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Code Switch And Hidden Brain Teamed Up For An #AirbnbWhileBlack Twitter Chat

Friday, April 29, 2016

On Friday, Code Switch's Gene Demby and Hidden Brain's Shankar Vedantam led a Twitter chat to discuss what it's like to be a person of color participating in the sharing economy.


The Mardi Gras Indian Of 'Lemonade'

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

In "Lemonade," Beyoncé's much-discussed visual album, a girl resplendent in white plumage appears. It's a nod to the pop star's New Orleans roots and loaded with the region's racial history.


Reflecting On The Death Of Freddie Gray, One Year Later

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A year ago, 25-year-old Freddie Gray died of injuries he sustained while in police custody. His family, neighborhood and the whole of Baltimore are still grappling with his loss.


A Point-By-Point Response To BuzzFeed's Questions For Black People

Thursday, April 14, 2016

A video titled "27 Questions Black People Have For Black People" misses a whole lotta history when it comes to black people in America.


Roundup: Reactions To Bill Clinton's Exchange With Black Lives Matter Protesters

Friday, April 08, 2016

Many found Bill Clinton's reaction to protesters on Thursday awkward and offensive. But will it have a lasting effect on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign? Here's what critics are saying.


How The Obama Presidency Has — Or Hasn't — Shaped Latino Identity: You Weighed In

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Our most recent #NPRObamaEffect chat explored how — or whether — the Obama years have shaped how Latino communities and people across the country think about identity today.


Ta-Nehisi Coates On The Fight Over 'Nina Simone's Face'

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Many people have decried the casting of Zoe Saldana in upcoming biopic Nina, but Ta-Nehisi Coates digs deep into why this choice struck a nerve.


K.A.A.N. Is The Answer To All Of Your Rap Desires

Monday, March 14, 2016

If you enjoy rap, allow Brandon Perry, aka K.A.A.N., to make your day.


Did Obama Inspire A Big Debate On Identity? You Weighed In

Monday, February 22, 2016

Last week, Code Switch raised the curtain on "The Obama Effect," our quest to understand what the nation's first black president has to do with the big national conversations on identity and inclusion swirling in full force right now.

That quest began with you. On Friday, we took to ...


Misty Copeland Achieves #SquadGoals In The Documentary 'A Ballerina's Tale'

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Onstage, Misty Copeland's career revolves — chaînés? — around making hard work look easy. She breezes through Under Armour commercials and brisés through book signings, but she's most famous for defying gravity onstage with American Ballet Theatre. ABT's first black principal dancer, Copeland has been lighting up the ...


Video: UCLA Gymnast Sophina DeJesus Whips, Nae Naes And Slays

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

In 1996, when Dominque Dawes became the first black woman to win an individual gymnastics medal at the Atlanta Summer Olympics, critics said her look wasn't quite right.

In 2012, Gabby Douglas became the first black woman to win the title of individual all-around champion at the London Summer ...


Let Twitter Be Your Guide Through This Michael Jackson Casting Mess

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Once in a blue moon*, the film industry makes a decision that leaves us speechless. We'd barely gotten our balance after laugh-crying over #OscarsSoWhite before Thursday's big reveal: the decision to cast white actor Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson in a new 9/11 ensemble road trip comedy. We ...


Where Brunch And Housing Segregation Collide

Thursday, January 14, 2016

There's been a lot of conversation lately about people of color dealing with "only one in the room" syndrome in the workplace. But in 2016, it's still remarkably easy to be the only person of color in any given social situation. My Code Switch teammate Gene Demby and I ...


Must-Read Reactions To Grand Jury Decision in Tamir Rice Case

Monday, December 28, 2015

On Monday, a grand jury decided not indict Timothy Loehmann, the Cleveland police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice in November 2014. At time of the shooting, Rice was in a park, playing with an air gun he had borrowed from a friend. Loehmnann fired his weapon at ...


'Sometimes Progress Is A Little Uncomfortable': President Obama On Identity Politics

Monday, December 21, 2015

In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep late last week, President Obama spoke at length on the subject of identity. The question of who we are as Americans, Obama said, is at the center of the American experience and has been since the country's founding. We wanted to share that ...


Baa Baa Black Sheep, Have You Any Wine? A Q&A With Winemaker André Mack

Friday, December 11, 2015

For a busy man, André Mack is remarkably chill. He runs two companies, designs labels and coloring books and wine pun T-shirts (one reads "Beaune Thugs"), is in an upcoming documentary on minority winewakers in Oregon, and does some wristwatch modeling on the side (it's exactly what it ...


'Chi-Raq' And A Hard Place: What Critics Are Saying About Spike Lee's New Movie

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Spike Lee's latest, Chi-Raq, is designed to provoke: women in Chicago's south side go on a "sex strike" to curb gang violence, cribbing from Lysistrata, Aristophanes' comic account of the Peloponnesian War. Unsurprisingly, reactions are polarized. Detractors say it's exploitative, unfair, and sexist. Fans say it's sexy, visually riveting, and ...


Cross-Cultural Menu Ideas For A Code Switch Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

It's time to stop dancing around the issue. Thanksgiving food is trash. Sitting down to a standard Thanksgiving meal means negotiating between dry and bland or lukewarm and sticky. But it doesn't have to be. If there's one thing we learned the first time around, it's that Thanksgiving is all ...


The Kids' Book 'A Fine Dessert' Has Award Buzz — And Charges Of Whitewashing Slavery

Friday, October 30, 2015

The world of children's lit has always traded in grisly topics — children's literature scholar Jerry Griswold deems "scariness" one of the five elemental themes of the genre. There's unalloyed cannibalism in "Hansel and Gretel"; "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" is the story of an exaggerator in short ...