Karen Grigsby Bates

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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.


Black Entertainers Encourage Younger Artists To Speak Out For Causes

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Beyonce's 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.


Muhammad Ali And Malcolm X: A Broken Friendship, An Enduring Legacy

Thursday, February 25, 2016

A new book, Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X, explores how faith brought two African-American icons together and eventually tore their relationship apart.


A Year On, Did NFL Anti-Domestic Violence Efforts Work?

Sunday, February 07, 2016

After a tumultuous season, the NFL condemned domestic violence in its ranks, and put a spotlight on the issue during the last Super Bowl. A year later, it's unclear whether that has made a difference.


From Football To Opera: Singer Morris Robinson Takes Center Stage

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

A Voice You Can Feel

Morris Robinson has the kind of bass voice that reverberates so strongly you feel it in your concert seat. Listening to it, you assume he's been singing all of his life. And he has — but not opera.

Robinson grew up in Atlanta, the son ...


From Football To Opera: Singer Morris Robinson Takes Center Stage

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Once Morris Robinson dreamed of fame on the football field. Now, he's moving audiences across the world with the power of his voice, and changing the face of opera.


Shawn Amos' Long Road To Old-School Blues

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Shawn Amos had a Los Angeles childhood that was equal parts grit and glamor. He went to private schools and lived in a nice house, but it wasn't exactly in Mr. Rogers' neighborhood.

"I grew up waiting for a carpool with hookers who knew me by name, drug ...


For Some African-Americans, Gun Ownership Underscores Segregated Past

Monday, January 11, 2016

African-Americans are disproportionately affected by gun violence, and many black leaders are among the most vocal advocates of gun control. But there is a segment of the black commun...


Absorbing Mystery Novel Offers A Glimpse Into Mormon Utah

Saturday, January 02, 2016

The second mystery by Mette Ivie Harrison boasts details about contemporary Mormon life that most of us aren't privy to. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates says His Right Hand is is her "one that got away."


Kenya Barris Creates An 'Absolutely Black' Family for Prime Time

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Kenya Barris sometimes looks at his five kids in wonderment. Private schools, professional parents who can give them things and open doors. No sense of privation. And the kicker is, he's responsible! "We're kind of taught to give your kids more than you had," Barris muses. "But in giving them ...


How 'Black-ish' Writers Use Universal Storylines To Approach Race

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

ABC will air the final episode of its hit comedy Black-ish Wednesday night before the season ends for holiday break. Although the show focuses on the upper-middle class Johnson family...


'All American Boys': A Young Adult Book About A Police Beating And A Hard Choice

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

It's art imitating life, really. All American Boys is a young adult novel that looks at a specific instance of police brutality from the perspectives of two high school classmates: Rashad, who is savagely beaten by a local policeman who (wrongly) suspects him of shoplifting and assaulting a white woman, ...


Can't Find a Patti LaBelle Pie? Make Your Own!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

A YouTuber named James Wright Chanel has been all over the Internet praising Patti LaBelle's sweet potato pies; a video he uploaded of himself bursting into song upon tasting the singer and cookbook author's name-brand concoction has been viewed over 2 million times.

Chanel's endorsement created a tsunami of ...


Hands Up Don't Shoot: Thoughts From The Mizzou Photog Blocked During Protest

Friday, November 13, 2015

This week, anti-racism demonstrations at the University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia have been front and center in the news. One of the newsmakers was a journalist covering the story who inadvertently became part of it.

Tim Tai, a senior journalism student, was covering the aftermath of the resignation ...


Menopause: A Gold Mine For Marketers, Fewer Payoffs For Women

Monday, November 09, 2015

Advertising for products to treat symptoms of menopause is becoming much more upfront about issues like painful sex. But more than a few of the remedies are solutions in search of a problem.


Q&A With The Black Twitter Engineer Who Left Over Diversity Problems

Friday, November 06, 2015

There's been lots of talk over the past few years about the glaring lack of diversity in Silicon Valley's tech industry. Software engineer Leslie Miley made national news this week when he publicly explained his recent decision to leave his job at Twitter — a job he loved — ...


Cosmetics Companies Play Catch-Up With Diversity Of Customers

Sunday, November 01, 2015

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