Karen Grigsby Bates http://wuis.org en Why Did Black Voters Flee The Republican Party In The 1960s? http://wuis.org/post/why-did-black-voters-flee-republican-party-1960s If you'd walked into a gathering of older black folks 100 years ago, you'd have found that most of them would have been Republican.<p>Wait... what?<p>Yep. Republican. Party of Lincoln. Party of the Emancipation. Party that pushed not only black votes but black politicians during that post-bellum period known as Reconstruction.<p>Today, it's almost the exact opposite. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:43:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 29247 at http://wuis.org Why Did Black Voters Flee The Republican Party In The 1960s? The Late Walter Dean Myers Wrote In The Language Of Teens http://wuis.org/post/late-walter-dean-myers-wrote-language-teens <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtlkXnf3-vY</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:03:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 28540 at http://wuis.org The Late Walter Dean Myers Wrote In The Language Of Teens Former Model B. Smith Reveals Diagnosis Of Alzheimer's Disease http://wuis.org/post/former-model-b-smith-reveals-diagnosis-alzheimers-disease According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than 5 million Americans have the memory-robbing disease and African-Americans are <a href="http://www.alz.org/africanamerican/">twice as likely</a> as whites to develop the late-onset version of the illness.<p>Princess Yasmin Aga Kahn (daughter of film icon Rita Hayworth, who died of the disease) and actor David Hyde Pierce (whose father and grandfather died of Alzheimer's) have been in the forefront of advocating for more funds and research that might lead to a cure. Sat, 07 Jun 2014 00:44:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 26783 at http://wuis.org Former Model B. Smith Reveals Diagnosis Of Alzheimer's Disease Honoring An Activist And Fashion Industry Role Model http://wuis.org/post/honoring-activist-and-fashion-industry-role-model The Council of Fashion Designers of America awards (the CFDA) are the fashion industry's equivalent of the Oscars: big, glittery, hugely prestigious. The red carpet before and after the ceremony is avidly watched. Unlike the Chambre Syndicale, which regulates France's couture and related industries, the CFDA is more of a reflector, an influencer — and, perhaps, a bellwether.<p>On Monday night, fashionable celebrities and celebrity designers walked the red carpet in front of Lincoln Center to celebrate the industry's best. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 00:22:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 26537 at http://wuis.org Honoring An Activist And Fashion Industry Role Model Condiment Detente: Sriracha Plant To Stay In California City http://wuis.org/post/condiment-d-tente-sriracha-plant-stay-california-city The Sriracha-slurping public no longer has to worry about hoarding bottles and bottles of the spicy stuff: There will be hot sauce tomorrow and for the foreseeable future. Sriracha will continue to be made in the state-of-the-art plant David Tran built in Irwindale, Calif. Thu, 29 May 2014 22:08:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 26221 at http://wuis.org Condiment Detente: Sriracha Plant To Stay In California City The Life Of Poet Maya Angelou, From Poverty To Presidential Prizes http://wuis.org/post/life-poet-maya-angelou-poverty-presidential-prizes Poet, performer and political activist Maya Angelou has died after a long illness at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86. Wed, 28 May 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 26102 at http://wuis.org Remembering Sam Greenlee Through His Most Famous Book http://wuis.org/post/remembering-sam-greenlee-through-his-most-famous-book <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e14dahzb82g</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 17:01:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 25678 at http://wuis.org Remembering Sam Greenlee Through His Most Famous Book Nostalgia For What's Been Lost Since 'Brown V. Board' http://wuis.org/post/nostalgia-whats-been-lost-brown-v-board <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xY4aOHTjGTM</p> Sat, 17 May 2014 09:46:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 25315 at http://wuis.org Nostalgia For What's Been Lost Since 'Brown V. Board' Sriracha-Maker Says Factory Will Remain In California http://wuis.org/post/sriracha-maker-says-factory-will-remain-california Sriracha hot sauce-maker Huy Fong Foods has been tussling with the City Council of Irwindale, Calif., near Los Angeles for months now over whether the factory's spicy smells harm its neighbors. There have been legal action and suggested fixes, but also pleas from other cities for the company to consider moving there.<p>David Tran, the CEO of Huy Fong, says he escaped from Vietnam almost 35 years ago to be free of the communist government there and its many intrusions.