Karen Grigsby Bates http://ktep.org en Congressional Black Caucus Urges Rethink Of Army Hair Rules http://ktep.org/post/congressional-black-caucus-urges-rethink-army-hair-rules The women of the Congressional Black Caucus have sent a letter asking Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel <a href="http://cbc.fudge.house.gov/press-releases/women-members-of-the-cbc-send-letter-to-dod-secretary-hagel-on-unauthorized-hairstyles/">to reconsider new Army regulations</a> that made headlines earlier this month.<p><a href="http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/r670_1.pdf#page=21&zoom=auto,0,719">AR 670-1</a>, the revised regulations for grooming and appearance, has some black female enlistees in an uproar: it dictates that black women may wear their hair <em>au naturelle</em> in twists or brai Fri, 11 Apr 2014 23:27:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 38524 at http://ktep.org Congressional Black Caucus Urges Rethink Of Army Hair Rules Hip-Hop Academy: Inside A Beatmaker's Harvard Class http://ktep.org/post/hip-hop-academy-inside-beatmakers-harvard-class <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=612EqXJfOhE</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 07:34:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 37999 at http://ktep.org Hip-Hop Academy: Inside A Beatmaker's Harvard Class Why A Proper Lady Found Herself Behind Bars http://ktep.org/post/why-proper-lady-found-herself-behind-bars <em>This story is part of NPR's 50th anniversary coverage of 1964. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:26:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 37596 at http://ktep.org Why A Proper Lady Found Herself Behind Bars Stokely Carmichael, A Philosopher Behind The Black Power Movement http://ktep.org/post/stokely-carmichael-philosopher-behind-black-power-movement Before he became famous — and infamous — for calling on black power for black people, Stokely Carmichael was better known as a rising young community organizer in the civil rights movement. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:11:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 36335 at http://ktep.org Stokely Carmichael, A Philosopher Behind The Black Power Movement Sriracha-Maker Given More Time To Contain Spicy Fumes http://ktep.org/post/sriracha-maker-given-more-time-contain-spicy-fumes The saga over the darling of the condiment world, Sriracha, continues.<p>The popular hot sauce in the rooster bottle is made by Huy Fong Foods in the Los Angeles suburb of Irwindale. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:15:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 35603 at http://ktep.org Sriracha-Maker Given More Time To Contain Spicy Fumes Drive For Diversity, NASCAR's Commitment To Race http://ktep.org/post/drive-diversity-nascars-commitment-race On Sunday, the K&N Pro Series East begins down in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. And if the track and pit look a little more diverse than they have in the past, that's in part because of a NASCAR program designed to entice different communities to try out the sport.<p>Market research says NASCAR's bread-and-butter fan base is about 60 percent male and 80 percent white, mostly from the Southern and Midwestern states. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 02:18:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 34909 at http://ktep.org Drive For Diversity, NASCAR's Commitment To Race Love In Technicolor: Interracial Families On Television http://ktep.org/post/love-technicolor-interracial-families-television <em>I Love Lucy</em> was one of the most popular shows in the history of television. Its stars, redheaded Lucille Ball and her Cuban-American husband Desi Arnaz, became TV icons — but they almost didn't get on TV.<p>Kathleen Brady is the author of <em>Lucille: The Life of Lucille Ball</em>. She says the network that wanted Ball to star in her own sitcom was not interested in her husband.<p>"CBS and its sponsor, Philip Morris cigarettes, were adamantly opposed to this," says Brady. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 13:16:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 34881 at http://ktep.org Love In Technicolor: Interracial Families On Television 'American Promise' Probes Race Issues In NYC Private School http://ktep.org/post/american-promise-probes-race-new-york-private-school Monday evening, <a href="http://www.pbs.org/pov/americanpromise/" target="_blank">PBS will air <em>American Promise</em></a>, a documentary that traces the lives of two African-American students for 13 years. They both enroll as kindergarteners at The Dalton School, an elite private day school in New York City that says it's making a commitment to diversity.<p>In the beginning of <em>American Promise</em>, filmmakers Michèle Stephenson and Joe Brewster set out to chronicle the complete pre-collegiate education of their son Idris and his best friend, Seun Summers. