Karen Grigsby Bates appears in the following:
Friday, October 14, 2016
The actress became famous for her role in TV's
Empire, but the road to Cookie wasn't easy. In her new memoir, Around the Way Girl, Henson shares stories of pushing her way to the top.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Willie Harris had to train himself in a Los Angeles park to become one of the nation's first black stunt doubles. Now he'll be celebrated as an icon of black history.
Friday, September 23, 2016
In 1948, eight African-American men joined Atlanta's police force. Those pioneer officers — who couldn't drive squad cars or even step foot in headquarters — inspired Thomas Mullen's new novel.
Friday, July 29, 2016
Charcoal Joe, Mosley brings his iconic private eye Easy Rawlins into the haze of the late '60s, extending a literary odyssey through the transformation of black Los Angeles.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Some police shooting victims like Alton Sterling and Philando Castile become national symbols. Their faces are splashed across the media, and their names become hashtags. So why are others forgotten?
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Many African-Americans keep guns for self-defense, dating back to Emancipation. But the shooting in Dallas, and recent killings of black men by police, have raised hard questions for black gun owners.
Sunday, July 10, 2016
African Americans have always kept guns for self defense. The recent shootings in Dallas, and the killings of young black men by police, are once again raising questions about who should own guns.
Wednesday, July 06, 2016
Brown was one of the last surviving "Red Tail" pilots of the famed Tuskegee Airmen. These African-American pilots served in World War II, laying the foundation for integrating the U.S. armed forces.
Tuesday, July 05, 2016
Roscoe Brown, one of the legendary black aviators known as the Tuskegee Airmen, died this weekend at the age of 94. NPR's Code Switch offers a tribute to Brown and explores the Airmen's place in history.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
In her new novel,
I Almost Forgot About You, McMillan's heroine confronts midlife malaise by reconnecting with men from her past.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Juneteenth, the day when many African-Americans mark the end of slavery, is also associated with traditional foods from the black community. One woman wants to revive a traditional treat: tea cakes.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Ebony and Jet were once recognized worldwide as chroniclers of the black American experience — especially black achievement. Johnson Publishing is selling the magazines to black venture capitalists.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
It wasn't what you think, but it was certainly a story. I was lucky enough to meet him a few times over several decades, but the first time was the most memorable.
Monday, June 06, 2016
He was a great athlete and humanitarian. He was also a symbol of defiance for black men around the world.
Monday, June 06, 2016
Muhammad Ali is being remembered as a great athlete and humanitarian. Black Americans — especially men — are fond of another Ali: the one who spoke truth to power, even at tremendous personal cost.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
In fashion, most first ladies have worshiped at the altar of "The Suit." Michelle Obama transformed American fashion by favoring dresses, moderately-priced brands, and simple basics like the cardigan.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's been getting dragged for joking about "CPT." Once more, with gusto: When it comes to terms like this, context matters. Who's saying it, where and to whom?
Saturday, April 02, 2016
Don Cheadle personifies jazz genius Miles Davis in his new film
Miles Ahead. Badass black men rarely show up as leads in mainstream movies.
Friday, April 01, 2016
The release of the new Miles Davis biopic shows a Davis that was assertive and assured. Assertive black men are seldom portrayed in film. We look back at who some of them are and the impact they made.
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Formation video has shocked some who were unaware she was a political activist. She is just the latest in a long line of black entertainers who have been involved with political causes.