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Sun, 12 Oct 2014 14:55:01 -0400

Seattle Swaps Columbus Day For ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’

The city is the latest to honor Native Americans instead of Christopher Columbus. But not everyone is happy about the change.

Sun, 12 Oct 2014 14:55:01 -0400


Tristan Ahtone

In St. Louis, A Rally And Protests Over Police Shootings

More than 1,000 people hit the city’s streets to protest the recent killing of young black men by police. While much of the event has been peaceful, some arrests took place last night.

Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:48:00 -0400


Bill Chappell

Comer Cottrell, Creator Of The People’s Jheri Curl, Dies At 82

Cottrell died last Friday in Plano, Tex. His do-it-yourself product brought more affordable curly hair to the masses.

Sat, 11 Oct 2014 08:32:00 -0400


Karen Grigsby Bates

Twitter Recap: What Does ‘Passing’ Look Like Today?

As our country continues to become more multiracial, the mechanics behind passing become increasingly complex.

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:33:00 -0400


Charles Pulliam-Moore

Videos Of Deadly Police Encounters Grab The Media Spotlight, But Why?

Several recent incidents of black men being shot by police have sparked national news coverage and policy debates. We examine what forces in the media and society are fueling this level of attention.

Wed, 08 Oct 2014 05:04:00 -0400 http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/10/08/354507430/videos-of-deadly-police-encounters-grab-media-spotlight?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=race

Gene Demby

‘A Chosen Exile’: Black People Passing In White America

From the time of slavery, some light-skinned African-Americans escaped racism by passing as white. The new book, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, explores what they lost.

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 17:12:00 -0400


Karen Grigsby Bates

Alaska Must Translate Election Material Into 2 Indigenous Languages

Friday’s deadline was set after a U.S. District Court judge ruled the state violated the Voting Rights Act by not providing some native speakers with materials in their language.

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 05:06:00 -0400


Emily Schwing

Black Women’s Groups Meet With NFL On Domestic Violence

Several civic leaders criticized the NFL’s response to news about players involved in domestic violence, saying that black women weren’t represented among the groups consulted by the league.

Sun, 05 Oct 2014 23:33:00 -0400


Gene Demby

Does Television Spanglish Need A Rewrite?

More Hollywood writers are having Latino characters speak a mix of English and Spanish. But if Latinos themselves are divided over Spanglish, how can the entertainment industry get it right?

Sat, 04 Oct 2014 17:50:00 -0400


Jasmine Garsd

Can NBC’s New Tiger Lily Overcome The Character’s History?

Alanna Saunders, the actress cast to play Tiger Lily in NBC’s forthcoming production of PeterPan, has Native American ancestry, one of many points of contention in previous castings.

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:14:00 -0400


Kat Chow

FX’s ‘The Bridge’ Finds Authenticity In Spanish-Language Scenes

“We’re giving those 33 million Hispanics in the U.S. … a point where they can actually identify themselves,” says Demian Bichir, a star of the cross-border crime drama.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:58:00 -0400


Eric Deggans

HBCUs Move To Address Campus Sexual Assaults, But Is It Enough?

One major study found sexual assaults are lower on campuses of historically black colleges and universities. But some question those numbers and whether HBCUs have the resolve to address the issue.

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 03:26:00 -0400


Cheryl Corley

People Be Triflin’, From ‘Bills, Bills, Bills’ To The Bible

The word “trifling” (or, as it may be more commonly said, “triflin'”), used to blast folks as lazy, good-for-nothing cheaters, goes back quite a ways.

Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:47:00 -0400


Tanya Ballard Brown

In ‘Selfie’, John Cho Gets An Unlikely Shot As A Romantic Lead

John Cho is a brilliant actor who happens to be Korean-American. Over a 17-year career he’s managed to not be cast primarily as “an Asian-American” actor. In the new show Selfie, he’s done it again.

Sun, 28 Sep 2014 07:03:00 -0400


Steve Haruch

Police Officer Shot In Ferguson, Mo., As Protests Continue

The shooting does not appear to be connected to the protests, police said. The officer, a woman, is expected to recover.

Sun, 28 Sep 2014 00:44:00 -0400


L. Carol Ritchie


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