Karen Grigsby Bates

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Players' Costs May Be A Factor In Why Tennis Leads Golf In Diversity

Friday, May 22, 2015

Venus and Serena Williams have inspired thousands of young African-Americans to learn and play tennis, and brought racial diversity to the sport. Has golf benefited in the same way from Tiger Woods?


Stars Of TLC's 'Curvy Brides': All Curves Are Beautiful

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Sisters Yukia Walker and Yuneisia Harris, owners of Curvaceous Couture bridal boutique, are stepping into the spotlight with a new reality show.


'Curvy Brides' Debuts Friday On TLC

Friday, May 01, 2015

Sisters Yukia Walker and Yuneisia Harris are co-owners of Curvaceous Couture, an upscale bridal salon in Columbia, Md., that caters to plus-size brides. That clientele is often overlooked.


Is It An 'Uprising' Or A 'Riot'? Depends On Who's Watching

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Words describing the same event can mean very different things. It's no surprise that people can't agree on a label for what's happening in Baltimore.


A History Of Beef Between Black Writers, Artists, and Intellectuals

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Eric Dyson's takedown of Cornel West got us recalling some epic disagreements between black thinkers over the years; beefs like this have been going on for at least 150 years.


Trevor Noah Is A Quarter Jewish. Does That Make His Anti-Semitic Jokes OK?

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old South African with a global following, appeared on The Daily Show three times before he got the nod as Jon Stewart's replacement. Now he's in hot water over some old tweets.


From Selma To Eisenhower, Trailblazing Black Reporter Was Always Probing

Friday, March 20, 2015

Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the successful crossing of the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, Alabama, a key moment in the civil rights movement. Journalist Ethel Payne was there.


Starbucks Takes on Dark, Brewing Racism

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates and Forbes' Barbara Thau discuss Starbucks’ latest campaign to tackle social issues, “Race Together,” an initiative aimed at sparking conversations about race.

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Reverend Willie T. Barrow, A "Little Warrior" For Civil Rights, Dies

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Small in size, tiny Willie T. Barrow had a giant profile in civil rights and Chicago politics. When she talked, people paid attention.


North Carolina Looking Into 'Black Tax' At Charlotte's Ritz-Carlton

Friday, March 13, 2015

The attorney general asks why an event with predominantly African-American attendees was tagged with a surcharge at a luxury hotel.


A Child Of Slavery Who Taught A Generation

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Anna J. Cooper was a remarkable student and, later, a legendary teacher and principal of the first public high school for black students.


Claude Sitton, 'Dean Of The Race Beat,' Dies At 89

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Sitton's reporting from the front lines of the civil rights movement earned him the ire of Southern officials and attention from the Department of Justice.


A 'Black Tax' At Charlotte's Ritz-Carlton?

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Everyone knows people who attend the CIAA basketball tournament have cash to burn. So why did a Charlotte hotel go out of its way to make sure they spent it?


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.