<p>"Today, I feel almost the same. Mon, 12 May 2014 07:46:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 24910 at http://wuis.org Sriracha-Maker Says Factory Will Remain In California After 6 Decades As A Staple, 'Jet' Magazine Ends Print Run http://wuis.org/post/after-six-decades-staple-jet-mag-ends-its-print-run Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. An era in magazine history is closing. Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Co., or JPC, says "Jet" magazine is going digital. Some 700,000 subscribers will no longer see a print edition. It's with the exception of one special print issue a year. Wed, 07 May 2014 20:29:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 24621 at http://wuis.org Critics Find Little Humor In 'SNL' Writer's Jokes About Slavery http://wuis.org/post/critics-find-little-humor-snl-writers-jokes-about-slavery Almost 21 years ago, Whoopi Goldberg was honored at the New York Friars' Club. More than 3,000 people crowded into the New York Hilton to hear Goldberg roasted by her celebrity friends.<p>The Friars' is a show business charity, and their roasts are famous. Good taste and delicacy are usually checked in the cloak room, and after a series of predictably ribald remarks from his colleagues the honoree gets to lob back an in-kind response. Unlike some of the celebrity roasts we've see in this decade, the Friars roasts are not even recorded, let alone televised at a later date. Wed, 07 May 2014 01:52:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 24567 at http://wuis.org Critics Find Little Humor In 'SNL' Writer's Jokes About Slavery Jessica Cleaves: A Silky, Soulful — And Funky — Voice Goes Silent http://wuis.org/post/jessica-cleaves-silky-soulful-and-funky-voice-goes-silent <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mm4FWnjuXOc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3acl-aSHaIA</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 00:23:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 24494 at http://wuis.org Jessica Cleaves: A Silky, Soulful — And Funky — Voice Goes Silent The Army Reconsiders Its Opposition To Cornrows And Dreadlocks http://wuis.org/post/army-reconsiders-its-opposition-cornrows-and-dreadlocks On Wednesday, Secretary of Defense Chuck <a href="http://projects.militarytimes.com/pdfs/hagel-letter-to-fudge.pdf">Hagel's office announced it will revisit the matter</a> of AR 670-1. That's a recently revised Army grooming regulation that many black women feel unfairly targets them, as it forbids many natural hairstyles they commonly wear.<p>Hagel's announcement followed complaints and a written request to reconsider the policy by Rep. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 23:54:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 24165 at http://wuis.org The Army Reconsiders Its Opposition To Cornrows And Dreadlocks Why Would The NAACP Honor Donald Sterling Anyway? http://wuis.org/post/naacps-less-sterling-intentions <em>Update: The NAACP issued a <a href="http://www.naacp.org/press/entry/naacp-statement-resignation-of-los-angeles-president-jenkins">press release</a> on Thursday advising that Leon Jenkins has resigned his post as president of the Los Angeles chapter. The national organization said it is "developing guidelines for its branches to help them in their award selection process."</em><p>"The Los Angeles NAACP intention to honor Mr. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 24057 at http://wuis.org Why Would The NAACP Honor Donald Sterling Anyway? PBS Documentary Examines Ruben Salazar's Life And Death http://wuis.org/post/pbs-documentary-examines-ruben-salazars-life-and-death Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>A new documentary explores the life and death of Ruben Salazar. He was a journalist. He's considered one of the founders of the modern Chicano movement and by many a martyr. He was killed in 1970 while covering an anti-war demonstration in East Los Angeles. He was shot with a tear gas canister. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 09:17:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 24020 at http://wuis.org Who Runs The World? 'Time' Magazine Says Beyoncé http://wuis.org/post/who-runs-world-time-magazine-says-beyonc <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/04/23/306235499/why-lupita-nyongos-people-cover-is-so-significant">The euphoria over Lupita Nyong'o's appearance</a> on <em>People</em>'s "50 Most Beautiful" list was still swirling on the Interwebs when word came, a mere four days later, that <em>Time</em><em></em>'s "100 Most Influential" issue was on newsstands. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:01:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 23980 at http://wuis.org Who Runs The World? 'Time' Magazine Says Beyoncé Why Lupita Nyong'o's 'People' Cover Is So Significant http://wuis.org/post/why-lupita-nyongos-people-cover-so-significant It has been a very good 12 months for Lupita Nyong'o: piles of awards (including an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of Patsy in <em>12 Years a Slave</em>), a contract to be the face of Lancôme Paris cosmetics, and now this: the cover of <em>People</em>'s annual "50 Most Beautiful" issue.