Tanya Ballard Brown http://krwg.org en Michael Jackson, We Barely Knew You http://krwg.org/post/michael-jackson-we-barely-knew-you <em>Just as there are those who seek to drag Mr. Jackson's name through the mud, there are those who insist that he was a saint, an angelic figure to be put on a pedestal. He was neither. Michael Jackson was, like all of us, a complicated human being. --</em> "Remember The Time: Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days"<p>When my <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/">Code Switch</a> cousins called me over and handed this book to me — telling me my whole Michael Jackson fan-life was preparing me for THIS book and this moment — I shifted to major side-eye mode. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 69105 at http://krwg.org Michael Jackson, We Barely Knew You Beyonce, Jay Z And Solange Walk Into An Elevator ... http://krwg.org/post/beyonce-jay-z-and-solange-walk-elevator Our lives are recorded all the time, and what we're seeing behind the curtain makes us wonder whether or not we should be looking back there in the first place.<p>The most recent example of this is <a href="http://www.tmz.com/videos/0_6lrpg6kh">the video of Solange Knowles</a> — Beyonce's younger sister — allegedly attacking Jay Z in an elevator while leaving a Met Ball afterparty last week. This happened — literally — behind closed doors. Wed, 14 May 2014 18:21:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 66102 at http://krwg.org Beyonce, Jay Z And Solange Walk Into An Elevator ... The Origin (And Hot Stank) Of The 'Chitlin' Circuit' http://krwg.org/post/origin-and-hot-stank-chitlin-circuit For many people, <a href="http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chitterlings">chitlins (or chitterlings)</a> are a tasty (or, for some, nasty) soul food dish made out of pig intestines. If you can get past what they are (or how badly they stank when cleaned and cooked), then you can shake some hot sauce or sprinkle some cha-cha relish on top and dig in. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 00:03:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 60119 at http://krwg.org The Origin (And Hot Stank) Of The 'Chitlin' Circuit' Hey Hey Hey! Historian Draws Attention To '70s Black Animation Art http://krwg.org/post/hey-hey-hey-historian-draws-attention-70s-black-animation-art <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-WHnn_BPms</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiWEyUMm5Lo</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 12:57:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 56520 at http://krwg.org Hey Hey Hey! Historian Draws Attention To '70s Black Animation Art Dear Internet, It's Christmas. Please Stop Fighting About 'Love Actually' http://krwg.org/post/dear-internet-its-christmas-please-stop-fighting-about-love-actually <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUm2K6eDuMU</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:04:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown & Beth Novey 56321 at http://krwg.org Dear Internet, It's Christmas. Please Stop Fighting About 'Love Actually' The Case For — And Against — Loving 'Love Actually' http://krwg.org/post/case-and-against-loving-love-actually <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKuDoTdxvb0</p> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 10:12:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown & Jen Chaney 55861 at http://krwg.org The Case For — And Against — Loving 'Love Actually' How About A Coke? Warhol Painting Up For Grabs http://krwg.org/post/how-about-coke-warhol-painting-grabs On Tuesday, artist Andy Warhol's oversized and iconic <em>Coca-Cola (3)</em> will <a href="http://www.christies.com/about/press-center/releases/pressrelease.aspx?pressreleaseid=6701">hit the auction block at Christie's</a>, and to borrow an old slogan from the company, It's The Real Thing.<p>Warhol painted the 6-foot-tall black-and-white canvas in 1962 as part of a series of four Coke bottle paintings. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 20:35:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 53735 at http://krwg.org How About A Coke? Warhol Painting Up For Grabs Why Didn't The Store Just Let Oprah Buy The $38,000 Handbag? http://krwg.org/post/why-didnt-store-just-let-oprah-buy-38000-handbag On the list of things to be outraged about at the moment, I'll admit this isn't at the top: The Swiss tourism office apologized to Oprah on Friday because she wasn't allowed to buy a $38,000 designer handbag while recently shopping in Switzerland. Poor lil' Oprah. *sad face*<p>It does make me wonder, though, can you ever be rich enough or famous enough or beautiful enough to not be racially profiled while shopping?