Karen Grigsby Bates http://publicradioeast.org en The Late Walter Dean Myers Wrote In The Language Of Teens http://publicradioeast.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 45497 at http://publicradioeast.org The Late Walter Dean Myers Wrote In The Language Of Teens The Jury Is Still Out On Why O.J. Simpson Was Acquitted http://publicradioeast.org/post/20-years-oj-simpson-trial-ripples-still-felt-los-angeles On June 12, 1994, the butchered bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were found on the front walkway of Simpson's condominium in Brentwood, an upscale section of Los Angeles. Within days, Brown's ex-husband, O.J. Simpson, was considered the prime suspect in the murder of both.<p>The year that followed was legendary in its cast of characters and legal maneuvering<em>. </em><em>The N-word. "If it does not fit, you must acquit." The dog howling in the night</em><em>.</em> Then, finally, the verdict.<p>Most people remember where they were when they heard it. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 43807 at http://publicradioeast.org The Jury Is Still Out On Why O.J. Simpson Was Acquitted Former Model B. Smith Reveals Diagnosis Of Alzheimer's Disease http://publicradioeast.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 00:40:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 43375 at http://publicradioeast.org Former Model B. Smith Reveals Diagnosis Of Alzheimer's Disease Honoring An Activist And Fashion Industry Role Model http://publicradioeast.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 43069 at http://publicradioeast.org Honoring An Activist And Fashion Industry Role Model Condiment Detente: Sriracha Plant To Stay In California City http://publicradioeast.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 42693 at http://publicradioeast.org Condiment Detente: Sriracha Plant To Stay In California City The Life Of Poet Maya Angelou, From Poverty To Presidential Prizes http://publicradioeast.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 42562 at http://publicradioeast.org Remembering Sam Greenlee Through His Most Famous Book http://publicradioeast.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 42048 at http://publicradioeast.org Remembering Sam Greenlee Through His Most Famous Book Nostalgia For What's Been Lost Since 'Brown V. Board' http://publicradioeast.org/post/nostalgia-whats-been-lost-brown-v-board <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xY4aOHTjGTM</p> Sat, 17 May 2014 09:39:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 41612 at http://publicradioeast.org Nostalgia For What's Been Lost Since 'Brown V. Board' Sriracha-Maker Says Factory Will Remain In California http://publicradioeast.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 41131 at http://publicradioeast.org Sriracha-Maker Says Factory Will Remain In California After 6 Decades As A Staple, 'Jet' Magazine Ends Print Run http://publicradioeast.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 40806 at http://publicradioeast.org Critics Find Little Humor In 'SNL' Writer's Jokes About Slavery http://publicradioeast.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 40740 at http://publicradioeast.org Critics Find Little Humor In 'SNL' Writer's Jokes About Slavery Jessica Cleaves: A Silky, Soulful — And Funky — Voice Goes Silent http://publicradioeast.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 40648 at http://publicradioeast.org Jessica Cleaves: A Silky, Soulful — And Funky — Voice Goes Silent The Army Reconsiders Its Opposition To Cornrows And Dreadlocks http://publicradioeast.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 40266 at http://publicradioeast.org The Army Reconsiders Its Opposition To Cornrows And Dreadlocks Why Would The NAACP Honor Donald Sterling Anyway? http://publicradioeast.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 21:12:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 40166 at http://publicradioeast.org Why Would The NAACP Honor Donald Sterling Anyway? PBS Documentary Examines Ruben Salazar's Life And Death http://publicradioeast.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 40094 at http://publicradioeast.org Who Runs The World? 'Time' Magazine Says Beyoncé http://publicradioeast.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 18:46:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 40056 at http://publicradioeast.org Who Runs The World? 'Time' Magazine Says Beyoncé Why Lupita Nyong'o's 'People' Cover Is So Significant http://publicradioeast.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 39677 at http://publicradioeast.org Why Lupita Nyong'o's 'People' Cover Is So Significant Some In Irwindale Still Not Happy About Smelly Neighbor, Sriracha http://publicradioeast.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 20:05:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 39463 at http://publicradioeast.org Congressional Black Caucus Urges Rethink Of Army Hair Rules http://publicradioeast.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 38744 at http://publicradioeast.org Congressional Black Caucus Urges Rethink Of Army Hair Rules Chuck Stone, Pioneering Black Journalist And Professor, Dies At 89 http://publicradioeast.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 38343 at http://publicradioeast.org Chuck Stone, Pioneering Black Journalist And Professor, Dies At 89