a moment to look back at some of the extraordinary, influential and interesting people whom we lost in 2014.
Saturday, December 27, 2014
The film, about a 1965 voting rights march, stands out for its focus on black characters, including some of the movement's lesser-known organizers, and the way it humanizes Martin Luther King Jr.
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Audiobooks as we know them have been around for about 25 years. But the form really took off when MP3 players like the iPod came out.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
A filmmaker invited white residents of Buffalo, N.Y., to speak candidly about race. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates finds that the results are thought-provoking, often surprising and sometimes disturbing.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Members of African-American fraternities and sororities are among the thousands of people who have joined recent demonstrations. But some of those groups discourage displaying official gear.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Food writer Andrea Nguyen dives into the story of banh mi, a Vietnamese street sandwich with a French colonial past that's been popping up on menus around the country.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Carol's Daughter was started to sell products for black women who wear their hair natural. But ever since L'Oréal bought the brand, folks are wondering if it can maintain the loyalty of its customers.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Just as women were entering the corporate workplace in big numbers, the shapeless power suit emerged. Over time, the "power look" changed. How do women project power in the modern office?
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Cottrell died last Friday in Plano, Tex. His do-it-yourself product brought more affordable curly hair to the masses.
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
From the time of slavery, some light-skinned African-Americans escaped racism by passing as white. The new book, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, explores what they lost.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
One new fall TV offering is getting a lot of buzz. Black-ish takes a look a middle-class black suburban family. The show airs in the same month The Cosby Show celebrates its 30th anniversary.
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.