<p>First, here's what happened. Sat, 10 Aug 2013 08:38:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 47285 at http://krwg.org Awkwardly Awaiting The Zimmerman Trial's Outcome http://krwg.org/post/awkwardly-awaiting-zimmerman-trials-outcome <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRUfzs6I4jk</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 20:21:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 45291 at http://krwg.org Awkwardly Awaiting The Zimmerman Trial's Outcome Stuff You Might Have Missed In The Paula Deen Brouhaha http://krwg.org/post/stuff-you-might-have-missed-paula-deen-brouhaha <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nu6Us7fpr00</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 21:55:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 43786 at http://krwg.org Stuff You Might Have Missed In The Paula Deen Brouhaha If This Cute Cheerios Ad Causes Drama, What Won't? http://krwg.org/post/if-cute-cheerios-ad-causes-drama-what-wont <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYofm5d5Xdw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHh0bqD78b0</p> Sat, 01 Jun 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 42395 at http://krwg.org If This Cute Cheerios Ad Causes Drama, What Won't? Easy Rawlins Is Alive, Or Is He? http://krwg.org/post/easy-rawlins-alive-or-he I've been following Easy Rawlins since reading <em>Devil in a Blue Dress </em>in the '90s. That's a lot of time to give to a character. And as I read <em>Little Green,</em> I realized that I hadn't been following Easy, the character, all these years. In the past I was more invested in other parts of the stories.<p>I had enjoyed the cases Easy solved, and the way his creator Walter Mosley laid out Los Angeles and the complicated relationship between whites, blacks and Latinos in post-World War II California. Wed, 15 May 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 41178 at http://krwg.org Easy Rawlins Is Alive, Or Is He? American Tribe Fights To Halt Artifact Auction In Paris http://krwg.org/post/american-tribe-fights-halt-artifact-auction-paris An auction of sacred Native American artifacts scheduled for Friday in Paris is stirring up controversy on both sides of the Atlantic<p><a href="http://catalogue.drouot.com/indexDrouot.jsp?id=15197">Seventy Hopi "visages and headdresses</a>" — some more than 100 years old — will go on the block at the Neret-Minet Tessier & Sarrou auction house, which estimates the sale will bring in about $1 million, according to <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/04/arts/design/hopi-tribe-wants-to-stop-paris-auction-of-artifacts.html"><em>The New York Times</em></a><em>. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 19:56:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 38798 at http://krwg.org Can U.S. Embassies Be Safe Without Being Unsightly? http://krwg.org/post/can-us-embassies-be-safe-without-being-unsightly There's been a tug of war between aesthetically pleasing and safe when it comes to American embassies around the world.<p>Many embassies have been slammed as bunkers, bland cubes and lifeless compounds. Even the new Secretary of State John Kerry said just a few years ago, "We are building some of the ugliest embassies I've ever seen."<p>But the choice between gardens and gates isn't just academic for diplomats — it can affect the way they work. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:24:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 35921 at http://krwg.org Can U.S. Embassies Be Safe Without Being Unsightly? No More 'Negro' For Census Bureau Forms And Surveys http://krwg.org/post/no-more-negro-census-bureau-forms-and-surveys The Census Bureau announced Monday that it would drop the word "Negro" from its forms, after some described it as offensive. <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i9Zk7ZwWM_p1_fHcNaRGp2rbyqlg?docId=45db7a55f5f540e4b1e121693c370ea7">According to the Associated Press</a>, the term will be replaced next year by black or African-American. From the AP:<p><blockquote><p>"The change will take effect next year when the Census Bureau distributes its annual American Community Survey to more than 3.5 million U.S. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 18:24:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 35819 at http://krwg.org No More 'Negro' For Census Bureau Forms And Surveys Game On! Rare 1865 Baseball Card Sold For $80,000 http://krwg.org/post/game-rare-1865-baseball-card-tossed-auction-block <strong>Update at 8:06 p.m. ET. Card Sells For $80,000</strong><p>The nearly 150-year-old <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooklyn_Atlantics">Brooklyn Atlantics</a> baseball card that was was discovered late last year in a photo album bought at a yard sale has sold for $80,000 — $92,000 if you count the auction house's buyer's premium.<p>The buyer, <a href="http://www.pressherald.com/news/Rare-baseball-card-sells-for-80000-at-Biddeford-auction-house.html" target="_blank">the<em> Portland Press Herald</em> reports</a>, was Jason LeBlanc of Newburyport, Mass. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 21:13:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 34626 at http://krwg.org Game On! Rare 1865 Baseball Card Sold For $80,000 Dear Lawyers: Order In The &*%# Court! http://krwg.org/post/dear-lawyers-order-court <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BofddwtPBPw</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:07:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 34234 at http://krwg.org Dear Lawyers: Order In The &*%# Court! Our Pancakes Are Saved! Charges Filed In Canadian Maple Syrup Heist http://krwg.org/post/our-pancakes-are-saved-charges-filed-canadian-maple-syrup-heist After months on their sticky trail, Canadian police have finally fingered the people allegedly involved in the great Canadian maple syrup caper <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/08/31/160401054/thieves-hit-warehouse-holding-30-million-of-canadian-maple-syrup">Bill Chappell told us about in August</a>.