Karen Grigsby Bates

Karen Grigsby Bates appears in the following:

Tony Gleaton: Photographing The African Story Across The Americas

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.


Through Watts Riots And Rodney King, Hawkins House Of Burgers Stands Strong

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.


Contributing To Community Spirit, Hawkins Burgers Survive Watts Riots

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.


A Look Back On 'Middle Passage': The Evolution Of A Literary Classic

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.


Bill Cosby Removed From Documentary On Black Stuntmen

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.


The 'Swim Whisperer' Teaches Kids To Be Water-Safe

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.


MAC Cosmetics To Launch Makeup Line Inspired By Tejano Star Selena

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.


A Tribute To John Williams, The Man Who Wrote 'I Am'

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.


'Los Angeles Times' Recognizes Black Twitter's Relevance

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.


African-Americans Question Comparing Gay Rights Movement To Civil Rights

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.


In The Aftermath Of Charleston, Many Whites Ask What They Can Do To Fight Racism

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.


The Long History Of Brutality Against Blacks At Worship

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.


'Project Fatherhood': In A Struggling Neighborhood, Dads Are Helping Dads

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.


Project Fatherhood: Dads Confront Challenges In Tough LA Neighborhood

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.


Loving Day Commemorates When Interracial Marriages Became Legal

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.


Players' Costs May Be A Factor In Why Tennis Leads Golf In Diversity

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?


Stars Of TLC's 'Curvy Brides': All Curves Are Beautiful

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Sisters Yukia Walker and Yuneisia Harris, owners of Curvaceous Couture bridal boutique, are stepping into the spotlight with a new reality show.


'Curvy Brides' Debuts Friday On TLC

Friday, May 01, 2015

Sisters Yukia Walker and Yuneisia Harris are co-owners of Curvaceous Couture, an upscale bridal salon in Columbia, Md., that caters to plus-size brides. That clientele is often overlooked.


Is It An 'Uprising' Or A 'Riot'? Depends On Who's Watching

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Words describing the same event can mean very different things. It's no surprise that people can't agree on a label for what's happening in Baltimore.


A History Of Beef Between Black Writers, Artists, and Intellectuals

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Eric Dyson's takedown of Cornel West got us recalling some epic disagreements between black thinkers over the years; beefs like this have been going on for at least 150 years.