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 10:01:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 34031 at http://ktep.org 'American Promise' Probes Race Issues In NYC Private School 'Hispanic' Or 'Latino'? Polls Say It Doesn't Matter — Usually http://ktep.org/post/hispanic-or-latino-polls-say-it-doesnt-matter-usually Carlos Mencia is well-known for his standup humor, which is slyly good-natured and often focuses on race and ethnicity. The 46 year-old Mencia has had a successful series on The Comedy Channel <em>(Mind of Mencia)</em> and draws huge crowds when he tours the country. When he was starting out in the business, he spent a lot of time on college campuses. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:26:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 33209 at http://ktep.org 'Hispanic' Or 'Latino'? Polls Say It Doesn't Matter — Usually To Thine Own Selfie Be True, But Not In All Places At All Times http://ktep.org/post/thy-own-selfie-be-true-not-all-places-all-times <em>Editor's Note: Roberto Schmidt, the Agence France-Presse staffer who took the photographs discussed in this blog post, has now weighed in on the discussion and provided context. In his own blog <a href="http://blogs.afp.com/correspondent/?post/Selfie">post</a>, Schmidt wrote "photos can lie. In reality, just a few seconds earlier the first lady was herself joking with those around her, Cameron and Schmidt included. Her stern look was captured by chance." </em><p>You've probably seen the photos by now; they've certainly been circulated enough. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 03:23:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 30641 at http://ktep.org To Thine Own Selfie Be True, But Not In All Places At All Times 'Best Man Holiday' Resonates Across Racial Lines http://ktep.org/post/profile-movie-director-malcolm-lee <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtQgGv3TTes</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOYPqcb_jig</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OijFtJ5iHzg</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:50:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 30040 at http://ktep.org 'Best Man Holiday' Resonates Across Racial Lines Mexican-American Vets Ignited Kennedy's Latino Support http://ktep.org/post/mexican-american-vets-ignited-kennedys-latino-support On the evening of Nov. 21, 1963, President John F. Kennedy, his wife Jacqueline, Vice President Lyndon Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird, walked through a wall of applause to take their place as honored guests in a Houston ballroom. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:38:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 29435 at http://ktep.org Mexican-American Vets Ignited Kennedy's Latino Support An Appreciation: 'Essence' Cover Girl Barbara Cheeseborough http://ktep.org/post/appreciation-essences-cover-girl-barbara-cheeseborough If you were black and female and grew up in the '70s, you were used to looking at pretty white women on the covers of major fashion and beauty magazines. If you wanted to borrow their look, you had to adapt. <em>Ebony</em> helped, with its Fashion Fair cavalcade of models — but they were fantasy ideals: lots of polish, no funk. <em>Ebony</em> was your mother's magazine.<p>When you saw <em>Essence</em>, you knew that magazine wasn't speaking to your mother, it was speaking to <em>you</em>. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 22:43:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 29351 at http://ktep.org An Appreciation: 'Essence' Cover Girl Barbara Cheeseborough Amy Tan Weaves Family Mystery Into 'Valley Of Amazement' http://ktep.org/post/tan-weaves-family-mystery-valley-amazement Amy Tan was 200 pages into a new novel when she attended a large exhibition on Shanghai life in the early 1900s. While there, she bought a book she thought might help her as she researched details on life in the Old City. She stopped turning pages when she came upon a group portrait.<p>"It's called the '10 Beauties in Shanghai,' " she says. These were the winners of a citywide beauty contest for courtesans. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 10:42:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 28315 at http://ktep.org Amy Tan Weaves Family Mystery Into 'Valley Of Amazement' Asian-Americans To Evangelicals: We're Not Your Punch Line http://ktep.org/post/asian-americans-evangelicals-were-not-your-punchline "We the undersigned, are distressed about the continuing divide that persists in the North American evangelical church in the area of racial harmony."<p>That's the first line of a four-page open letter to American Evangelicals ("On Cultural Insensitivity and Reconciliation in the Church") from a coalition called Asian American Christians United. The letter was released earlier this week.<p>The roughly 700 signatories are a who's who in Asian-American Christian circles: a seminary head, several professors of religion, dozens of pastors, even a few popular bloggers. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 17:02:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 27315 at http://ktep.org Asian-Americans To Evangelicals: We're Not Your Punch Line Undocumented Immigrants In Calif. Will Benefit From New Laws http://ktep.org/post/undocumented-immigrants-calif-will-benefit-new-laws The federal government remains shut down over a budget stalemate, but California's Gov. Jerry Brown decided not to wait for Congress to make decisions on the Gordian knot that is U.S. immigration policy. On Saturday, Brown signed into law a group of bills related to immigration because, he said, enough time has passed.