Gene Demby http://kttz.org en Revisiting Pulitzer Nominees That Touch On Issues Of Race http://kttz.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 42688 at http://kttz.org Revisiting Pulitzer Nominees That Touch On Issues Of Race Remembering Buddy Esquire, The King Of Hip-Hop Flyers http://kttz.org/post/remembering-buddy-esquire-king-hip-hop-flyers Forty years after its birth, hip-hop is everywhere, a global signifier of youthfulness and subversion and opulence and Americanness and blackness and menace, sometimes all at once.<p>But for all the glorification of hip-hop's early days in the South Bronx — the brilliant improvisation, the block parties — there isn't a whole lot of supporting documentation. A lot of what we know is from the fading memories of aging b-girls and b-boys who were present at the creation.<p>Some of the most important surviving documents from that period were the party flyers. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 15:37:00 +0000 Gene Demby 39806 at http://kttz.org Remembering Buddy Esquire, The King Of Hip-Hop Flyers Another Murder Case In Florida Sparks National Outrage http://kttz.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 39617 at http://kttz.org Another Murder Case In Florida Sparks National Outrage Is A 'Pathway To Citizenship' The Right Concern? http://kttz.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 36572 at http://kttz.org Is A 'Pathway To Citizenship' The Right Concern? 'Go Shorty, It's Your Birthday' And Other Black Bons Mots http://kttz.org/post/go-shorty-its-your-birthday-and-other-black-bons-mots A press copy of a 3-pound book recently came over the wholly metaphorical Code Switch transom. It's called <em>Bartlett's Familiar Black Quotations, </em>and it's kind of amazing.<p>On the face of it, the book might seem like an odd, unwieldy exercise. Jokey alternate titles for the book immediately presented themselves: <em>Black People Say the Darnedest Things;</em> <em>#%$! Black Folks Say;</em> <em>Bartlett's Big Book of Black-Ass Quotes</em>. I opened it half expecting to see some gems my aunts or cousins might have offered up. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 18:11:00 +0000 Gene Demby 35059 at http://kttz.org 'Go Shorty, It's Your Birthday' And Other Black Bons Mots