<p>While police interviewed 300 people, they didn't let that sap their strength — and on Tuesday, three men were expected in court to answer charges related to the theft of the estimated $22 million in maple syrup. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 23:23:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 31745 at http://krwg.org Our Pancakes Are Saved! Charges Filed In Canadian Maple Syrup Heist A Black And White 1860s Fundraiser http://krwg.org/post/black-and-white-1860s-fundraiser They look like any other 19th century vignettes and portraits of children kneeling in prayer or cloaked in the U.S. flag.<p>But these cartes de visite (a calling card with a portrait mounted on it that was all the rage during the 1860s) featured Charles, Rebecca and Rosa — former slave children who looked white.<p>I saw a couple of the cards on Tumblr and wanted to know more about them, so I called Mary Niall Mitchell, associate professor of history at the University of New Orleans. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 18:35:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 31193 at http://krwg.org A Black And White 1860s Fundraiser How Did Thanksgiving End Up On Thursday? http://krwg.org/post/how-did-thanksgiving-end-thursday Move Thanksgiving to Friday? That's what <a href="http://ourpresidents.tumblr.com/image/36213219877" target="_blank">F.B. Haviland asked President Hoover</a> in 1929.<p>Didn't happen. But while we're on the subject, ever wonder why we carve our gobblers on the fourth Thursday of November? Hint: It's not because Thanksgiving Thursday is more alliterative than Thanksgiving Friday.<p>In 1789, President Washington declared Thurs., Nov. 26, as a "Day of Publick Thanksgivin," <a href="http://www.archives.gov/legislative/features/thanksgiving/">according to the National Archives</a>. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 19:10:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 30140 at http://krwg.org How Did Thanksgiving End Up On Thursday? 'Vintage Black Glamour' Exposes Little-Known Cultural History http://krwg.org/post/vintage-black-glamour-exposes-little-known-cultural-history I was scrolling through <a href="http://tballardbrown.tumblr.com/">my Tumblr feed</a> a year or so ago, when I saw a <a href="http://vintageblackglamour.tumblr.com/post/2851018632/joyce-bryant-by-carl-vechten-by-all-accounts">photo of Joyce Bryant</a>. The caption said she was once dubbed the "black Marilyn Monroe" and was mentioned many times in <a href="http://www.radiohof.org/news/walterwinchell.html">Walter Winchell</a>'s gossip column.<p>But, I had never heard of or seen Bryant before. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 14:11:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 27783 at http://krwg.org 'Vintage Black Glamour' Exposes Little-Known Cultural History Record High Prices At The Gas Pump Likely To Linger In California http://krwg.org/post/record-high-prices-gas-pump-likely-linger-california Gas prices spiked overnight Thursday by as much as 20 cents per gallon in parts of California, causing some stations to close and shocking many customers.<p>According to <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=162344533">The Associated Press,</a> the average price of regular gas across the state was nearly $4.49 a gallon. In other parts of the country, gas prices have fallen. South Carolina has the lowest average gas prices in the continental U.S. Fri, 05 Oct 2012 17:20:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 27412 at http://krwg.org Record High Prices At The Gas Pump Likely To Linger In California Text-Talented Or R U All Thumbs? http://krwg.org/post/text-talented-or-r-u-all-thumbs Back in front of my computer where thankfully I can use more than my thumbs to type, I see that Austin Wierschke of Rhinelander, Wis., <a href="https://www.facebook.com/lgtexterus">grabbed the title again</a> at the competition in New York City this afternoon. He's the first texting competitor to win back-to-back titles.<p>Last year, <a href="http://youtu.be/yWfxTYlFOXM">finalist Rachel Taylor Blakely said</a> she practiced by texting her friends AND texting the words from her schoolbooks. Wed, 08 Aug 2012 22:32:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 23803 at http://krwg.org Text-Talented Or R U All Thumbs? My Kinky Relationship With The Teeny Weenie Afro http://krwg.org/post/my-kinky-relationship-teeny-weenie-afro I cut most of my hair off eight weeks ago. And yes, I meant to do it. I love my new kinky curliness and now, as I walk down the street, I feel like I see natural hair — twists, coils, dreadlocks, afros — everywhere.<p>Among the kinky curly community the "big chop" is when you cut off your relaxed hair and wear a TWA or teeny weenie afro. This is usually not a decision taken lightly. Thu, 14 Jun 2012 11:03:00 +0000 Tanya Ballard Brown 20175 at http://krwg.org My Kinky Relationship With The Teeny Weenie Afro