<p>Counting Nyong'o's new crowning, there are now three black women who have been on <em>People</em>'s cover in the 25 years the "Most Beautiful" issue has been published. Halle Berry was first in 2003, followed by Beyonce in 2012. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:22:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 23660 at http://wuis.org Why Lupita Nyong'o's 'People' Cover Is So Significant Some In Irwindale Still Not Happy About Smelly Neighbor, Sriracha http://wuis.org/post/some-irwindale-still-not-happy-about-smelly-neighbor-sriracha The skirmish continues between Sriracha and Irwindale, Calif. Irwindale's city council declared that owner David Tran must curb his hot sauce factory's smelly fumes or they'll do it themselves. Tran is considering relocating, and he has already received several offers. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 23474 at http://wuis.org Playwright Phillip Hayes Dean Dies At 83 http://wuis.org/post/playwright-phillip-hayes-dean-dies-83 Playwright Phillip Hayes Dean died earlier this week. His family says the 83 year-old died in Los Angeles of a heart condition. He was in the midst of overseeing a production of his most famous play, "Paul Robeson."<p>Dean wrote "Paul Robeson" to chronicle the life of the famed scholar, athlete, singer, actor and humanitarian activist. Robeson was best known for his thunderous <em>basso profundo</em> and his rendition of black spirituals and work songs. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:58:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 23307 at http://wuis.org Playwright Phillip Hayes Dean Dies At 83 Congressional Black Caucus Urges Rethink Of Army Hair Rules http://wuis.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 22865 at http://wuis.org Congressional Black Caucus Urges Rethink Of Army Hair Rules Chuck Stone, Pioneering Black Journalist And Professor, Dies At 89 http://wuis.org/post/chuck-stone-pioneering-black-journalist-and-professor-dies-89 When Chuck Stone worked at the <em>Philadelphia Daily News,</em> staffers for the newspaper got used to calls from reception telling them a person the police were pursuing as violent and criminal was waiting to talk to Stone. The suspects trusted Stone but feared police brutality. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:33:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 22511 at http://wuis.org Chuck Stone, Pioneering Black Journalist And Professor, Dies At 89 Hip-Hop Academy: Inside A Beatmaker's Harvard Class http://wuis.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 22281 at http://wuis.org Hip-Hop Academy: Inside A Beatmaker's Harvard Class Why A Proper Lady Found Herself Behind Bars http://wuis.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 22:34:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 21861 at http://wuis.org Why A Proper Lady Found Herself Behind Bars Stokely Carmichael, A Philosopher Behind The Black Power Movement http://wuis.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 20518 at http://wuis.org Stokely Carmichael, A Philosopher Behind The Black Power Movement Sriracha-Maker Given More Time To Contain Spicy Fumes http://wuis.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 19800 at http://wuis.org Sriracha-Maker Given More Time To Contain Spicy Fumes Drive For Diversity, NASCAR's Commitment To Race http://wuis.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. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 21:12:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 19068 at http://wuis.org Drive For Diversity, NASCAR's Commitment To Race Love In Technicolor: Interracial Families On Television http://wuis.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 19034 at http://wuis.org Love In Technicolor: Interracial Families On Television 'Vanity Fair' Adds Color To Hollywood's Golden Moment http://wuis.org/post/vanity-fair-adds-color-hollywoods-golden-moment Today, the March issue of <em>Vanity Fair</em> magazine hit newsstands in New York and Los Angeles; it will be available nationally on Tuesday. This is the 20th annual Hollywood issue, which showcases some of the industry's best talent. But this issue is quite different: Fully half the actors on the cover's three-panel foldout are black.<p>Befitting the occasion, the Oscar nominees on the cover are dressed in formal wear. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 21:59:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 18450 at http://wuis.org 'Vanity Fair' Adds Color To Hollywood's Golden Moment 'American Promise' Probes Race Issues In NYC Private School http://wuis.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 18190 at http://wuis.org 'American Promise' Probes Race Issues In NYC Private School 'Hispanic' Or 'Latino'? Polls Say It Doesn't Matter — Usually http://wuis.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 17359 at http://wuis.org 'Hispanic' Or 'Latino'? Polls Say It Doesn't Matter — Usually