<p>"While Washington waffles on immigration, California's moving ahead," Brown stated. He added, with trademark bluntness, "I'm not waiting."<p><strong>The "Trust Act" Vs. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 22:12:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 26559 at http://ktep.org Undocumented Immigrants In Calif. Will Benefit From New Laws Actors With Disabilities In Big Roles? 'We Don't Have A Chance' http://ktep.org/post/disabled-actors-leading-roles-we-dont-have-chance <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BliTQcK3tA0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYTnldzk9nc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhpWeJObkI8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXl-krlLoxg</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 16:16:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 26365 at http://ktep.org Actors With Disabilities In Big Roles? 'We Don't Have A Chance' At Fashion Week, Color Pops And Models Call For Diversity http://ktep.org/post/fashion-week-color-pops-and-models-call-diversity Color continued to be a big deal on the New York runways during Fashion Week this week, but almost all the color was represented by the clothes being showcased in the new collections and not the models wearing them.<p>That lack of diversity has been a perennial problem in the fashion industry — at home and abroad — for at least the past 15 years. Sat, 14 Sep 2013 18:13:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 25075 at http://ktep.org At Fashion Week, Color Pops And Models Call For Diversity Harlem On Their Minds: Life In America's Black Capital http://ktep.org/post/harlem-their-minds-life-americas-black-capital The poet Langston Hughes liked to wryly describe the Harlem Renaissance — the years from just after World War I until the Depression when black literature and art flourished, fed by an awakening racial pride — as "the period when the Negro was in vogue." Note the past tense. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 24784 at http://ktep.org While Unsung in '63, Women Weren't Just 'Background Singers' http://ktep.org/post/while-unsung-63-women-werent-just-background-singers On that sweltering August day in 1963, almost a quarter-million people thronged the National Mall, from the Washington Monument to the columned marble box that is the Lincoln Memorial. Sat, 24 Aug 2013 17:56:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 23687 at http://ktep.org While Unsung in '63, Women Weren't Just 'Background Singers' Kiese Laymon's Overdue Success Proves Publishers Can Change http://ktep.org/post/kiese-laymons-overdue-success-proves-publishers-can-change Writer Kiese Laymon has had the kind of year every first-time author dreams of: two books published to critical acclaim. But none of that came easily. The title of his most recent book, an essay collection released on Tuesday, hints at how tough the road really was: It's called <em>How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America.</em><p>In the essay "The Worst of White Folks," Laymon looks at a bad patch in his life: He had been, essentially, expelled from college and ended up moving back home with his mother, who was understandably unhappy about his abridged status as a college student. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 21:48:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 22963 at http://ktep.org Kiese Laymon's Overdue Success Proves Publishers Can Change Medgar Evers' Son Honors Civil Rights Icon In His Own Way http://ktep.org/post/van-evers-honors-his-father-his-own-way James Van Dyke Evers was only 3 when his father, Medgar, was assassinated in the driveway of the family's home in Jackson, Miss., in June 1963.<p>A sniper shot Medgar Evers in the back as he returned from a meeting late at night. Tensions had been running high because Evers, the first field secretary for the NAACP, was making headway in pushing the state's black citizens to register to vote. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 20:26:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 22876 at http://ktep.org Medgar Evers' Son Honors Civil Rights Icon In His Own Way Killed For Taking Part In 'Everybody's Fight' http://ktep.org/post/killed-taking-part-everybodys-fight <em>For the past few months, NPR has been commemorating the monumental summer of 1963 by looking at watershed moments in the civil rights movement. In this three-part series, Karen Grigsby Bates talks with the children of civil rights leaders who lost their lives in the battle for racial equality. </em><p>In an obscure corner of Detroit, there's a battered playground honoring a civil rights martyr. It has an overgrown baseball field, some missing swings and on a broken fence, a worn, wooden sign.<p>"It's all tore up and definitely could use at least a paint job," says Sally Liuzzo-Prado. