Gene Demby

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Who Remembers the MOVE Bombing?

Friday, May 22, 2015

In 1985, Philadelphia police bombed a city block and killed 11 people. This month, NPR's Gene Demby reported on the anniversary and discovered much of his audience had never heard of it.

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Why Have So Many People Never Heard Of The MOVE Bombing?

Monday, May 18, 2015

After my stories last week on the 30th anniversary of the MOVE siege in West Philadelphia in 1985, in which Philadelphia police dropped a bomb on a residential neighborhood, leaving 11 dead — including five children — we were surprised by how many people told us they'd never heard ...


What It's Like Living On The Block That Philadelphia Bombed 30 Years Ago

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Despite the fiery, complicated past of the 6200 block of Osage Avenue in West Philadelphia, Gerald Renfrow is bullish on its future.

He's one to know; he has lived here forever. His parents bought one of the bigger houses on the corner of 62nd and Osage Avenue and he grew ...


I'm From Philly. 30 Years Later, I'm Still Trying To Make Sense Of The MOVE Bombing

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Philadelphia native Gene Demby was 4 years old when city police dropped a bomb on a house of black activists in his hometown. Thirty years later, he's still trying to make sense of it all.


Baltimore's Marilyn Mosby Introduces Plot Twist With Surprise Charges Against Cops

Friday, May 01, 2015

It was a few days after the funeral for Freddie Gray, and the Baltimore streets that had exploded into violence this week had mostly calmed down.

But Lester Davis, a top aide to a Baltimore councilmember, told me that there were real, lingering concerns among the city's elected officials and ...


Councilman's Star Rises Fast Amid Baltimore Unrest

Thursday, April 30, 2015

It's really hard to catch up with Nick Mosby.

The young Baltimore Democrat walks fast, which I discovered when I finally managed to catch up with him. It was early Wednesday afternoon, and Mosby was in the lunchroom of Carver Vocational-Technical High School in West Baltimore, fresh from a ...


Chris Rock On The Whiteness Of Baseball: 'Baseball Should Be Terrified'

Thursday, April 23, 2015

On the most recent episode of HBO's Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, Chris Rock talked about the loneliness of being a black baseball fan in 2015, at a time when less than 10 percent of baseball's players and fans are black.

"Last year, the San Francisco Giants won it ...


Ben Affleck (Kinda) Apologizes For Asking PBS Program To Hide Slave-Owning Ancestor

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Academy Award-winning actor has been at the center of media storm after the release of hacked emails show that he asked a TV show about genealogy to avoid mentioning an ancestor who owned slaves.


It Took Two Centuries, But The Native Hawaiian Population May Be Bouncing Back

Saturday, April 18, 2015

In 1778, the British explorer Capt. James Cook became probably the first European to encounter the Hawaiian Islands. Things got really ugly, really fast: Not too long after their first encounter, Cook died in a skirmish with the Native Hawaiian population in which dozens of Natives were killed.

While ...


Some Key Facts We've Learned About Police Shootings Over The Past Year

Monday, April 13, 2015

We've done a lot of writing and reporting at Code Switch over the past year on deadly police shootings of unarmed black people, cases that have become such a part of our landscape that they have a tendency to melt into each other. Indeed, sometimes the pattern of facts seems ...


Proposals To Diversify NYC's Top High Schools Would Do Little To Help, Study Finds

Friday, April 03, 2015

New York City's public school system is vast, with more than a million students spread across thousands of schools. And like the city itself, it's remarkably diverse — about 15 percent Asian, just under 30 percent black, about 40 percent Latino, and about 15 percent white, with all sorts of ...


The Fear Of Black Men In America: How It Feels To Be A Problem

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Over the past several days, Michel Martin has been leading a conversation across various NPR shows about how black men navigate a world that so often sees them as dangerous. When it was announced that that convo was going to move over to Twitter, the #FearAndRace hashtag spurred a ...


This Isn't The First Time Network TV Discovered Black People

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Last week, Nellie Andreeva, the co-editor of the insider-y Hollywood trade Deadline, wondered aloud whether the explosion of diversity this primetime TV season had gone too far. Might it be putting deserving white actors out of work? Clicks sufficiently baited, the Internet went apoplectic. (On Monday, Deadline's other ...


Takeaways From The Federal Report On Deadly Force By Philadelphia Cops

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Even before the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., or the Eric Garner incident in New York City last summer, Charles Ramsey, Philadelphia's police commissioner, called on the federal government to look into how the officers in his department used force, and how their use of force might contribute to the department's ...


From Hot Sauce To Diapers, 'Superconsumers' Of Color Buy More Of, Well, Everything

Thursday, March 19, 2015

What do Fox's runaway hit Empire and booming sales of Goya rice and beans have in common? They're examples of the growing clout a segment of hyper-engaged, hyperconnected consumers of color, according to a new report from Nielsen.

The consumer research company calls them "multicultural superconsumers" — ...


Off The Menu: Realness Is A Matter Of Taste

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Over at Colorlines, Julianne Hing has an essay on Off The Menu: Asian America, a new documentary on the spread of Asian-American cultures through the spread of Asian cuisine. The film's director, Grace Lee, follows chefs and food companies that are remixing their recipes for broader American appetites ...


Earl Lloyd Was Basketball's Jackie Robinson. Why Isn't He Famous?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Jackie Robinson is a household name, a book report staple, an American hero. News of his 1947 debut in the major leagues appeared on the front page of the New York Times, above the fold. Fifty years after he first took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers, teams across the ...


Does The Redskins' 'Free Speech' Claim Hold Water?

Thursday, March 05, 2015

You're on the Internet, which means you're never more five seconds away from someone claiming you squashed their First Amendment rights by, say, blocking them on Twitter.

Repeat after me: the First Amendment prohibits citizens' speech from being infringed upon by the government.* But because the universe delights in dark ...


Leonard Nimoy's Advice To A Biracial Girl In 1968

Friday, February 27, 2015

It wasn't supposed to be "Leonard Nimoy + Biracial Kids Day" here at Code Switch, but the news takes you where it takes you.

BuzzFeed's Leonora Epstein uncovered this blog post from the blog My Star Trek Scrapbook, which features a letter from a 1968 issue ...


Leonard Nimoy On Mr. Spock's Jewish Heritage

Friday, February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy, the beloved actor who played Mr. Spock in the Star Trek franchise, died Friday at the age of 83. There's a lot to write about Nimoy's life — our colleague Neda Ulaby has a nice remembrance here — and there will almost certainly be more to ...