Karen Grigsby Bates

Karen Grigsby Bates appears in the following:

How Vincent Chin's Death Gave Others A Voice

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Paula Yoo discusses her new book From A Whisper to A Rallying Cry and how the 1982 death of Chin, a Chinese American man in Detroit, led a new generation of Asian Americans into political action.


Inside The Blacksonian With Lonnie Bunch

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III talks about how he turned entry into the Blacksonian into the hottest ticket in town and how the coronavirus is affecting the Smithsonians.


Vernon Jordan, Power Broker And Former Presidential Advisor, Dies At 85

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Vernon Jordan, for years an influential power broker in Washington and a close advisor to former President Bill Clinton, has died at 85.


The Queen Of Black Historical Romance Talks Race, Love And History

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Stories about Black history often focus on struggle and suffering—but Beverly Jenkins, the author of more than 40 historical romance novels, has spent her career telling stories about Black love.


The 'Racial Caste System' At The U.S. Capitol

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

After the Capitol was cleared of insurrectionists on January 6, there was work to be done — and it wasn't lost on many that cleaning up the mess would fall largely to Black and Brown people.


In Harris, Black Sororities And Fraternities Celebrate One Of Their Own

Monday, November 09, 2020

Lawrence C. Ross, author of The Divine Nine, explains why Black sororities showed up and showed out for Kamala Harris—and how Black Greek organizations have long pushed for enfranchisement.


How Long Will Fashion's Racial Reckoning Be In Style?

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

The fashion world, like many industries and institutions, is experiencing a reckoning on race. What brought the industry to this moment?


Romance Meets The Real World In 'Real Men Knit'

Sunday, September 27, 2020

This week, Code Switch is talking about the books that are getting us through the pandemic. Today's conversation is with Kwana Jackson, author of a romance that doesn't leave real life behind.


Sex, Love And Money In 'Take A Hint, Dani Brown'

Friday, September 25, 2020

This week, Code Switch is talking about the books that are getting us through the pandemic. Today's conversation is with Talia Hibbert, who's written a classic romance with a modern twist.


What's In A Name? The History Of Karens, Beckys And Miss Anns

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Before 2020, the Karen was known by other names. NPR's Code Switch looks at the evolution of the entitled white woman, how her name has changed, but her behavior – and its consequences – not so much.


Similarities And Differences Of George Floyd Protests And The Civil Rights Movement

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Protestors flooding the streets, chants calling for racial justice, tear gas filling in city squares — protests over George Floyd's death have a lot in common with the civil rights movement of 1968.


1968-2020: A Tale Of Two Uprisings

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

I remember how tumultuous 1968 felt. Cops in riot gear and flaming storefronts are nothing new—but this time around, things feel even more dire.


André Leon Talley Writes About Wintour, Lagerfeld In 'Chiffon Trenches'

Monday, May 25, 2020

Longtime Vogue editor André Leon Talley has a new memoir out called: The Chiffon Trenches. In it, he describes rifts with Vogue editor Anna Wintour and the late designer Karl Lagerfeld.


The Way The U.S. Census Tracks Race Has Changed Over Time

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Over the years, the United States census boxes indicating race or ethnicity have changed.


B. Smith, Restaurateur And Lifestyle Icon, Dies At 70 Of Early Onset Alzheimer's

Monday, February 24, 2020

Born Barbara Elaine Smith, she began her career as a model and went on to gain fame and influence as a restaurateur, celebrity chef, lifestyle doyenne and entertainer.


Tracing A Century-Long Tradition Of Chinese American Film

Sunday, February 09, 2020

Chinese filmmakers began making movies about the lives of the Chinese in America since World War I. And there's a direct line from them to some of Sunday's critically acclaimed Chinese American films.


Author Susan Straight Takes Us 'In The Country Of Women'

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

In her new memoir, Straight tells the story of the women in her family—her Swiss-German blood relatives and her African American, Indigenous and Creole in-laws who crossed the U.S. to settle in Calif.


Romance Writers Of America Leadership Resigns

Thursday, January 09, 2020

The president and executive director of Romance Writers of America stepped down Thursday. The powerful trade organization has been roiled by weeks of controversy over treatment of writers of color.


Racism Scandal In The Romance Writing Industry

Saturday, January 04, 2020

Claims of racism are at the heart of a scandal within the organization Romance Writers of America — a powerful industry group with a lot more going for it than heaving bosoms and swarthy pirates.


The Code Switch Holiday Book Guide

Friday, December 20, 2019

A book is still a perfect gift. So, because we're betting that some people have a bit of the procrastinator in them, here's a Code Switch gift to you: Our list of books that stuck with us this year.