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Karen Grigsby Bates

Karen Grigsby Bates appears in the following:

The Look Of Power: How Women Have Dressed For Success

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?

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Comer Cottrell, Creator Of The People's Jheri Curl, Dies At 82

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Cottrell died last Friday in Plano, Tex. His do-it-yourself product brought more affordable curly hair to the masses.

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'A Chosen Exile': Black People Passing In White America

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.

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Meet The Johnsons, TV's 'Black-ish' Family

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.

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Obama's Reaction To Ferguson Raises Questions About President's Role

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.

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Pentagon Does About-Face On Hair Regulations — Black Women Approve

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.

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Versatile Comedian Robin Williams Dies At 63

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.

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Aye, Sassenach — Gabaldon's Appeal Is Timeless

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.

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Crime Writer Creates A Hero For Her Beloved, Much-Maligned South LA

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.

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Why Did Black Voters Flee The Republican Party In The 1960s?

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.

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The Late Walter Dean Myers Wrote In The Language Of Teens

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.

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Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker Paul Mazursky Dies At 84

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.

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The Jury Is Still Out On Why O.J. Simpson Was Acquitted

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.

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Former Model B. Smith Reveals Diagnosis Of Alzheimer's Disease

Friday, June 06, 2014

B. Smith was at the center of a successful lifestyle empire that included restaurants, cookbooks, how-to videos and magazines.

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Honoring An Activist And Fashion Industry Role Model

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.

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Condiment Detente: Sriracha Plant To Stay In California City

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.

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The Life Of Poet Maya Angelou, From Poverty To Presidential Prizes

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.

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Remembering Sam Greenlee Through His Most Famous Book

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.

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Nostalgia For What's Been Lost Since 'Brown V. Board'

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.

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The 'Wayward And Defiant' Life Of Journalist Rebecca West

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.

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