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12:53 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

In Chicago, Neighborhoods That Are More Black Don't Gentrify

The researchers found that most neighborhoods in Chicago that have seen dramatic gentrification are neighborhoods that were not predominantly black.
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Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 2:27 pm

So here's one way folks tend to think about gentrification in big cities: Poorer (therefore: browner) neighborhood becomes more attractive to folks of more means (therefore: whiter) who are in search of lower housing costs. As more and more better-off folks move in, new amenities and fresh investment follow. And that, in turn, brings more demand for the neighborhood among potential gentrifiers, which pushes up housing costs and drives out the people of color who lived there before.

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Code Switch
6:08 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

'Boondocks' Creator Asks, 'What Would Black Jesus Do?'

Black Jesus is the latest from Aaron McGruder, who created the politically charged comic strip and animated series The Boondocks.
Adult Swim

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 5:43 pm

Black Jesus, a new show premiering Thursday on Adult Swim, is about, well, a black Jesus. Set in contemporary south Los Angeles, it presents a Jesus roaming around a neighborhood filled with liquor stores, mini-marts and people praying for help.

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Code Switch
11:02 am
Wed August 6, 2014

A State Court Says Rap Lyrics Can't Be Used As Evidence In A Criminal Trial

Vonte Skinner had his attempted murder case considered by New Jersey's Supreme Court, which ruled that lyrics he wrote years before the crime he was charged with were not admissible in the trial.
Uncredited ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 9:10 am

Just a few days ago, Code Switch wrote about the use violent hip-hop lyrics as evidence in criminal cases, a practice that some critics say violates defendants' First Amendment rights and plays up jurors' misunderstandings of the use of hyperbole in hip-hop.

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Code Switch
9:50 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Before 'Freedom Summer,' A Wave Of Violence Largely Forgotten

William Bryant Davidson was arrested for the shooting of Richard Joe Butler, along with Billy Woods and the Klansman Ed Fuller. No one ever went to trial in Butler's shooting.
Photo Courtesy of David Ridgen/National Archives

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 2:02 pm

This summer we commemorate the Freedom Summer participants who faced death — and in some cases were murdered — for trying to transform the racial landscape of America.

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Code Switch
2:04 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Forgoing School To Pay The Bills

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 11:12 am

Starting a career in a struggling economy is difficult, no matter what your background. But for young people in Langley Park, Md., a predominantly immigrant community near Washington, D.C., it is fraught with additional economic and family pressures.

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Code Switch
1:33 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

Anything You Can Spit Can Be Used Against You

Antwain Steward was arrested and charged with killing two people in Newport News, Va., in large part based on rap lyrics he wrote — even though his lyrics didn't sync up with the details of the crime.
YouTube

Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 7:47 am

It was early May 2007. Two friends, 16-year-old Christopher Horton and 20-year-old Brian Dean, were sitting on a porch on 23rd Steet and Orcutt Avenue in Newport News, Va., in the city's downtown neighborhood.

Someone walked up to the porch where they were sitting and opened fire with a handgun, killing both Horton and Dean.

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Code Switch
8:45 am
Sun August 3, 2014

Can Google Build A Typeface To Support Every Written Language?

Google's Noto font as it displays for Devanagari script, used to write Hindi.
Google

Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 3:43 pm

Google has taken on its fair share of ambitious projects — digitizing millions and millions of books, mapping the whole world, pioneering self-driving cars. It's a company that doesn't shy away from grand plans.

But one recent effort, despite its rather lofty scope, has escaped much notice. The company is working on a font that aims to include "all the world's languages" — every written language on Earth.

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Code Switch
7:17 am
Sat August 2, 2014

James Shigeta 'Led The Way' For Asian-American Lovers On Screen

Hidenari Terasaki (James Shigeta) kisses the hand of his wife, Gwen (Carroll Baker), in the 1961 film Bridge to the Sun.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 2, 2014 5:36 pm

Actor James Shigeta had the looks, the talent — and the voice.

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Barbershop
11:46 am
Fri August 1, 2014

For Ray Rice, Is A Two-Game Suspension Light Punishment?

Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 3:06 pm

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Commentary
11:46 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Before Final Sign Off, Michel Martin Challenges Listeners To 'Tell Me More'

Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 3:07 pm

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Music
11:46 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Marcus Johnson Trio Offers A Musical Treat For TMM's Final Show

Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 3:06 pm

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Faith Matters
11:46 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Rabbi: During Transition, Look Back On Accomplishments

Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 3:06 pm

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Politics
11:46 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Is The Current Gridlock In Congress As Bad As It Looks?

Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 3:05 pm

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Music Interviews
11:53 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Ghanaian Rapper Hopes To Take His 'Afropolitan Dreams' Back Home

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 12:28 pm

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World
11:53 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Despite Progress Of LGBT Rights In U.S., Challenges Remain Abroad

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 12:28 pm

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Latin America
11:53 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Mexican Journalist Hopes His Reporting Can 'Bridge The Gap'

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 12:28 pm

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Africa
11:53 am
Thu July 31, 2014

'Africa Is Champion': Reporting From A Changing Continent

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 12:28 pm

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Television
11:53 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Playing 'Crazy Eyes' Taught Actress 'It's OK To Be Just You'

Uzo Aduba plays Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren in Orange Is the New Black.
ID-PR

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 6:47 pm

Uzo Aduba channels many conflicting emotions as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on Netflix's original hit series Orange Is the New Black. The character is at once aggressive, tender, terrifying and vulnerable. That balancing act recently earned Aduba an Emmy nomination.

So it seems fitting that her full name, Uzoamaka, means "the road is good."

But she tells NPR's Michel Martin that she hasn't always been so comfortable with that name.

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Code Switch
10:24 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Breaking Out The Broken English

"The 'Asian accent' tells the story of Chinese-American assimilation in a nutshell," Arthur Chu writes.
Ida Mae Astute Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 1:30 pm

A little part of me cringes every time I do it, but at this point it's second nature.

It's hard to describe in words, but it involves a lot of leveling, a lot of smoothing. The tongue stays closer to the center of the mouth rather than doing the pronounced, defined highs and lows that shape the L and R sounds. The vocal cords vibrate in smooth, singing tones rather than doing the little hop up and down that makes for a normal American English syllable.

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Can I Just Tell You?
12:37 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Making Space For People Who Are Out Of the Spotlight

Tell Me More host Michel Martin.
Amy Ta NPR

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 8:02 am

A very smart person I know, a long time civil rights activist, told me once that "gratitude is overrated."

Now, I know that sounds harsh, but what I think she meant was that some people, especially, in her view, women, are too often too quick to settle for less than they deserve. She was talking about people who are so conditioned to have nothing, that they are just too happy when they get even a little.

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Wisdom Watch
12:37 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Former CNN Anchor Kept Cool, But Paid The Price Of Success

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 2:21 pm

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Education
11:49 am
Wed July 30, 2014

When Searching For Mentors, Look 'Beyond Race'

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 2:21 pm

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Beauty Shop
11:48 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Beauty Shop Ladies Weigh In On The Importance Of Mentors

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 2:21 pm

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Humans
11:46 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Mom No Longer 'Dumb' About Gay Son

Rita and Jay Fischer
StoryCorps

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 2:21 pm

OutLoud, a new StoryCorps project, records and amplifies the voices of the LGBTQ community.

Ninety-year-old Rita Fischer remembers the phone call she got when her son Jay Fischer told her he is gay. It was the 1980s, and she says she had no idea.

"When you called and came out, it was quite a shock. I had no inkling--none whatsoever. You tell me you're gay, and I said, 'Listen. Give me a half hour to come to myself, and I'll call you back,'" she tells her son on a visit to StoryCorps in New York City.

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Code Switch
10:08 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Want To See The World? Try A Library In Queens

Several languages share space on library shelves.
Courtesy of Queens Library

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 3:51 pm

The aggressive vibrato of the bandoneon hung in the air. While the tango singer spoke of romantic spats, hopeless drunkards and lonely whores, an elderly Argentine couple clasped hands.

The haunting music would have made for a steamy evening if not for the setting. The celebration of Argentine tango took place not in some hip Latin club on the Lower East Side or in a dark corner of a Buenos Aires cafe, but in a drab basement room with plastic chairs and gray walls in the Jackson Heights branch of the Queens Library.

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Parenting
1:00 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

After 7 Years, Moms Panelists Share How They've Changed

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Arts & Life
1:00 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Poet Nikki Giovanni On Change: 'Approach It With A Smile'

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Parenting
1:00 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Where Do Dads Go For Parenting Advice?

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Code Switch
7:03 am
Tue July 29, 2014

What We See In The Eric Garner Video, And What We Don't

Garner was confronted by police trying to arrest him on suspicion of selling untaxed, loose cigarettes on a Staten Island sidewalk, authorities said.
Family Photo via National Action Network/AP AP

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 3:13 pm

The rough grooves of the Eric Garner story probably feel familiar to lots of folks by now: an unarmed black man dies after an encounter with the police, agitating old tensions between residents and the officers who patrol their neighborhoods.

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Code Switch
3:56 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Crime Writer Creates A Hero For Her Beloved, Much-Maligned South LA

Hall sits in a sunny bay window to write. "My first drafts are always in long hand, on legal pads," she explains. "I love putting pen to paper."
Andre Ellis

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 6:35 am

Rachel Howzell Hall is easing her big, laurel green Mercedes sedan through the streets of Los Angeles. A slim woman with big eyes, Hall says this Benz is her dream car, the thing she'd planned to buy for herself once she'd become a successful writer, probably around age 50.

But something happened to speed up her schedule.

"When I was 33 years old," Hall says, "I was diagnosed with a rare type of breast cancer. And I was pregnant. And it was terrifying."

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