Karen Grigsby Bates http://iowapublicradio.org en Some In Irwindale Still Not Happy About Smelly Neighbor, Sriracha http://iowapublicradio.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 39475 at http://iowapublicradio.org Congressional Black Caucus Urges Rethink Of Army Hair Rules http://iowapublicradio.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 39019 at http://iowapublicradio.org Congressional Black Caucus Urges Rethink Of Army Hair Rules Why A Proper Lady Found Herself Behind Bars http://iowapublicradio.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 22:05:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 38289 at http://iowapublicradio.org Why A Proper Lady Found Herself Behind Bars Stokely Carmichael, A Philosopher Behind The Black Power Movement http://iowapublicradio.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 37314 at http://iowapublicradio.org Stokely Carmichael, A Philosopher Behind The Black Power Movement Drive For Diversity, NASCAR's Commitment To Race http://iowapublicradio.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 22:00:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 36345 at http://iowapublicradio.org Drive For Diversity, NASCAR's Commitment To Race Love In Technicolor: Interracial Families On Television http://iowapublicradio.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 36324 at http://iowapublicradio.org Love In Technicolor: Interracial Families On Television 'American Promise' Probes Race Issues In NYC Private School http://iowapublicradio.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 35707 at http://iowapublicradio.org 'American Promise' Probes Race Issues In NYC Private School 'Hispanic' Or 'Latino'? Polls Say It Doesn't Matter — Usually http://iowapublicradio.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 35133 at http://iowapublicradio.org 'Hispanic' Or 'Latino'? Polls Say It Doesn't Matter — Usually The First Time I Heard The Name 'Mandela' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/first-time-i-heard-name-mandela <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgcTvoWjZJU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLhaN26paaU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFW7845XO3g</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 22:46:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 33107 at http://iowapublicradio.org The First Time I Heard The Name 'Mandela' 'Best Man Holiday' Resonates Across Racial Lines http://iowapublicradio.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 32908 at http://iowapublicradio.org 'Best Man Holiday' Resonates Across Racial Lines Mexican-American Vets Ignited Kennedy's Latino Support http://iowapublicradio.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 10:04:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 32441 at http://iowapublicradio.org Mexican-American Vets Ignited Kennedy's Latino Support Amy Tan Weaves Family Mystery Into 'Valley Of Amazement' http://iowapublicradio.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 31578 at http://iowapublicradio.org Amy Tan Weaves Family Mystery Into 'Valley Of Amazement' Asian-Americans To Evangelicals: We're Not Your Punch Line http://iowapublicradio.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 30783 at http://iowapublicradio.org Asian-Americans To Evangelicals: We're Not Your Punch Line Undocumented Immigrants In Calif. Will Benefit From New Laws http://iowapublicradio.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 22:05:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 30231 at http://iowapublicradio.org Undocumented Immigrants In Calif. Will Benefit From New Laws Actors With Disabilities In Big Roles? 'We Don't Have A Chance' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/actors-disabilities-big-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 16:23:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 30098 at http://iowapublicradio.org Actors With Disabilities In Big Roles? 'We Don't Have A Chance' At Fashion Week, Color Pops And Models Call For Diversity http://iowapublicradio.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 29097 at http://iowapublicradio.org At Fashion Week, Color Pops And Models Call For Diversity Harlem On Their Minds: Life In America's Black Capital http://iowapublicradio.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 22:44:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 28881 at http://iowapublicradio.org While Unsung in '63, Women Weren't Just 'Background Singers' http://iowapublicradio.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 28009 at http://iowapublicradio.org While Unsung in '63, Women Weren't Just 'Background Singers' Medgar Evers' Son Honors Civil Rights Icon In His Own Way http://iowapublicradio.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 27348 at http://iowapublicradio.org Medgar Evers' Son Honors Civil Rights Icon In His Own Way Killed For Taking Part In 'Everybody's Fight' http://iowapublicradio.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 27303 at http://iowapublicradio.org Killed For Taking Part In 'Everybody's Fight' Amusement Parks And Jim Crow: MLK's Son Remembers http://iowapublicradio.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 27292 at http://iowapublicradio.org Amusement Parks And Jim Crow: MLK's Son Remembers Key Witness Against Emmett Till's Killers Led A Quiet Life http://iowapublicradio.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 21:19:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 26408 at http://iowapublicradio.org Key Witness Against Emmett Till's Killers Led A Quiet Life Univision Clips 'Tweety's' Wings http://iowapublicradio.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 24504 at http://iowapublicradio.org Univision Clips 'Tweety's' Wings Black Americans Welcome Obama's Entry To Race Discussion http://iowapublicradio.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 24359 at http://iowapublicradio.org Black Americans Welcome Obama's Entry To Race Discussion National Reaction To The Zimmerman Verdict: 'What Next?' http://iowapublicradio.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 23981 at http://iowapublicradio.org National Reaction To The Zimmerman Verdict: 'What Next?' With Fla. Verdict, Is Protective Clothing Still Required? http://iowapublicradio.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 23956 at http://iowapublicradio.org With Fla. Verdict, Is Protective Clothing Still Required? Actor James Gandolfini Dies Suddenly While On Vacation http://iowapublicradio.org/post/actor-james-gandolfini-dies-suddenly-while-vacation The 51-year-old actor died on Wednesday in Rome. Reports attribute his death to a heart attack. Gandolfini had been a character actor for years before he was given a chance to read for Tony Soprano in a new series about a New Jersey mob boss HBO was producing in the late 90s. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 08:34:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 22753 at http://iowapublicradio.org Moynihan Black Poverty Report Revisited 50 Years Later http://iowapublicradio.org/post/moynihan-black-poverty-report-revisited-fifty-years-later On Wednesday, the Urban Institute released a <a href="http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412839-The-Moynihan-Report-Revisited.pdf">new report</a> that revisits a famous study conducted almost 50 years ago by the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan. The <a href="http://www.dol.gov/oasam/programs/history/webid-meynihan.htm">original study</a>, "The Negro Family: The Case for National Action," was written by Moynihan when he was an assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Labor. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 16:09:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 22376 at http://iowapublicradio.org Moynihan Black Poverty Report Revisited 50 Years Later Barrier-Breaking Surfer's Legacy A Reminder Of Work To Do http://iowapublicradio.org/post/barrier-breaking-surfers-legacy-reminder-work-do The Saturday morning fog was burning off above the part of Santa Monica's beach known as the Inkwell. It's the stretch of sand to which black Southern Californians were relegated by de facto segregation until the 1960s.<p>Men, women and children walked across the sand in wet suits, carrying surfboards. Mon, 03 Jun 2013 07:36:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 21779 at http://iowapublicradio.org Barrier-Breaking Surfer's Legacy A Reminder Of Work To Do History Makes Hiring Household Help A Complex Choice http://iowapublicradio.org/post/history-makes-hiring-household-help-complex-choice <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bHh8VAb_BQ</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 21:26:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 21346 at http://iowapublicradio.org History Makes Hiring Household Help A Complex Choice