Karen Grigsby Bates

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Dreadlocks Decision Raises Another Question: What Is Race?

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Many experts agree with an appeals court's decision last month that dreadlocks aren't a common racial characteristic. But left undecided: What's a common racial characteristic?


'I Had To Create My Own Lane': How Taraji P. Henson Found Her Place In Hollywood

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.


Black Stuntmen: Behind The Scenes, But Not Invisible At New Smithsonian Museum

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.


'Darktown' Imagines What It Was Like For Atlanta's First Black Policemen

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.


'Easy' Writer: Walter Mosley's Passion For Bringing Black LA Stories To Life

Friday, July 29, 2016

In 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.


Who Is Delrawn Small? Why Some Police Shootings Get Little Media Attention

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?


After Dallas, Black Gun Owners Take Stock

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.


Black Gun Owners Have Conflicting Feelings After Dallas Shooting Of 5 Police Officers

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.


Remembering Tuskegee Airman Roscoe Brown, Educator And Civil Rights Trailblazer

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.


Tuskegee Airman Roscoe Brown Dies At 94

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.


Terry McMillan's Latest: Revisiting Past Loves, Rediscovering Yourself

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.


Food To Celebrate Freedom: Tea Cakes For Juneteenth!

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.


Private Equity Firm Buys 'Ebony' And 'Jet' Magazines

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.


Muhammad Ali Kissed Me Once

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.


A Defiant Muhammad Ali Was Cherished By Black Men

Monday, June 06, 2016

He was a great athlete and humanitarian. He was also a symbol of defiance for black men around the world.


A Defiant Muhammad Ali Was Cherished By Black Men

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.


Mrs. Obama Saves The Cardigan: 'The Obama Effect' In Fashion

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.


When It Comes To Terms Like 'Colored People's Time,' Context Matters

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?


Don Cheadle's Miles Davis: The Latest 'Badass' Black Man On Screen

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.


Through The Decades: Examining The Black Male Film Hero

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.