Karen Grigsby Bates

Karen Grigsby Bates appears in the following:

Barrier-Breaking Surfer's Legacy A Reminder Of Work To Do

Monday, June 03, 2013

The Saturday morning fog was burning off above the part of Santa Monica's beach known as the Inkwell. It's the stretch of sand to which black Southern Californians were relegated by de facto segregation until the 1960s.

Men, women and children walked across the sand in wet suits, carrying surfboards. ...


History Makes Hiring Household Help A Complex Choice

Friday, May 24, 2013

Sheryl Sandberg's best-seller Lean In has sparked a national debate among women about reaching for success in the workplace. But in order for women to lean in to their ambition and spend the arduous hours embracing the success Sandberg urges them to, they need to lean on support at home. ...


Benson Lee Goes 'Seoul Searching'

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Filmmaker Benson Lee believes that on the quest for success in America, comparatively speaking, "Asians have done pretty well."

"They have the highest income [and] spend the most money on entertainment," Lee says.

But, he says, there's one drawback: "They're the least satisfied with their image in the media."

Lee, ...


Dumbfoundead: A Rising Star In A Genre In Transition

Monday, April 15, 2013

This story is part of a series from Code Switch — NPR's new team covering race, ethnicity and culture — about America's demographic shift from a mostly-white country to a truly multiracial one, and the other cultural transitions we'll see as a result.

Say "rapper" and many people often ...


A World Of Advice For Those Who Try To Code-Switch

Thursday, April 11, 2013

This is an occasional collection of stuff that makes NPR Code Switch's Karen Grigsby Bates shake her head.

There were plenty of rumors flying around during O.J. Simpson's Trial of the Century, but one of the most interesting was the allegation that at some point before he became an actor/broadcaster/corporate ...


'American Winter' Families Struggle To Survive Fall From Middle Class

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

It's a visual no parent wants to picture: a child describing what it's like to live in a house with no power for lights, heat or cooking. For many middle-class American parents, it's hard to imagine their family ever facing a situation like that. But a new HBO documentary suggests ...


Gangsta Rap Swap Meet Proprietor Wan Joon Kim Has Died

Thursday, March 14, 2013

In the history of Los Angeles hip-hop, many names loom large: Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, DJ Quik. But there's another, lesser-known name that nevertheless played a big role in the early years of L.A. rap. Wan Joon Kim opened a swap meet stall in ...


New Policy For Young Immigrants Creates Paperwork Deluge

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A new law provides a path to temporary legal status for some youth in the U.S. illegally, but families must produce a bevy of documentation to qualify. In California, some school dist...


At Bravo, A Pop-Culture Kingpin Works Day And Night

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Andy Cohen made the cable channel an unlikely focus of water-cooler talk by developing the Real Housewives series. After work, he hosts a nightly talk show — and he's not looking to stop doing either anytime soon.


Whitney Houston, A 'Perfect Instrument,' Dies

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The pop diva was discovered dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room Saturday, the eve of the 54th Grammy Awards. When she burst upon the music world in 1985, there was no doubt in anyone...


Professional Partying

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Karen Grigsby Bates, correspondent for NPR News and contributor to The Root, offers advice for surviving the annual office party.

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