Karen Grigsby Bates

Karen Grigsby Bates appears in the following:

The Education Of Bobby Kennedy — On Race

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

"Robert Kennedy was in search of love and found it in black America, and it was reciprocated," says historian David Margolick, reflecting on RFK's legacy 50 years after his death.


What Happens When Two Enemies Fall In Love?

Sunday, May 27, 2018

A love story between a black Army nurse and a German POW during World War II? You couldn't make that story up — and Alexis Clark, author of the upcoming book, Enemies in Love, didn't.


Loyal Royal Watchers Say Meghan Markle Is Making Princess Diana Proud

Saturday, May 19, 2018

A group of black women gathered in Los Angeles to watch Meghan Markle marry her prince. They discussed their joy and pride in seeing a biracial Angeleno become a royal.


Challenging Family Conversations On Mother's Day

Sunday, May 13, 2018

We all struggle with how to talk with our family about race and identity. We have advice for parents about these challenging conversations.


Guilty Verdict In Bill Cosby Trial Effectively Ends Comedian's Career

Thursday, April 26, 2018

The end of Bill Cosby's trial also in effect marked the end of his career as a beloved entertainer and cultural icon. NPR looks back at Cosby's work as an entertainment pioneer, and how his growing conservatism and legal troubles have dimmed that luster for many of his admirers.


Filtering American History Through A 'Brown' Lens

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Kevin Young's new book of poetry, Brown, is colored by memories from his family and childhood, U.S. history and black culture.


Kevin Young Examines All Things 'Brown'

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Poet Kevin Young's new book is titled Brown. Using everything from elementary school to baseball to R&B music, Young examines race and culture through poems.


Not Enough Color In American Art Museums

Friday, April 13, 2018

A new curator has been named to oversee the Brooklyn Museum's collection of African art. She's got an impressive resume, but she's white, and that's fueling a larger debate about diversity in museums.


Bobby Hutton: The Killing That Catapulted The Black Panthers To Fame

Friday, April 06, 2018

An April 6 1968, 17-year-old Bobby Hutton, the very first recruit to Oakland's Black Panther Party, was shot multiple times after he'd surrendered to the police.


'National Geographic' Looks At Its Archives To Reflect On Coverage Of Race

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

National Geographic has released an issue on race. Which, considering the magazine's history on race, is either intriguing or ironic. Maybe both.


Report Updates Landmark 1968 Racism Study, Finds More Poverty And Segregation

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

"Whoever thought that 50 years later, we'd still be talking about the same things? That's kinda sad," Kerner Commission member Fred Harris said.


'An American Marriage' Came Together After A Trip To The Mall

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tayari Jones' novel examines what happens when ambitious, well-educated black newlyweds Celestial and Roy have their lives upended when Roy is falsely accused of rape.


Joe Ide Uses His South Central LA Days To Form Protagonist 'I.Q.'

Thursday, November 09, 2017

The second book in Ide's detective series again centers on Isaiah Quintabe. I.Q. travels back and forth to Las Vegas, where he's trying to find some gambling-addicted homefolks before the mob does.


92 Percent Of African-Americans Say Black Americans Face Discrimination Today

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

A survey looks at who feels discriminated against in America. The short answer: everyone, but for different reasons. And for some, it's nothing new. NPR's Code Switch team reports.


When It Comes To Race And Sports, Who Owns An Athlete's Opinions?

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The anger of white fans "is what happens when black bodies don't conform to what white spectators and consumers want them to be or do or say," says Penn State assistant professor Amira Rose Davis.


'Victoria & Abdul' Explores Colonialism And Islamophobia During Queen's Reign

Friday, September 22, 2017

Victoria & Abdul is based on a true story about Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim. He started as a servant. She made him her teacher and trusted confidante, much to the dismay of her inner circle.


'From The Mundane To The Magnificent': Photos From The Chicano Rights Movement

Saturday, September 16, 2017

From 1967 until 1977, photographers from La Raza chronicled Chicanos in and around Los Angeles. This month, the Autry Museum of the American West is sharing some of the most powerful images.


Joys And Challenges Of Marriage In 'Black Love'

Friday, September 01, 2017

A documentary series about black married life debuts on the Oprah Winfrey Network Saturday. It shows the ups and downs of marriage.


Justice Bus Marks 10 Years Of Providing Free Legal Counsel To California Immigrants

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Justice Bus is celebrating its 10th year. Over the past decade, a bus full of volunteer lawyers, counselors and translators — all part of a program called OneJustice — have rolled up and down California giving free legal counsel to low-income people on immigration and naturalization law, veterans' rights and more. The group recently visited the San Fernando Valley to help immigrants who were qualified and ready to become citizens work through a maze of paperwork.


#EbonyOwes: 99 Problems And Money Is One

Monday, July 17, 2017

A number of writers, editors, photographers and illustrators are still waiting to be paid by the magazine for work that was published in February. The owners say they will "honor [their] commitment."