Karen Grigsby Bates http://nhpr.org en Why Did Black Voters Flee The Republican Party In The 1960s? http://nhpr.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 10:37:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 51859 at http://nhpr.org Why Did Black Voters Flee The Republican Party In The 1960s? The Jury Is Still Out On Why O.J. Simpson Was Acquitted http://nhpr.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 50139 at http://nhpr.org The Jury Is Still Out On Why O.J. Simpson Was Acquitted Condiment Detente: Sriracha Plant To Stay In California City http://nhpr.org/post/condiment-detente-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 22:47:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 49410 at http://nhpr.org Condiment Detente: Sriracha Plant To Stay In California City Nostalgia For What's Been Lost Since 'Brown V. Board' http://nhpr.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 48655 at http://nhpr.org Nostalgia For What's Been Lost Since 'Brown V. Board' Sriracha-Maker Says Factory Will Remain In California http://nhpr.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 48314 at http://nhpr.org Sriracha-Maker Says Factory Will Remain In California After 6 Decades As A Staple, 'Jet' Magazine Ends Print Run http://nhpr.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 21:11:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 48104 at http://nhpr.org Critics Find Little Humor In 'SNL' Writer's Jokes About Slavery http://nhpr.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 48038 at http://nhpr.org Critics Find Little Humor In 'SNL' Writer's Jokes About Slavery Why Would The NAACP Honor Donald Sterling Anyway? http://nhpr.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 47615 at http://nhpr.org Why Would The NAACP Honor Donald Sterling Anyway? PBS Documentary Examines Ruben Salazar's Life And Death http://nhpr.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 47560 at http://nhpr.org Who Runs The World? 'Time' Magazine Says Beyoncé http://nhpr.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 47540 at http://nhpr.org Who Runs The World? 'Time' Magazine Says Beyoncé Why Lupita Nyong'o's 'People' Cover Is So Significant http://nhpr.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 47303 at http://nhpr.org Why Lupita Nyong'o's 'People' Cover Is So Significant Some In Irwindale Still Not Happy About Smelly Neighbor, Sriracha http://nhpr.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 47133 at http://nhpr.org Why A Proper Lady Found Herself Behind Bars http://nhpr.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 22:27:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 45830 at http://nhpr.org Why A Proper Lady Found Herself Behind Bars Stokely Carmichael, A Philosopher Behind The Black Power Movement http://nhpr.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 44798 at http://nhpr.org Stokely Carmichael, A Philosopher Behind The Black Power Movement Sriracha-Maker Given More Time To Contain Spicy Fumes http://nhpr.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 44227 at http://nhpr.org Sriracha-Maker Given More Time To Contain Spicy Fumes