Karen Grigsby Bates http://wfae.org en Crime Writer Creates A Hero For Her Beloved, Much-Maligned South LA http://wfae.org/post/crime-writer-creates-hero-her-beloved-much-maligned-south-la Rachel Howzell Hall is easing her big, laurel green Mercedes sedan through the streets of Los Angeles. A slim woman with big eyes, Hall says this Benz is her dream car, the thing she'd planned to buy for herself once she'd become a successful writer, probably around age 50.<p>But something happened to speed up her schedule.<p>"When I was 33 years old," Hall says, "I was diagnosed with a rare type of breast cancer. And I was pregnant. And it was terrifying."<p>She was two months pregnant with her much-desired first child. And she and her husband, David, were stunned. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:56:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 55817 at http://wfae.org Crime Writer Creates A Hero For Her Beloved, Much-Maligned South LA The Late Walter Dean Myers Wrote In The Language Of Teens http://wfae.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 54188 at http://wfae.org The Late Walter Dean Myers Wrote In The Language Of Teens Condiment Detente: Sriracha Plant To Stay In California City http://wfae.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 51947 at http://wfae.org Condiment Detente: Sriracha Plant To Stay In California City The Life Of Poet Maya Angelou, From Poverty To Presidential Prizes http://wfae.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 51845 at http://wfae.org Nostalgia For What's Been Lost Since 'Brown V. Board' http://wfae.org/post/nostalgia-whats-been-lost-brown-v-board <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xY4aOHTjGTM</p> Sat, 17 May 2014 09:46:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 51118 at http://wfae.org Nostalgia For What's Been Lost Since 'Brown V. Board' Sriracha-Maker Says Factory Will Remain In California http://wfae.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 50741 at http://wfae.org Sriracha-Maker Says Factory Will Remain In California After 6 Decades As A Staple, 'Jet' Magazine Ends Print Run http://wfae.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 50481 at http://wfae.org Critics Find Little Humor In 'SNL' Writer's Jokes About Slavery http://wfae.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 50429 at http://wfae.org Critics Find Little Humor In 'SNL' Writer's Jokes About Slavery Jessica Cleaves: A Silky, Soulful — And Funky — Voice Goes Silent http://wfae.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 50353 at http://wfae.org Jessica Cleaves: A Silky, Soulful — And Funky — Voice Goes Silent Why Would The NAACP Honor Donald Sterling Anyway? http://wfae.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 49983 at http://wfae.org Why Would The NAACP Honor Donald Sterling Anyway?