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 06:55:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 22824 at http://ktep.org Killed For Taking Part In 'Everybody's Fight' Amusement Parks And Jim Crow: MLK's Son Remembers http://ktep.org/post/amusement-parks-and-jim-crow-mlks-son-remembers <em>In this three-part series, Karen Grigsby Bates talks with children of Medgar Evers, Viola Liuzzo and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to see how they've coped with the burden and privilege of their legacies.</em><p>Most Americans think of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a brilliant young minister who was one of the architects of the civil rights movement, and who was martyred for it in 1968. Sun, 11 Aug 2013 19:56:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 22815 at http://ktep.org Amusement Parks And Jim Crow: MLK's Son Remembers Key Witness Against Emmett Till's Killers Led A Quiet Life http://ktep.org/post/key-witness-against-emmett-tills-killers-led-quiet-life Willie Louis may be one of the most celebrated but least-known figures in a pivotal point in American history: He testified against the men accused of kidnapping and murdering 14-year-old Emmett Till. He died July 18, but his wife, Juliet, announced his death this week.<p>In August 1955, although emancipation had occurred 100 years earlier, much of the Deep South remained unchanged. The murder of young Emmett Till, who was accused of whistling at a white shopkeeper's wife, horrified the nation. In segregated Mississippi, whites weren't ordinarily prosecuted for killing blacks. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 20:37:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 21722 at http://ktep.org Key Witness Against Emmett Till's Killers Led A Quiet Life Univision Clips 'Tweety's' Wings http://ktep.org/post/univision-clips-tweetys-wings If you drive anywhere in greater Los Angeles, you know that you spend a significant amount of time staring at the bumper of the car ahead of you. And you may have noticed that a lot of those bumpers have red and yellow stickers that say "PIOLÍN por la MAÑANA." A lot.<p>The stickers show up on everything from sleek luxury cars to beat-up pickup trucks, and they advertise the morning drive-time radio show of Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 04:53:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 21603 at http://ktep.org Univision Clips 'Tweety's' Wings Black Americans Welcome Obama's Entry To Race Discussion http://ktep.org/post/many-welcome-obamas-entry-discussion-race As soon as he made his remarks on race Friday, President Obama was part of an intense conversation around the nation.<p>In dozens of cities across the country on Saturday, protesters held coordinated rallies and vigils over the not-guilty verdict in the shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. Many African-Americans insist that understanding the context for black distress over the Zimmerman verdict is key to honest discussions about race.<p>In Washington, D.C., Djems Wolf Narcisse was visiting the Martin Luther King Memorial. He was not at the D.C. Sun, 21 Jul 2013 09:56:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 21435 at http://ktep.org Black Americans Welcome Obama's Entry To Race Discussion National Reaction To The Zimmerman Verdict: 'What Next?' http://ktep.org/post/national-reaction-zimmerman-verdict-what-next The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin is reverberating far beyond Florida. On Sunday, President Obama acknowledged the strong passions the verdict has incited. He asked Americans "to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son."<p>Many people are trying to make sense of a case that sparked a national conversation on race and gun laws.<p>Longtime civil rights leader Rep. Sun, 14 Jul 2013 22:25:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 20974 at http://ktep.org National Reaction To The Zimmerman Verdict: 'What Next?' With Fla. Verdict, Is Protective Clothing Still Required? http://ktep.org/post/fla-verdict-protective-clothing-still-required <blockquote><p>"I'm ashamed at how long it took me to realize why so many people in my family have been consumed with looking church-ready when they step out the door regardless of time or day."<p></blockquote><p>That Facebook quote came from Phyllis Fletcher, an African-American colleague at KUOW in Seattle. And it reminded me of something my sister once told me when a white friend teased her about taking too long to get ready when they went on joint shopping expeditions. "Why are you getting all dressed up? Sun, 14 Jul 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 20935 at http://ktep.org With Fla. Verdict, Is Protective Clothing Still Required? An Ever-Changing L.A. Links Walter Mosley To His Midcentury P.I. http://ktep.org/post/ever-changing-la-links-walter-mosley-his-midcentury-pi Walter Mosley fooled us: We thought he'd killed off Easy Rawlins, the protagonist of his much-loved series. But it turned out Mosley just needed a break from the work — a long break. Six years later, in May, he came back with <em>Little Green,</em> possibly the best Easy Rawlins to date. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 06:57:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 19527 at http://ktep.org An Ever-Changing L.A. Links Walter Mosley To His Midcentury P.I.