Karen Grigsby Bates

Karen Grigsby Bates appears in the following:

'All American Boys': A Young Adult Book About A Police Beating And A Hard Choice

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A new young adult book tells the story of a police beating from two perspectives: the black boy who was beaten, and a white boy who witnessed it.


Can't Find a Patti LaBelle Pie? Make Your Own!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Sweet potato pies are such a deep cultural touchstone, most black cookbooks will include one in their recipe index. Here are a few good recipes you can try while Wal-Mart restocks the shelves.


Hands Up Don't Shoot: Thoughts From The Mizzou Photog Blocked During Protest

Friday, November 13, 2015

"If you want to stand there and put your hands up, I respect that. That is your right. But shoving people is not a right," said Tim Tai, student photographer.


Menopause: A Gold Mine For Marketers, Fewer Payoffs For Women

Monday, November 09, 2015

Advertising for products to treat symptoms of menopause is becoming much more upfront about issues like painful sex. But more than a few of the remedies are solutions in search of a problem.


Q&A With The Black Twitter Engineer Who Left Over Diversity Problems

Friday, November 06, 2015

Leslie Miley says the company keeps an internal list of colleges and universities it wants to hire from — Stanford, MIT, Carnegie Mellon — and says messaging like that is part of the problem.


Cosmetics Companies Play Catch-Up With Diversity Of Customers

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Decades ago, few cosmetic companies manufactured make-up for women of color. Changing demographics has changed this, and now even high-end companies have adjusted to a new, more colorful reality.


Violence Against Students In Class? Teachers Say It Doesn't Add Up

Friday, October 30, 2015

Teachers have been discussing how the South Carolina incident was handled. The general consensus? Badly.


Detroit Civil Rights Activist Grace Lee Boggs Dies At 100

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.


The Tao Of Cookie: Behind The 'Empire' Character's Many-Layered Persona

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.


'Meet The Patels': One Man's Quest To Find Love, The Old-School Indian Way

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.


Is The James Bond Franchise Ready For A Black 007?

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.


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 ...


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 aft...


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.