Karen Grigsby Bates

Karen Grigsby Bates appears in the following:

In Hollywood, MLK Delivered A Lesser-Known Speech That Resonates Today

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. visited Los Angeles and spoke to a standing room-only crowd at Temple Israel. The synagogue honors his legacy by replaying the speech once a year.


Struggling Writer's Debut Novel Gets Coveted Oprah Winfrey Nod

Monday, February 23, 2015

Oprah Winfrey has named Ruby, a novel about a beautiful, abused woman in Texas, as her March book club selection. That could make first-time novelist Cynthia Bond into a literary star.


Style Over Substance: How Clothes Can Work For And Against Us

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New York City's first lady has been criticized for her attire at a police officer's funeral, particularly at a time when her husband has been at odds with the NYPD. But should her clothes matter?


2014 Remembrances: Honoring Some Exceptional Lives

Thursday, January 01, 2015

As we begin the new year, NPR's Code Switch takes a moment to look back at some of the extraordinary, influential and interesting people whom we lost in 2014.


For Hollywood, 'Selma' Is A New Kind Of Civil Rights Story

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The film, about a 1965 voting rights march, stands out for its focus on black characters, including some of the movement's lesser-known organizers, and the way it humanizes Martin Luther King Jr.


Demand For Audio Books Keeps Penguin Random House Recording

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Audiobooks as we know them have been around for about 25 years. But the form really took off when MP3 players like the iPod came out.


The Whiteness Project: Facing Race In A Changing America

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A filmmaker invited white residents of Buffalo, N.Y., to speak candidly about race. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates finds that the results are thought-provoking, often surprising and sometimes disturbing.


Black Fraternities And Sororities Split On Protest Policy

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Members of African-American fraternities and sororities are among the thousands of people who have joined recent demonstrations. But some of those groups discourage displaying official gear.


'The Banh Mi Handbook': A Guide To A Viet-French Sandwich

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Food writer Andrea Nguyen dives into the story of banh mi, a Vietnamese street sandwich with a French colonial past that's been popping up on menus around the country.


A Black Cosmetic Company Sells, Or Sells Out?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Carol's Daughter was started to sell products for black women who wear their hair natural. But ever since L'Oréal bought the brand, folks are wondering if it can maintain the loyalty of its customers.


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?


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.


'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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.