Why Aren’t There More Interracial Love Songs? NPR

For Valentine’s Day, NPR reporter Shereen Marisol Meraji looked at race in love songs. In her words:

“You don’t hear pop stars crooning about miscegenation these days. But, as we know, coupling up across racial and ethnic lines is happening now more than ever. The 2010 census showed that interracial and inter-ethnic married couples grew by nearly 30 percent in 10 years.

So if pop music is a reflection of the issues of the day, why aren’t we bobbing our heads and shaking our hips to more songs with lyrics about cross-cultural lovin’?”

Here’s the story (text and audio link): http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/02/14/276782537/pop-music-lags-dealing-with-interracial-love-anxieties?sc=17&f=3


Italy’s First Black Minister Finds Herself A Target Of Slurs by Sylvia Poggioli/NPR

Racism in Italy:


To Join ’63 March On Washington: ‘Like Climbing A Mountain’ by Michelle Norris

There are many anniversaries from the Civil Rights Movement this year, including the March on Washington.

For the Month of August, Morning Edition and The Race Card Project are looking back at a seminal moment in civil rights history: The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., delivered his iconic “I Have A Dream Speech” on Aug. 28, 1963. Approximately 250,000 people descended on the nation’s capitol from all over the country for the mass demonstration.”


NPR Special Series: The Race Card Project: Six-Word Essays

“NPR’s partnership with The Race Card Project explores a different kind of conversation about race. We ask people to think about their experiences, observations, triumphs, laments, theories or anthem about race or cultural identity. Then they take those thoughts and distill them down to one six-word sentence.

Thousands of people have shared their six-word stories and every so often NPR Host/Special Correspondent Michele Norris will dip into the trove of stories to explore issues surrounding race and cultural identity for “Morning Edition.”

You can find hundreds of submissions and submit your own stories atwww.theracecardproject.com



Legalese Aside, How Do We Talk About Race Nowadays? by NPR

Trevon Martin, George Zimmerman, the Voting Rights Act, Paula Dean, and many more stories about race have been in the media in the last week. This NPR story looks at issues of race, racism, discrimination, and how we negotiate and talk about race in the United States.