Gene Demby http://tpr.org en Revisiting Pulitzer Nominees That Touch On Issues Of Race http://tpr.org/post/revisiting-pulitzer-nominees-touch-issues-race This week, Columbia University handed out the Pulitzer Prizes, which are widely considered among the highest honors in journalism. The occasion gives us a good excuse to shout-out some of the finalists and winning entries that touch on issues of race and culture. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:32:00 +0000 Gene Demby 30135 at http://tpr.org Revisiting Pulitzer Nominees That Touch On Issues Of Race Step Behind Closed Doors And Into The LBJ Library's Time Machine http://tpr.org/post/step-behind-closed-doors-and-lbj-librarys-time-machine This week, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum in Austin, Texas, <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/">is holding a major conference on civil rights</a>. It's a big deal. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Johnson's signing of the Civil Rights Act. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:05:10 +0000 Gene Demby 29834 at http://tpr.org Step Behind Closed Doors And Into The LBJ Library's Time Machine Another Murder Case In Florida Sparks National Outrage http://tpr.org/post/another-murder-case-florida-sparks-national-outrage The Michael Dunn case is of a type that we see with harrowing regularity. An unarmed black man is shot and killed by a police officer or a white person. The shooter says he felt threatened.<p>The way we talk about those cases follows a pattern, too. The conversation quickly becomes about politics, about race, and the messy intersection of the two. Stand Your Ground. Stop and Frisk. The War on Drugs. All these things snowball into each other, and while the trials of their shooters are about the particulars of their cases, they are also about all the other gruesome cases that came before them. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:58:00 +0000 Gene Demby 26957 at http://tpr.org Another Murder Case In Florida Sparks National Outrage Who Gets To Be A Superhero? Race And Identity In Comics http://tpr.org/post/who-gets-be-superhero-race-and-identity-comics The <em>X-Men</em> comic franchise has proven remarkably sturdy in the half-century since its launch. They've spawned dozens of animated series and four major Hollywood films with a fifth due out this summer. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 10:25:00 +0000 Gene Demby 24914 at http://tpr.org Who Gets To Be A Superhero? Race And Identity In Comics Is A 'Pathway To Citizenship' The Right Concern? http://tpr.org/post/pathway-citizenship-right-concern Much of the debate over whether and how to overhaul the country's immigration policy has hinged on whether and how to create a pathway to citizenship. But a majority of Latinos now say that's less important for unauthorized immigrants than giving them relief from the threat of deportation.<p>That finding comes from a Pew report based on <a href="http://www.pewhispanic.org/2013/12/19/on-immigration-policy-deportation-relief-seen-as-more-important-than-citizenship/">new surveys of Latinos and Asian-Americans</a>, who together make up about two-thirds of all the legal immigrants in the U.S. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:50:00 +0000 Gene Demby 23846 at http://tpr.org Is A 'Pathway To Citizenship' The Right Concern? When Hollywood Movies Get 'Race-Themed' Into The Same Box http://tpr.org/post/when-hollywood-movies-get-race-themed-same-box <em>The Best Man Holiday</em>, the much-anticipated follow-up to the 1999 romantic comedy <em><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUwBXEjIVKM">The Best Man</a>,</em> made $30 million and<a href="http://variety.com/2013/film/news/box-office-thor-the-dark-world-still-reigns-supreme-with-38-5-mil-despite-hearty-holiday-1200845858/"> nearly nabbed the No. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 04:02:21 +0000 Gene Demby 22228 at http://tpr.org When Hollywood Movies Get 'Race-Themed' Into The Same Box Code Switch Roundup: Status Symbols, Sriracha And Soul Food http://tpr.org/post/code-switch-roundup-status-symbols-sriracha-and-soul-food <em>Here are some things we've been musing on over the last few days. Share yours on Twitter or shout us out in the comments below.</em><p><strong>"We shine because they hate us/floss 'cuz they degrade us.</strong>" After two young, black customers accused the high-end retailer Barneys of racially profiling them after they made expensive purchases there, those customers themselves came in for criticism. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:09:00 +0000 Gene Demby 21131 at http://tpr.org Code Switch Roundup: Status Symbols, Sriracha And Soul Food When Will We Stop Side-Eyeing Relatives Who Don't 'Match'? http://tpr.org/post/when-will-we-stop-side-eyeing-relatives-who-dont-match Last week, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/10/25/240865629/roma-children-removals-make-us-wonder-what-family-looks-like">folks told us that that they found odd resonances in their lives</a> with the stories of several Roma children in Europe who'd separated from their families. Like those blond, blue-eyed Roma children in darker-skinned, dark-haired families, people said that their own familial bonds had occasionally come under suspicion from strangers, who thought there was a "racial mismatch" between parent and child. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 18:22:00 +0000 Gene Demby 20994 at http://tpr.org When Will We Stop Side-Eyeing Relatives Who Don't 'Match'? Remembering The Woman Who Gave Motown Its Charm http://tpr.org/post/remembering-woman-who-gave-motown-its-charm In 2007, decades after Maxine Powell had retired from training a generation of black artists at Motown, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIZCG0auxzY">a reporter from a Cleveland television station asked</a> her whether anyone had been particularly difficult to work with.<p>Powell cut her off before she finished. "I don't have that," she said. "No one is difficult. Each person is a beautiful, unique human being. So if you have a problem and you're acting negative, you have been conditioned."<p>She went on. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 20:43:00 +0000 Gene Demby 20252 at http://tpr.org Remembering The Woman Who Gave Motown Its Charm Howard's President Steps Down Amid Tumult And Uncertainty http://tpr.org/post/howards-president-steps-down-amid-tumult-and-uncertainty Is Howard University facing an existential crisis?<p>The Washington, D.C., institution, which is arguably the country's most prominent historically black university, has been buffeted by a tough economy and seeming dissent amongst its leadership. Tuesday, Sidney Ribeau, who'd been the university's president since 2008, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/howard-university-president-ribeau-retires/2013/10/01/8d2f4004-27ac-11e3-b75d-5b7f66349852_story.html">announced he was stepping down</a> but maintained that Howard was in solid shape. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 22:20:00 +0000 Gene Demby 19540 at http://tpr.org Howard's President Steps Down Amid Tumult And Uncertainty