Karen Grigsby Bates appears in the following:
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Activist and philosopher Grace Lee Boggs died in Detroit on Monday at the age of 100. She was well known for her social justice work, which she continued right into her 100th year.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Brash, biting Cookie Lyon is arguably the most compelling character on Fox's hit show Empire. The show's co-producer and writer Attica Locke says that's because we've all got a bit of Cookie in us.
Friday, September 11, 2015
Ravi Patel had tried and failed to find "The One." So he reluctantly let his parents arrange for him to meet dozens of prospects. And his sister has filmed the whole thing — for our viewing pleasure.
Friday, September 04, 2015
Idris Elba's name has been floated as a possible successor to Daniel Craig. Anthony Horowitz, who writes the current Bond books, apologized for saying Elba is "too street" to play the suave spy.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Tony Gleaton left a budding career in fashion photography to travel across continents, taking pictures of landscapes and people of the Americas that had special meaning for the African diaspora.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Cynthia Hawkins leads a family business that endured the 1965 Watts riots, and the Rodney King riots in 1992. She praises the embattled neighborhood, and says strong community ties brought success.
Friday, August 14, 2015
The Hawkins family has been feeding Watts since 1939. Cynthia Hawkins is the third generation to continue the tradition, and in an LA neighborhood that is often referred to as a food desert.
Saturday, August 01, 2015
Twenty-five years after Charles Johnson's Middle Passage — which dwells with race, class and gender in 19th-century America — won the National Book Award, he reflects on his book's evolving meaning.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Bill Cosby was instrumental in opening the door for black stuntmen in Hollywood early in his career. He was to be a central figure in a new documentary about black stuntmen, but that has now changed. He will be mentioned, but his interviews have been pulled, following the latest revelations about the comedian, who admitted in court documents that he drugged women for sex.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
For 20 years, Conrad Cooper has been helping children in Los Angeles learn to swim by earning his young students' unwavering trust.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Tejano star Selena continues to be an influence nearly 20 years after her death. The glamour she brought to the stage will be part of a limited-edition collection by MAC Cosmetics after fans lobbied to make it happen. The Selena makeup line will be launched next year.
Monday, July 13, 2015
The prolific author tackled difficult issues of race in novels and poetry. He used his writing to challenge assumptions about African-Americans, including civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr.
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Black Twitter has a prominent online presence. It has become so important, a major newspaper has hired a reporter to cover the news that comes from African-American tweeters.
Thursday, July 02, 2015
LGBT rights have been inspired by the earlier civil rights movement. Some LGBT advocates say gay rights are the new civil rights, offending some African-Americans.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
As white Americans wonder how they can best help people of color engaged in social justice movements now, here are some suggestions.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
The murders of parishioners at an AME church in Charleston are the most recent example of violence visited upon an African-American church — but it's not the only instance.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
A dedicated group of fathers in Los Angeles is working to help neighborhood dads do better by their children and their community.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Fathers, who are ex-gang members from one of Los Angeles' toughest public housing projects, banded together to learn how to become better dads, so their kids will avoid the fate that's plagued them.
Friday, June 12, 2015
As the nation waits for the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, we remember this day in 1967. The high court struck down state bans against interracial marriage in the case of Loving v. Virginia.
Friday, May 22, 2015
Venus and Serena Williams have inspired thousands of young African-Americans to learn and play tennis, and brought racial diversity to the sport. Has golf benefited in the same way from Tiger Woods?